California Classic Car Clubs

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Buick Car Clubs – California

Buick Club of America – Los Angeles Chapter

Buick Club of America – Orange County Chapter

Buick Street Rod Association

Cadillac Car Clubs – California

Cadillac Kings – Antelope Valley

Cadillac Kings – Inland Empire

Cadillac Kings – Los Angeles

Cadillac Kings – Orange County

Cadillac Kings – Temecula

Cadillac-LaSalle Club – Southern California Region

ClubCTS.com

San Diego Cadillac & LaSalle Club

Camaro Car Clubs – California

Cool Runnin’ Camaros

Inland Empire Camaro Club

So Cal Third Gens

West Coast F Bodies

Chevolet Classic Car Clubs – California

California Nomads Car Club

Classic Chevys of San Diego ’55-’57

Classic Chevys of Southern California

Corvair Forum

First Generation Monte Carlo Club

Golden West Chevelles & El Caminos

Heartbeat Classic Chevy Club’55-’57

Inland Empire Corvair Club

Los Angeles Classic Chevy Club ’55-’57

San Diego Corvair Club

Southern California Chevelle Camino Club

South Coast CORSA

Southern California Impala SS owners ’94-’96

Ventura County Chevys 55-57

Vintage Chevrolet Club of America – Foothill Region

Vintage Chevrolet Club of America – Orange County Region

Vintage Chevrolet Club of America – San Fernando Region

Vintage Chevrolet Club of America – SoCal Region

Vintage Corsa – Orange County

Chrysler-Mopar-AMC Car Clubs – California

Antelope Valley Mopar Club

Chrysler Performance West

Day Dream’n & Cruz’n The PT Cruiser Place

Hot Desert Mopars

Inland Mopars

Mopar Club of San Diego

Orange County Mopar Club

PT Cruisers of Orange County

PT Cruisers of San Diego

SoCal Challengers

SoCal AMC

SoCal AMX

SoCal LX

South Bay Mopars – SoCal

Southern California Viper Club

West Coast AMC

West Coast Challengers

WPC Club, Inc. – San Fernando Valley Region

Corvette Car Clubs – California

Antelope Valley Corvette Club

Corvettes Limited - Arcadia

Corvettes in Motion – Oceanside

Corvette Owners Club of San Diego

Corvettes of San Diego

Corvettes of Southern California

Corvettes of Temecula Valley

Corvettes West - Colton

NCRS – Southern California Chapter

North Coast Vettes

North County Corvette Club – San Diego

OC Vettes Pacific Coast Corvettes – Tustin

Palm Springs Corvette Club

Pomona Valley Corvette Association – Claremont

Red Line Corvettes

Santa Clarita Valley Corvette Club

Simi Valley Corvettes

SoCal Solid Axle Corvette Club

Southwest Corvettes

TheVetteSet.com

Vintage Corvettes of Southern California

Ford Classic Car Clubs – California

California Association of Sunbeam Tiger Owners

Cobra Owners Club of America – Orange County

Early Bronco Registry

Early Ford V8 Club of America – San Diego

Early Ford V8 Club of America – Southern California

Forties Limited of Orange County

Long Beach Model T Club

Los Angeles Shelby American Automobile Club

Model A Ford Club of America

Model A Ford Club of America – Bakersfield

Model A Ford Club of America – Capistrano Valley

Model A Ford Club of America – Cruisin’ A’s

Model A Ford Club of America – Orange County

Model A Ford Club of America – Paradise Valley

Model A Ford Club of America – Pomona Valley

Model A Ford Club of America – Santa Anita

Model A Ford Club of America – Temecula Valley

Model A Restorers Club of San Diego Inc.

Model T Club of Southern California

Model T Ford Club of America – Orange County

Model T Ford Club of San Diego

Orange County Model T Ford Club

SoCal Falcon Club

So-Cal Galaxies Car Club

SoCal Shelby American Automobile Club-San Diego Region

Lincoln-Mercury Car Clubs – California

Lincoln & Continental Owners Club – Western Region

Southern California Cougar Club

Mustang Car Clubs – California

Beach Cities Mustang Club

Golden Empire Mustangs

Inland Empire Classic Mustang Club

Lost Angels Mustang Club

Mustang Owners Club of California

Orange County Mustang Club

San Gabriel Valley Mustang Club

SoCal Stangs

South Bay Mustang Owners

Superior Mustangs

The Mustang SVO Owners of Southern California

The San Diego Mustang Club

Tri-County Mustang Club

Oldsmobile Car Clubs – California

Oldsmobile Club of Southern California

Other Classic Car Clubs- California

Antique Automobile Club of America – Antelope Valley

Association of California Car Clubs

Bakersfield Car Club Council

Classic Car Club of America – Southern California Region

Contemporary Historical Vehicle Association – Coastal Valleys

Crown Firecoach Enthusiasts

Cruzn SoCal No Boundries

Fallbrook Vintage Car Club

GM Eternal

Great Autos of Yesteryear

Horseless Carriage Club of America – Orange Empire

Hudson-Essex-Terraplane Club

Metropolitan Club of California Ltd.

Milestone Car Society of California

Packards International – San Diego

Packards International – Southern California

Phantom Coaches Hearse Club

Santa Clarita Valley Contemporary Car Club

SoCal Muscle Car Club

Southern California Nash Car Club

Pontiac Classic Car Clubs – California

Full Size Pontiac Club

Inland Empire GTO Club

Pontiac Drag Days

Pontiac-Oakland Club International – San Diego Chapter

Pontiac-Oakland Club International – SoCal Chapter

Seaside Goats

Southern California Gathering of Goats

West Coast F Bodies

Studebaker Car Clubs – California

Studebaker Drivers Club – Beach Cities Inland Empire Chapter

Studebaker Drivers Club – Los Angeles Chapter

Studebaker Drivers Club – San Diego Chapter

Thunderbird Car Clubs – California

Classic Thunderbird Club International – Signal Hill

Early Birds of Southern California

Funbirds of Southern California

Vintage Thunderbird Club International – South West Region

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British Car Clubs – California

Aston Elite

Austin Healey Association of Southern California

Austin Healy Club of San Diego

Central Coast British Car Club

Inland Empire Jaguar Club

Jaguar Owners Club – Los Angeles

Jensen Healy Preservation Society – Costa Mesa

Mini Owners of America – Los Angeles

Morgan Plus Four Club of Southern California

San Diego British Car Club Council

San Diego Jaguar Club

San Diego MG Club

SoCal Mini Maniacs

Southern California MG Club

Triumph Sports Car Club of San Diego

Victor Valley British Car Club - Victorville

Vintage MG Club of Southern California

French Car Clubs – California

Renault Owners Club of North America

Southern California Citroen Car Club

German Car Clubs – California

Aircooled Anarchy

Black Porsche Inc. – Los Angeles

BMW Car Club of America – Los Angeles Chapter

BMW Car Club of America – San Diego Chapter

Deutsch Akzent Alte Schule Volkswagens

DHK Syndicate – SoCal VW Club

Dwagenklan V-dub ClubHerr Kooled – Inland Empire

Inland Valley Volkswagens

International 190SL Group

Lil’ Screamers VW Club

Mercedes Benz Club of America – Orange County section

Opel Motorsport Club

Orange County Transporter Organization

Porsche 356 Club

Porsche 914 Owners Association

Porsche Club of America – California Central Coast Region

Porsche Club of America – California Inland Region

Porsche Club of America – Golden Empire Region

Porsche Club of America – Grand Prix Region

Porsche Club of America – Los Angeles Region

Porsche Club of America – Orange Coast Region

Porsche Club of America – Riverside Region

Porsche Club of America – San Diego Region

Porsche Club of America – San Gabriel Valley Region

Porsche Club of America – Santa Barbara Region

Porsche Owners Club – Club Racing at its Best

San Diego VW Thing Club

SoCal Smarties

Strictly Vintage 2s

Vintage Volkswagen Club of America – Central Coast Chapter

VW COLA – Watercooled VW & Audi Club – Los Angeles

VW H.A.B.I.T.S – Los Angeles

Italian Car Clubs – California

Alfa Romeo Owners Club of San Diego

Alfa Romeo Owners of Southern California

Ferrari Club of America – Southwest Region

Ferrari Owners Club – San Diego Region

Pantera International

Pantera Owners Club of America

San Diego Panteras

Sports Car Clubs – California

Alpha Squad – Scion Club

Central Coast Z Car Club

Dime Quarterly – Datsun 510 Club

EmpireZ - Inland Empire

Group Z Sports Car Club

Mazda Owners Club of California

Orange County Prius Club

San Diego Miata Club

Scinergy

Scion Evolution

SoCal3s

SoCalROC – Datsun Roadster Owners Club

Southern California Evolution Enthusiasts Club

Southern California Miata Club

Southern California Scion tC Club

Toyota Owner’s & Restorer’s Club

XclusiveScions

Z Club of San Diego

Santa Monica Sports Car ClubX-elerated Habits

Swedish Car Clubs – California

SoCal Saab Owners Club

SoCal Chapter Volvo Club of America

Dune Buggy Car Clubs – California

Manx Dune Buggy Club

Lowriders Car Clubs – California

Brown Pride – Orange County

Classic Lowriders Car Club – Los Angeles

Dukes – Ventura County

Old Memories Car Club

Old Memories Car Club – San Gabriel Valley

Twisted Obsessions

Viejitos Orange County

Rods and Customs Car Clubs – California

ACES Car Club

American Streetrodders

Bay City Rodders

Cal-Rods – San Gabriel Valley

Canyon Lake Car Club

Christian Rods & Customs San Diego

Clairemont Neighborhood Cruisers – San Diego

Classic Cruisers – North Orange County

Cruisin 50’s

Cruzin’ Buddies

Drag ‘n Knights

Drifters Car Club of Southern California

Eagle Rockin’ Rodders

Early Riders Motor Club

Early Times Car Club

East County Cruisers

High Desert Cruisers

Hot Rod Knights – SoCal

Hot Rods Unlimited – Orange County

L.A. Roadsters

Little Guys Street Rods

Mercifuls Car Club

Monday Nite Car Club

Morongo Basin Old Car Club

Motorhead Misfits

Old Farts Racing Team

Oldskool 66 Cruzers

Over the Hill Gang – Apple Valley

Over the Hill Gang – North San Diego County

Over the Hill Gang – San Bernardino

Over the Hill Gang – San Diego

Over the Hill Gang – Temecula Valley

Owens Valley Cruisers

Palm Springs Cruisin’ Association

Past Pleasures Car Club

Poway Cruisers

Prowlers of San Diego

Roaders Car Club

Road Devils

Road Kings – Burbank

Roam’n Relics

Rodfathers of Southern California

Rodriders of Big Bear

SoCalNoBoundries

So-Cal T’s

South Bay Cruisers

South Orange County Rods & Customs

Street Masters – San Diego

Street Rods Unlimited - Southern California

SunRunners Car Club – Imperial Valley

Ventura Vintage Rods

Wild Bunch Car Club

Wiseguys Street Rods

Woodie Car Clubs – California

San Diego Woodies

Santa Barbara Woodies

Southern California Woodie Club

Truck Clubs – California

Early Bronco Registry

Inland Vans – Berdoo

Pickups Limited – Orange County Chapter

Pickups Limited – San Diego

Southern California Chapter American Truck Historical Society

Southern California Lightning Owners Club

Sunset – San Diego

Mini Truck Clubs – California

Southern California Mini Truck Council

Sunset – Inland Empire

4×4 and Off Road Clubs – California

California Assoc. of 4 wheel-drive Clubs

Dirt Devils of Southern California – Placentia

4X4 Freelanders – Monrovia

Inland Empire Four Wheelers

Southern California Toyota Land Cruisers

The Hummer Club Inc. – Malibu

Tierra Del Sol 4 Wheel Drive Club – San Diego

Motorcycle Clubs – California

American Thunder – Orange County

San Diego Antique Motorcycle Club

Southern California Harley Riders Association

Southern California Shadow Riders

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Performance, Power & Polish

Three States Seek to Protect Modified Exhaust Systems

The misconception that custom exhaust components are associated with illegal street racing has plagued the automotive hobby for decades and has created friction between vehicle enthusiasts and the law. In fact, unfair assumptions about modified exhaust systems have led some states to prohibit the use of this equipment, other than “factory-installed mufflers” or “mufflers meeting factory specifications.” Others have banned systems that create “excessive or unusual noise.” Subjective measures like these leave the fate of your vehicle in an uncertain limbo. While the SEMA Action Network (SAN) believes that exhaust systems should not be used in a way that causes overly loud or objectionable noise, these vague provisions fail to provide a clear and objective standard and make it difficult to know the parameters of acceptable modification.

To combat these issues, the SAN developed model exhaust noise legislation. In 2002, California was the first state to enact this model legislation into law. After 10 years, California’s automotive hobbyists are now better equipped to fight unfair exhaust noise citations issued by state law enforcement officers. The law features fair, standardized testing that can be accurately measured. Results from the test settle whether or not a vehicle’s modified exhaust system meets the state’s exhaust noise standards. If the smog check station’s referee determines that the exhaust system emits no more than 95-decibels, a certificate of compliance is issued.

Based on the success of California’s exhaust noise test standard, other states have established fair noise limits, including Montana and Maine. Like California, these states have included the SAN provision for the testing of vehicle exhaust noise to the standard adopted by the Society of Automotive Engineers to an established noise limit of 95-decibels (SAE J1169). Under the SAE standard, a sound meter is placed 20 inches from the exhaust outlet at a 45-degree angle and the engine is revved to three quarters of maximum rated horsepower. The highest decibel reading is then recorded.

Recently, three additional states have made proposals to clear up the confusion once and for all. Hawaii, Iowa and West Virginia have just introduced bills that would benefit consumers and police officers charged with enforcing the law. “In incorporating the SAN model into their state statutes, this legislation recognizes that aftermarket exhaust systems are more durable, are designed to make vehicles run more efficiently without increasing emissions and offer increased performance, which can make a vehicle safer by improving its ability to merge, pass and travel uphill,” said SEMA Vice President of Government Affairs Steve McDonald. “Further, these efforts challenge the erroneous assumption that enthusiasts who equip their vehicles with modified exhaust systems are involved in illegal street racing.”

Similar to California, Maine and Montana, the Hawaii, West Virginia and Iowa legislation provide that vehicle exhaust systems in compliance with a 95-decibel limit under SAE J1169 satisfy requirements under the “noisy mufflers” law. We encourage SAN members in those three states to make their voices heard in support of these bills. For more information on each of these measures, please refer to the information posted at www.semasan.com.


CAUCUS CORNER

Each month, Driving Force features members of the State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus. The SEMA-supported caucus is a bipartisan group of state lawmakers, almost 550 members strong, whose common thread is a love and appreciation for automobiles.

Here are its newest members:

Alaska
Senator
Dennis Egan

Colorado
Senator
Nancy Spence

Colorado
Representative
Joe Miklosi

Colorado
Representative
Ray Scott

Georgia
Representative
Earnest Smith

Indiana
Senator
Jim Buck

Iowa
Senator
Thomas Courtney

Iowa
Representative
Josh Byrnes

Kansas
Senator
Jeff Longbine

Kansas
Representative
Melanie Meier

Maine
Representative
Sheryl Briggs

Maryland
Senator
Ronald Young

Maryland
Delegate
Charles Otto

South Dakota
Representative
Peggy Gibson

Tennessee
Representative
Sheila Butt

Tennessee
Representative
Jim Gotto

Tennessee
Representative
Curry Todd

Vermont
Representative
Jim Condon

West Virginia
Delegate
Tom Azinger

West Virginia
Delegate
Carol Miller

West Virginia
Delegate
Amanda Pasdon

West Virginia
Delegate
Kelli Sobonya

Wisconsin
Representative
Elizabeth Coggs

Visit www.semasan.com for a complete list of caucus members.


Federal Update

Ethanol in Gasoline

House Committee Wants Ethanol to be Reevaluated

The U.S. House Science Committee approved a SAN-supported bill that directs the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a study on how gasoline blended with 15 to 20% ethanol (E15 and E20) may impact gas-powered vehicles. The analysis would consider a variety of issues including tailpipe emissions, materials compatibility and fuel efficiency. The House bill would prevent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from introducing E15 into the marketplace until the report has been submitted to the House Science Committee. The bill will now be considered by the full House of Representatives. Ethanol increases water formation in the gas tank, which can then produce formic acid and corrode certain metal, plastic and rubber parts. Last year, the EPA approved the sale of E15 for MY 2001 and later vehicles. The EPA agreed with the SAN’s concerns that ethanol poses a threat to older vehicles and made it “illegal” to fuel pre-2001 vehicles with E15. However, the SAN contends that a gas pump warning label will not protect consumers from accidentally misfueling these vehicles. E15 is not yet in the marketplace and is still the subject of several lawsuits and legislation to block the sale.

Legislative Quick Hits

Colorado Emissions Exemption: The SAN is supporting legislation to extend the emissions inspection exemption to vehicles that have not yet reached their eighth model year. Current law only exempts vehicles that are 4 model years old or newer. Colorado already exempts pre-1976 collector cars, kits and street rods from emissions testing. The logic for this trend is clear; such vehicles do not contribute in significant ways to air quality problems. This logic applies equally to newer cars.

Iowa Antique Registration Fee: The SAN is supporting a bill to allow any vehicle that is 25 years old or older and used only for exhibition, entertainment or educational purposes to be registered for an annual fee of $5. Under current law, a motor vehicle that is 25 years old or older may be registered as an antique vehicle upon payment of the regular annual registration fee for the vehicle. Certain vehicles that are 25 years old or older and used only for exhibition, entertainment or educational purposes may be registered as “limited-use” vehicles, subject to a registration fee of $40 for a two-year period.

Maryland Historic Vehicle Registration: Legislation to increase the age requirement for vehicles eligible for registration as “historic motor vehicles” was introduced. Under the bill, the age requirement would be raised from 20 to at least 25 years old and would prohibit these cars from being used for “occasional transportation.” The measure would also require that an historic vehicle is insured by an historic vehicle, show vehicle or antique insurance policy. A hearing to consider the bill is scheduled in the Environmental Matters Committee. The SAN is opposing the bill.

New Jersey Emissions Exemption: In 2010, SAN-supported legislation to extend the emissions inspection exemption to vehicles five model years old or newer was signed into law, subject to approval by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Previous law only exempted vehicles four model years old or newer. The EPA is now proposing action to incorporate revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by state regulators to improve performance of the state’s Inspection and Maintenance (I/M) program. Chief among the amendments the EPA is proposing to approve is the extension of the new vehicle inspection exemption from four years to five years. This action acknowledges the relatively minimal environmental impact of the vehicles targeted for this exemption and that it is senseless to test newer vehicles, the results of which demonstrate no significant air quality benefits.

Utah Vintage Travel Trailers: A SAN-supported bill to create a statutory definition of a “vintage travel trailer” and provide for a one-time registration fee was approved by the Utah House of Representatives and now moves to the Senate for consideration. Under the bill, vintage travel trailers would also be eligible for a special group license plate and would be exempted from wheel cover, mudguard, flap, or splash apron requirements. The measure provides for a $40 one-time registration fee.

Vermont Exhaust Noise: The SAN is opposing legislation to ban motor-vehicle exhaust systems that increase the noise level above the level emitted by the originally installed system. Under the bill, violators would not pass the state’s required inspection. The bill does not provide an opportunity for vehicle hobbyists to install and use aftermarket modified exhaust systems that meet an objective 95-decibel limit under a fair and predictable test. In addition, the measure does not supply inspectors with an enforcement standard, allowing them to make subjective judgments on whether an exhaust system increases “the noise emitted by the motor vehicle above the level emitted by the exhaust system as originally installed.”

Virginia License Tax: Legislation that originally threatened to provide localities with the authority to raise from $100 to $500 the amount charged for an annual license tax for vehicles that do not display current license plates was amended by a subcommittee of the Virginia House Counties, Cities and Towns Committee. Working with Virginia hobbyist groups, the SAN successfully negotiated an amendment with the bill’s sponsor to (1) totally exempt all vehicles 25 years old and older from the license tax that are undergoing restoration or repair and (2) extend the exemption to all other vehicles (including parts cars) undergoing restoration or repair that are stored on private property for fewer than 60 days. Vehicles stored within a structure would remain exempted from the tax. The bill was approved by the subcommittee on a 4-3 vote.

Washington Inoperable Vehicles: SEMA-model legislation that would prohibit cities or towns from enforcing an ordinance, development regulation, zoning regulation or administrative practice that prevents legitimate automobile collectors from pursuing their hobby, was approved by the Washington State Senate Government Operations Committee. Under the bill, a limited number of junked, wrecked or inoperable vehicles, including parts cars, stored on private property, would only require screening from public view if required by local law. The bill will now be considered by the Senate Rules Committee.

West Virginia Property Tax: The SAN is supporting legislation to provide owners of antique motor vehicles with a cap on property taxes paid on antique motor vehicles. The bill was approved by the House Roads and Transportation Committee and will now be considered by the House Finance Committee. West Virginia law defines an “antique motor vehicle” as any motor vehicle that is more than 25 years old and owned solely as a collector’s item. The bill would assess antique motor vehicles for property taxes at their salvage value. That value could not exceed $500. At the most costly rate in West Virginia (approximately 3%), the actual property tax paid by antique motor vehicle owners at the maximum salvage value would be only about $15 per year.

March 2012 SAN Club Events

Arizona

March 9-11, Scottsdale
3rd Spring Nationals
Sponsor: Goodguys
Info: www.good-guys.com or info@good-guys.com

March 30-31, Phoenix
Pontiac Heaven Car Show
Sponsor: Speedworld Dragstrip
Info: steve@pontiacheaven.org or 480/899-7873

Arkansas

March 24, Little Rock
Z-Car Show
Sponsor: Arkansas Z-Car Club
Info: www.azcc.ww4.us/azcc2/

California

March 1-3, Los Angeles
Deuce Week
Sponsor: Petersen Automotive Museum
Info: www.DeuceWeek.org or 323/964-6325

March 4, Pomona
Swap Meet & Classic Car Show
Sponsor: George Cross & Sons
Info: matt.jzarzana70@pomonaswapmeet.com or 714/538-7091

March 16-17, Sacramento
26th Annual Legislative Conference
Sponsor: The Association of California Car Clubs Inc.
Info: www.acccdefender.org or acccpres@gmail.com

March 18, Sacramento
40th Anniversary Celebration Dinner and Car Show
Sponsor: The Association of California Car Clubs Inc.
Info: www.acccdefender.org or acccpres@gmail.com

March 24-25, Pleasanton
30th All American Get-Together
Sponsor: Goodguys Rod and Custom Association
Info: www.good-guys.com or 925/838-9876

March 30-April 1, Del Mar
12th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals
Sponsor: Goodguys Rod and Custom Association
Info: www.good-guys.com or 925/838-9876

Connecticut

March 9-11, Hartford
53rd Annual Frank Maratta’s Auto & Cycle Show
Sponsor: Town Fair Tire
Info: Linda@fmautoshow.com or 860/347-3625

Florida

March 1-4, Bradenton
18th NMRA Annual Spring Break Shootout
Sponsor: NMRA
Info: swapmeet@promediapub.com or 714/444-2426

March 2-3, Lake Buena Vista
1st Annual Magical Rod Run
Sponsor: Vintage Street Rodders of America
Info: 423/571-6430 or streetrod34coupe@yahoo.com

March 3, Naples
Naples-Marco Island 23rd Annual Meet
Sponsor: Naples-Marco Island Chapter AACA
Info: gdoner4822@comcast.net or 239/597-4822

March 3, Coconut Creek
1st Annual Open Car and Truck Show
Sponsor: Corvette Club of South Florida
Info: jcutroni@att.net or 954/242-5332

March 4, Hollywood
24th Annual Florida Mopar Nationals
Sponsor: Florida Mopar Connection Car Club
Info: floridamopar@bellsouth.net or 954/920-7096

March 24, Winter Springs
Motormania Car Show
Sponsor: Orlando Bowtie Club
Info: www.orlandobowtieclub.com or arasnova@yahoo.com

March 25, Ocala
10th Annual Live Oak Carriage & Antique Car Show
Sponsor: AACA Ocala
Info: art2cars@cfl.rr.com or 352/671-6782

Georgia

March 3, Chamblee
Mopars at the Galaxy
Sponsor: North Georgia Mopar Club
Info: www.northgeorgiamoparclub.com/

Louisiana

March 24, New Orleans
British Car Day
Sponsor: British Motoring Club of New Orleans
Info: www.bmcno.org or mlandrick@gmail.com or 225/571-7064

Massachusetts

March 30-April 1, Boston
37th Annual World of Wheels Auto Show
Sponsor: Town Fair Tire
Info: www.autorama.com or 248/373-1700

New Mexico

March 10, Bosque Farms
Los Lunas Cruz Poker Run
Sponsor: New Mexico Council of Car Clubs
Info: 505/565-2105

March 31, Las Cruces
Wheels of Dreams Swap & Show
Sponsor: New Mexico Council of Car Clubs
Info: 575/526-5432

March 31, Deming
Smokin’ Oldies Car Show
Sponsor: New Mexico Council of Car Clubs
Info: 575/494-7265

March 31, Farmington
2nd Annual Rockabilly Car Show
Sponsor: Road Runners Car Club
Info: mike@roadrunnerscc.com or southernrockiesroadtour@msn.com

Oregon

March 10-11, Roseburg
35th Annual Roseburg Benefit Car Show
Sponsor: UMPQUA Flatheads and Stray Angels
Car Clubs
Info: www.strayangelscarclub.com or 541/672-2359

Pennsylvania

March 2-27, Hershey
Alternative Energy Vehicle Exhibit
Sponsor: Antique Automobile Club of
America Museum
Info: www.aacamuseum.org or 717/566-7100

March 4, Hamburg
45th Annual Hamburg Swap Meet
Sponsor: Wheels of Time SRA
Info: lhedgehog1@aol.com or 610/262-9718

South Carolina

March 24, Columbia
Old Car Drop-In
Sponsor: Columbia Classic Chevy Club
Info: barryta@netzero.com

March 31, Cayce
Carolina British Classics VI
Sponsor: British Car Club Midlands Centre
Info: www.bccmc.com or bccmc1@gmail.com

Texas

March 3, Bellville
9th Classic Car Stampede
Sponsor: Austin County Cruisers
Info: austincocruisers@sbcglobal.net or 979/865-3187

March 16-18, Fort Worth
2nd Spring Lone Star Nationals
Sponsor: Goodguys Rod and Custom Association
Info: www.good-guys.com or 925/838-9876

March 31, Shreveport
21st Annual MOPAR Nationals
Sponsor: Mopar Magic Unlimited
Info: Tmemsmith3@aol.com or 318/453-7027

Wisconsin

March 16-18, La Crosse
GCRA 38th Annual Custom Auto Show
Sponsor: God’s Country Racing Association
Info: clubs.hemmings.com/clubsites/gcra or 608/526-1162


HEY, THAT’S MY CAR!

Far East Meets Old West

Classic Sportscar Made in Japan and Modified in America

1974 Datsun 260Z “Scarab”
Owner: Robert Walters
Jacksonville, FL

I’ve always wanted a V8-Z. Finally, I found this one on eBay about 10 years ago. I’m the third owner of the car after it changed hands between two friends a couple of times in central California. The car was built from a Scarab kit except for the wide front fenders. The car came with the Stage II 425hp turbocharged 350 Chevy mated to a T10 four-speed with a special Scarab embossed bellhousing. The Scarab kit included the flared quarters, louvered hood, Recaro seats and Scarab vacuum/boost gauge. The original owner equipped the car with 16-inch Simmons B45 3-piece rims, filled the quarter vents, relocated the fuel filler to the upper quarter and added a remote release. The battery was also relocated between the rear strut towers.

I’ve made a number of modifications over the last 10 years. Many parts were swapped, including a T56 transmission now taking the place of the T10. Under the hood, a Powerjection III EFI has replaced the Quadrajet carburetor. An AlkyControl methanol injection setup has been installed as well. A Griffin Aluminum radiator with a 2-speed Taurus electric fan cools the engine. For braking, the front-end received 300ZX vented rotors with Toyota 4-piston calipers while the rear-end now has Willwood discs. It’s also got 280ZX CV axles and a 300ZX R200 differential with Quaife LSD. Other features include a 3.5-inch oval exhaust, a J&S Electronics Safeguard timing control, a custom stainless box housing the Optima battery and best of all, A/C!

My Scarab is still a work in progress but aren’t they all? I’m hoping to take the car on the Hot Rod Power Tour in June. My wife and I did the Tour last year in her Murano. Unfortunately, the Scarab’s EFI lost a circuit board just before the trip so we had to go with “Plan B!”

Have your car or truck featured in a future issue of Driving Force.
Submit your high-resolution photos to san@sema.org.

CLUB SPOTLIGHT

Divine Legacy

The Roamin Angels Celebrate 50 Years of Good Deeds

What’s in a name? With the Roamin Angels Car Club of Grass Valley, California, the name says it all. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the original club. When the club was first organized in 1962, a group of high school hot rodders got together to cruise their cars. However, they also decided to stop and help local motorists whose vehicles had broken down. Club members handed out cards that said, “You’ve been helped by a Roamin Angel.”

The annual Roamin Angel Toy Drive was established 23 years ago with the same charitable spirit in mind. At the last event, the club adopted 60 families using $6,000 of its own funds to augment the toys with clothes, blankets and household needs. This donation was raised at the annual Roamin Angels “Cruisin’ the Pines” Car Show at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, held the second weekend of September each year.

Each year, the Toy Drive is publicized as part of a Christmas celebration. Refreshments were provided by Reibe’s Auto Parts of Grass Valley and the Salvation Army. A local band played live seasonal tunes for the crowd. Santa Claus even arrived in an antique fire truck! Club members also work with the local Salvation Army throughout the holiday season to help those in need.

During the year, the Roamin Angels participate in community service activities, make donations to local groups and support the Association of California Car Clubs (ACCC). The original spirit of this car club is alive and well after 50 years.

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State Laws and Regulations Impacting Specialty Vehicles

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SAN Compiles State Laws and Regulations Impacting Specialty Vehicles

On behalf of hobbyists nationwide, the SEMA Action Network has released a compilation of state laws and regulations governing specialty motor vehicles.  The compilation is a one-stop shop for state resources listing each state’s specialty vehicle definitions, registration and titling provisions, inspection criteria and other requirements and exemptions.  Known as the “Tag & Title Toolbox,” the new compilation also includes key administrative forms that can be printed for titling and registering specialty vehicles at DMVs nationwide. Information on state emission inspection programs has also been added.  “Tag & Title Toolbox” can be found online at www.semasan.com.

The term “specialty vehicle” includes the following vehicle classes: ancient, antique, assembled, classic, collectible, collector, custom, exhibition, historic, homemade, horseless carriage, kit, modified, parade, parts, rebuilt, reconstructed, replica, show, special interest, specially constructed, street cruiser, street rod and vintage.  Given that a uniform system for defining such specialty vehicles does not exist among the states, applicable definitions for each state are listed separately at the beginning of each state’s document to clarify the language in the statutes and regulations.

“For years, the SAN has researched individual state laws in order to identify states that would benefit from our model titling and registration legislation,” said SEMA Vice President of Government Affairs Steve McDonald.  “Using these statutes as an informational resource and reference tool, we drafted legislation to create new titling and registration classes for street rods and custom vehicles, including kit cars and replicas.  Versions of this model legislation have since been enacted in 21 states across the country.”

The information is current for 2010, but subject to change in the future.  SAN advises hobbyists to also directly consult the statutes and regulations for states of interest to ensure the accuracy of the information.  “SAN members can use this resource to determine their state’s specific specialty car requirements and relay this information to their hobbyist network,” McDonald added.

Please forward this Alert to your fellow car enthusiasts.  Urge them to join the SAN and help defend the hobby!

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SAN Leads the Way in Opposing E15 Waiver and Proposed Rule to Prevent Misfueling

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SAN Leads the Way in Opposing E15 Waiver and Proposed Rule to Prevent Misfueling

The SEMA Action Network (SAN) asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to suspend the partial waiver issued last October to permit the sale of E15 for model year 2007 and newer vehicles.  While issuing the waiver, the EPA confirmed that there was insufficient test data to permit E15 to be used in MY 2000 and older light-duty motor vehicles.  SAN has consistently voiced concern that ethanol increases water formation which can then create formic acid and corrode metals, plastics and rubber.  The agency is still gathering data for the 2001-2006 vehicles.  The EPA’s ruling responded to a request from the ethanol industry to raise the ethanol content in gasoline from 10 percent (E10) to 15 percent.

The SAN also opposed a proposed rule on how to label gas pumps to help prevent vehicle misfueling, citing E10 as an example in which the EPA has not satisfied its mission to provide adequate information to the public on whether the fuel they are buying contains ethanol.  There are no uniform nationwide requirements.  Labeling rules are subject to state regulation.  Some states do not require labels and the rules for other states vary depending upon the content percentage.  SAN recommended that the EPA create national labeling requirements for both E15 and E10, and that the E15 warning label be placed as close as possible to the pump’s product selection mechanism.

Several lawsuits have been filed against the EPA contending that the agency did not have the authority to issue a partial waiver.  Legislation may also be introduced in Congress to overturn the waiver.  SAN will continue to oppose E15 until there are conclusive scientific findings that demonstrate that it will not harm automobiles of any age as a result of corrosion or other chemical incompatibilities.

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SEMA SAN Driving Force December 2010 Newsletter

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Year in Motion

SAN Members Mobilize to Achieve Legislative Victories in 2010

The current economic and legislative environment is emboldening governments to become more aggressive with their anti-auto hobby legislation. States are seeking new avenues for generating revenue and new ways of dictating what you can and cannot do with your vehicles.

The message government is sending is clear—the hobby needs the SEMA Action Network now more than ever. The most powerful tool in protecting our hobby will always be an informed and active enthusiast. Encourage friends and fellow club members to join the SAN at www.SEMASAN.com.

SAN members from across the United States and Canada continue to play an active role in supporting hobby-friendly legislation across both countries. This yearly issue of Driving Force contains a snapshot of the victories forged this year by the SAN and its dedicated members.

California Emissions Tests: SAN defeated legislation to require annual smog-check inspections for vehicles 15 years old and older. The bill would have required that funds generated through the additional inspection fees be deposited into an account which could have been used to scrap older cars.

California “Gas Guzzlers”: Legislation to authorize the establishment of a purchase surcharge for some new motor vehicles based on state calculations of carbon emissions was defeated. Funds collected under the program would have been used in part to fund rebates for vehicles, including hybrids and electric cars. SAN opposed the bill because it would make popular performance and luxury cars, as well as SUVs, light trucks and minivans, substantially more expensive to own. The measure also would not necessarily curtail greenhouse gas emissions, which depend on a host of other factors, such as total miles traveled.

Colorado Emissions Exemption: SAN-opposed legislation that sought to reset to 1959 the latest model year at which a vehicle is excluded from the emissions testing process was “postponed indefinitely” by the legislature. Currently, model-year vehicles ’75 and older are exempted. Colorado’s current emissions test exemption recognizes the minimal impact of older cars on vehicle emissions and air quality.

Kansas Inoperable Vehicles: A SAN-opposed bill to allow cities and towns to enforce “nuisance abatement” procedures by notifying affected property owners by use of first-class mail instead of certified mail (with a return receipt) was withdrawn. Nuisance abatement laws are often used by local jurisdictions to force removal of inoperable vehicles, including parts cars, stored on private property by car collectors. SAN opposed the bill because without actual and verified notification, owners could risk removal of valuable collector cars and parts, especially when they are not at home to receive a first-class mailing.

Kansas Specialty Vehicle Fees: SAN convinced Kansas legislators to delete provisions from a revenue bill that increased the fees on antiques, street rods and special-interest vehicles. The language sought to raise the registration fees on these vehicles, including a $10 increase on January 1, 2013, and another $10 increase on January 1, 2014. The revenue bill, without the increased fees on hobbyist vehicles, was signed into law by Governor Mark Parkinson.

Louisiana Inspection Exemption: A SAN- supported bill to exempt antique vehicles 25 years old and older from the motor-vehicle inspection requirements was signed into law by Governor Bobby Jindal. Prior to the bill’s enactment, only vehicles 40 years old and older were exempted from testing. Non-exempted vehicles in Louisiana are subject to an annual vehicle inspection, including a safety-equipment inspection, and for vehicles registered in selected parishes, an additional emissions inspection.

Massachusetts Street Rods/Customs: Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed into law a version of SEMA-model legislation to create a vehicle registration classification for street rods, custom vehicles, replicas and specially constructed vehicles. Replica vehicles will be assigned a certificate of title bearing both the year in which the vehicle was built and the make, model and year of the vehicle intended to be replicated. Under the new law, street rods and custom vehicles are exempted from emissions inspection requirements. The measure also provides that specially constructed and replica vehicles, which are registered on or before April 30, 2012, will be exempted from emissions inspection requirements. If registered after April 30, 2012, these vehicles will be subject to emissions control requirements based on the model year and configuration of the engine installed, whether the engine is an original equipment manufacturer’s production engine, rebuilt engine or crate engine.

Massachusetts “Gas Guzzlers”: SAN-opposed legislation in Massachusetts to create a clean vehicle incentive program that would provide rebates to, and require additional charges from, the purchaser of new motor vehicles based on a vehicle’s greenhouse gas emissions was defeated. Such legislation affects a consumers’ ability to purchase the vehicle of choice, leading to potential safety issues and other concerns.

Massachusetts Exhaust Noise: A bill targeted for defeat by SAN to ban the “use and sale of any exhaust pipe that increases the sound emissions of any vehicle, including motorcycles,” was set aside for study by the legislature. Among other things, the measure ignored the fact that aftermarket exhaust systems are designed to make vehicles run more efficiently without increasing emissions and did not supply law enforcement with a clear standard to enforce, allowing them to make subjective judgments on whether or not a modified exhaust system is in violation.

Mississippi Nitrous Oxide: Working with the Mississippi State Troopers Association, SAN successfully negotiated a compromise on legislation that originally threatened to prohibit public road use of all motor vehicles equipped to supply the engine with nitrous oxide. The bill was signed into law by Governor Haley Barbour. Originally written as an outright ban, the new law allows for the installation of nitrous-oxide systems as long as the feed lines are disconnected or the canisters are removed while the vehicle is being operated on a public road. The SAN amendment better protects public road safety while ensuring legitimate off-road uses of nitrous-oxide systems.

Nebraska Abandoned Vehicles: Legislation opposed by SAN that would have expanded the definition of “abandoned motor vehicle” to include vehicles that were left unattended for more than six hours on private property without valid plates, title or permit was not considered in the 2010 legislative session. The bill also sought to include vehicles that are inoperable, partially dismantled, wrecked, junked or discarded. Under current law, a vehicle is not considered to be abandoned on private property until it is left unattended for more than seven days. Motor vehicles are defined as abandoned for the purpose of allowing state and local authorities to remove them from private property.

New Jersey New Car Emissions Inspections: SAN-supported legislation to extend the emissions inspection exemption to vehicles five model years old or newer was signed into law by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. The new law acknowledges the relatively minimal environmental impact of the vehicles targeted for this exemption and that it is senseless to test newer vehicles, the results of which demonstrate no significant air-quality benefits.

New York Taxing “Gas Guzzlers”: SAN beat back legislation to establish a progressive purchase or lease surcharge for some new motor vehicles based on state calculations of carbon emissions. Depending on the vehicle purchased, this surcharge could have required owners to pay up to $2,500 more for the vehicle. Separate legislation, also defeated, proposed to create a task force that would have recommended higher toll and registration fees for vehicles, based on weight, emissions and fuel-efficiency ratings.

North Carolina Scrappage: SAN turned back legislation that would have implemented a state vehicle scrappage program for passenger vehicles that are at least 14 years old. Under the program, participants would have received around $1,000–$1,500 to scrap their car and purchase a current year vehicle under 10,000 lbs. or one from the previous three model years. All trade-in vehicles would have been subject to scrappage, regardless of their historical value or collector interest.

Rhode Island Exhaust Noise Standard: Legislation to limit motorcycle exhaust noise to 92 decibels under the SAE J2825 idle test procedure failed to pass both houses of the Rhode Island Legislature. The bill originally included all motor vehicles under the same exhaust test standard and decibel limit. SAN was successful in removing motor vehicles from the scope of the bill.

Utah Aftermarket Exhaust Systems: SAN defeated a bill to ban the use of most aftermarket exhaust systems. Under the bill, all vehicles would have been required to be equipped with an exhaust system that is “installed by the original manufacturer of the vehicle and is not modified; or meets specifications equivalent to the muffler installed by the original manufacturer of the vehicle and is not modified.”

Vermont Inoperable Vehicles: SAN-supported legislation to provide an exemption to automotive hobbyists from the restrictions on salvage yards was signed into law by Vermont Governor Jim Douglas. The new law increases the regulation of salvage yards and automobile graveyards in the state but includes a provision stipulating that hobbyists are not to be confused with the owners of automobile graveyards. The law defines an “automobile hobbyist” as a person not primarily engaged in the sale of vehicles and parts or dismantling junk vehicles. The definition of “automobile graveyard” does not include an area used by an automobile hobbyist for storage and restoration purposes, provided their activities comply with federal, state and municipal law.

Virginia Exhaust Noise: At SAN’s urging, the legislature rejected a bill to ban the sale of “any aftermarket exhaust system component” that would cause the vehicle to produce “excessive or unusual noise.” SAN recommended that Virginia adopt reasonable noise decibel limits for modified exhaust systems, which can be verified through an easy to administer test standard.

Washington Scrappage: SAN again helped turn back legislation that would have implemented a vehicle scrappage program for passenger vehicles more than 15 years old. Under the bill, qualifying vehicles would have had to be registered for a 24-month period and in satisfactory operating condition. Replacement vehicles purchased under the plan would have been required to have an U.S. Environmental Protection Agency highway gasoline mileage rating of at least 30 mpg. Participants in the program were to be granted a sales-tax exemption for the first $2,000 of tax paid on the purchase price. All trade-in vehicles would have been destroyed, regardless of their historical value or collector interest.

West Virginia Exhaust Noise: A SAN-opposed bill to provide that the noise from a motor-vehicle exhaust system that has been deemed “disturbing or unreasonably loud” constitutes the crime of disturbing the peace is dead for the year. Under the bill, violators could have been fined up to $1,000 per occurrence, jailed for six months or both. Among other things, the bill did not supply law enforcement with an enforcement standard, allowing them to make subjective judgments on whether an exhaust system is “disturbing or unreasonably loud.”

Wisconsin Imported Collector Vehicles: A Wisconsin proposal to prohibit the registration of certain imported collector vehicles will not be promulgated this year thanks to SAN intervention. The measure threatened to prohibit the registration of imported vehicles manufactured after 1967 that did not meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). U.S. law specifically exempts imported vehicles that are 25 years old and older from these standards and, therefore, this rule would have been inconsistent with federal law prohibiting the registration of vehicles coming in from other states that have already been proven safe on U.S. roads.

Wisconsin Military Vehicles: SAN-supported legislation to provide for the registration of former military vehicles was signed into law by Governor Jim Doyle. The new law defines a former military vehicle as one that was manufactured for use in any country’s military force, so long as it is maintained to accurately represent the military design and markings. The designation would include military vehicles designed both for off- and on-road use, including trailers. The law allows former military vehicles that are 25 years old and older to be registered and operated in a manner similar to antique vehicles (driven on special occasions and not as a daily driver).

FEDERAL ISSUES

Collector Car Appreciation Day: At SAN’s request, U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Richard Burr (R-NC) co-sponsored Senate Resolution 513 designating July 9, 2010, as “Collector Car Appreciation Day.” To celebrate, SAN members across the country gathered to recognize the value in collecting and restoring historic and classic cars. Car clubs, enthusiast organizations and affiliated businesses hosted more than 100 events in more than 40 states to commemorate the day. Events ranged from car cruises to small-business open houses and product giveaways. The SAN is seeking to have another resolution introduced for a second annual event in 2011.

Ethanol Content in Gasoline: The EPA confirmed that there is insufficient test data to permit E15 to be used in model-year ’00 and older light-duty motor vehicles. The SAN has consistently voiced concern that ethanol increases water formation, which can create formic acid that corrodes metals, plastics and rubber. On October 13, the EPA issued a waiver to permit the use of E15 in ’07 and newer model-year vehicles. The agency is still gathering data to determine whether to permit its use in ’01–’06 model year vehicles. The EPA’s ruling responds to a request from the ethanol industry to raise the ethanol content in gasoline from 10% to 15%. The SAN will continue to oppose E15 until there are conclusive scientific findings that demonstrate that it will not harm automobiles of any age as a result of corrosion or other chemical incompatibilities.

OHVs and Land Use: A number of wilderness bills were introduced and considered in Congress during 2010, but all are expected to die at the end of the session. A U.S. Department of the Interior document released earlier this year indicated that the agency could designate 14 new or expanded national monuments covering 13 million acres in the western United States. Unlike wilderness designations, national monuments permit motorized recreation within their boundaries. However, closing off-highway vehicle (OHV) roads and trails can be an unintended byproduct of the designation. Targeted lands include popular OHV areas, such as the San Rafael Swell and Cedar Mesa (Utah), Berryessa Snow Mountains and Bodie Hills (California) and parts of the Great Basin (Nevada). The SAN opposes unnecessarily restrictive land-use policies and has urged Congress, states and local communities to take an active role in participating in land use decisions.

CANADIAN ISSUES

Canada (Prince Edward Island) Nitrous Oxide: The province of Prince Edward Island enacted a new law to permit the installation of nitrous-oxide systems as long as the feed lines are disconnected or the canisters are removed while the vehicle is being operated on a public road. The law largely mirrors SEMA-model legislation to better protect public road safety while ensuring legitimate off-road uses of nitrous-oxide systems.

Canada Leaded Fuel Exemption: Environment Canada issued a SAN-supported final rule to indefinitely extend an exemption allowing the use of leaded gasoline in competition motor vehicles. The new rule recognizes the relationship between the Canadian and U.S. racing industries and adopts a consistent environmental approach to leaded fuel use. Environment Canada will conduct a five-year review and revisit the exemption issue if necessary based on science, technology and fuel replacement developments. Meanwhile, Environment Canada will work with the racing industry to encourage a voluntary reduction or phase-out of leaded racing fuel.

HEY, THAT’S MY CAR!

A New Generation Keeps on Truckin’

1985 GMC Sierra Classic 1500
Owner: Jason Amershek
Middleville, Michigan

My parents bought the truck for $4,000 around fall of 2005, bone stock. They used it as a daily driver, as it was our only vehicle. Then a year or so later, the transmission failed, and it sat in the yard for two years. When I turned 15, I began to take an interest in the old truck and getting it running again so that I would be able to drive it when I got my license. My dad agreed to let me—then age 15—remove the transmission and work on getting it rebuilt. After a little reading and guidance, we got it running. My dad helped me install an Edelbrock carburetor and intake manifold with a 1-inch aluminum spacer in place of the stock cast intake and Rochester carb. It was such a great feeling to turn the key and have that old engine roar to life after sitting in our yard for those two years. I used it around the yard for a year or so, got it registered again and was able to use it in my road test. After passing the test, I got my license and have since installed a rebuilt ’73 GM 350 engine, new rims and tires, 4-inch stacks in the bed, a mild cam, Flow-Tech headers, along with many other modifications. I now use this truck every day. I have made it to be a powerful, reliable and good-looking ride, and I am very proud of all the hard work I have done on it. At 17, I have put a few thousand dollars of my own money into this vehicle. I can’t thank my parents enough for all the help and encouragement they have given me. The next major thing I want to do is a paint job, but I can’t afford it yet. So, I will get out the Turtle Wax and a rag and make it look the best it can which, I think, isn’t too bad.

DECEMBER 2010 SAN CLUB EVENTS

CALIFORNIA
December 4–5, San Jose
San Jose Classics & Customs Indoor Car Show
Information:
http://sanjoseclassicsandcustoms.com

December 5, Stockton
Swap Meet & Car Show at San Joaquin County Fairgrounds
Information: 209/948-5307

December 5, Folsom
Cruisin’ For Kids Christmas Toy Run
Information: 916/988-6376

December 17–19, Long Beach
International Motorcycle Show
Information: 800/331-5706 or
www.motorcycleshows.com/LongBeach

CONNECTICUT
December 5, Enfield
Auto Flea Market
Information: 413/786-6318

GEORGIA
December 4, Calhoun
Christmas in Paradise for the Kids of Gordon County Car Show
Sponsor: North GA Hotrods & Paradise Drag Strip
Information: 706/278-2846 or 706/260-8131

INDIANA
December 4, Brownsburg
8th Annual Blanket Run at GodSpeed
Information: 317/858-1782

MARYLAND
December 4–5, Baltimore
21st Annual Indoor East Coast Nationals
Information:
http://eastcoastindoornats.com

December 12, Baltimore Highlands
Christmas Breakfast & Car Show
Sponsor: Street Survivors of MD
Information: 410/761-1927 or 410/437-5968

OREGON
December 2, Roseburg
“1st Thursday” Cruise-In
Sponsor: The Stray Angels
Information: 541/672-2359 or
www.strayangelscarclub.com

TEXAS
December 5, Houston
28th Annual Los Magnificos Lowrider Car Show & Concert
Sponsor: 97.9 THE BOX
Information:
http://theboxhouston.com
UPCOMING JANUARY 2011 SAN CLUB EVENTS

CALIFORNIA
January 1, Sacramento
Annual New Year’s Day Drag Racing
Sponsor: NHRA
Information: 916/363-2653

January 8, Stockton
Circle Track Trade Show and Swap Meet
Information: 209/982-4309

January 29–30, Turlock
Turlock Swap Meet
Sponsor: The Modesto Area A’s
Information:
www.turlockswapmeet.com

FLORIDA
January 8, Lake Worth
10th Annual Fords and Friends Meet
Sponsor: Early Ford V-8 Club
Information: 561/712-9252 or
horizon5@bellsouth.net

January 9, Sunrise
5th Annual Open Car & Truck Show
Sponsor: Renegade Corvette Club
Information: 954/980-2670 or
www.renegadecorvetteclub.com

January 15–16, Miami
Art Deco Weekend Car Festival
Sponsor: AACA South Florida Region
Information:
http://local.aaca.org/southflorida

MARYLAND
January 22, Cambridge
Winter Parts Meet
Sponsor: AACA Bay County Region
Information: 410/228-5252 or
hhnabb@bcctv.net

NEW MEXICO
January 28–30, Albuquerque
20th Annual Supernationals Custom Auto Show
Information: 505/269-0496 or
www.thesupernationals.com or reggie@thesupernationals.com

TENNESSEE
January 8–10, Chattanooga
43rd Annual Chattanooga World of Wheels Custom Auto Show
Sponsor: McLean MotorSports Productions
Information:
www.worldofwheels.info/index.php?option=com_

CAUCUS CORNER

State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus Dinner SEMA Show 2010
Members of the State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus gathered this past November to enjoy the hobby’s biggest annual event, the SEMA Show. From left: Assemblyman Richard Carrillo, Nevada Senator Mark Manendo, California Assemblymember Felipe Fuentes, California Assemblyman Curt Hagman, California Assemblymember Tony Mendoza, Nevada Senator Mo Denis, New York Assemblyman (Caucus Chairman) Bill Reilich, Wyoming Representative Stan Blake and Montana Senator John Brueggeman.
CLUB SPOTLIGHT

It’s Not Just the Cars. It’s the People.

Porsche Club of America Adds German Accent to the SAN
Members of the Porsche Club of America celebrate the finer things in life. They desire the comfort of good friends and good conversation and praise to a fault what the club believes to be the world’s finest automobile. With those attributes, the club has grown to 139 regions throughout the United States and Canada. It is the largest single marque car club in the world with more than 104,000 members.

Club members bond over racing, showing off their prized possessions and conducting rallies, autocrosses and tours. The club sponsors driver education, restoration and technical sessions. These guys and gals know their Porsche (or Porsches, if they’re lucky!) inside and out. The club even has an award-winning monthly magazine, Porsche Panorama, to tell their stories and provide an insider’s view to everything Porsche.
The Porsche experience reaches across the cars and the years to people, binding together the family whose name the cars bear, the men and women who design and build them, and those across the world who drive and cherish them. In addition to its benefits, Porsche Club of America provides camaraderie second to none. Each year, the Club hosts its annual convention, the Porsche Parade, a week-long extravaganza of car and social events that attracts roughly 2,000 people a year.

For more information, visit www.pca.org.



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Made in Massachusetts

SEMA-Model Hobby Car Registration and Titling Bill Becomes Law in the Bay State

With Governor Deval Patrick’s signature, Massachusetts became the 21st state to enact into law a version of SEMA-model legislation to create a vehicle registration classification for street rods, custom vehicles, replicas and specially constructed vehicles.

“After five years of working with the legislature on various iterations of this bill, we are extremely grateful to State Representative Carolyn Dykema, in addition to Representative Brian Dempsey, Representative Joseph Wagner, Representative Charles Murphy and Senator Steven Baddour and their staffs for taking it over the last hurdle,” said SEMA Vice President of Government Affairs Steve McDonald.

The new law defines a street rod as an altered vehicle manufactured before 1949 and a custom as an altered vehicle at least 25 years old and manufactured after 1948. Replica vehicles are defined as being assembled by a non- manufacturer from new or used parts that replicate an earlier year, make and model vehicle. Specially constructed vehicles are those reconstructed or assembled by a non-manufacturer from new or used parts that have an exterior that does not replicate or resemble any other manufactured vehicle. Replica vehicles will be assigned a certificate of title bearing both the year in which the vehicle was built and the make, model and year of the vehicle intended to be replicated.

Through the persistence of former Methuen City Councilman Joe Leone, the bill was given consideration amongst the chaos that exists in the closing days of a legislative session. An avid enthusiast and owner of an FFR Roadster, Leone worked to educate lawmakers and regulators on the positive benefits that this bill would have on the enthusiast community. “We are deeply indebted to Joe for his determined efforts to get the bill through the legislature,” said McDonald. “From countless e-mails, phone calls and visits to the State House, he helped to ensure that this pro-hobby bill would receive attention from lawmakers. Special thanks are also due to Factory Five Racing, Chop-Shop Customs, Dominators Car Club and Mass Cruisers Car Club.”

Under the new law, street rods and custom vehicles are exempted from emissions inspection requirements. In a compromise made with the state air-quality regulators, the measure also provides that specially constructed and replica vehicles which are registered on or before April 30, 2012, will be exempted from emissions inspection requirements. Specially constructed and replica vehicles registered after April 30, 2012, will be subject to emissions-control requirements based on the model year and configuration of the engine installed, whether the engine is an original equipment manufacturer’s production engine, rebuilt engine or crate engine.

“Street rods, custom cars, replicas and specially constructed vehicles are the same rarely driven crowd pleasers that participate in exhibitions and as parade vehicles, and whose owners regularly contribute to charities and civic events,” McDonald added. “This new law simply recognizes the immeasurable amount of time, money and attention automotive hobbyists invest in their cars. For many vehicle enthusiasts in Massachusetts and throughout America, building, maintaining and enjoying their vehicles is a favorite pastime. This new law represents an opportunity to acknowledge their commitment to the hobby and to protect it for future generations.”

10 Best and Worst Bills of 2010

As the state legislatures close down their legislative sessions, Driving Force is introducing a new feature highlighting the best and worst automotive bills of 2010. While some of these bills were enacted into law, most did not make it through this year and could be reintroduced in future sessions. Keep an eye out, and get ready to help us support the best and oppose the worst in 2011!

10 Best

California S.B. 232/A.B. 1740
Seek to remove the 500 per year vehicle limitation and allow for an unlimited number of specially constructed vehicle registrations. Bills were not enacted into law.

Washington S.B. 5246 and Michigan S.B. 590
Prohibit cities or towns from restricting inoperable vehicles, including parts cars, stored on private property if screened from public view. Bills were not enacted into law.

New York A.B. 10698
Creates a $100 one-time fee that would replace the current annual fee of $28.75 for the registration of historical motor vehicles. Bill was not enacted into law.

Ohio H.B. 199, New York A.B. 2429/S.B. 3547, New Jersey A.B. 448/S.B. 687 and Massachusetts H.B. 4557
Seek to create vehicle registration and titling classifications for street rods and custom vehicles, including kit cars and replicas, and provides for special license plates. The Massachusetts bill was enacted into law. The other three bills were not enacted into law.

West Virginia H.B. 2775/H.B. 3243/H.B. 4222/H.B. 4575
Aim to reduce the financial burden placed on antique vehicle owners by reducing the taxes and fees that they must pay on these vehicles. Bills were not enacted into law.

Idaho H.B. 591
Seeks to exempt vehicles driven less than 1,000 miles per year from the state’s mandatory emissions inspection program, regardless of the vehicle’s age. Bill was not enacted into law.

Iowa S.F. 2035
Allows an antique vehicle to be registered as a limited-use (1,000 miles annually) antique vehicle for a low $5 fee. Bill was not enacted into law.

Maryland H.B. 252
Exempts new vehicles from the state’s mandatory emissions inspection program for the first four years after production. Bill was not enacted into law.

Vermont S.B. 237
For the purpose of regulation, includes a provision stipulating that hobbyists maintaining inoperable vehicles on private property are not to be confused with the owners of automobile graveyards. Bill was enacted into law.

Louisiana H.B. 118
Exempts all antique vehicles, defined as 25 years old and older, from the motor vehicle inspection requirements, which include equipment inspections and emissions inspections in certain areas. Bill was enacted into law.

10 Worst

California A.B. 859
Requires an annual smog-check inspections for all cars 15 years old and older. Bill was not enacted into law.

Colorado S.B. 95
Resets the model year target from ’76 and newer to ’59 and newer for vehicles required to undergo emissions testing. Bill was not enacted into law.

Hawaii H.B. 1878
Creates a cause of action by which one individual can sue another for maintaining an inoperable vehicle on private property. Bill was not enacted into law.

Michigan H.B. 5897
Increases historic vehicle registration fee from $30 every 10 years to $30 annually. Bill was not enacted into law.

Nebraska L.B. 688
Expands the definition of “abandoned motor vehicle” to include project cars and trucks that are left unattended for only six hours on private property without valid plates, title or permit, or that are inoperable, partially dismantled, wrecked, junked or discarded. Bill was not enacted into law.

New York A.B. 1235
Provides that no automotive refinish material labeled “for professional use only” can be sold unless the purchaser demonstrates and meets all local ordinances for the use and application of the material, denying amateur hobbyists the opportunity to paint their own hobby cars. Bill was not enacted into law.

New York A.B. 2800
Charges higher toll and registration fees for vehicles based on the vehicle’s weight, emissions and fuel-efficiency ratings. Bill was not enacted into law.

Virginia H.B. 462
Bans the sale of “any aftermarket exhaust system component” that would cause the vehicle to produce undefined “excessive or unusual noise.” Bill was not enacted into law.

Washington H.B. 2059
Implements a vehicle scrappage program and provides sales-tax incentives for trade-in vehicles more than 15 years old that do not comply with emissions standards. All trade-in vehicles would be destroyed, regardless of their historical value or collector interest. Bill was not enacted into law.

West Virginia H.B. 3087/S.B. 456
Include vehicles with exhaust systems deemed too loud, as determined by an enforcement officer’s subjective opinion, in the definition of “disturbing the peace,” a crime that carries a fine of up to $1,000 per occurrence, jail for six months or both. Bills were not enacted into law.

CLUB SPOTLIGHT

Encore! Encore!

San Diego Celebrates First Annual National Collector Car Appreciation Day

Also celebrating National Collector Car Appreciation Day this past July 9 was a group of car enthusiasts from clubs associated with the Car Club Council of Greater San Diego. Some of these guys and gals have been friends since their high school days in the ’50s. They drove their cars and trucks to this local recreation area on July 9 to enjoy this national day of recognition, while enjoying a potluck dinner and sharing stories about their favorite rides. Stay tuned for details on the 2011 celebration.

HEY, THAT’S MY CAR!

Vintage Caddy Aged to Perfection

1958 Cadillac, Series 75 Fleetwood Nine-Passenger Sedan
Owner: Ralph Cota, Cruisin’ North Car Club
Sonoma County, California

We found the car in a garage about a mile and a half away from our home. The story is that the car spent the beginning of her life serving the Playboy club in San Francisco and was then sold to a limo company that conveyed clientele to wine tastings and similar outings in Marin and Sonoma. Garaged from 1985 until I purchased it in 2002, my Cadillac was bought through the bartering of an antique jukebox. Then began the restoration. I had the exterior repainted from the stock gray to white. The interior is all stock, right down to the jump seats in the back. I have also kept the stock 365 V8, four-barrel carb and four-speed Hydromatic.

I’ve spent my life around cars, having owned numerous classics and hot rods over the years. I still have a ’64 Ford Ranchero with a 302 V8 and C4 tranny with 411 gears when I want to feel like a teenager again. At 56, however, my tastes have changed a bit, and I love the elegance and comfort of my Cadillac. My wife and I routinely call up a couple of friends and head out to the wineries of beautiful Sonoma County; the Cadillac always garners countless looks of admiration. I love the hobby and hope to enjoy it for many years to come.

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LEGISLATIVE QUICK HITS

Ethanol: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) confirmed that there is insufficient test data to permit E15 to be used in model-year ’00 and older light-duty motor vehicles. The SAN has consistently voiced concern that ethanol increases water formation, which can create formic acid that corrodes metals, plastics and rubber. On October 13, the EPA issued a waiver to permit the use of E15 in ’07 and newer model-year vehicles. The agency is still gathering data to determine whether to permit its use in ’01–’06 model-year vehicles. The EPA’s ruling responds to a request from the ethanol industry to raise the ethanol content in gasoline from 10% to 15%. The SAN will continue to oppose E15 until there are conclusive scientific findings that demonstrate that it will not harm automobiles of any age as a result of corrosion or other chemical incompatibilities.

Wisconsin Imported Collector Vehicles: A Wisconsin-proposed regulation to prohibit the registration of certain imported collector vehicles has been put on hold. Members of the Senate Transportation Committee voted by ballot to send the proposed rule, Trans 123, back to the Department of Transportation for revisions due to the vocal opposition of Wisconsin enthusiast groups, including members of the SAN. Under an agreement reached with department officials, the rule will not be resubmitted but will be considered by lawmakers in the 2011 legislative session. The measure threatened to prohibit the registration of imported vehicles manufactured after 1967 that did not meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). U.S. law specifically exempts imported vehicles that are 25 years old and older from these standards. The Wisconsin proposal would have been inconsistent with federal law and prohibited the registration of vehicles coming in from other states that have already been proven safe on U.S. roadways. SAN also objected to the proposal on the grounds that it provided no way for vehicle owners to prove a vehicle’s safety other than conforming exclusively to the FMVSS and failed to take into account the fact that these vehicles are usually brought into this country by collectors and are overwhelmingly well-maintained and infrequently driven.

Pennsylvania Fees: SAN is opposing legislation introduced in the Pennsylvania legislature which threatens to increase fees for all vehicle owners. Under the bill, general passenger cars will face a $13 increase in their registration fee, while the one-time registration fee for antique, classic and collectible vehicles will go up by $27 (from $75 to $102) and the initial registration fee for street rods by $29 (from $20 to $51). Additionally, each of these fees would be increased every year. Under Pennsylvania law, an antique is defined as a vehicle manufactured more than 25 years prior to the current year; a classic as a vehicle manufactured at least 15 years prior to the current year; a collectible as a reconstructed or modified vehicle substantially modified from the manufacturer’s original specifications and appearance and maintained in a collectible condition; and a street rod as a vehicle with a model year of ’48 or older (or a reproduction thereof), which has been materially altered or modified by the removal, addition or substitution of essential parts and with a gross weight of not more than 9,000 lbs. SAN has received feedback from many Pennsylvania legislators indicating that although they believe that state transportation projects must be properly funded, they do not support a fee increase that would negatively impact motorists, including owners of unique and historical vehicles.

California Goals for Reducing Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions: The California Air Resources Board (CARB) adopted goals to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and other greenhouse gases from cars and light trucks in 18 urban areas around the state. While the goals are nonbinding, local jurisdictions will need to demonstrate a likelihood of success in order to take advantage of other incentives, such as streamlined permitting for development projects. By placing the emphasis on responsible development to reduce vehicle miles traveled, the planning goals aim to cut vehicle greenhouse gas emissions with a strategy that does not penalize individual vehicle owners. The emissions reduction goals cover the years 2020 to 2035. Many of the urban areas encompass towns, cities and counties in the state’s four largest regions, namely Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Sacramento. For these areas, CARB’s goals are to reduce CO2 emissions by 7%–8% by 2020 and 13%–16% by 2035. CARB set provisional goals of 5% for 2020 and 10% for 2035 for the San Joaquin Valley’s eight planning areas. For other urban areas, the targets vary widely, from 0%–6%.

Lobby for the Hobby

SAN Partners With Source Interlink Media to Urge 50 Million Readers to Lobby for the Hobby

This month, as you opened your mailboxes or browsed your local newsstands, many of you have noticed that Source Interlink Media, a publisher of automotive specialty niche magazines with more than 50 titles and 60 websites, is devoting each of its automotive group publication titles to the laws and regulations impacting the enjoyment of the automotive hobby. The themed issues, the result of a unique partnership with the SEMA Action Network (SAN), are hitting the market in time for the November 2010 elections and are encouraging readers to vote for legislators who have supported pro-hobby initiatives while also promoting participation in grassroots enthusiast networks that help constituents shape public policy.

“We are again at an election crossroads in which many voters are seeking change,” said Doug Evans, Source Interlink’s senior vice president and group publisher, Performance Automotive Group. “These issues of our automotive magazines will give our readers an opportunity to consider how actions being taken by federal and state lawmakers impact the auto enthusiast. The need for the enthusiast community to stay informed and become involved is greater than ever. From emissions to auto equipment standards, the government is making decisions about your current and future car.”

As SAN members know, the topic is not limited to Washington. While the federal government imposes rules for basic vehicle safety and emissions equipment, most other issues are handled at the state and local levels. From titling and registration to emissions inspection and maintenance and equipment standards, all motor vehicles and motorcycle enthusiasts are subject to decisions made by their state and local officials.

“The people who love musclecars, hot rods, street rods, tuners, replicas, off-road trucks and many other varieties of automotive pursuits are diverse,” said SEMA Vice President of Government Affairs Steve McDonald. “With the SAN, we all work together to protect our automotive passions from unnecessary, unfair or well-intentioned but poorly written laws and regulations. By speaking out on issues that concern the automotive hobby, contacting our representatives and working constructively with government officials, we have the power to protect our passion and keep it safe for future generations of auto hobbyists and enthusiasts. We are extremely gratified by the involvement of Source Interlink Media and its highly regarded family of automotive magazines in amplifying this message.”

NOVEMBER 2010 SAN CLUB EVENTS

ARIZONA

November 19–21, Scottsdale
13th Southwest Nationals
Sponsor: Goodguys Rod & Custom Association
Information: www.good-guys.com

CALIFORNIA

November 5, Yucaipa
Family Classic Car Cruise Night and Toy Drive
Sponsor: Past Pleasures Car Club
Information: www.pastpleasurescarclub.com

November 6, Victorville
California Route 66 Museum 15th Annual Car Show
Sponsor: Southern California Edison
Information: 760/951-0436 or www.califrt66museum.org

November 7, Solvang
Nojoqui Falls Fun Run & Car Show
Sponsor: Central Coast Street Rods
Information: http://centralcoaststreetrods.com

November 13, Lucerne Valley
Candy Cane Classic IV Car Show
Sponsor: Lucerne Valley Parks and Recreation
Information: www.lucernevalleycarshows.com

November 13–14, Pleasanton
Goodguys 21st Autumn Get Together
Sponsor: Goodguys Rod & Custom Association
Information: www.good-guys.com

November 19–21, Palm Springs
20th Palms to Pines Weekend
Sponsor: 356 Club of Southern California
Information: 323/665-2040 or mgldbrg@ucla.edu or www.porsche356club.org

COLORADO

November 13, Denver
MGCC Dust ’N Shine at Forney Transportation Museum
Sponsor: MG Car Club, Rocky Mountain Centre
Information: dudley@mgcc.org or http://mgcc.org/rmc.htm

CONNECTICUT

November 6–7, Thompson
Thompson Speedway Automotive Swap Meet
Information: 860/923-2280 or www.thompsonspeedway.com

November 7, Bristol
21st Annual Fall Swap Meet
Sponsor: Connecticut Street Rod Association
Information: 203/697-9113 or www.csra.org

FLORIDA

November 21, Pompano
Annual Holiday Mega Classic & Foreign Car Show
Information: http://cruisinsouthflorida.com or 954/563-4000

November 21, Sarasota
19th Annual Super Sunday
Sponsor: Mustang Club of West Central Florida
Information: 941/356-1136 or www.mustangclubofwestcentralflorida.org

November 25–28, Daytona Beach
37th Annual Daytona Turkey Run Car Show
Sponsor: Daytona Beach Street Rods
Info: 386/255-7355 or www.turkeyrun.com/Turkey_Run_Home.html

GEORGIA

November 13, Locust Grove
5th Annual Santa Cruise
Sponsor: Georgia Street Rod Association
Information: 770/464-1327 or 229/931-0550

November 20, Chamblee
2nd Annual Toys for Tots Cruise-In
Sponsor: North Georgia Mopar Club
Information: www.northgeorgiamoparclub.com

ILLINOIS

November 20–21, Rosemont
Nickey Chicago Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals
Information: 586/549-5291 or www.mcacn.com

INDIANA

November 6–7, Richmond
38th Annual Vintage Wheels Rod & Custom Car Show
Information: 765/855-1482 or Aclick2@verizon.net

November 28, Indianapolis
Super Sunday Indy Automotive Swap Meet & Car Sale
Sponsor: Mid America Promotions Inc.
Information:708/563-4300 or www.midamericapromotions.com

KANSAS

November 20, Douglass
Hobo Happenings
Sponsor: Douglas Events Committee
Information: jjenni9002@sbcglobal.net

MARYLAND

November 7, Glen Burnie
Veterans Appreciation Car Show
Sponsor: Maryland Chevelle Club
Information: 410/599-5578

MASSACHUSETTS

November 25, Swampscott
2nd Annual Thanksgiving Coffee Run at Big Bird’s Hot Rod Shop from 6:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Information: 978/664-5755

NEW HAMPSHIRE

November 13–14, Lee
Flea Market at the Speedway
Information: 978/462-4252 or www.leeusaspeedway.com

NORTH CAROLINA

November 5–7, Cherokee
Cruise the Smokies–Fall Cherokee Rod Run
Information: 828/497-8122 or www.cherokee-nc.com/events-detail.php?page=72&evt=25

November 26–27, Charlotte
Annual Charlotte Ford Expo Indoor Swap Meet Car Show
Information: 704/847-7510 or tims69squire@aol.com

OREGON
November 4, Roseburg
1st Thursday Cruise-In With the Stray Angels at Pete’s Drive Inn
Sponsor: Stray Angels Car Club
Information: www.strayangelscarclub.com

November 20, Albany
33rd Albany Indoor Swap Meet
Sponsor: Enduring A’s Chapter MAFCA
Information: 541/926-3972 or www.mafca.com/calendar.html

PENNSYLVANIA

November 7, Riegelsville
20th Annual Fall Roll Out
Sponsor: Kiwanis Club of Riegelsville
Information: www.riegelsvillekiwanis.org/carshow.pdf

SOUTH CAROLINA

October 29–November 7, Hilton Head Island
Motoring Festival
Information: 843/785-7469 or www.hhiconcours.com

TENNESSEE

November 14, Shelbyville
Indoor Swap Meet 2010
Sponsor: Celebration City Region AACA
Information: 931/684-9379 or 931/294-5055

TEXAS

November 12–14, Houston
NMRA/NMCA Lone Star Shootout at the Houston Raceway
Sponsor: Tommie Vaughn Performance
Information: www.nmcadigital.com/events

November 25–28, Houston
ChevyVettefest at the Houston Autorama
Information: 248/651-4155 or www.autorama.com/casi

WASHINGTON

November 6–7, Bremerton
Annual OVAC Swap Meet
Sponsor: Olympic Vintage Auto Club
Information: 360/638-2404 or www.ovac.us/flyers/2010-swap-meet-flyer-rules-regs.pdf

British Columbia, CANADA

November 7, Pitt Meadows
Winter Skills Car Control Driver Training
Sponsor: BMW Car Club of BC
Information: 604/671-5843 or www.bmwccbc.org

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