This is the monthly online newsletter for the car club council. All car hobbyist events are listed on this site under "Calendar." Just click on the link above to view the list of car shows and other activities.
Senator Bill DeSteph introduced SB 586 which is the exhaust bill we have been seeking. If this bill becomes law it will give exhaust freedom of choice to owners of all vehicles registered as antiques. The problem with the current law is that OEM or equivalent parts are simply not available for many antique vehicles. If SB 586 becomes law we will be able to choose aftermarket parts that will produce lower emissions while providing better gas mileage and performance. Many thanks to Senator DeSteph, a fellow car hobbyist, for introducing this bill.
The bill passed the Senate Transportation Committee by a vote of 11 to 1. Then it passed the full Senate by a vote of 37 to 2. It has now moved to the House where it has been assigned to the Transportation Committee. At the time of this writing the bill has not been assigned to a subcommittee yet. The bill will have to pass the House Transportation Subcommittee, then the entire committee and then it can be voted on by the House. If the bill makes it through the House in the same form as it was passed by the Senate then it will proceed to the governor for his signature. We are hopeful that the bill can make it all the way and become law.
We had a very nice Polar Bear Run 19 with over 100 participants making it one of the best attended. The weather was great compared to the record cold we experienced for much of January. One convertible even drove home with the top down as temps reached into the mid-60s that afternoon. We drove nearly two hours to a museum in Murfreesboro, North Carolina. This was the only Polar Bear Run to venture out of the state.
If your club has not paid the council dues of only $10 per year please send them in. And if you are a member of a club or organization that has not joined us feel free to join and become a member of the council. We're always looking for more car hobbyists to join us.
I have compiled a list of auto-related bills on the VAACC website like I do every GA session. You can take a look at them at this link vaacc.org/legis1.html. Check out the bills and if you have time look through all the legislation and see what those who represent you want to have become law.
Our next meeting will be Monday, April 23rd at 6:30 PM at a location to be posted in the April newsletter.
The $10 per club per year dues are due during the month of January. If your club has not paid please send a $10 check made out to CCCCVA to Fred Fann, 15628 Rowlett Road, Chesterfield, VA 23838. Thanks!
River City Bombshells
The River City Bombshells is a charity pin-up group based in Richmond, Virginia and we are reaching out to offer our assistance, expertise and time to your organization.
We have participated in fund-raising efforts, raffle ticket sales, event promotion, and hands-on assistance of charitable causes throughout the state. Most near and dear to our hearts are veteran’s affairs, animals, and children’s causes.
We’re available to dress up in proper vintage attire, or dress down and roll up our sleeves. Our hope is that we can be a strong partner for future events and that you can come to rely on us to assist with your charitable ventures.
We have been fortunate enough to pair up with Richmond Animal League, Toys for Tots, the Virginia War Memorial, and Safe Harbor to name just a few. We hope to add your organization to our list of worthy causes and partnerships.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if an event or idea comes to mind. We’re fun, motivated, and looking for causes to fill our 2018 calendar.
River City Bombshells
We are a charity minded group of unique individuals that are poised to assist local businesses, non-profits, and charities to achieve their philanthropic goals in our community.
We are 30+ members strong of all backgrounds. We have strong varying skillsets and are ready to assist with our time and dedicated work-ethic.
The big news is that an antique vehicle exhaust bill has been introduced in the General Assembly. After two years of trying to get a bill we have SB 586 sponsored by Senator Bill DeSteph, Jr, a fellow car hobbyist. The bill – if passed into law – will allow vehicles registered as antiques to use aftermarket exhaust parts. Here is the update to the current law:
“The provisions of this section shall not apply to (i) any antique motor vehicle manufactured prior to 1950, provided that the engine is comparable to that designed as standard factory equipment for use on that particular vehicle, and the exhaust system is in good working order, or (ii) converted electric vehicles.”
There have been no problems since the law was changed a couple of years ago to allow pre-1950 vehicles exhaust freedom. There are simply no OEM or equivalent parts for many antiques vehicles.
Senator DeSteph spoke with the head of the State Police before introducing the bill. When council reps met with the State Police in November 2016 they were against any change in the exhaust law. Apparently there has thankfully been some movement.
SB 586 was introduced on January 10 and a week later approved 11 to 1 by the Senate Transportation Committee. Less than a week after that approval the entire Senate passed the bill by 37 to 2. The bill will now move on to the House where it will be assigned to a subcommittee of the House Transportation Committee. It will have to pass the subcommittee, then the committee, then go on to be voted on by the House. If the bill passes the House, without any changes, then it can go to the governor for approval. Keep in mind the governor is a car hobbyist who owns a 1971 Corvette and has restored a 1953 Oldsmobile. I am very hopeful this will become law.
Let’s take a look at some of the bills in the Assembly of interest to car hobbyists. You can go to the Virginia Association of Car Councils website where all the bills of interest are listed at www.vaacc.org/legis1.html
This is being written during the third week of January for publication so nearly all the bills below are currently in committee with only a couple being passed by committee. There are a couple of bills to make all passengers in the rear seat of a vehicle wear seatbelts. Current law allows those 18 and over to decide to wear belts while riding in the back seat.
As you know the State Police changed the location of inspection stickers beginning the first of the year. There are a couple of bills to put that change into the Code of Virginia.
There are a couple of speed limit bills that would change some roads from 55 to 60 mph limit. And there is a bill to make 45 mph the minimum speed on interstates and some other limited access roads.
There are several bills that would prevent you from using your cell phone while driving unless it is a hands-free device. Current law bans only texting while driving. A couple of bills would make it an offense to drive with an animal in your lap.
There are a couple of bills that would alter the definition of motor vehicle dealer to get rid of dealer licenses for people who are selling fewer than five vehicles a year.
There is a bill to increase inspection fees from $12 to $15 for motorcycles and from $16 to $25 for vehicles less than 26,000 pounds which would be personal use cars and trucks.
A bill would allow strip searches of people in custodial arrest for a traffic violation if an officer has reasonable cause to believe that person is concealing a controlled substance.
There are a couple of bills to allow military surplus off road vehicles to be registered as antiques (if they are 25+). These are vehicles that the US military has sold to civilians.
One bill would allow you to have certain non-required, unapproved, or unpermitted lighting devices on your vehicle uncovered. Current law states they must be covered when on highways.
One bill would allow the sale of ethanol-free gasoline in parts of Hopewell that border Prince George County on the west side.
A bill would allow electric vehicle charging stations on public property. These would be fee based – you have to pay to use them.
Special license plates have returned. Here is a list of them: ROCKY MOUNTAIN ELK FOUNDATION, STOP GUN VIOLENCE, BELIEVING IN THE FUTURE OF AGRICULTURE SINCE 1927 (not sure how to fit all that on a plate), E PLURIBUS UNUM, I SUPPORT WOMEN VETERANS, FIRST IN WINE, I HAVE A DREAM, KEEPING THE LIGHTS ON, NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION, VIRGINIA REALTORS, ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION, FRIENDS OF THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY.
There are some bills to set towing and recovery fees. Plus one bill that would put drive-in movie theaters on highway signs as an attraction and a bill to stop DMV from charging extra for services just because you are at the DMV in person instead of mailing or using the internet for your registration, driver’s license renewal or ID card.
Most bills fail in the Assembly. You can go to the VAACC site listed above where there are links to each bill so you can check the status and get full information on that piece of legislation.
Polar Bear Run about to begin at the Petersburg Wal-Mart starting point
What Happens If You Fill Up a Car with Coca-Cola?
Click play to see the video below. As you know you shouldn't put soda in the gas tank but this guy did it to see what would happen.
California Introduces Bill to Ban All Combustion Engines
Legislation introduced in the California Assembly would require a transition to fully-electric vehicles in the state by the year 2040. AB 1745, put forth by Assembly member Phil Ting, would prohibit the Department of Motor Vehicles from accepting registration for new vehicles unless they meet the state’s “Zero Emission Vehicle” standard. An exemption has been made for vehicles weighing over 10,000 pounds and certain vehicles brought in from out of state. However, the current bill does not allow for any other exemptions for collector or hobbyist vehicles.
The bill has not yet been assigned to a committee for debate and discussion. The SEMA Action Network will monitor the bill closely and will keep you informed on any progress made. In the meantime, please spread the news to your family and friends.
California has a goal of 15% zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV) sales of new vehicles by 2025. Contrary to previous estimates that ZEVs would need to account for 15 percent of vehicle sales by 2025, such vehicles would need make up about 8 percent of new-car sales by then, according to the UCS (Union of Concerned Scientists). That's because automakers such as California-based Tesla have accrued ZEV credits at a faster rate than previously estimated, while ZEVs' single-charge ranges are increasing faster than expected.
The problem of course is that ZEV's are really electric vehicles which have to be charged using electricity and of course that electricity is not really zero emission.
1954 Pontiac is powered by a 350 V-8
When Will We Get Autonomous (self-driving) Cars?
I've been reading predictions about the autonomous cars. Most of those predicting the future say they will be here in the next 3 to 5 years. From Fortune magazine: "Today, 99.9% of all vehicles on the road do not have the technology to enable full autonomy. Self-driving cars won’t hit our roads in a noticeable way until 2020. But by 2040, we estimate that 95% of new vehicles sold, or 96.3 million cars, will be fully autonomous—a $3.6 trillion opportunity."
And then we hear how wonderful these vehicles will be - traffic accidents will disappear, car insurance will be super cheap. Next we hear the bad news - price: "According to the National Automobile Dealers Association, the average American spends around $30,000 on a new car or light truck. In contrast, Interest.com’s 2013 Car Affordability Study says that the average American can only afford to spend $20,806 on a car. The featured Prius, which starts at around $24,000, is optioned up with a $75,000 to $80,000 Velodyne LIDAR system, visual and radar sensors estimated to cost about $10,000, and a nearly $200,000 GPS array. Not to mention the cost of the driving computer and software. Put into context: The staid-looking Toyota Prius Mahan “drove” around in the video costs more than a Ferrari 599. At $320,000, that’s an exclusive purchase, and well above the mean cost of a car, truck or SUV."
Those who want these cars on the roads don't care about the price. The price will fall when more are on the road. People will have to learn to share cars. That's not much of an option for people who live in a rural area.
Predicting the future is easy and no one will remember when you didn't get it right. I think self-driving cars are further into the future than most think. Recall the 50s when it was predicted we'd be flying around in spaceships like the old Jetson's cartoon. Plus many people - including we car hobbyists - won't want to give up driving. However the government can force us using the power of money. Taxing the devil out of the old vehicles, legislation to force insurance companies to soar rates for people who just want to drive.
Just be happy we lived through a time when cars were important social and cultural phenomenons of America.
50th Anniversary Ford Mustang Bullitt
From Ford press release:
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of iconic movie “Bullitt” and its fan-favorite San Francisco car chase, Ford introduces the new cool and powerful 2019 Mustang Bullitt.
Third-generation member of the McQueen family, Molly, starred in a special movie of her own introducing the new third-generation Bullitt at the North American International Auto Show. In the film, Molly races a new Mustang Bullitt through a parking structure battling a Dodge Charger for the final free space.
Helping it win that particular spot was the Bullitt’s upgraded 5.0-liter V8 engine that will deliver at least 475 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque, pushing the new Bullitt to a top speed of 163 mph – an 8 mph increase versus the latest Mustang GT.
As a special-edition model due out this summer – the all-new Mustang Bullitt is equipped with a manual transmission, and the gear shifter features a white cue ball shift knob as a nod to the original. The vehicle packages all Mustang GT Premium and Performance Package content into a vehicle that maintains the original Bullitt’s understated persona.
An active valve performance exhaust system is standard with new Black NitroPlate™ exhaust tips, and retuned to give the car a signature burble, as well as new Open Air Induction System and Shelby GT350 intake manifold with 87mm throttle bodies and powertrain control module calibration for optimal performance.
Other standard equipment includes a heated leather steering wheel and a 12-inch all-digital LCD instrument cluster, identical in function to the cluster introduced on 2018 Mustang, but with a unique Bullitt welcome screen that starts in green with an image of the car rather than the pony.
“This new Bullitt is, as Steve McQueen was, effortlessly cool,” said Darrell Behmer, Mustang chief designer. “As a designer, it’s my favorite Mustang – devoid of stripes, spoilers and badges. It doesn’t need to scream about anything – it’s just cool.”
Exterior paint choices are limited to Shadow Black and the classic Dark Highland Green – as worn in the movie. Other features that pay tribute to the car McQueen drove are subtle chrome accents around the grille and front windows, classic torque thrust 19-inch aluminum wheels, red painted Brembo™ brakes, and a unique black front grille. Inside and out, the vehicle uses minimal badging; only the circular faux gas cap Bullitt logo on the rear center is visible on the exterior.
The leather-trimmed interior features unique green accent stitching on the dashboard, door panels, center console and seats.
Aside from the two exterior paint choices, Mustang Bullitt buyers are limited to three factory-installed options:
Bullitt Electronics Package includes navigation, driver memory seats and mirrors, upgraded sound system and Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert that can alert customers of vehicles detected in difficult-to-see places
MagneRide® semi-active suspension system optimizes driving performance
RECARO® black leather-trimmed seats
“When making a Bullitt, there are certain things it absolutely must have,” said Carl Widmann, Mustang chief engineer. “It has to have the right attitude, it has to be unique in some way from a Mustang GT, and more than anything, it has to be bad ass.”
That reputation was born after a Mustang GT fastback played a prominent role in the 1968 movie, and most notably in a chase scene that set new standards in filmmaking. The film’s nearly 10-minute-long sequence followed McQueen chasing down two hitmen in his Mustang through the streets of San Francisco.
Two identical 1968 Mustang GT fastbacks were used in the filming of the classic Warner Bros. movie “Bullitt” that debuted in theaters on Oct. 17, 1968. After filming, the cars went their separate ways: the hero vehicle driven by McQueen in the movie was sold by Warner Bros. to a private buyer, and the other – used in many of the jumps during the famous chase scene – was sent to a salvage yard. That jumper vehicle resurfaced in Baja, California, in early 2017, but the other was lost to history. Until now.
Sean Kiernan, owner of the hero vehicle, inherited the car in 2014 from his late father, Robert, who had purchased the vehicle in 1974. To fulfill his family’s lifelong dream, Sean contacted Ford and the two parties worked together to reveal his movie star car alongside the all-new 2019 Mustang Bullitt at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
“You know, it was never our intention to keep this car a secret from everybody,” Sean said. “It just kind of happened with life. I’m just completely buzzing to join with Ford and the new Bullitt and show this car to the world on one of the biggest stages there is.”
Temperature records for the planet, monitored independently by both agencies, go back to 1880. The announcement came in a joint press conference on Thursday in Washington.
The hottest year on record remains 2016, while 2015 ranks second according to NOAA and third by NASA, which means the top three years have been the most recent three.
Though 2017 was slightly cooler on average compared to 2016. The trend towards a warmer planet has never been clearer."
Why can't our federal government tell us if 2017 was the second or third warmest - shouldn't they all agree?
Perhaps this headlight from February 2017 will enlighten us: "Former NOAA Scientist Confirms Colleagues Manipulated Climate Records". From the House Science Committee is this press release: WASHINGTON – U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology members today responded to reports about the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) 2015 climate change study (“the Karl study”). According to Dr. John Bates, the recently retired principal scientist at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center, the Karl study was used “to discredit the notion of a global warming hiatus and rush to time the publication of the paper to influence national and international deliberations on climate policy.”
Dr. James E. Hansen is the top climate scientist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). In fact Dr. Hansen's scientific standing is unquestionable—he was described by CBS' 60 Minutes as "arguably the world's leading researcher on global warming". Hansen has stated "Over the past 15 years air temperatures at the Earth’s surface have been flat while greenhouse-gas emissions have continued to soar, quoting Hansen as saying that "the five-year mean global temperature has been flat for a decade." It discussed possible explanations of "the recent hiatus in rising temperatures", and suggested that it implied lower climate sensitivity.
Yes, when the temperatures are not what they "should" be then we have a Global Warming Hiatus - or it could just be weather as many climate scientists have said about the record setting cold temperatures this winter. While those who advocate for climate change and for taking steps to lower the average temperature of the planet have claimed that now the colder temps and more snowfall were caused by climate change. Recall when the climate changers were stating that children born today would never see snow? How do they square those statements? Scientists predicted in 2000 that kids would grow up without snow. UK climate scientists argued that global warming would make snowfall "a very rare and exciting event". "Children just aren’t going to know what snow is," Dr. David Viner, a scientist with the climatic research unit at the University of East Anglia, told the UK Independent in 2000.
Note in NOAA's map above the red areas are mostly in oceans and the ones in the oceans are larger than the ones over land. Ocean temperatures are critical in determining if the planet is warming or not. The methods used to measure ocean temps are being criticized by some scientists. This data is precisely what the whistleblower above is talking about. Since no one lives in the middle of an ocean data collection becomes very important.
NOAA routinely adjusts temperature measurements. They say the adjustments are scientifically necessary to get an accurate picture of what is happening to the planet. Critics see it another way.
In 2015 Paul Homewood, who, on his Notalotofpeopleknowthat blog, had checked the published temperature graphs for three weather stations in Paraguay against the temperatures that had originally been recorded. In each instance, the actual trend of 60 years of data had been dramatically reversed, so that a cooling trend was changed to one that showed a marked warming. This was only the latest of many examples of a practice long recognized by expert observers around the world – one that raises an ever larger question mark over the entire official surface-temperature record.
This makes it tough to know whether to believe what we are told by the news media. A recent Gallop poll revealed that 91% of Americans think the news is slanted to foster a certain viewpoint. I'm glad that many people have their eyes open.
2018 Corvette Raffle info below
2018 Corvette Raffle
I would like to make you aware of a great opportunity to win a 2018 Corvette Stingray (valued at $60,000). Only 1500 tickets will be sold. You need not be present to win. Proceeds will go to several organizations benefiting our veterans.
Below is a link to Fuel Testers - a website that is opposed to more ethanol in gasoline and would like to preserve our ability to purchase gasoline free of ethanol. www.fuel-testers.com/petition_e15.html
Corvair from Virginia Beach went home with its top down
This smooth and sharp Plymouth Belvedere had a 426 engine
DMV Titling Information
As promised I have a document about titling antique vehicles posted below for download. This contains information from the DMV speakers at the August 2015 meeting and some other information that I hope you will find useful. If in doubt about anything email or call the DMV administrators in the document; I have their contact information listed. And for the millionth time be sure to check to see if the VIN matches the VIN on the vehicle before buying it. This can save you a lot of trouble - just ask anyone who has purchased a vehicle without a matching VIN. There is also valuable info on purchasing an older vehicle from a non-title state. If you are thinking about buying a vehicle from a non-title state be sure to read it. Link to the document: Antique Vehicle Titling and Registration. I also have a bill of sale for use in buying or selling an antique vehicle: Bill of Sale; and a bill of sale for use if the signatures need to be notarized: Bill of Sale.
You may also find these links useful. The following link goes to the National Insurance Crime Bureau where you can put in a VIN that will be checked for fraud and theft at no cost. The link is www.nicb.org/theft_and_fraud_awareness/vincheck. You should do some research on the vehicle you are thinking about buying, check the VIN to make sure it matches the vehicle and of course make sure the VIN on the vehicle and title match.
The next link goes to Stolen Car Reports, another free service. At this site you can register a stolen vehicle. You can also search a zip code, city or area for the vehicles that were stolen from that area. The link is www.stolencarreports.com/report/Search.
Antique Plate Info Flyer Online
The council delegates have approved the flyer with information on antique plates and a link to it is online here: flyer opens to a new window. Council members and antique owners may print the flyer for their own reference or distribute it to those who own or are considering registering a vehicle as an antique. It will remain on the site for an undetermined time. Council delegates will review the effectiveness of the flyer at a later date.