October 2005

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State Legislative Caucus Unites Car-Loving Lawmakers
 
In its continuing efforts to promote and protect the auto hobby, SEMA and the SEMA Action Network (SAN) has partnered with state lawmakers from across the country in establishing the State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus. Formed this year, the Caucus is a bi-partisan group of state lawmakers whose common thread is a love and appreciation for automobiles. To date, over 75 state legislators from California to New York and points in between are involved in the Caucus.
 
Montana State Senator John Brueggeman (who is serving as the Caucus chairman) said, “From pre-World War II classics to street rods to 60s-era musclecars to late model imports and everything in between, the automobile stands as a testimony to ingenuity and craftsmanship while serving as a source of recreation for tens of thousands of enthusiasts and collectors throughout the U.S. By joining the Caucus, these legislators have demonstrated their commitment to enabling this enthusiasm for years to come.” 
 
Supported by SEMA’s Government Affairs office in Washington, D.C., the Caucus is anticipated to help raise the motor vehicle hobby’s profile in the state legislatures and in the eyes of the public. Working in state capitals, many of these legislators have sought to preserve and protect the hobby by improving existing motor vehicle statutes and creating new programs to safeguard and expand the hobby.
 
“Over the past several years, the work of these lawmakers has brought a series of significant legislative accomplishments for the vehicle enthusiast community on issues ranging from equipment standards to registration classifications, and from emissions test exemptions to hobbyist rights,” said Steve McDonald, SEMA’s vice president of government affairs. “Through the Caucus, automotive enthusiasts will now be able to quickly identify which state legislators have chosen to be recognized for their support of this great American hobby.”
 
For more information about the Caucus, visit the SAN website at www.semasan.com.
 
 
 
State Legislators Who Support the Hobby
 
State legislators around the country with a common goal to support the motor vehicle hobby have joined the State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus.  The Caucus is a bi-partisan group of state lawmakers whose common thread is a love and appreciation for automobiles.  The Caucus will help raise the motor vehicle hobby’s profile in the state legislatures and in the eyes of the public.  Working in state capitals, many of these legislators have sought to preserve and protect the hobby by seeking the amendment of existing motor vehicle statutes and creating new programs to safeguard and expand the hobby.  Over the past several years, their work has brought a series of significant legislative accomplishments for the vehicle enthusiast community on issues ranging from equipment standards to registration classifications, and from emissions test exemptions to hobbyist rights.    By joining the Caucus, these legislators have demonstrated their commitment to upholding the rights of vehicle enthusiasts.  In addition, hobbyists will be able to quickly identify which state legislators have chosen to be recognized for their support of this great American hobby.
 
State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus
 
Chairman:
 
Assemblymember Bill Reilich (New York)
 
Alabama
 
Senator Roger Bedford
Senator Bill Holtzclaw
Representative Mike Ball
Representative Daniel Boman
Representative Allen Farley
Representative Victor Gaston
Representative Laura Hall
Representative Johnny Morrow
Representative Randy Wood
 
Alaska
 
Senator Fred Dyson
Representative David Guttenberg
Representative Bob Herron
Representative Kyle Johansen
 
Arizona
 
Senator Ron Gould
Senator Linda Lopez
Representative Jack Harper
Representative Nancy McLain
Representative Lynne Pancrazi
Representative Jerry Weiers
Representative Vic Williams
 
Arkansas
 
Senator Gene Jeffress
Senator Johnny Key
Senator Mary Anne Salmon
Representative Denny Altes
Representative Nate Bell
Representative Charlie Collins
Representative Linda Collins-Smith
Representative Allen Kerr
Representative Homer Lenderman
 
California
 
Senator Joel Anderson
Senator Ron Calderon
Senator Bill Emmerson
Senator Ted Gaines
Senator Bob Huff
Senator Doug LaMalfa
Senator Gloria Negrete-McLeod
Senator George Runner
Assemblymember Jim Beall
Assemblymember Felipe Fuentes
Assemblymember Martin Garrick
Assemblymember Curt Hagman
Assemblymember Kevin Jeffries
Assemblymember Tony Mendoza
 
Colorado
 
Representative Mark Barker
Representative Millie Hamner
Representative Chris Holbert
Representative Pete Lee
Representative Larry Liston
Representative Marsha Looper
Representative Nancy Todd
Representative Edward Vigil
 
Connecticut 
 
Senator Scott Frantz
Senator Robert Kane
Representative Penny Bacchiochi
Representative Toni Walker
Representative Zeke Zalaski
 
Delaware
 
Representative Harvey Kenton
 
Florida
 
Representative Eddy Gonzalez
Representative Ed Hooper
 
Georgia 
 
Senator John Albers
Senator Bill Heath
Senator Chip Rogers 
Representative Alex Atwood
Representative Josh Clark
Representative Terry England
Representative Bob Hanner
Representative Michele Henson
Representative Calvin Hill
Representative Pete Marin
Representative Howard Mosby 
Representative Alan Powell
Representative Nikki Randall
 
Hawaii
 
Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland
Representative Henry Aquino
Representative Karen Awana
Representative Jerry Chang
Representative Angus McKelvey
Representative John Mizuno
Representative Jessica Wooley
 
Idaho
 
Senator Jim Hammond
Senator Lee Heider
Senator Steve Vick
Representative Marv Hagedorn
Representative Frank Henderson 
Representative Bill Killen
Representative Janice McGeachin
Representative Kathleen Sims 
Representative Rich Wills
 
Illinois
 
Senator Annazette Collins
Senator John Mulroe
Senator Suzi Schmidt
Representative Adam Brown
Representative Kay Hatcher
Representative Donald Moffitt
Representative Michelle Mussman
Representative Brandon Phelps
Representative Robert Pritchard
Representative Harry R. Ramey
Representative Al Riley
Representative Dennis Rosa
Representative Jim Sacia
Representative Ron Stephens
 
Indiana
 
Senator Jim Banks
Senator Brandt Hershman
Senator Travis Holdman
Senator Dennis Kruse
Senator Sue Landske
Senator Jim Tomes
Representative Brian Bosma
Representative Bill Friend
Representative Wes Culver
Representative Bill Davis
Representative Tom Knollman
Representative P. Eric Turner
 
Iowa
 
Senator Jeff Danielson
Senator Wally Horn
Senator Joe Seng
Representative Dwayne Alons
Representative Dave Deyoe
Representative Cecil Dolecheck
Representative Jarad Klein
Representative Jim Lykam
Representative Linda Upmeyer
 
Kansas
 
Senator Mike Petersen
Senator Chris Steineger
Representative Tom Arpke
Representative Bob Bethell
Representative Elaine Bowers
Representative Tom Burroughs
Representative Terry Calloway
Representative Jim Denning
Representative Gail Finney
Representative Doug Gatewood
Representative Mario Goico
Representative Jana Goodman
Representative Carl Holmes
Representative Mitch Holmes
Representative Jim Howell
Representative Harold Lane
Representative Judith Loganbill
Representative Peggy Mast
Representative Ray Merrick
Representative Michael Peterson
Representative Don Schroeder
Representative Joe Seiwert
Representative Bill Wolf
 
Kentucky
 
Senator Joe Bowen
Senator Tom Buford
Senator Jared Carpenter
Senator Joey Pendleton
Senator Dorsey Ridley
Senator Robin Webb
Representative Thomas Burch
Representative Mike Cherry
Representative Tim Couch
Representative Ted Edmonds
Representative Keith Hall
Representative Mike Harmon
Representative Richard Henderson
Representative Dennis Horlander
Representative Mary Lou Marzian
Representative Reginald Meeks
Representative Michael Meredith
Representative Ruth Ann Palumbo
Representative Jody Richards
Representative Tom Riner
Representative Brent Yonts
 
Louisiana
 
Senator A.G. Crowe
Senator Ben Nevers
Senator Francis Thompson
Senator Mike Walsworth
Representative Jeffery Arnold
Representative Damon Baldone
Representative Girod Jackson III
Representative John LaBruzzo
Representative Anthony Ligi
Representative Nickie Monica
Representative M.J. Smiley
 
Maine
 
Senator Lois Snowe-Mello
Representative Richard Cebra
Representative Dale Crafts
Representative Les Fossel
Representative Gary Knight
Representative Thomas Longstaff
Representative Ann Peoples
Representative Kerri L. Prescott
Representative Wes Richardson
Representative Linda Sanborn
Representative Michael Shaw
Representative Jeffrey Timberlake
 
Maryland
 
Senator Barry Glassman
Senator Katherine Klausmeier
Delegate Don Dwyer, Jr.
Delegate Barbara Frush
Delegate Cheryl Glenn
Delegate Michael Hough
Delegate Benjamin Kramer
Delegate Warren Miller
Delegate Wayne Norman
Delegate Steven Schuh
Delegate Jeffrey D. Waldstreicher
Delegate Jay Walker
 
Massachusetts
 
Representative Fred Barrows
Representative Steven Howitt
Representative James Murphy
Representative Dennis Rosa
 
Michigan
 
Senator Glenn Anderson
Senator Hoon-Yung Hopgood
Senator Joe Hune
Senator Rick Jones
Senator Mike Kowall
Representative David Agema
Representative Charles Brunner
Representative Douglas Geiss
Representative Ken Horn
Representative Brad Jacobsen
Representative Rick Jones
Representative Eileen Kowall
Representative Richard LeBlanc
Representative Chuck Moss
Representative John Proos
Representative John Walsh
Representative Dale Zorn
 
Minnesota
 
Senator Michael Jungbauer
Senator Jim Metzen
Senator Carla Nelson
Senator Katie Sieben
Senator David Tomassoni
Representative Jim Abeler
Representative Paul Anderson
Representative Joe Atkins
Representative Bob Barrett
Representative Mike Benson
Representative Kurt Bills
Representative Bob Dettmer
Representative Sondra Erickson
Representative Pat Garofalo
Representative Steve Gottwalt
Representative Rick Hansen
Representative Melissa Hortman
Representative Patti Fritz
Representative Carol McFarlane
Representative Ron Shimanski
Representative Kelby Woodard
 
Mississippi
 
Senator Hillman Frazier
Representative Richard Bennett
Representative Scott Delano
Representative Roger Ishee
Representative Ken Morgan
Representative Dannie Reed
Representative Walter Robinson Jr.
 
Missouri
 
Senator Brian Nieves
Senator Mike Parson
Representative T.J. Berry
Representative Joe Fallert
Representative Tim Jones
Representative Mike Kelley
Representative Brent Lasater
Representative Thomas Long
Representative Tom McDonald
Representative Eileen McGeoghegan
Representative Jay Swearingen
Representative Don Wells
Representative Paul Wieland
Representative Billy Pat Wright
 
Montana
 
Senator Jeff Essmann
Senator Tom Facey
Senator Jon Sonju
Senator Ryan Zinke
Representative Christy Clark
Representative Gordon Hendrick
Representative Douglas Kary
Representative Steve Lavin
Representative Mike Miller
Representative Wayne Stahl
 
Nebraska
 
Senator Colby Coash
Senator Heath Mello
Senator Jeremy Nordquist
 
Nevada
 
Senator David Parks
Senator Moises (Mo) Denis
Senator Mark Manendo
Assemblymember Richard Carrillo
Assemblymember Ed Goedhart
Assemblymember John Oceguera
Assemblymember Lynn Stewart
 
New Hampshire
 
Senator Andy Sanborn
Representative Gary Azarian
Representative Gail Barry
Representative Paul Brown
Representative Gene Charron
Representative Daniel Eaton
Representative Jack Flanagan
Representative Frank Holden
Representative Robert Introne
Representative Kenneth Kreis
Representative Michael McCarthy
Representative Carol McGuire
Representative Keith Murphy
Representative Jeffrey Oligny
Representative Sherman Packard
Representative Lawrence Perkins
Representative Joe Pitre
Representative Mark Proulx
Representative Steven Smith
Representative James Webb
Representative Ken Weyler
 
New Jersey
 
Assemblymember Gary Chiusano
Assemblymember Upenda Chivukula
Assemblymember Alison Littell McHose
Assemblymember Erik Peterson
Assemblymember Charlotte Vandervalk
 
New Mexico
 
Senator Clinton Harden
Representative Jimmie C. Hall
Representative Rudy Martinez
Representative Bill Rehm
Representative Bob Wooley
 
New York
 
Senator Greg Ball
Senator Jeff Klein
Senator Thomas Libous
Senator Thomas O'Mara
Assemblymember George Amedore
Assemblymember William Barclay
Assemblymember Philip Boyle
Assemblymember Daniel Burling
Assemblymember Marc Butler
Assemblymember Nancy Calhoun
Assemblymember Robert Castelli
Assemblymember John Cerretto
Assemblymember James Conte
Assemblymember Clifford Crouch
Assemblymember Janet Duprey
Assemblymember Steve Englebright
Assemblymember Gary Finch
Assemblymember Mike Fitzpatrick
Assemblymember Dennis Gabryszak
Assemblymember Joseph Giglio
Assemblymember Andy Goodell
Assemblymember Sean Hanna
Assemblymember Steve Hawley
Assemblymember Mark Johns
Assemblymember Brian Kolb
Assemblymember Peter Lopez
Assemblymember Daniel Losquadro
Assemblymember Donna Lupardo
Assemblymember David McDonough
Assemblymember Steven F. McLaughlin
Assemblymember Marcus Molinaro
Assemblymember Mike Montesano
Assemblymember Bob Oaks
Assemblymember Edward Ra
Assemblymember Andrew Raia
Assemblymember Bill Reilich
Assemblymember Joseph Saladino
Assemblymember Teresa Sayward
Assemblymember Mark Schroeder
Assemblymember Kevin Smardz
Assemblymember Lou Tobacco
Assemblymember James Tedisco
 
North Carolina
 
Representative Kelly Alexander
Representative Marilyn Avila
Representative John Blust
Representative Larry Brown
Representative Becky Carney
Representative George Cleveland
Representative Tricia Ann Cotham
Representative William Current
Representative Bill Faison
Representative Phillip Frye
Representative Rosa Gill
Representative Kelly Hastings
Representative Julia Howard
Representative Frank Iler
Representative Tim Moore
Representative Shirley B. Randleman
Representative Mitchell Setzer
Representative Fred Steen, II
 
North Dakota
 
Senator Dick Dever
Senator James Dotzenrod
Senator Tom Fischer
Senator Judy Lee
Senator Elroy Lindaas
Representative Dick Anderson
Representative Chuck Damschen
Representative Craig Headland
Representative Jerry Kelsh
Representative David Monson
Representative Mark Owens
Representative Robin Weisz
Representative Alon Wieland
 
Ohio
 
Representative Lynn Wachtmann
Representative Kenny Yuko
 
Oklahoma
 
Senator Mark Allen
Senator Kim David
Senator David Myers
Representative Dennis Casey
Representative Scott Inman
Representative Danny Morgan 
Representative Colby Schwartz
Representative Cory Williams
 
Oregon
 
Representative Jeff Barker
Representative Brian Clem
 
Pennsylvania
 
Senator Daylin Leach
Senator Tim Solobay
Senator Michael Waugh
Representative John Bear
Representative Stephen Bloom
Representative Scott Conklin
Representative Dom Costa
Representative Bryan Cutler
Representative Peter Daley
Representative John Evans
Representative Rick Geist
Representative Marcia Hahn
Representative Gary Haluska
Representative Michael Hanna
Representative Patrick Harkins
Representative Dick Hess
Representative Nick Kotik
Representative John Lawrence
Representative Mark Longietti
Representative Eddie Day Pashinski
Representative John Payne
Representative Tony Payton, Jr.
Representative Scott Perry
Representative Curt Sonney
 
Rhode Island
 
Senator William Walaska
 
South Carolina
 
Senator Larry Martin
Representative Dan Hamilton
Representative J. Gary Simrill
Representative Tommy Stringer
 
South Dakota
 
Senator Jim Hundstad
Senator Jim Putnam
Representative Thomas Brunner
Representative Elaine M. Elliot 
Representative Steve Hickey
Representative Charles Hoffman
Representative Mark Kirkeby
Representative Tona Rozum
Representative Mark Willadsen
 
Tennessee
 
Representative Harry Brooks
Representative Vince Dean
Representative JoAnne Favors
Representative Craig Fitzhugh
Representative Sherry Jones
Representative Charles Michael Sargent
Representative Mike Sparks
Representative John Tidwell
Representative Joe Towns
Representative Mark White
 
Texas
 
Representative Wayne Christian
Representative Garnet Coleman
Representative Larry Gonzales
Representative Patricia Harless
Representative Charlie Howard
Representative Edmund Kuempel
Representative Sid Miller
Representative Joe Pickett
Representative Van Taylor
Representative James White
 
Utah
 
Senator Gene Davis
Senator Scott Jenkins
Senator Howard Stephenson
Representative Tim Cosgrove
Representative Gage Froerer
Representative Neal Hendrickson
Representative Gregory Hughes
Representative Curtis Oda
Representative Patrick Painter
Representative Stephen Sandstrom
Representative Kenneth Sumsion
 
Vermont
 
Senator Joe Benning
Senator Kevin Mullin
Senator Richard Westman
 
Virginia
 
Senator John Edwards
Senator Emmett Hanger
Senator L. Louise Lucas
Delegate Daniel Marshall
Delegate Mark L Keam
Delegate Sam Nixon
Delegate Dave Nutter
Delegate G. Glenn Oder
Delegate Kenneth Plum
Delegate Tom Rust
Delegate Mark Sickles
Delegate Ron A. Villanueva
Delegate Onzlee Ware
 
Washington
 
Senator Mike Carrell
Senator Jerome Delvin
Senator Jim Honeyford
Representative Mike Armstrong
Representative Jan Angel
Representative Cary Condotta
Representative Larry Crouse
Representative Bob Hasegawa
Representative Troy Kelley
Representative Ed Orcutt
Representative Marcie Maxwell
 
West Virginia
 
Senator Bob Beach
Senator Dave Sypolt
Delegate John Ellem
Delegate Ron Fragale
Delegate Gary Howell
Delegate Virginia Mahan
Delegate Cliff Moore
Delegate Harry Keith White
 
Wisconsin
 
Senator Mary Lazich
Senator Van Wanggaard
Representative Ed Brooks
Senator Glenn Grothman
Representative Steve Kestell
Representative John Nygren
Representative Roger Rivard
 
Wyoming
 
Senator Ogden Driskill
Representative Stan Blake
Representative Pat Childers
Representative Bunky Loucks
Representative Sue Wallis
 
 
 
LEGISLATIVE QUICK HITS
 
[Editor’s note: The following is an update on legislation that is currently pending before state legislatures across the country. In addition, several states meet in two year legislative cycles and bills that were not passed this year will automatically be “carried over” to 2006.]
 
Massachusetts Street Rods/Custom Vehicles: Two separate but identical SEMA model bills are pending in Massachusetts. The bills would create a vehicle registration classification for street rods and custom vehicles and provide for special license plates for these vehicles. Both bills would allow kit cars and replica vehicles to be assigned a certificate of title bearing the same model year designation as the production vehicle it most closely resembles. A committee hearing has not yet been scheduled.
 
Massachusetts Exhaust Noise: A SAN-opposed bill to ban the sale or installation of “an exhaust system that has been modified in a manner which will amplify or increase the noise emitted by the exhaust” is again pending in Massachusetts. It has been revised from last year’s version to exclude limited-use “antique motor cars.” Like previous efforts, the bill does not supply law enforcement with a clear standard to enforce and would make it difficult for hobbyists to replace factory exhaust systems with more durable, better performing options. A committee hearing has not yet been scheduled.
 
Michigan Occasional Use: The SAN continues to work to gather support for legislation that would amend Michigan’s current law defining historic vehicles. The bill would allow these vehicles to take advantage of “other occasional use.” Under current Michigan law, use of historic vehicles is strictly limited to club activities, exhibitions, tours and parades. Many Michigan vehicle owners whose cars qualify for the historic registration class have chosen to register as “daily drivers” to avoid the limited use restrictions and are, by consequence, paying the higher fees required of cars that are registered under this class.
 
New Jersey Exhaust Noise: The SAN continues to work to amend a bill that would require the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to prescribe a decibel limit to which all aftermarket mufflers sold in the state would be certified to operate. The bill gives no instruction as to what the decibel limit should be. In some states, noise limits for modified exhaust systems are established by a SEMA model bill and applicable to an easy to administer test standard. The SEMA model provides for the testing of vehicle exhaust noise to a standard adopted by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) with an established noise limit of 95-decibels (SAE J1169).
 
New York Historic Fees: A SAN-supported bill would provide that historical vehicle owners pay only a one-time registration fee of $23 upon initial registration. The reduced registration fee would be available to owners of historical vehicles owned and operated as an exhibition piece or collector’s item and used for club activities, exhibits, tours, parades, occasional transportation and similar uses. The $23 one-time fee would replace the current annual fee of $23. The bill is being carried over to 2006.
 
New York Spinner Hubcaps: SAN-opposed legislation that would have prohibited the sale and use of motor vehicles equipped with spinner hubcaps died in New York when the session adjourned for the year. The bill would have subjected vehicle owners to fines of up to $750 for a third or subsequent violation. Those convicted of selling spinner hubcaps would have been fined $150 for each violation. The measure ignored the fact that custom wheels are not prohibited by Federal law and that spinner hubcaps have no proven detrimental effect on motor vehicle safety. Earlier this year, the SAN defeated similar legislation in Iowa and Virginia. The bill may be considered again in 2006.
 
Pennsylvania Exhaust Systems: The SAN is again opposing legislation that would prohibit the use of exhaust systems other than a “factory-installed muffler” or a “muffler meeting factory specifications.” The SAN beat back identical legislation in the 2004 legislative session. The House Transportation Committee Chairman has indicated to the SAN that the bill will not get committee consideration.
 
South Carolina Antique Vehicle Taxes: SAN-supported legislation to provide an exemption from property taxes for motor vehicles licensed and registered as antiques has been carried over to 2006. South Carolina law defines an “Antique” as every motor vehicle which is “over 25-years old, is owned solely as a collector’s item and is used for participation in club activities, exhibits, tours, parades and similar uses, but in no event used for general transportation.”
 
Vermont Vehicle Taxes: The SAN is supporting a bill to reduce purchase and use taxes for antique motor vehicles by providing that taxable costs not include the cost of restoration. The measure defines “Restored Antique Motor Vehicle” as an exhibition vehicle of a model year 1940 or earlier, purchased on or after Jan. 1, 1970 and which, at the time of purchase, was not operable and which has been restored to operable condition. Current law stipulates that “Exhibition Vehicles” be maintained solely for use in exhibitions, club activities, parades and other functions of public interest and not used for the transportation of passengers or property except to attend such functions. The bill is being carried over to 2006.
 
Vermont Exhaust Noise: The SAN is working to amend a bill that would require all motor vehicles to be equipped with a muffler which reduces maximum noise to a level that does not exceed 82 decibels on the scale at 50 feet, in a normal operating environment. In some states, noise limits for modified exhaust systems are established by a SEMA- model bill and applicable to an easy to administer test standard. The SEMA model provides for the testing of vehicle exhaust noise to a standard adopted by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) with an established noise limit of 95-decibels (SAE J1169). To date, the model has been enacted in California, Washington State and Maine. The bill is being carried over to 2006.
 
West Virginia Antique Vehicles: The SAN is supporting legislation to exempt owners of antique motor vehicles, antique motorcycles, classic motor vehicles and classic motorcycles from annual registration fees for these vehicles. Current West Virginia law defines “antique motor vehicles and motorcycles” as more than 25 years old and owned as collector items and “classic motor vehicles and motorcycles” as more than 25 years old and used for general transportation. The bill is being carried over to 2006.
 
 
 
EAGLE ONE UPDATE
 
Eagle One has extended the application period for its annual Golden Rule award to November 30. As reported in the September issue of Driving Force, a total of $7,000 in cash donations and products for fund-raising purposes will be awarded to car clubs in four regions for outstanding community service programs in their region during 2005.
 
Entry forms are available at www.eagleone.com or by calling 818/501-1445. Deadline for completed entries will be December 23, 2005. 
 
 
 
HEY, THAT'S MY CAR!
 
Blue Ribbon Winner
 
Owner: Don Amador
Blue Ribbon Coalition, Western States Representative
 
After almost two decades of work, the BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) has certainly come a long way. What began in 1987 as an effort amongst Idaho off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts to prevent the state government from restricting access to the riding spots in their state, BRC has grown into a national effort to prevent the closure of public lands and recreation areas. Today, BRC is a formidable presence in the OHV community, representing the rights and interests of off-roaders nationwide. 
 
In 1990, with a growing concern over the loss of multiple-use lands, Don Amador joined BRC. As the Western States Representative for BRC, Amador travels throughout the West in his Ford F-250 to off-road events and rallies to spread BRC’s message. The truck is often seen towing a specially equipped 26ft. Weekend Warrior Trailer.
 
Teaming with SEMA member companies, Amador feels he has created the perfect vehicle for the job. “I think our collective goal of building a rig that is functional and has an aggressive/good looking appearance was achieved,” said Amador. “The truck sends a message that BRC and its supporters are serious about protecting our off-road access rights and championing responsible recreational use of public lands.”
 
2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty Crew-Cab Long Bed
 
Engine: 6.0 liter turbo diesel
K&N Fuel Injection Performance Kit FIPK General II air filter system
 
Suspension: FABTECH 6 inch Radius Arm System
 
Wheels and Tires: 18-inch Xtreme Polished Alloy Series 1059 wheels
PROCOMP 35-inch Xtreme ATs
 
 
 
We Get Letters
 
[Reprinted with permission from the Chicago Gearheads newsletter]
 
Gearheads,
 
I believe most of you know about SAN (SEMA Action Network). If you don’t, SAN was started by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA). The main objective of SAN is to make sure legislators or the EPA or any other governmental department, agency, or association doesn’t trample the rights of motorsports enthusiasts or ruin our hobby. SAN puts out a newsletter called Driving Force that alerts us when legislation concerning our hobby is introduced to our state. For example, a harmful piece of legislation in Illinois was quickly modified in the last few days the state legislature was in session back in June. While the bill moved fast, the SAN e-mailed an action alert to all of its Illinois members and as a result of their efforts, the bill died for the year. You can become a member of the SAN at no cost and receive all the e-mails by contacting jasont@sema.org. If you get the e-mails from SAN please follow through with their requests of suggestions. After all, there is strength in numbers. Let’s protect our hobby!
 
Happy Motoring,
 
Mike Wagner
President, Chicago Gearheads
 
 
 
EVENTS
 
ALABAMA
 
October 8, Moundville
10th Annual Car & Tractor Show
Sponsor: Rollin-Oldies Antique Vehicle Club
Information: jdozier9080@charter.net or 205/371-2803
 
ARIZONA
 
October 8, Sierra Vista
18th Annual Cars in the Park
Sponsor: Sierra Vista Car Club
Information: www.sierravistacarclub.org or 520/227-8318
 
October 29-30, Tucson
28th Annual CHVA Swap Meet and Car Show
Sponsor: Southern Arizona CHVA
Information: 520/293-3178 or 520/887-7767
 
ARKANSAS
 
October 1, Benton
27th Annual Car and Truck Show
Sponsor: Dixie Car Club
Information: gbeyers@sbcglobal.net or 501/315-2882
 
CALIFORNIA 
 
October 2, Burbank
Throttlers 2005 Car Show
Sponsor: Model T Ford Club of San Fernando Valley
Information: 818/361-0645
 
October 9, Chatsworth
2nd Annual All American Car Show
Sponsor: All Mustang and Ford Club of Southern California
Information: www.allmustangandfordclub.com or 818/970-2359
 
October 9, Huntington Beach
Das O.C.T.O Fest 2005
Sponsor: Orange County Transporter Organization
Information: www.octo.org or 714/374-7506
 
October 23, Long Beach
Cadillac Concours D’Elegance
Sponsor: Cadillac Club International Consortium
Information: 951/845-5916
 
October 28-30, Bakersfield 
7th Fuel & Gas Finals 
Sponsor: Goodguys 
Information: www.good-guys.com or 925/ 838 9876
 
CONNECTICUT
 
October 1, Somers
British Autumn, 5th Annual British and
Foreign Auto Show
Information: 203/230-9782 or 203/248-9255
 
FLORIDA
 
October 2, Venice
18th Annual Collector Car Show
Sponsor: Venice Chapter-AACA
Information: 941/493-3780 or 941/496-4888
 
October 29, Tampa
24th Annual Mustang, Shelby & Ford Roundup 
Sponsor: Classic Mustangs of Tampa
Information: cmtnews@aol.com or 813/961-3223
 
ILLINOIS
 
October 2, Barrington
8th Annual Classic and Antique Auto Show
Sponsor: Buick Club of America, Chicagoland Chapter
Information: 312/316-5435 or 847/381-2100
 
October 16, Joliet
3rd Annual Swap Meet and Car Corral
Information: rbswap@aol.com or 815/478-3633
 
INDIANA
 
October 1, Huntington
Ed Big Daddy Roth Memorial Car Show and Swap Meet
Sponsor: Wells County Kroozers
Information: kroozincalendar@onlyinternet.net or 260-622-6820
 
IOWA
 
October 15-16, Cedar Rapids
28th Annual Cedar Rapids Region AACA Swap Meet
Sponsor: Cedar Rapids Region AACA
Information: 319/846-3499
 
KANSAS
 
October 1-2, Topeka
16th Annual Mopar Super Weekend
Sponsor: HPAC Mopar
Information: www.hpacmopar.com or 816/260-5305
 
KENTUCKY
 
October 22, Pleasure Ridge Park
2nd Mike Linnings Seafood Cruise
Sponsor: Okolona Street Rods
Information: www.okolonastreetrods.com
 
MAINE
 
September 30–October 2, Bethel
16th Maine Mountains 
Sponsor: Jeep Jamboree USA
Information: 530/ 333-4777 or www.jeepjamboreeusa.com
 
MARYLAND
 
October 29, Stevensville
Kent Island Cruisers Halloween Cruise-In & Car Show
Sponsor: Kent Island Cruisers
Information: 410/643-4582
 
MINNESOTA
 
October 16, St. Paul
35th Annual Roadsters Twin Cities Swap Meet
Information: 612/860-4833 or 612/940-1071
 
NEVADA
 
October 15, Las Vegas
Rockabilly Rod Reunion
Information: 703/632-8231
 
NEW JERSEY
 
October 2, North Brunswick
18th Annual Picnic/Meet
Sponsor: NY/NJ Slant-Six Club of America
Information: 732/549-0188
 
October 9, Great Meadows
4th Annual Monza Vega Shootout Car Show, Race and Swap Meet
Sponsor: Monza Vega Owners Assn.
Information: 631/831-9434
 
NEW MEXICO
 
October 2, Albuquerque
Annual Balloon Fiesta Classic Car Display
Sponsor: Rainbow Roadrunners
Information: madmike@swcp.com or 505/323-6022
 
NEW YORK
 
October 2, West Lebanon
Car Show, Swap Meet and Nostalgia Drags
Sponsor: Capital Area Rods
Information: 518/872-2344
 
NORTH CAROLINA
 
October 1, Greensboro
AMO Southeast Regional 2005
Sponsor: Carolina AMC
Information: 336/ 434-4519
 
October 28–30, Charlotte
12th Southeastern Nationals 
Sponsor: Goodguys 
Information: www.good-guys.com or 925/838-9876
 
OHIO
 
October 7–9, Columbus
AutoZone Super Chevy Show
Information: 740/964-2350
 
PENNSYLVANIA
 
October 1, Lahaska
Brits at the Village
Sponsor: Philadelphia MG Club
Information: 610/446-2073
 
October 5–8, Hershey
AACA National Fall Meet
Sponsor: AACA
Information: www.aaca.org or 717/566-7720
 
October 16, Bensalem
23rd Annual Auto Show 
Sponsor: Lower Bucks Region AACA 
Information: mainline54@aol.com or www.buckscarclub.com
 
RHODE ISLAND
 
October 2, Warwick
25th Annual MCCNE Mustang and Fords Fall Roundup
Sponsor: Mustang Car Club of New England
Information: 508/674-5462
 
SOUTH CAROLINA
 
October 8, Lancaster
5th Annual Benefit Car and Truck Show
Sponsor: Christian Cruisers and Restorers
Information: pipedream@infoave.net  or 803/285-3157
 
October 21–23, Murrells Inlet
The Year One Myrtle Beach Fall Cruise
Sponsor: Right Coast Assn.
Information: www.rightcoastcars.com
 
October 21–23, Myrtle Beach
Return to the Beach 6
Sponsor: Carolina PT Cruisers
Information: www.returntothebeach.com
 
TENNESSEE
 
October 15, South Atoka
West Tennessee Drifters 10th Annual Car and Bike Show
Sponsor: West Tennessee Drifters
Information: 901/301-5546 or 901/301-9396
 
TEXAS
 
September 30–October 2, Ft. Worth 
13th Annual Lone Star Nationals at TX Motor Speedway
Sponsor: Goodguys
Information: 925/838-9876 or www.good-guys.com
 
October 1, San Antonio
23rd Annual Car, Truck and Model Show
Sponsor: Mopar Muscle Club of San Antonio
Information: elcajun@satx-rr.com  or 210/863-0355
 
October 13–16, Odessa
43rd Grand ’Ole Tour
Sponsor: West Texas Region AACA
Information: ldepting@yahoo.com or 432/580-8297
 
October 15, Rosenberg
6th Annual Car Show
Information: 281/341-9200
 
VIRGINIA
 
October 8, Virginia Beach
Annual Fall Mustang & Ford Powered Car Show
Sponsor: Southeastern Virginia Mustang Club
Information: www.sevmc.org or 757/471-8896
 
October 9, Middleburg
Hunt Country Classic
Sponsor: MG Car Club, Washington, D.C.
Information: www.mgcarclubdc.com or webmaster@mgcarclubdc.com
 
October 21–23, Newport News
3rd Annual Virginia Fall Classic
Sponsor: Virginia Peninsula Car Club Council
Information: www.vafallclassic.org  or 757/867-6336
 
 
Early November 2005 Event
 
MARYLAND
 
November 5, Glen Burnie
2nd Annual Hot Rod Jalopyrama
Sponsor: The Rusty Nuts H.R.G.
Information: 440/437-3763
 

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