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June 2011

SAN Takes Off on Power Tour
 
Caravan of Collectibles Rolls From Space Coast to Motor City
 
Summer offers up many delights—barbecues, fishing trips, lazy afternoons— but none can compare with the chance to dust of the old rod and take it out on the summer trip of a lifetime, the Hot Rod Power Tour! The SEMA Action Network (SAN) is again traveling with the 2011 Tour as it lifts off from
the historic space-shuttle launch site of Cape Canaveral, Florida, and winds north all the way up to the birthplace of American motoring: Detroit, Michigan. As we gather for the all-day kickoff at the Cape on June 4, we will be joined by our resident hot rodder in Congress, U.S. Representative Bill Posey. Congressman Posey represents the Florida citizens of district 15, including the Cape and surrounding areas and all its enthusiastic car guys and gals. As a former stock car racer and current car aficionado, he is excited to take part in this annual hot-rod celebration. For those who are unfamiliar with Hot Rod’s annual trek, it is a chance for hobbyists to drive their treasured classics alongside other fantastically rendered vehicles in a convoy following a path blazed by the iconic Hot Rod Power Tour bus. From classic ’30s-inspired rods to musclecar creations, the tour route will offer up an inspiring sight.
 
As we move north from Florida, we will stop to give the cars a chance to cool off (and show off!) in day-long events in Valdosta, Georgia (June 5); Montgomery, Alabama (June 6); Nashville, Tennessee (June 7); Indianapolis, Indiana (June 8); Muskegon, Michigan (June 9); and finally, Detroit, Michigan (June 10). If you can’t be part of the entire Tour, please join us at one of the stops...and make sure to come by the SAN booth to say hi. As always, we’ll be there to enlist more enthusiasts in our efforts to impact laws and regulations that affect car and truck hobbyists
of all kinds. We look forward to seeing you!
 
For more information about the 2011 Hot Rod Power Tour, go online to www.hotrod.com.
 
 
 
Off-Road News
 
Lawmakers Clash on Wilderness Lands
 
Your off-road excursion ends when you see a “wilderness” sign since
mechanized equipment is forbidden on land so-designated. When
Congress enacted the “Wilderness Act” in 1964, it set aside 9 million
acres of land. There are now about 110 million acres. In 2009, Congress
added 2.2 million acres in nine states when it passed more than 160 separate
wilderness measures as one massive bill.
 
A number of new wilderness bills have now been introduced in Congress.
Here are just a few: Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation
Act to designate 330,000 acres of land; Hidden Gems Wilderness to designate
342,000 acres in central Colorado’s Rocky Mountains; California
Desert Protection to manage 1.6 million acres of federal land in Southern
California as wilderness or under some other protective designation; Devil’s
Staircase Wilderness to protect 30,000 acres in coastal Oregon; and Alpine
Lakes Wilderness to add 22,000 acres to the existing wilderness area in
Washington state.
 
While the SAN supports reasonable land use decisions, the SAN
opposes legislation that threatens to prohibit recreation without sufficient
public consensus and local community support. The SAN also seeks
to protect existing roads and trails so that they do not receive the wilderness
stamp and to set aside other land for motorized recreation activities. Wilderness
laws are consequential. For example, the 2009 law closed the Canaan Mountain 
Sawmill Road (Utah), Lostine River Road (Oregon) and a road in the Owyhee 
Canyonlands Wilderness (Idaho).
 
Lawmakers are expected to begin the process of holding Committee hearings
and voting on the various new wilderness bills in the near future. The
SAN remains concerned that there will be an effort to commingle scores of
bills into a single measure later this year or next year. On the flip-side, the
SAN has joined a number of other organizations to support legislation that
would release 42 million acres of land from a wilderness designation. The
lands have been set aside as “wilderness study areas” (WSAs) or “inventoried
roadless areas.” WSAs are lands that have been identified as having wilderness
potential. However, following extensive reviews, the U.S. Bureau of Land
Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service have identified the 42 million
acres as not suitable as wilderness.
 
Late last year, the BLM attempted to shape land use policy on its own
when it launched a program to identify unspoiled back country that can be
designated as “wild lands.” The SAN opposes the program since it usurps
the exclusive authority of Congress to designate “wilderness.” OHV enthusiasts
scored a temporary victory when Congress defunded the program for
the rest of fiscal-year 2011. The SAN will continue to oppose the program
moving forward.
 
 
 
SAN Joins Coalition to Save the Bonneville Salt Flats
 
The SAN joined a number of prominent organizations in forming the “Save the Salt Coalition” to protect the Bonneville Salt Flats (BSF) from continued deterioration due to salt brine removal from potash mining. The Coalition is now working with government officials, mine operators and others to develop a permanent program to replenish the salt.
 
In addition to the SAN, founding members of the Coalition include the Bonneville Nationals (BNI), Save the Salt Foundation, Source Interlink Media, Southern California Timing Association (SCTA), SEMA and Utah Salt Flats Racing Association (USFRA).
 
The BSF is a unique geological formation that is also central to the history of motorsports and the industries that support motorsports. Scores of world land speed records have been set on the densely packed remnants of a huge prehistoric lake. The BSF has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated an Area of Critical Environmental Concern.
 
For more information, please visit the “Save the Salt Coalition” website at www.savethesalt.org.
 
 
 
LEGISLATIVE QUICK HITS
 
Illinois Antiques: The SAN is supporting legislation to provide for an expanded-use antique vehicle registration class to allow antique vehicles and replicas to be driven without limitation during the warmer part of the year—from April 1 through October 31. Under the bill, expanded-use antiques are limited to traveling to and from car shows, exhibitions, servicing or demonstration from November 1 through March 31. Regular antique vehicle registration will still be available for a lower fee to hobbyists who would prefer operating their vehicle on a limited-use only basis year-round. The bill will now go to the full Senate for a vote.
 
Arizona Emissions Exemption: SAN-supported legislation to exempt all vehicles manufactured in the ’74 model year and earlier from the state’s mandatory biennial emissions inspection program was signed into law by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer. Under previous law, only vehicles manufactured in 1966 and earlier and “collectibles” were exempt. The governor’s signature acknowledges the relatively minimal environmental impact of older vehicles, such as the historic cars targeted for this exemption. These vehicles constitute a small portion of the vehicle fleet and are well-maintained and infrequently operated.
 
Massachusetts Aftermarket Exhaust Systems: SAN is opposing a Massachusetts bill to ban the “use and sale of any exhaust pipe that increases the sound emissions of any vehicle including motorcycles.” An identical bill was introduced in 2009 by the same sponsor and was set aside for study without any committee consideration. Among other things, the measure does 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. The bill also ignores the fact that aftermarket exhaust systems are designed to make vehicles run more efficiently without increasing emissions.
 
Nevada New Car Emissions Exemption: Legislation to extend the emissions inspection waiver for new vehicles has been approved by the Nevada Senate Natural Resources Committee. Under the bill, new cars will be exempt for the first three years after their initial registration. The bill also changes the state’s emissions inspection program so that vehicles will only be required to undergo testing every two years. Current law requires annual emissions inspections for passenger vehicles and exempts new vehicles only for the first two years after initial registration. The bill will next be considered by the Senate Finance Committee.
 
Oklahoma Racing: SAN-supported legislation to allow municipalities to issue permits for sanctioned motor-vehicle racing events on public streets and highways within its geographical jurisdiction has been signed into law by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin. Introduced as the "Municipal Motor Vehicle Racing Act,” the new law promotes legal racing in Oklahoma, boosts the state’s tourism sector and streamlines the process for race promoters to obtain a racing event permit. An exemption from regulations governing “public or private nuisances,” including noise limits, is also provided for in the new law. To obtain a permit, the racing event must be sanctioned by a nationally or internationally recognized racing organization.
 
Oklahoma Rebodied Vehicles: Legislation to provide for certificates of title to be issued for “rebodied” vehicles has been signed into law by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin. Under the new law, a rebodied vehicle is defined as a vehicle which has been assembled using a new body or new major component part that is of an identical type as the original body or major component part. The law requires that new parts used to assemble a rebodied vehicle be licensed by the manufacturer of the original vehicle. Other original, new or reconditioned parts may also be used. Titles issued to rebodied vehicles will identify the year, make and model of the originally manufactured vehicle and include a notation that states: “This vehicle has been assembled with new major components licensed by the original manufacturer.” Upon application, the Oklahoma Tax Commissioner will assign each rebodied vehicle a new VIN.
 
Tennessee Emissions Exemption: Legislation to exempt vehicles registered as “antique vehicles” from the state’s annual emissions inspection and maintenance program was signed into law by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. Antique vehicles are defined as unmodified vehicles more than 25 years old used for club activities, exhibits, tours, parades and general transportation on Saturday and Sunday.
 
Texas Street Rods/Customs: SEMA-model legislation to create a vehicle registration classification for street rods and custom vehicles and provide for special license plates for these vehicles was approved by the full Texas House of Representatives. The bill 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. The measure provides for the use of non-original materials and creates a titling and registration criterion that assigns these vehicles the same model-year designation as the production vehicle they most closely resemble. The bill will now be considered by the Senate Transportation Committee.
 
 
 
HEY, THAT'S MY CAR!
 
Flat Black Falcon
 
1962 Ford Falcon
Owner: Jeffrey Lauver
Dover, Pennsylvania
 
My mom bought this car when I was 12 and told me it would be mine if I graduated high school. Needless to say, I graduated. Since then, I’ve taken the Falcon through three motors, four sets of wheels and three transmissions—from a four-speed to a C6 to a T5 five-speed out of a Mustang. Currently under the hood is a 347ci small-block Ford with 11.25:1 compression, Roush 200 heads with 1.7:1 rockers, and a Trick Flow Stage 3 cam with an intake/exhaust valve lift of .609-in./.632-in. The raw fuel goes in through a Holley 750-cfm carb sitting on a singleplane intake and the burnt gas exits out 15/8-in. long tube headers feeding a 3-in. exhaust and Flowmaster mufflers. Power is transferred to the ground through a Mustang T5 five-speed and a 9-in. equipped with Moser axles and 4.11:1 spool. Cal-Trac bars, subframe connectors and three-way adjustable shocks help stiffen the chassis and provide some grip for the wide 275/50R15 tires mounted on 15x8 Summit Racing Pulsar rims. Disc brakes up front with 15x4 Pulsars mounted with 165R15s provide some much needed stopping power.
 
The interior currently sports a 3-in. Moon tachometer, two old-style gauges under the dash, aftermarket racing seats, a Hurst shifter and a Grant Classic Chrome threespoke steering wheel with black grip, and it is topped off with a fiberglass teardrop hood. The car is also equipped with a MSD Blaster SS Coil and a digital 6+ box rev limiter set at 7400.
 
I have also switched up the paint from red to a modern flat black, matte finish. This car is constantly changing as I try to make it better and different. Like any project car, it will never be truly finished, and that’s just the way I like it.
 
Have your car or truck featured in a future issue of Driving Force. Submit your high-resolution photos online to san@sema.org.
 
 
 
CLUB SPOTLIGHT
 
Nebraska Advanced Manufacturing Coalition, Dream It. Do It.
 
Nebraska Advanced Manufacturing Coalition’s Dream It Do It, is a statewide program designed to attract young people under the age of 26 to exciting career paths in manufacturing, including all aspects of the automotive industry. Its 350 volunteers are involved with high schools, community colleges and universities. Students are exposed to such state-of-the-art programs as robotics and associated controls for automotive manufacture and controls, including electric-drive vehicles.
 
Last year, the Coalition put on the First National Bank Corporate Cup Committee’s Car Show with proceeds benefitting the American Lung Association. Fifty cars participated and prizes were awarded in the following categories: Ford, Mopar, GM, Truck, orphans (such as Olds and Pontiacs) People’s Choice and Ambassador’s Choice. The Ambassador’s Choice was awarded to a ’72 Detomaso Pantera. This year’s Show is scheduled for June 4 and will again benefit the American Lung Association.
 
 
 
EVENTS
 
CALIFORNIA
 
June 4–5, Pleasanton
18th Summer Get-Together
Sponsor: Goodguys Rod & Custom Association
Info: www.summergettogether.com
 
June 5, Escondido
19th Annual Buicks at Bates Nut Farm Car Show
Sponsor: Buick Grand National Club
Info: 714/772-6201
 
June 5, Freemont
21st Annual Mopar Rally
Sponsor: Mopar Alley
Info: www.moparalley.org
 
June 11, El Segundo
3rd Annual El Segundo Education
Foundation Car Show at the Automobile
Driving Museum (ADM)
Info: j.mull@sbcglobal.net
 
June 4, Lincoln
2011 Downtown Lincoln Classic Car Show
Sponsor: Rods & Relics Car Club Ltd.
Info: 916/543-0464 or www.rodsnrelics.net
 
June 9–12, Santa Rosa
All-American Cruise-In and Show & Shine
Info: www.peggysuescruise.com
 
June 11, Palmdale
Rusty Relics Swap Meet
Info: 661/285-3212 or 661/917-5657
 
June 16–19, Pismo Beach
26th Classic at Pismo Beach
Info: www.thepismobeachclassic.com
 
June 17–19, Eldorado National Forest
Hi-Landers Poker Run
Info: 916/331-2256 or martin4x4@sbcglobal.net
 
June 24–26, Bald Mountain in the Sierra National Forest
Moonlight Madness
Sponsor: Clovis Independent 4-Wheelers
Info: www.cal4wheel.com or 559/297-4542
 
June 24–26, Buellton
Central Coaster Car Event
Sponsor: Buellton Rotary Club
Info: 805/688-1121 or www.rotarycentralcoaster.com
 
June 25, El Segundo
So Cal Region Orphan Car Show
Sponsor: Southern California Region Antique 
Automobile Club of America
Info: 323/356-9029 or rapsr844@aol.com
 
June 25, Placentia
14th Annual Orange County Model T Ford Club
Pre War Parts Exchange & Car Show
Info: 714/542-0906 or 714/963-2724 or
www.ocmodelt.com
 
COLORADO
 
June 3–5, Loveland
14th Colorado Nationals
Sponsor: Goodguys Rod & Custom Association
Info: www.coloradonats.com
 
June 10–12, Glenwood Springs
59th Annual Glenwood Rallye
Sponsor: MG Car Club-Rocky Mountain Centre
Info: 303/915-3070 or http://mgcc.org
 
June 18, Aurora
4th Annual Cruizin’ Havana
Sponsor: Collector Car Council of Colorado
Info: www.oldcarcouncil.org
 
June 16–19, Steamboat Springs
23rd Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup
Info: www.rmmr.org
 
June 24–26, Pueblo
27th Annual NSRA Rocky Mountain
Street Rod Nationals
Info: 209/474-0103
 
June 25, Henderson
Ye Olde Auto Club's 3rd Annual Car Show
Sponsor: Adams County Historical Museum
Info: 303/659-2887
 
FLORIDA
 
June 3, Cape Coral
Cruise-In at the Shops of Surfside
Sponsor: Shops at Surfside, Serge Ruggio and Tom Brooks
Info: 941/815-1945 or Serge6046@aol.com
 
June 6, Fort Myers
Merchants Crossing Cruise-In
Info: 239/772-9941
 
June 7, North Fort Myers
Victory Lane Café Cruise-In
Info: Billie Jo at 239/995-0340
 
June 10, Port Charlotte
Cruise In at Cochran & Tamiami Trail
Sponsor: Charlotte Classics & Cruisers
Info: 941/815-6204
 
June 18, Port Charlotte
Cruise-In at Denny’s & Hooters
Sponsor: Charlotte Classics & Cruisers
Info: 941/766-1464
 
ILLINOIS
 
June 4, Chicago Ridge
3rd Annual Car Show
Sponsor: Men’s Auxiliary for VFW McDonald
Linn Post #177
Info: 708/636-3220
 
June 23–26, Joliet
Sixth Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super
Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing
Sponsor: NMRA and NMCA
Info: www.nmradigital.com or
www.nmcadigital.com
 
INDIANA
 
June 25–26, Indianapolis
32nd Annual Mustang & All Ford Show and Swap
Sponsor: Mustang Club of Indianapolis
Info: 317/244-2935 or cobra66@ici.net
 
MARYLAND
 
June 4, Hagerstown
Charity Cruise In at Barefoot Bernies and Cancun Cantina West
Sponsor: Heart of Maryland Classic Chevy Club
Info: 301/514-2207 or www.hmccc.50G.com
 
June 11–12, Ocean City
Mason Dixon Classic Chevy Club Annual Show
Info: 302/289-3560 or peroyvrs@aol.com
 
June 19, Kent Island
14th Annual Father's Day Car Show
Sponsor: Kent Island Cruisers Car Club
Info: http://www.kentisland.cc/kicevents.pdf
 
June 25–26, North East Community Park
24th Annual Mid-Atlantic Chevelle Show and Swap Meet
Sponsor: Maryland Chevelle Club and ACES Northeast Region
Info: www.mdchevelleclub.com
 
MASSACHUSETTS
 
June 5, Marlboro
3rd Annual Marlboro Main Street Car Show
Sponsor: Pushrods Car Club
Info: 978/562-7484 or 508/481-5469
 
June 12, Maynard
23rd Annual Autofest
Sponsor: Maynard Area Auto Club
Info: 978/897-3445 or http://clubs.hemmings.com/clubsites/maynardaac/fest.html
 
June 19, Fitchburg
Father’s Day 32nd Annual Auto Meet
Sponsor: Mid-State Antique Auto Club
Info: www.midstateaac.org
 
MICHIGAN
 
June 12, Peotone
39th Annual Swap Meet, Car Show and Car Corral
Sponsor: Tri-Chevy Association
Info: 630/200-0755
 
June 12–13, Dearborn
SAAC-MCR Show and Go 36
Info: 586/776-4836 or www.saac-mcr.com
 
June 23–25, St. Ignace
36th Annual St. Ignace Car Show
Info: 906/643-8087 or www.nostalgia-prod.com
 
June 25, Petersburg
Pirolli Park Charity Car Show
Info: 734/279-1487 or www.pirollipark.com
 
MINNESOTA
 
June 4, Pequot Lakes
Sponsor: Pequot Lakes-Breezy Point Lions Club
Info: 218/820-1215 or bs_daycare@hotmail.com
 
MISSOURI
 
June 17–19, Springfield
39th Annual Pre-’49 Rod Run & Show
Sponsor: Rods & Relics Car Club Ltd.
Info: 417/831-1031 or 417/299-9740
 
NEBRASKA
 
June 4, Omaha
First National Bank Corporate Cup 
Committee’s Second Annual Car Show
Sponsor: Nebraska Advanced Manufacturer’s Coalition (NAMC)
Info: tmprobyn@fnni.com or 402/935-0974
 
NEW JERSEY
 
June 4, Woodbine
Car Show
Sponsor: Cohanzick Antique Auto Club and Gentilini Ford
Info: 856/692-8050 or KVetFamily@cs.com
 
June 26, Wayne
20th Annual Car Show at Wayne Municipal Complex
Sponsor: Tri-County Cruisers, Inc.
Info: 973/882-0288
 
NEW YORK
 
June 5, Farmington
Sports Car and Vintage Auto Festival
Sponsor: MG Car Club Western New York and Victor Lions Club
Info: 585/394-3915 or www.mgcarclub.com
 
June 5, Oyster Bay
3rd Annual All American Charity Car Show
Sponsor: Long Island Super Sport Team (LISST)
Information: 516/633-1195 or www.lisst.com
 
June 11, Badgerow
2011 Super Cruise
Sponsor: Street Machines of Rochester
Info: 585/278-7658 or www.streetmachinesofrochester.com
 
June 12, Rochester
37th Annual Outdoor Auto Show
Sponsor: Street Machines of Rochester
Info: www.streetmachinesofrochester.com
 
June 24–26, Rhinebeck
20th East Coast Nationals
Sponsor: Goodguys Rod & Custom Association
Info: www.eastcoastnats.com
 
OKLAHOMA
 
June 15–19, Tulsa
37th Oklahoma All-Ford Meet
Info: 918/256-7121 or www.midamericafordmeet.com
 
PENNSYLVANIA
 
June 3–5, York
38th Annual NSRA Street Rod Nationals
Info: 303/776-7841
 
June 3–5, Carlisle
All Ford Nationals
Sponsor: Carlisle Events
Info: www.carlisleevents.com
 
June 12, Bloomsburg
20th Annual Auto Show
Sponsor: Dream Machines Motor Club
Info: 570/275-0748 or 570/784-9665
 
June 24–26, Carlisle
GM Nationals
Sponsor: Carlisle Events
Info: www.carlisleevents.com
 
RHODE ISLAND
 
June 26, Cumberland
21st Annual All Chevy Show
Sponsor: Rhode Island Chevy
Owners Association
Info: 401/647-7823 or 401/728-7059
 
UTAH
 
June 5, Roy
Mountain West Street News Picnic
Info: 801/773-8438
 
June 30–July 2, Logan
Cache Valley Cruise In
Sponsor: Cache Valley Cruising Association
Info: 435/787-7414 or www.cachevalleycruisein.net
 
VERMONT
 
June 11–12, Manchester
Antique/Classic Car Show at Dorr Farm
Info: 800/362-4144 or
www.manchestercarshow.com
 
VIRGINIA
 
June 11, Newport News
16th Annual Truck Show for Li’l Red Express,
Warlock, and 1972-1985 Dodge Pickup Trucks
Sponsor: The Li’l Red Express & Warlock Owners Club
Info: 757/875-5270 or skipgibbs@cox.net
 
June 10–12, Winchester
Spring Fling
Sponsor: Big Dogs Offroad
Info: www.bigdogsoffroad.com
 
WISCONSIN
 
June 25, Grafton
21st Annual Rods-N-Relics Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show
Sponsor: Rods-N-Relics Car Club Ltd. 
Info: www.rodsnrelics.org
 
 
CANADA
 
Alberta
 
June 10, Red Deer
Flaps n’ Fenders Show & Shine
Sponsor: Cruisers Club of Red Deer
Info: 403/886-5541
 
June 18, Lloydminster
Just Kruzin Show & Shine at the Lakeland College Campus
Sponsor: Just Kruzin Specialty Vehicle Club
Info: 780/205-2313 or www.justkruzin.com
 
June 26–July 1, Pincher Creek Cowboys & Coalmines Tour–Model T Fords Only
Sponsor: The Foothills Model T Ford Club–Calgary
Info: 403/931-2628 or www.cowboysandcoalmines.com
 
British Columbia
 
June 10, Radium Hot Springs
Brits Best 2011
Sponsor: Calgary MG Car Club
Info: 403/819-3330 or CalgaryMG@gmail.com
 
 
Early July 2011 Events
 
ILLINOIS
 
July 3, Grayslake
Skip’s Show & Swap Meet
Info: 630/876-1042
 
IOWA
 
July 1–3, Des Moines
20th Heartland Nationals
Sponsor: Goodguys Rod & Custom Association
Info: www.heartlandnats.com
 
KANSAS
 
July 4, Pittsburg
2011 4th of July Car Show
Sponsor: Rollin’ Nostalgia Car Club
Info: 620/231-8343 or rollin-nostalgia@cox.net
 
NEW YORK
 
July 10, Rochester
51st Annual Car Show
Sponsor: Genesee Valley Antique Car Society (GVACS)
Info: www.GVACS.com or 585/377-0940
 
The SAN is still collecting events for this year’s Collector Car Appreciation Day, scheduled for July 8, 2011.
 
Send your event information to san@sema.org. For a full list of Collector Car Appreciation Day events, visit www.semasan.com.
 

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