DRIVING FORCE

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September 2008
 
100 Times Stronger
 
New Group of State Lawmakers Join Effort to Preserve Hobby
 
If you want to see cool cars, you go to a car show. If you want to meet lawmakers from across the country in one venue, you go to a state legislator’s conference. 
 
That’s exactly what State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus Chairman Bill Reilich and SAN Director Jason Tolleson did by attending the National Conference of State Legislatures Annual Legislative Summit. Over the three-day event, the duo enlisted 100 new lawmakers into the caucus (see left for a listing of new members).
 
The caucus, which now has more than 350 members from all 50 states, is a nonpartisan group of state lawmakers whose common thread is a love and appreciation for automobiles. Through their participation in the caucus, these lawmakers are helping to raise the motor-vehicle hobby’s profile in their state legislatures and in the public’s eyes.
 
“It was a great opportunity to meet with my colleagues from other state legislatures who share a passion for the automotive hobby,” said Reilich. “Whether they currently own a collector vehicle or just appreciate seeing these cars on the road, by joining the caucus they are showing their support in preserving this great American tradition.”
 
Since its inception in 2005, the caucus has proven to be a valuable resource in connecting pro-hobby lawmakers to a multitude of enthusiasts and car clubs who are involved with the SAN. This partnership 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.
 
“I encourage SAN members to contact caucus members in their state and thank them for their participation,” added Tolleson. “Likewise, if their own state representative or senator is not a member, I would ask that they contact their office and encourage them to join.”
 
For more information about the caucus, including a complete list of members, visit www.semasan.com.
 
 
 
CAUCUS CORNER
 
Each month Driving Force will feature members of the State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus. The SEMA-supported caucus is a bipartisan group of state lawmakers whose common thread is a love and appreciation for automobiles.
 
Here are its newest members:
 
Alabama
 
Representative Victor Gaston
Representative H. Mac Gipson
Representative Laura Hall
Representative Johnny Morrow
Representative William E.  Thigpen
 
Arizona
 
Representative David Bradley
 
Arkansas
 
Senator Gene Jeffress
 
California
 
Senator Bob Margett
Senator George Runner
Assemblymember Jim Beall
 
Connecticut 
 
Representative Zeke Zalaski
 
Florida
 
Representative Eddy Gonzalez
 
Georgia 
 
Senator Bill Heath
Representative Bob Hanner
Representative Nikki Randall
 
Hawaii
 
Representative Karen Awana
Representative Jerry Chang
 
Indiana
 
Senator Sue Landske
Representative P. Eric Turner
 
Iowa
 
Senator Staci Appel
Senator Wally Horn
 
Kansas
 
Representative Carl Holmes
Representative Deena Horst
Representative Ray Merrick
Representative Melvin Neufeld
Representative Dale Swenson
 
Kentucky
 
Senator Joey Pendleton
Senator Dorsey Ridley
Representative Thomas Burch
Representative Danny Ford
Representative Mary Lou Marzian
Representative Jody Richards
Representative Tom Riner
Representative Robin Webb
Representative Brent Yonts
 
Louisiana
 
Senator A.G. Crowe
Senator Ben Nevers
Senator Francis Thompson
Senator Mike Walsworth
Representative Damon Baldone
Representative Girod Jackson III
Representative John LaBruzzo
Representative Anthony Ligi
Representative Nickie Monica
 
Maryland
 
Senator Katherine Klausmeier
 
Minnesota
 
Senator Michael Jungbauer
Senator David Tomassoni
Representative Margaret Anderson Kelliher
 
Mississippi
 
Representative Walter Robinson Jr.
 
Missouri
 
Representative Joe Fallert
Representative Gayle Kingery
 
Nevada
 
Assemblymember Lynn Stewart
 
New Hampshire
 
Representative Daniel Eaton
Representative Sherman Packard
 
New Jersey
 
Assemblymember Upenda Chivukula
 
New Mexico
 
Senator Joseph Carraro
 
North Carolina
 
Representative John Blust
Representative Bruce Goforth
Representative Hugh Holliman
Representative Julia Howard
Representative Karen Ray
Representative Arthur Williams
 
North Dakota
 
Senator Dick Dever
Senator Judy Lee
Representative David Monson
Representative Darrell Nottestad
 
Ohio
 
Senator Robert Schuler
Representative Michael DeBose
 
Oklahoma
 
Senator Davie Myers
Representative Danny Morgan
 
Oregon
 
Representative Brian Clem
 
Pennsylvania
 
Representative John Evans
Representative Daylin Leach
Representative Tony Payton, Jr.
 
South Dakota
 
Senator Ed Olson
Representative Clayton Halverson
Representative David Sigdestad
 
Tennessee
 
Representative Vince Dean
Representative JoAnne Favors
Representative Sherry Jones
Representative Gary Moore
Representative Les Winningham
Representative Eddie Yokley
 
Texas
 
Representative Garnet Coleman
Representative Edmund Kuempel
Representative Solomon Ortiz, Jr.
 
Utah
 
Senator Gene Davis
Senator Brent Goodfellow
Representative Ron Bigelow
Representative Tim Cosgrove
Representative Kevin Garn
Representative Kory Holdaway
Representative Gregory Hughes
Representative Curtis Oda
 
Virginia
 
Senator John Edwards
Senator Emmett Hanger
Senator L. Louise Lucas
Delegate Kenneth Plum
Delegate Mark Sickles
 
Washington
 
Representative Mike Armstrong
Representative Ed Orcutt
 
West Virginia
 
Delegate Harry Keith White
 
Wyoming
 
Representative Sue Wallis
 
 
 
LEGISLATIVE QUICK HITS
 
California Emissions Standards: Legislation that sought to assign primary responsibility for prescribing smog-check emissions standards to the Air Resources Board (ARB) was vetoed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. In his statement to the legislature, the governor indicated that the bill “would not make the smog-check program more effective, nor will it change the existing process for developing emissions cutpoints in a way that improves air quality in the state. It merely creates an additional, unnecessary and potentially more costly layer of government for the adoption of these emissions cutpoints.” Under existing law, the ARB in the development of California’s State Implementation Plan for meeting air-quality requirements, identifies the emissions reductions that the Bureau of Automotive Repair’s (BAR) Smog Check Program must achieve to meet our air-quality improvement goals. ARB then works with BAR to set the emissions cutpoints for their motor-vehicle inspection and maintenance program.
 
California Greenhouse Gas: The California State Legislature approved a joint resolution encouraging the U.S. Congress and president to support federal legislation that permits California to implement standards to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles. Under the federal Clean Air Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is required to establish national air-quality standards for certain pollutants. State and local agencies are responsible for adopting emissions-reduction measures to attain these standards. California may, however, enact its own regulations for motor-vehicle emissions if it receives federal approval, which occurs when the EPA administrator grants a waiver of federal preemption of state motor-vehicle standards to California. Such a waiver allows other states to adopt the vehicle-emissions standards as established by California. In 2004, the ARB adopted regulations to implement greenhouse gas reduction measures and in 2005 applied to the EPA for a waiver. In 2008, the EPA officially denied that waiver. This resolution supports federal legislation that enables California to implement its regulations of greenhouse gases from motor vehicles.
 
New York Legislation: With the adjournment of the New York Legislature, SAN members succeeded in defeating several bills detrimental to the hobby. Among these were legislation to ban spinner wheels; to ban grille and brush guards; to require the date of manufacture to be imprinted on tires; to establish a tire fuel-efficiency program for replacement tires; and to create a clean vehicle incentive program that sought additional charges from purchasers of new motor vehicles based on the vehicle’s greenhouse gas emissions. 
 
 
 
HEY, THAT’S MY CAR!
 
“Painted Lady”
 
1955 Chevy Bel Air
Owner: Terry and Rendy Box
McKinney, Texas
 
Growing up in McKinney, Texas, I’ve always had a great love for cars. My father owned an upholstery shop for more than 18 years, and I can still remember the days when my father would customize the interior of hot rods. At the ripe old age of 10, I would sit in those cars on Coca Cola cases and imagine myself owning a car like that someday.
 
In 1967, I was a junior at McKinney High School, and I bought a yellow ’57 Chevy 2-door sedan with a white top. From that day forward, I always had a love for the Tri-Five Chevy. I was like most other teenagers at that time and, after a couple of years with the car, I wanted something different and sold the car.
 
As time went on, I got married to my wonderful wife Rendy and began my career in law enforcement. Throughout all this we enjoyed going to car shows, and I was doing my best to locate and possibly buy a ’55 or ’57 Chevy.
 
I had been steadily looking at cars all over the country and recently I found a yellow and white ’55 Chevy that was up for auction in Tulsa, Oklahoma. However, upon getting there I found an absolutely gorgeous purple ’55 Chevy that was also for sale. My first thought was that it was out of my price range, but after consulting with a friend who knew the owner, we decided that this was the car.
 
Truly one of the great benefits of owning a vehicle like this—I have been in law enforcement for approximately 40 years, including 23 years as the sheriff of Collin County, Texas—is that I can enjoy the break from law enforcement that my ’55 gives me. I get the chance to get away from my regular job and enjoy the fellowship of other car guys and gals.
 
There is nothing like getting in the ’55 on a cool morning or late in a summer afternoon and feeling like you are teenager again—if only for a couple of hours while cruising around town.
 
Have your car or truck featured in a future issue of Driving Force. Submit your high resolution photos online at www.semasan.com.
 
 
 
CLUB SPOTLIGHT
 
Calling All Car Clubs!
 
Entry Forms Available October 1 for Annual Eagle One Golden Rule Awards
 
Eagle One has announced the availability of entry forms for its 16th Annual Golden Rule Awards. Car clubs entering will have an opportunity to win a $1,500 grand prize that will be donated to a charity of their choice. 
Three other winners will receive a $500 cash contribution for a charity of their choice.
 
The grand prize will be awarded to the car club judged to have performed the most compassionate achievement during 2008. Winners will be selected in four regions—west, midwest, east and south—for conducting the most outstanding community service program in their area during 2008.
 
In addition to a total of $3,000 in cash donations from Eagle One and co-sponsor Valvoline, winners will receive a generous supply of premium appearance care products and motor oil for fund-raising purposes and a custom-designed trophy.
 
Starting October 1, the entry form is available for download on www.eagleone.com or by calling 818/501-1445. The deadline for entries is December 31, 2008. Winners will be notified by February 10, 2009.
 
Eagle One is part of the Valvoline family of brands.
 
 
 
EVENTS
 
Alaska
 
September 13, Palmer
Freedom Flag Run! Cruise, Car Show
Sponsor: 49th State Street Rodders
Information: www.akstreetrodders.com or 907/745-2652
 
September 27, Anchorage
End of Season Party
Sponsor: Anchorage Corvette Association
Information: www.alaskacorvette.com/index.htm
 
California
 
September 7, Long Beach
Belmont Shore Car Show
Sponsor: Bay City Rodders
Information: http://baycityrodders.com or 714/894-8411
 
September 12–14, Monterey
356 Fall Festival at Monterey
Sponsor: Porsche 356 Club
Information: www.porsche356club.org or 714/962-2875
 
September 25–28, San Diego
AACA Western Fall Meet
Sponsor: Antique Automobile Club of America
Information: www.aaca.org/meets/brochures/SanDiego.pdf or 619/660-6899
 
September 26–28, California City
2008 Southern Jamboree
Sponsor: California Off Road Vehicle Association
Information: www.corva.org or 800/42-CORVA ext. 509
 
Georgia
 
September 27, Danielsville
1st Annual Cruise In & Swapmeet
Sponsor: Madison County Cruisers
Information: http://clubs.hemmings.com/clubsites/madisoncountycruisers or 706/255-2196
 
Illinois
 
September 6–7, St. Charles
Fierorama 2008
Sponsor: Northern Illinois Fiero Enthusiasts
Information: http://fierofocus.com or 630/983-6434
 
September 11–13, Cordova
30th AMC Nationals
Information: 262/843-4326
 
September 14, Elgin
Herdfest
Sponsor: The Herd
Information: www.theherd.com
 
September 19–21, Joliet
2nd Chicagoland Nationals
Information: http://good-guys.com/events/eventDetails.aspx?eventid=08-600 or 925/838-9876
 
September 26–28, Springfield
International Route 66 Mother Road Festival
Information: www.familyevents.com/event/87 or 317/236-6515
 
Indiana
 
September 19–21, Indianapolis
27th Annual Fall 4Wheel Jamboree Nationals
Information: www.4wheeljamboree.com/event/12 or 317/236-6515
 
Iowa
 
September 13, North Liberty
SMC Car Show at the Lake
Information: 319/857-4106 or 319/857-4373
 
September, 13–14, Dubuque
Camp Albrecht Acres Car Show Weekend
Sponsor: Tri-State Antique and Classic Automobile Club
Information: 563/557-1081 or 563/552-1461
 
Kentucky
 
September 12–14, Carrollton
September in the Park 2008
Sponsor: Derby City Mustang Club
Information: http://derbycitymustangclub.com or 502/241-4451
 
Maryland
 
September 13, Columbia
All Chevy Show
Sponsor: Maryland Camaro Club
Information: http://mdcamaroclub.com or 410/877-0380
 
September 26–28, McHenry
Strut Your Stuff Shine & Show 2008
Information: http://strutyourstuffcarshow.net/index.html or 240/580-0937
 
Michigan
 
September 7, Centerline
36th Annual All Mopar Car Show
Sponsor: W.P.C. Club, Great Lakes Region
Information: 248/545-4299
 
September 11–13, Kalamazoo
NSRA Street Rod Nationals North
Information: http://nsra-usa.com/index.php/site/evdet/5 or 901/452-4030
 
Minnesota
 
September 19–20, Rochester
2008 Quad States Car Show and Swap Meet
Sponsor: Minnesota Olds Club
Information: www.mnoldsclub.org or 651/776-5574
 
September 1, Hugo
8th Annual Orphan @ Still-Made Car Show
Sponsor: North Star Chapter Studebaker Drivers Club
Information: www.northstarwheel.com or 651/735-4656
 
Mississippi
 
September 12–14, Tunica
9th Annual Delta River Cruise
Sponsor: Memphis Street Rods
Information: www.memphisstreetrods.com or 901/360-8600
 
Missouri
 
September 12–14, Springfield
20th Anniversary Street Machine Nationals
Information: www.streetmachinenationals.net/event/28 or 317/236-6515
 
Nebraska
 
September 15–19, Nebraska City
National Rally in Nebraska City
Sponsor: UltraVan Motor Coach Club
Information: 712/324-4660
 
New Hampshire
 
September 7, Nashua
27th Annual All Vehicle Show
Sponsor: East Coast Camaro Club
Information: http://eastcoastcamaroclub.com or 978/858-3988
 
September 28, Hollis
Hollis/Brookline Force Team Car Show
Information: 603/216-4950
 
New Jersey
 
September 19–21, Millville
2008 MGVR East-Coast Focus Event
Sponsor: MG Vintage Racers
Information: www.mgvr.org
 
New York
 
September 5–7, Lake George
20th Adirondack Nationals
Sponsor: Albany Rods & Kustoms
Information: www.adirondacknationals.com or 518/821-6237
 
September 12–14, Rhinebeck
17th East Coast Nationals
Information: www.good-guys.com/events/eventDetails.aspx?eventid=08-606 or 925/838-9876
 
North Carolina
 
September 7, Concord
Euros at the Fair
Information: 704/697-9531 or 704/460-4576
 
Ohio
 
September 1, Mt. Vernon
6th Annual Car Show
Information: 740/392-9921
 
September 5–7, Norwalk
7th Blue Suede Cruise
Information: www.good-guys.com/events/eventDetails.aspx?eventid=08-611 or 925/838-9876
 
Oregon
 
September 14, Beaverton
5th Annual Endless Summer Cruz
Sponsor: Street Magic
Information: 503/558-8899
 
Pennsylvania
 
September 4–7, Lancaster
Eastern National Meet
Sponsor: Road RaceLincoln Register
Information: 732/349-6896 or 732/642-5945
 
September 21, Butler
3rd Annual All Pontiac Car Show
Sponsor: Western Pennsylvania Chapter of Pontiac-Oakland Club International
Information: 724/652-7866 or 724/843-5195
 
September 26–28, Long Pond
4th Great American Nationals
Information: http://good-guys.com/events/eventDetails.aspx?eventid=08-605 or 925/838-9876
 
South Dakota
 
September 26–28, Mitchell
4th Annual Cruise In & Hot Rod Show
Sponsor: Outkasts Car Club
Information: www.outkastscarclub.com or 605/996-7203
 
Tennessee
 
September 5–6, Pigeon Forge
Shades of the Past Hot Rod Roundup
Information: www.shadesofthepast.com or 865/995-9097
 
September 25–27, Sevierville
The Great Smoky Mountain Auto Fest
Information: www.smokymtnautofest.com or 865/428-2212
 
Texas
 
September 6, Seguin
9th Annual Classic Car Show
Sponsor: South Central Texas Chapter of POCI
Information: www.classicpontiac.org/CarShow.asp or 830/386-0338
 
September 6–7, Paris
22nd Annual Rod Run
Sponsor: Northeast Texas Travelers
Information: 903/785-3181 or 903/652-2855
 
Utah
 
September 5–6, Brigham City
30th Annual Peach Days Family Picnic Car Show
Sponsor: Bonnevills Rod & Custom Car Club
Information: 435/734-2746 or 435/764-3586
 
Vermont
 
September 18–20, Burlington
NSRA Northeast Nationals
Information: http://nsra-usa.com/index.php/site/evdet/17 or 901/452-4030
 
Washington
 
September 7, Ferndale
36th Annual Whatcom County Drivers Club Mini Meet
Sponsor: Whatcom County Studebaker Drivers Club
Information: 360/676-4166 or 360/312-0758
 
Wisconsin
 
September 11–13, Twin Lakes
30th AMC Nationals
Information: 262/843-4326
 
September 21, Beloit
32nd Annual Beloit Autorama
Information: www.beloitautorama.com or 608/290-3628
 
Alberta, Canada
 
September 28, High River
5th Annual Show ’n’ Shine
Sponsor: River City Classics
Information: http://rivercityclassics.blog.com or 403/652-4366
 
British Columbia, Canada
 
September 19–20, Radium Hot Springs
Columbia Valley Classics Show & Shine
Sponsor: Columbia Valley Classics Car Club
Information: http://radiumcarshow.com or 250/347-9331
 
Ontario, Canada
 
September 28, Welland
28th Last Chance Car Show
Sponsor: Street Machines Unlimited
Information: www.ontariovettes.com/Last%20Chance%20Show.pdf or 905/734-3696
 
 
Early October Events:
 
California
 
October 5, Anaheim
39th Annual All Ford Picnic
Sponsor: Early Ford V-8 Club of America–Southern California Region #11
Information: http://clubs.hemmings.com/frameset.cfm?club=socalearlyfordv-8 or 714/846-9677
 
October 5, Burbank
Throttlers 2008 Car Show
Sponsor: San Fernando Valley Model T Club
Information: 818/361-0645
 
New Jersey
 
October 5, North Brunswick
21st Annual Meet
Sponsor: New York/New Jersey Slant-Six Club of America
Information: 732/549-2478
 
Pennsylvania
 
October 1–5, Carlisle
Fall Carlisle Collectors Car Swap Meet & Corral
Information: www.carsatcarlisle.com/ce/events/fall-carlisle or 717/243-7855
 
South Carolina
 
October 10–11, Ladson
21st Annual Lowcountry Mopars Show & Shine
Sponsor: Lowcountry Mopars
Information: www.geocities.com/scmopar/#events or 843/797-3246
 
Tennessee
 
October 3–5, Franklin
2008 All British Car Show
Sponsor: Nashville British Car Club
Information: www.nashvillebritishcarclub.org/2008carshow or 615/356-2047
 
October 4, Lynchburg
2nd Annual Cruisin’ the Hollow
Sponsor: Whiskey Runners Car Club
Information: 931/759-6500 or 931/759-5583
 
Wisconsin
 
October 4, Neillsville
4th Annual Car Show
Information: http://thehighground.org/documents/car_show_flyer.pdf or 715/743-4224
 
 
 
Attention Car Clubs, Event Organizers and Enthusiasts!
 
Put SAN on Your Mailing List!
 
We’d like to know what’s going on with SEMA Action Network clubs and enthusiasts across the country; what charity events you’re involved in; when and where the rod runs, car shows, trail rides, rallies and tech meetings are held; and what legislative and regulatory issues concern club members and individual enthusiasts. 
 
One of the best ways to keep us abreast of what’s going on and what’s important to the vehicle hobbies nationwide is for us to receive your club newsletters and updates. Please consider placing SEMA on your mailing list. Send correspondence to: SEMA, 1317 F Street, N.W., Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 20004-1105. Or by e-mail at san@sema.org.
 

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