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"The Relay" Online Newsletter
November 2019 Issue

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.

President's Message

At our recent meeting we discussed the upcoming state and local elections, California cannot no longer set its own emissions standards which means the federal standards apply to all 50 states, Ohio going to one license plate over the objection of law enforcement (it was a budget deal to increase gas tax and get the roads fixed), SEMA suing the feds because after nearly four years they have not come up with turnkey replica standards, elected officers for 2020 and of course our 25th Anniversary car show at Pamplin Park in May.

The flyer and registration along with info on the show is at this link carclubcouncil.com/carshow. More info will be added to the web page as we get the food trucks, vendors and entertainment lined up. We will have 1st and 2nd places for each class and classes cover all year cars, trucks and imports. There will also be a best in show award. If your club would like to sponsor an award such as a Chevy club giving an award to best Chevy or Mopar club giving an award for best Mopar please contact me. If you would like to donate an item for a door prize or for the silent auction also please contact me.

I have removed all the seasonal cruise-ins and the only ones online are the ones that run year round depending of course on the weather. Beginning in December we will have a new website logo with the 25th Anniversary listed. The web pages will also be wider to keep up with the new larger screen resolutions. Starting the first of December you may send in your events for 2020. Seasonal cruise-ins you may send in beginning in February. Get your event in early so it will be the first one listed for your event's date. And have a Happy Thanksgiving!

~ Fred

Larry Balch Passes

Larry Keith Balch
FEBRUARY 11, 1944 ~ OCTOBER 29, 2019 (AGE 75)

BALCH, Larry Keith, 75, of Colonial Heights, passed away on Tuesday, October 29, 2019. Mr. Balch was the founder of Balch Alignment & Frame. He was a member of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church and a member of Virginia Street Rods. He loved building and painting antique cars. He was preceded in death by his parents, Tommy and Mildred Balch; and his brother, Wayne Balch Sr.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Jeannie Balch; one daughter, Debbie Balch; two sons, Larry Balch Jr. and Chris Balch and wife, Sandra; four grandchildren, Tommy and Lauren Balch and Chad and Alissa Balch; his devoted nephew and niece, Wayne Balch Jr. and Jenni Johnson; his mother-in-law, Ann Russell; his lifelong friend, Ronnie Owens; and his wonderful caregiver, Eddie. Larry's most cherished moments were those spent with his beloved grandchildren. Even though our hearts are broken, we are thankful that he is at peace, and we know we will be with him again someday. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, October 31, 2019, at the Colonial Heights Chapel of the E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes & Crematory, 2033 Boulevard, Colonial Heights, Virginia 23834. The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. Condolences may be registered at ealvinsmall.com/notices/Larry-Balch.

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be on Monday January 27th at 6:30 PM at a location to be announced in the January newsletter. We will review and discuss the auto related bills in the General Assembly and continue to move forward on the 25th Anniversary and car show.


November 1957 Esquire calendar

Car Hobbyist News

Be sure to vote on November 5th because elections have consequences. Both houses of the General Assembly are controlled by Republicans but both have razor thin margins. In fact one house race was decided by coin toss and that gave control to the Republicans. A federal court has redrawn 11 districts which favored Republicans but now favor Democrats. This is the reason you are seeing so many TV ads as the Democrats are predicting a “blue wave” to take the General Assembly. Speaking of TV ads, some of the ads are just plain false. It worries me when people will do or say anything to get into public office.

As car hobbyists we have worked with members of both parties to get what we need. The success of the exhaust bill in 2018 is a prime example. All members of the General Assembly voted for the bill and the governor signed it into law. When you have a good bill with really good reasons to support it you can get everyone to agree.

There are also local elections for offices like Commonwealth Attorney, Sheriff, Commissioner of the Revenue, Treasurer and school board. You should check to see who is running in your locality and decide who you wish to support. And again be sure to vote!

Last month I wrote about car and truck sales. The figures for the first six months of this year show that sales are down 2.4% from last year. In August sales rebounded some but annual sales could finish the year at 16.9 million. If they do it will be the first time since 2014 that new vehicle sales fell below 17 million. The high cost of new vehicles along with interest rates that are higher than they should be have hurt sales as most people get a loan for a new vehicles.

From the Internet: Compact crossovers cool off
What's been the hottest segment in the industry for years is on track to shrink in 2019. Sales of compact crossovers are down 4 percent through June. It's still the largest segment in the U.S., but automakers are up against increasing competition for a pool of customers that's no longer growing, which is a potentially troublesome combination. The Nissan Rogue, Ford Escape and Jeep Compass have been the segment's biggest decliners this year.

Pickups picking up steam
There's no sign of slowing momentum for pickups. Full-size pickups rose 1.5 percent in the first half of the year, with Ram taking share from most of its rivals, and the Ford Ranger and Jeep Gladiator pushing midsize pickups to a 15 percent gain.

Subaru's success
The margins haven't been all that big lately, but Subaru has stretched its streak of year-over-year gains to 91 months as of June. If that's not impressive enough, Subaru is now the industry's largest brand that's still growing in the U.S., as all six brands with more market share posted declines in the first half of the year. It's up 5.2 percent on the year.

Korean brands rebound
The Detroit 3's sales declined 3 percent in the first half. Japanese brands were down 3.5 percent, and European manufacturers dipped 1 percent. But Hyundai and Kia, the Korean brands that were struggling mightily as car sales began to plummet in recent years, are up in 2019. And Genesis, Hyundai's luxury spinoff, is the fastest-growing brand in the country, up 38 percent on the year. Hyundai mostly has the Kona subcompact crossover to thank for its resurgence. Kia's three-row Telluride has quickly put up big numbers, and the Genesis G70 is off to a fast start.

Lost year
June marked the 12th consecutive month of year-over-year declines for two brands: Chevy and Mazda. Both makes also posted their lowest sales totals in the first half of a year since 2011. The only brands that have posted negative numbers for more than a full year are Mini, Fiat and Smart.

The GM strike has been going on for over a month. There is hope that it may end soon. Some are worried that this will delay production of the new Corvette. From Hagerty: Multiple media outlets have reported that the current United Auto Workers strike will delay the production and launch of the eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. When General Motors and UAW finally reach an agreement, GM will be playing catch-up on current C7 orders; then, its Bowling Green (Kentucky) Assembly Plant will have to be retooled for the C8.

Dealers could submit orders for the C7 through July 18 if the dealer had allocation available, and Bowling Green Assembly was scheduled to begin C8 production later this year. Although a person familiar with the Bowling Green operations told the Detroit Free Press that “this strike is directly going to affect the start of regular production for the mid-engine Corvette,” a GM spokesman would not confirm a delay.

“As we’ve previously stated, Chevrolet Corvette Stingray production begins in late 2019 and convertible production follows in late first-quarter 2020,” the spokesman told the Detroit Free Press. “It’s too early to speculate on production timing impacts on any of our vehicles due to the UAW work stoppage.”

In other bad news NASCAR is looking at running hybrids by 2022. In fact they are also looking at electric racecars for the future. "We travel the world visiting other sanctioning bodies and are not ignorant to the fact that the world's going towards more hybrid technology," NASCAR's senior vice president for racing development John Probst told TechCrunch. Probst said NASCAR is "pushing to go full electric," too. But the association is taking things one step at a time. Its Next-Gen race car just completed its first on-track tests and is set to debut at the 2021 Daytona 500. It will release its Next-Gen race car guidelines in 2021. Then, we'll likely see some type of hybrid tech. NASCAR isn't alone in this push. IndyCar is planning to switch to 900-horsepower hybrids in 2022 as well.

The bottom line is enjoy those ICE (internal combustion engines) as long as you can. Keep in mind president candidate Bernie Sanders has stated he wants to establish a $2.09 trillion grant program for low- and moderate-income families and small businesses to trade in used internal-combustion engine cars for new electric cars. The program would limit participants to electric vehicles built in America.

Ohio Goes to Single Plate in 2020

Ohio is joining other states by doing away with the requirement that vehicles must display license plates on the front bumpers. This was part of a budget deal that increased gas and diesel taxes to improve roads. Beginning July 1, 2020, vehicles will no longer need to have the front plate. It was part of a compromised deal reached by lawmakers Tuesday in a two-year state transportation budget bill.

Republican Gov. Mike DeWine signed the transportation budget that increases Ohio’s tax on gas by 10.5 cents a gallon and the tax on diesel fuel by 19 cents to maintain deteriorating roads and bridges. The new tax rates started July 1. The increases mean Ohioans will pay a state tax rate of 38.5 cents per gallon on gas and 47 cents a gallon on diesel fuel.

The push to eliminate the front license plate has received push back from law enforcement groups who have argued in favor of keeping the front license plate because it allows them to easily identify vehicles and help solve crimes.

6th Annual Colonial Heights Special Olympics Car Truck & Bike Show
6th Annual Colonial Heights Special Olympics Car Truck & Bike Show - click to see all the photos

The Briefs

In Auburn Hills, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, motorists along an interstate got a free show late on Sept. 28 after two people broke into a small building connected to an electronic billboard and uploaded pornography to the sign. Auburn Hills police told WDIV that two hooded young men were captured on surveillance video entering the structure at 10:49 p.m. and staying about 15 minutes. Police started getting reports of the images around 11 p.m. "I was just looking up at it and I was like, 'Huh, oh, wow. That's porn,'" said driver Chuck McMahon. Police are still looking for the hackers.

It started out innocently enough. A road-tripping couple stopped in Grosse Tete, Louisiana, on Sept. 18 to let their deaf pup relieve himself. As they stretched their legs, they wandered over to the Tiger Truck Stop petting zoo and an enclosure that's home to Caspar the Camel, and the man started throwing treats inside. But when their dog breached the fence to get at the treats, the woman, ignoring "No Trespassing" signs, followed. As she chased the dog, her husband shoved the camel and swatted him with his hat. That's when Caspar lost his cool, settling his 600-pound camel booty right on top of the woman; she told officers from the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office that she did the only thing she could do: "I bit his balls to get him off of me." Deputy Louis Hamilton Jr. cited the couple for leash law violations and criminal trespassing, siding with Caspar: "The camel did nothing wrong," Hamilton told The Advocate. "The camel has never been aggressive." A veterinarian treated the camel with antibiotics after the incident.

A Trumbull County (Ohio) sheriff's deputy pulled over an Amish buggy on Donley Road early on the morning of Sept. 15 after the officer noticed a few oddities about the vehicle. For one, there were two Amish men inside who were drinking, and on the buggy's roof rode a 12-pack of beer. And, according to Fox 8, the old-fashioned conveyance sported an unlikely modern convenience: a stereo system with large speakers. As soon as the buggy came to a stop, the two men jumped out and escaped into heavy woods near the road. Meanwhile, the horse, trailing the buggy, took off. The officer was able to catch up with the horse and have the buggy towed; the drivers were still at large. The buggy "is a vehicle, it's on the roadway and the ... laws do apply," said Chief Deputy Joe Dragovich. "You're not allowed to drink and drive or operate a buggy."

Two football-crazed fans of Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes couldn't quite pull off a heist in Lawrence, Kansas, on Sept. 16. Pulling up to a McDonald's, the two ran inside, grabbed a life-size cardboard cutout of Mahomes and ran out, stuffing the promotional piece into their car. Lawrence Police spokesman Patrick Compton told the Lawrence Journal-World that as they received the call about the theft, they were working a car crash nearby -- in which one of the vehicles just happened to have a Mahomes cutout in the back seat. Officers questioned the suspects and ordered them to appear for alleged theft. Flat Pat was returned to the McDonald's.

Gerry Moore's goal with his latest project is "making people smile," and it's working. The Pensacola, Florida, man built a "boat car," a hybrid vehicle that looks like a boat on top but motors along the street on the chassis of a Ford Expedition. Moore's wife, Karen, said her husband completed the project in three days and made sure it was street legal before taking it out on the road. WEAR TV reported on Sept. 10 that the vehicle is a "permanent convertible," but Moore keeps a scuba mask and snorkel on board in case they get caught in the rain.

Walk into an auto dealership these days and you might walk out with a seven-year car loan. That means monthly payments that last well past when the brake pads give out and potentially beyond when the car gets traded in for a new one. About a third of auto loans for new vehicles taken in the first half of 2019 had terms of longer than six years, according to credit-reporting firm Experian PLC. A decade ago, that number was less than 10%.

Apparently, Porsche has a very specific way in which it installs its wheel center caps. Yes, we’re talking about the small-but-noticeable caps adorned with the Porsche crest that you’ll find on every model from Stuttgart. At a recent Porsche event, Mr. Westbrook desired a bit of symmetry while snapping photos and manually spun a center cap so it was nice and vertical on the wheel. Turns out that Porsche never, ever does that, and jumped in with a quick correction before financial markets crashed and apes took over the planet. According to this report, the correct Porsche procedure is to align the base of the crest with the locking wheel lug, which is also supposed to be lined up with the valve stem. The reason for this is unclear, but since we’re rather OCD ourselves we sent an email to Porsche asking about it. In the meantime, we scoured our extensive collection of Porsche media photos and dammed if we didn’t find plenty of center caps lined up just as described, from the 911 to Cayenne and everything in between.

Hyundai is the latest automaker to pursue the lofty dream of the flying car. The company's new Urban Air Mobility Division aims to reduce the traffic congestion resulting from what the firm calls "mega-urbanization." To head this initiative, the business hires Dr. Jaiwon Shin, the former leader of the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate at NASA. "Having worked on cutting-edge aviation research and development at NASA for 30 years, I am very excited and humbled by the opportunity to now shape urban air mobility strategy at Hyundai Motor Group," Dr. Shin said in Hyundai's announcement of his hiring. "The new team at Hyundai will develop core technologies that will establish the company as a driving force in urban air mobility, a sector that is expected to grow into a market worth USD 1.5 trillion within the next 20 years."

While Hyundai is the first automaker to bring flying car development in-house with its own division, other firms in the industry are making big investments in this field. For example, Toyota invested $375,000 into a project from a group of employees who have been developing a single-person flying machine. Early tests looked rough, but the group set a goal using the machine to light the Olympic torch at the 2020 games in Tokyo. In addition, Geely, owner of Volvo and Lotus, purchased flying car brand Terrafugia in 2017. The company has successfully taken prototypes airborne. The European aerospace giant Airbus is toying with a novel solution to this problem. It's working on a modular passenger pod that could attach to a quadrocopter to fly and connect to a separate four-wheeled platform for driving. Audi is contributing to the latter part of this initiative.

Amelia Lions Club Courthouse Car Show
Amelia Lions Club Courthouse Car Show - Click to see all the photos

Problems With Tesla’s Smart Summon Feature

From Hagerty.

Tesla may have to start calling its new Smart Summon feature Risky Retrieval. According to Reuters, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating a number of parking lot crashes and near-misses that occurred while Tesla owners were using a special app that asks the car to drive itself to their location.

According to Tesla’s website, Smart Summon allows customers who have purchased Full Self-Driving Capability or Enhanced Autopilot “to navigate a parking lot and come to them or their destination of choice, as long as their car is within their line of sight.” Unfortunately, some owners probably aren’t liking the sight they’re seeing.

Reuters points out that several videos have been posted on social media showing Tesla vehicles in near-accidents while using the Smart Summon feature, and at least two videos show actual collisions. In one, a Tesla crashes into a garage wall, while another shows a Tesla being hit by a vehicle as it backs up. Tesla unveiled the new Smart Summon software update less than a week ago.

The NHTSA says it “is aware of reports related to Tesla’s Summon feature. We are in ongoing contact with the company and we continue to gather information. Safety is NHTSA’s top priority and the agency will not hesitate to act if it finds evidence of a safety-related defect.”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted Wednesday that customers used the Smart Summon feature more than 550,000 times in its first few days after the software update, but he did not comment on the NHTSA reports.

Although Tesla promises that a vehicle using Smart Summon “will maneuver around or stop for objects and notify you when detected,” it cautioned that users are “still responsible for your car and must monitor it and its surroundings at all times.” In order for Smart Summon to work, users must be within 200 feet of their car, and they can stop the vehicle by releasing button within the app.

According to Reuters, Tesla driver Roddie Hasan tweeted a video that shows a Tesla exit a parking space and start to cross a driveway, nearly colliding with an SUV. “First test of Smart Summon didn’t go so well,” Hasan wrote.

The malfunctioning feature would be funny if it wasn’t so serious. Ah, what the heck…

Roy Rogers, “King of the Cowboys,” pioneered Smart Summon in the 1930s and ’40s by whistling for his obedient horse, Trigger. In a related story, confidential sources say there is no truth to the rumor that Tesla’s new Karaoke feature is causing an increase in canine hearing loss.

Read more about Tesla: Tesla Model 3 Arrives - don't miss the comments!

Victoria Car Showoff  NSRA Day
Victoria Car Showoff NSRA Day - click to see all the photos

NASCAR Going Hybrid and Maybe Electric

From Engadget:
NASCAR has been talking about hybrids for a while, but it has kept quiet about a timeline. Now, the association says hybrid tech could show up in its vehicles by 2022. "We travel the world visiting other sanctioning bodies and are not ignorant to the fact that the world's going towards more hybrid technology," NASCAR's senior vice president for racing development John Probst told TechCrunch.

NASCAR is still determining how it would use hybrids. They may be better suited for shorter courses with more turns and braking, which would put the regenerative braking to use. The hybrid tech would likely be used in parallel with internal combustion engines to add power, rather than solely improve gas mileage. For instance, Probst says the hybrid tech might provide a kind of strategic supercharge that could be used to provide extra power to complete a pass.

Probst said NASCAR is "pushing to go full electric," too. But the association is taking things one step at a time. Its Next-Gen race car just completed its first on-track tests and is set to debut at the 2021 Daytona 500. It will release its Next-Gen race car guidelines in 2021. Then, we'll likely see some type of hybrid tech. NASCAR isn't alone in this push. IndyCar is planning to switch to 900-horsepower hybrids in 2022 as well.

OBGCC Fall Classic Show
OBGCC Fall Classic Show - click to see all the photos

Repair Mistakes & Blunders

From Rock Auto
Decades ago, when I was 16 with a newly issued license, my family visited my dad's cousin in a college town. The adults were enjoying their beverages and swapping stories, and dad's cousin noticed I was bored. He offered me his old late 50s Mercedes sedan to drive to the campus and look around. I eagerly accepted the keys but found out when I got in the car I would also be learning to drive a manual transmission - without any help. The old Benz had a 4-on-the-tree shifter, and before long I figured out how to run through the gears, except for reverse (which was a pull past first and down the same way).

Soon I was stopped at a red light, facing steeply uphill, trying to juggle how to release the brake, add some gas, and let out the clutch without stalling. But I had mistakenly put the shifter in reverse, so at the green light I lurched backward at the surprised driver behind me! Somehow I did not hit him! I found first and drove off, but when I tried to shift from second to third it was racing the engine back into first! Trying fourth did not work either - I had only two gears. I pulled over and lifted the hood and saw that my panicked shifting had caused one linkage rod end to pop off the ball on the shifter arm, and the socket insert part of it was missing so it would not stay connected. As luck would have it, a passing student carrying laundry just happened to have a spare wire hanger, which I used to wire the linkage together long enough to get the car back to its home. I was afraid my cousins would be angry, but they were all laughing about it the rest of the afternoon.

Lee in Texas

Spencers Store Cruise-In
Spencers Store Cruise-In - click to see all the photos

Will Stick Shifts Become Extinct

From Hagerty :
One of the things I’m proudest of at Hagerty is a program we offer to teach teens and young adults how to drive cars with manual transmissions. We call it the Hagerty Driving Academy, Powered by Skip Barber Racing School. It also teaches more advanced skills—things like skid control and emergency lane changing. But those young faces behind the wheel light up the most when they finally figure out the mysteries of the clutch and gearshift.

It’s easy to see why. When you’re starting out, driving a car with an automatic is daunting enough. All those knobs, pedals, and levers you’re used to seeing someone else operate so effortlessly are now under your control. That’s intimidating stuff.

But a stick? That’s a whole new ball game. I’ve taught manual transmissions to dozens of young people, including my daughters. Every person at some point got that frozen look of “Oh, my god, what did I do?” when they ground the gears or released the clutch too soon. (“Thunk!”)

Most probably thought, “I can’t do this.” But, of course, they can. And when they do finally “get it,” wow, it’s a real accomplishment. They’re now members of the club. They get why driving is more fun when you’re in charge of one of the car’s most basic processes. This leads to an appreciation of twisty back roads and an understanding of why some of their friends love cars that go really, really fast.

That wonderful feeling of mechanical mastery is one of the reasons we continue to teach driving a stick, even though there’s no practical reason to do so. Automatic transmissions these days are easier, shift faster, and are more fuel efficient than manuals. Only about 20 percent of new cars even offer them, which is roughly the same percentage of Americans (18 percent) who can operate them anymore.

On its face, that might seem like a bit of a downer for those of us who love manuals and cool old cars. Are we in the last days of the stick shift? Is driving a stick soon to go the way of the dinosaur?

I don’t think so at all. More than a century ago, the Model T didn’t kill our interest in horses. It just changed it. Horses today are a massive industry in America (anywhere from $50 billion to $120 billion depending on how you look at it). Why? Because they’re fun and useful in the right situations.

Just like manual transmissions.

The truth is, if the stick shift dies, it will be because we let it, and the car people I know aren’t about to let that happen. How do I know? Simple. Anyone who is into old cars loves to share his or her passion, and if that’s you, I hope you’ll take the time to teach a young driver or two the ways of the stick. You’ll make their lives richer and in doing so help preserve a fundamental driving skill they no doubt will pass on to others someday. That’s how we preserve car culture for the next generation and beyond—one teenager and one ground gear at a time.

Which reminds me of a funny story. This summer, one of the teens in the Hagerty Driving Academy who had just finished a stick-shift lesson turned to his instructor and said, “Wow, that was cool! Knowing how to use the clutch pedal is really going to help me in Forza!”

Forza is a popular racing video game. Progress comes in many forms, I guess. Onward and upward.

18th Annual Show, Shine and Dine Car Show
18th Annual "Show, Shine and Dine" Car Show - click to see all the photos

SEMA Loses Its Patience, Sues On Behalf Of Turn-key Replica Automakers

Wow! SEMA is suing to make the government get something done! We'll see how this goes ~ Fred

From Hagerty
Nearly four years after President Barack Obama signed the Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act into law, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has yet to share the required guidelines for turn-key replica and continuation cars. Enough is enough for the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA).

Following through on a threat it made last year, SEMA filed a lawsuit with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California last week, asking a federal appellate court to compel the NHTSA to act. The 2015 law, filed as H.R. 2675, was part of a larger highway funding bill called the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. It allows the sale of turn-key replica and continuation cars “within a regulatory system that addresses the unique safety and financial issues associated with limited production.” Under the law, low-volume automakers can annually produce up to 325 replica cars that resemble production vehicles manufactured at least 25 years ago.

The deadline for the NHTSA to issue the regulations necessary to implement the law was December 4, 2016.

SEMA President and CEO Christopher J. Kersting said in a press release that “SEMA has made every effort to work collaboratively with NHTSA for over three and a half years,” but the agency has yet to act. “Consequently, companies have not hired workers, businesses have lost money, and consumers have been denied their rights to purchase replica cars.”

SEMA says vehicles produced under the Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act will be “current model year clean cars. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board have developed guidelines and regulations to confirm that the engine packages to be installed will meet current emissions standards.”

Prior to enactment of the act in 2015, the U.S. had just one system for regulating automobiles. Established in the 1960s, it was designed for companies that mass-produce millions of vehicles, and it prevented small businesses from manufacturing turnkey cars. According to SEMA, some small companies made capital investments and accepted customer orders on the assumption that sales could begin in late 2016. Without action from the NHTSA, however, those companies—and their customers—are still waiting.

According to Hemmings, the prolonged delay caused former race team owner Charley Strickland to lose his funding for a proposed Lamborghini Countach replica. Strickland still hopes to produce the car.

Vehicles produced under the FAST Act will be current model-year clean cars. SEMA says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board have developed guidelines and regulations to confirm that the engine packages to be installed will meet current emissions standards.

Roar & Soar Car and Aircraft Show
Roar & Soar Car and Aircraft Show - click to see all the photos

Support the RPM Act

Sign at this link: www.votervoice.net/SEMA/campaigns/45394/respond

2019 marks a new session of Congress. Bills that did not become law at the end of 2018 must be reintroduced for consideration.

UPDATE TO THE RPM ACT - click link below
www.sema.org/epa-news

Will The UAW Strike Delay The C8 Corvette?

From Hagerty :
Sports car enthusiasts waited decades for the creation of the mid-engine Corvette. Now it looks like they’ll have to wait a little longer to actually get their hands on one.

Multiple media outlets have reported that the current United Auto Workers strike, now in its 23rd day, will delay the production and launch of the eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. When General Motors and UAW finally reach an agreement, GM will be playing catch-up on current C7 orders; then, its Bowling Green (Kentucky) Assembly Plant will have to be retooled for the C8.

Dealers could submit orders for the C7 through July 18 if the dealer had allocation available, and Bowling Green Assembly was scheduled to begin C8 production later this year. Although a person familiar with the Bowling Green operations told the Detroit Free Press that “this strike is directly going to affect the start of regular production for the mid-engine Corvette,” a GM spokesman would not confirm a delay.

“As we’ve previously stated, Chevrolet Corvette Stingray production begins in late 2019 and convertible production follows in late first-quarter 2020,” the spokesman told the Detroit Free Press. “It’s too early to speculate on production timing impacts on any of our vehicles due to the UAW work stoppage.”

Approximately 46,000 UAW workers went on strike nationwide on September 16. That strike has had a domino effect at other GM facilities. Last week, GM shut down its factory in Silao, Mexico, which builds 2020 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups, a move that idled 6000 workers. On Monday, GM partially halted production at its engine plant in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, putting 415 more employees out of work, but the scaled-down work force continues to build GM vehicles that are completely assembled there.

Parts suppliers in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico have also been affected. The Detroit News reported that 100-plus auto suppliers have enacted 12,000 temporary layoffs, citing data provided by the Original Equipment Suppliers Association. According to The News, East Lansing's Anderson Economic Group estimates the walkout of hourly GM employees has led to $412 million in lost direct wages from strikers and suppliers during the first three weeks.

Even after the strike is settled, OESA CEO Julie Fream warns, “Given the low U.S. unemployment rates and a shortage of skilled trades workers, companies may be challenged to ensure laid-off employees return to their previous positions. Upon conclusion of the strike, this could cause extended disruption in the supply chain as suppliers ramp up their production.”

The UAW walkout is GM’s longest since 1970, when workers picketed for 67 days, and recent negotiations have not been fruitful. In a letter to local leaders on Sunday, UAW Vice President Terry Dittles summed up a tumultuous weekend by writing that talks had taken a “turn for the worst.” That’s bad news for GM workers, parts suppliers, and C8 buyers, who won’t see their highly anticipated mid-engine Corvette anytime soon.

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These are two of the vehicles on the Time Bandits run to Graves Mountain in October. First a 1956 Chevy.

Chevelle
And a Chevelle SS

Protect Your Right to Buy Ethanol Free Fuel

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

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.

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