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California Bill to Extend New Car Emissions Test Exemption Passes Assembly; Moves to Senate

Legislation (A.B. 1274) to extend the emissions inspection exemption for new cars from 6 to 8 model years has been approved by the California Assembly. Under the bill, the newly exempted motor vehicles (model years 7 and 8) would be subject to an annual smog abatement fee of $24. The bill has now been referred to the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee for consideration.

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UPDATE: Industry, Racers and Fans Continue RPM Act Momentum

Your online participation in our efforts last week in Washington, D.C. encouraged enthusiasts to send more than 900 letters in support of the RPM Act to Congress.

Our hashtag, #SaveOurRacecars generated over 1,073 uses on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  More than 890 social media users posted in support of our Thunderclap campaign, reaching 394,765 people on social media.
 
This energy helped the RPM Act add key cosponsors in the House and the Senate, helping pave the way to a vote.
 
Thank you again for your ongoing support and enthusiasm. This is the year we save our racecars!

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Repeal the Gas Tax

Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) is seeking an initiative to repeal gas tax and vehicle fee increases signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown that will raise $5.2 billion annually for road repairs and mass transit. Allen filed papers with the state attorney general Thursday to prepare a ballot title and summary so he can work to collect 365,000 signatures from registered voters in 150 days to put the measure on the ballot.

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SAVE OUR RACECARS!

Industry Leaders Travel to Washington, D.C. In Support of RPM Act

The industry will meet with federal lawmakers next week to ask that the RPM Act be brought to a vote. Help SEMA create one thunderous moment on May 17 as we tell Congress to save our racecars! Use this link now to join our Thunderclap and amplify our rally cry on your social media channel of choice. Video: https://youtu.be/KAEJHn-XCZs

 

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OUR AUTO HOBBY’S “HOLIDAY” IS BACK!

Collector Car Appreciation Day (CCAD) will be celebrated this year on July 14, 2017. At the request of SEMA, this “holiday” has been marked each year since 2010 by a U.S. Senate Resolution recognizing that the “collection and restoration of historic and classic cars is an important part of preserving the technological achievements and cultural heritage of the United States.” As in years past, a wide range of automotive events will be held to commemorate the occasion. As this annual event continues to grow worldwide, states, provinces, counties and cities are following suit with their own recognition. SEMA encourages participation throughout the month of July to honor the classics of the past and the future.


Check out the SEMA Action Network’s (SAN) video PSA for tips on setting up your tribute. Please share it with your friends using the following link: https://youtu.be/Ks9VEWJ7A9A

CELEBRATE THE HOBBY YOUR WAY!

  • ATTEND an official vehicle-inspired event
  • HOST your own gathering or club meeting
  • Promote a “HOLIDAY SALE” at your business
  • DRIVE your special ride, new or old, whatever the destination


Plan and submit your July event at no cost, locate a listing near you and more on the website: semasan.com/CCAD
Participating organizers will be awarded a copy of the Congressional resolution for display at each registered event.

UPDATE: California Bill to Undermine Off-Highway Vehicles Program Approved by Senate Committee

Legislation (S.B. 249) to allow funds collected for California’s Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMRV) program to be spent by other agencies on unrelated programs and never reimbursed was approved by the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee. The bill has now been sent to the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee for consideration.

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U.S. Congress Introduces Bill to Prohibit E15 Sales

Legislation (HR 1315) has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to prohibit the sale of E15 (gasoline that is 15% ethanol), capping the amount of ethanol that can be blended into conventional gasoline at 10%.  The bill also eliminates the Renewable Fuel Standard’s (RFS) mandate that requires 15 billion gallons of corn-based ethanol be blended into the U.S. fuel supply each year.  Ethanol, especially in higher concentrations such as E15, can cause damage to older vehicles.

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Brian Burnett turned a “beat up” 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle into a beautiful SS clone. The car is finished in factory-style dark green, while the 350/350 powerplant was upgraded to a 454 c.i. big block and TH400 transmission.

Brian Burnett was among many Oregon residents who recently helped defeat an anti-hobby bill targeting vintage cars and trucks. Legislation that would have required registered owners of vehicles 20 years old and older to pay a $1,000 “impact tax” every five years was quickly killed after an onslaught of objections were lodged by vehicle owners in the state. Brian explains, “When I received the SEMA Action Network’s link to the bill, I was a bit agitated and really disappointed to say the least. I sent an email out to my state representatives shortly thereafter.” He watched the call-to-action soon spread like wild fire throughout the cyber world. In the end, the ill-fated proposal was defeated in less than 24 hours! House Speaker Tina Kotek’s office confirmed with the SAN that the bill would not be considered and was dead on arrival after her office received hundreds of angry messages. “I have since received responses from many representatives thanking me for my message,” says Burnett.
Brian’s automotive passion is accurately reflected in his 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle. The 8 ½ year project is his first vintage car. He plans on adding more classics to his collection one day, including a convertible Chevelle. “One of the greatest things about classic cars is the people you meet,” he continues. “Our vehicles are more than just metal or a means of travel. They form a special life style. Being involved in legislative actions is important in keeping these cars around and the culture alive.” Burnett now has an extended family of sorts through his connections in the hobby. He credits George Burns, Jr. and George Burns III for introducing him to the culture and passing on so much knowledge about cars. “George Burns, Jr. was an old-school car guy. It was such an experience to see him perform the process of working metal by hand. Although he passed away a couple years ago, the work he did lives on.”

Burnett enjoys participating in local car shows with charitable ties. He has been going to Cascade High School’s spring event in Turner, Oregon, since it began four years ago. The community event raises funds for seniors and draws in people from all over the area. Last year, Brian’s ride took home the title of “Best Under Construction.” The Santa Cruz is hosted by the local fire department in the sister town of Stayton. Car owners show up to support the children’s toy drive and fundraising raffle. Another annual favorite is Scio, Oregon’s Chicken Run, put on by Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.

Your enthusiasm for the automotive community is applauded, Brian. Don’t lift off the throttle!

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SAVE OUR RACECARS!

SEMA Chairman of the Board Asks for Your Help in Getting the RPM Act Enacted Into Law

Take action now: visit sema.org/rpm to save our racecars! The RPM Act of 2017 has reached an important milestone: more than 100 members of the U.S. House of Representatives and 27 members of the Senate are supporting the legislation. SEMA Chairman of the Board Doug Evans recently spoke about why enacting the RPM Act into law is critical for the future of auto racing: https://youtu.be/5q93lJ52B-o

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As indicated by the vintage “calling card” pictured here, the Push Rods’ club name has a humorous meaning aside from the internal engine part. These printed cards were given to stranded motorists by club members who had provided mechanical assistance.

The Push Rods of Waltham, Massachusetts , were established in 1957 by two high school friends, Bill Chaplis and Fred Hire. In fact, the kids formed the group without even owning a vehicle! The duo’s enthusiasm and automotive passion lead to ownership of a drag racing machine soon enough. Their first car was outfitted with a Ford Model A roadster body that was channeled over a modified frame. A 1956 Buick “nailhead” was set back 20% and carried six Stromberg 97 carburetors on top. This rebuilding project was good for club morale from the very beginning. Next came custom aluminum club plaques and member photos and the group was ready to roll. However, drag racing had a reputation at the time of being a sport filled with delinquents. The guys decided that this negative image needed to be cleaned up. So the Push Rods began assisting drivers who had broken down along the roadside. To generate publicity, those drivers in need were asked to call their local newspapers and tell them local “hot rod hoodlums” had helped out.
The tight-knit Push Rods became a formidable team within a few years. The club had fine-tuned their skills by racing on New England’s drag strips. In early 1960, they ventured out to be competitive in other places, such as Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Michigan and even Illinois. However, their racing days were nearing the end by the late 1960s. Between getting older, getting married and moving on into adulthood, the guys were losing interest. The club was largely inactive from the 1970s through the early 1990s. A few members had kept the spirit alive during that period by staying in touch. Thankfully, there has been renewed interest in the rod and custom hobby in the last couple of decades. Nostalgia drag racing has been popping up all over the country, which began rekindling old flames within the group.
A search for “lost” Push Rods members was undertaken several years ago to rebuild the group and host a 40th anniversary reunion. Once a few letters were written and several phone calls placed, the gang was back in gear! Members old and new were wearing the club jackets and coming to scheduled meetings in Massachusetts from the New England region and beyond. Today, they meet informally and have a very basic format: eat, drink and be merry. The reunion has evolved into an annual dinner held at the Hudson Elks, in Hudson, Massachusetts. The club’s philosophy is now focused on safe driving and building safe “hot rods” to build good memories. They also keep tabs on legislative proposals via the SEMA Action Network (SAN). “What the organization does to protect our hobby is fantastic,” says the group’s chairman Jim Grillo. “When the people that make the laws affecting our hobby need some direction, they get it from the voices in the SAN. Thank you from all our members.”
Many thanks to the Push Rods, past and present, for setting such a positive example of our hobby. Thanks for looking out for our community’s interests in the Bay State and beyond!

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ANNOUNCEMENT

The RPM Act: A Message From SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting

Over the past year, the racing community undertook an unprecedented effort to protect Americans’ right to modify street vehicles into dedicated racecars and our industry’s right to sell the parts that support the sport. In February, more than 100,000 racers, industry members and enthusiasts rallied to sign a White House petition in a single day. Since March, you have flooded Congress with nearly 200,000 letters in support of the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act—a bill that makes clear that the Clean Air Act allows motor vehicles to be converted into dedicated race vehicles. The bill also protects our ability to sell the parts and equipment that enable racers to compete.
You have been heard! Your persistence and enthusiasm resulted in 148 Congressional lawmakers signing on to co-sponsor the RPM Act.

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Rep. McHenry Talks RPM Act, Pushes for Quick Congressional Action

SEMA Action Network (SAN) Urges Racers and Fans to Rally to Reach 200,000 Letter Milestone In a new Speed Sport News interview, lead RPM Act sponsor Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) takes his first few laps in a dirt late model at the East Lincoln Speedway in Stanley, NC. Afterwards, he gives an update on the RPM Act and Congress’ current efforts to stop the EPA from regulating racecars and racing parts. As Rep. McHenry puts it, “This is absurd, and we’ve got to stop it.” The RPM Act provides clarity to the racing community that the Clean Air Act allows motor vehicles to be converted into dedicated race vehicles. The bill protects tens of thousands of jobs and racers’ ability to purchase the parts and equipment that enable them to compete. It also protects an American tradition.

WATCH HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRCBcbzkrsw Racers and fans have rallied to send thousands of letters to Congress so far. Help us reach the 200,000 letters milestone by sending another letter to your elected officials! Visit http://www.sema.org/RPMAct today!

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SEMA’s New RPM Act Letter Urges Immediate Congressional Action

Your voice is again crucial to furthering progress on the RPM Act. Send the new letter today!

After a seven-week recess, Congress has returned to Washington, D.C. Time is limited before lawmakers head back home for the fall campaign season. While your federal elected officials are in the Capitol, your voice is crucial to furthering our progress on the RPM Act. Now is the time for action!
To mark lawmakers’ return, SEMA has drafted a new letter urging action on the RPM Act in the final months of session. The SEMA Action Network (SAN) is urging its membership and racing enthusiasts everywhere to send the new letter to federal elected officials today. Even if you have previously sent a letter, your voice is needed once again to ask for immediate congressional action to pass the bill this year.
Here is a quick and easy way to send the new letter. Simply visit www.sema.org/rpm and fill out your name and contact information. It only takes a moment!

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AB1591  Status ; 2/1/2016-Refered to Coms, on Trans. and Rev. & Tax

Summary: Would create the Road and Rehabilitation Program to address deferred maintenance on the state highway system and the local street and road system. The bill would require the California Transportation on Commission to adopt performance criteria to ensure efficient use of the funds available for the program. This bill contains other related provisions and existing laws.

AB1752 Vehicles: registration fees Status current location A. DEAD

Summary: Current law requires the DMV to charge a registration fee on every vehicle or trailer coach, as specified. Existing law also authorizes the imposition of certain additional fees and surcharges, including among others, an additional fee, as specified, on all motor vehicles to fund local programs relating to vehicle theft crimes. This bill would require the DMV to clearly identify the registration fee as the base registration fee on any application for renewal of registration, and to aggregate any additional fees or surcharges added to the base registration fee as a separate and distinct line item on those applications.

SB1239 Status Failed DEAD

Summary: Would, until Jan. 1 2019, exempt from the biennial smog check inspections all motor vehicles manufactured after the 1975 model year but prior to the 1981 model year if the owner submits proof that the motor vehicle is insured as a collector motor vehicle.

UPDATE: California Bill to Expand Eligibility for Year of Manufacture License Plates Approved by Assembly; Moves to Governor

Legislation (S.B. 1429) to expand the authorization of year-of-manufacture license plates to include owners of 1980 or older model-year vehicles was approved by the California Assembly. The bill has already been approved by the California Senate and will now be sent to the governor for his signature and enactment into law. Current law only authorizes owners of vehicles that are of a 1969 or older model-year or owners of a commercial vehicle or pickup truck that is a 1972 or older to utilize California year-of-manufacture license plates. These plates must be legible and serviceable.

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UPDATE: California Bill to Expand Eligibility for Year of Manufacture License Plates Approved by Appropriations Committee

Legislation (S.B. 1429) to expand the authorization of year-of-manufacture license plates to include owners of 1980 or older model-year vehicles was approved by the Assembly Appropriations Committee and now moves to the floor of the Assembly for a vote by all members. The bill has already been approved by the California Senate. Current law only authorizes owners of vehicles that are of a 1969 or older model-year or owners of a commercial vehicle or pickup truck that is a 1972 or older to utilize California year-of-manufacture license plates. These plates must be legible and serviceable.

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SEMA Action Network Hits the Road, Raises Support for RPM Act The SEMA Action Network (SAN) is hitting the road to let the motorsports community know about the “Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act”—the Congressional bill that clarifies that street vehicles may continue to be converted into race cars used solely on the track.

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SEMA Action Network Hits the Road, Raises Support for RPM Act

The SEMA Action Network (SAN) is hitting the road to let the motorsports community know about the “Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act”—the Congressional bill that clarifies that street vehicles may continue to be converted into race cars used solely on the track.

California Bill to Exempt Pre-1981 Vehicles from Emissions Inspections Fails to Meet Passage Deadline

In a severe disappointment for the old car hobby, the California Senate failed to gain final approval prior to the June 3 deadline for amended legislation (S.B. 1239) to exempt motor vehicles prior to the 1981 model year from the emissions inspection requirement.  Under the amended bill, vehicles manufactured after the 1976 model year but prior to the 1981 model year would have been exempted if the owner submitted proof that the vehicle was insured as a collector motor vehicle.  This exemption would have been a 2-year trial that would have needed to be renewed by separate legislation in order to continue.  Current law requires the lifetime testing of all 1976 and newer model-year vehicles.

We received an overwhelming response from California hobbyists in response to our requests for action on this bill.  Thank you to those who participated.  

UPDATE: California Bill to Expand Vehicle Retirement Program to be Considered by Appropriations Committee on May 27

Legislation (A.B. 1965) to require the Air Resources Board to expand the state’s program for the retirement and replacement of older passenger vehicles and light and medium-duty trucks will be considered by the Assembly Appropriations Committee on May 27, 2016. The bill has already been approved by the Transportation Committee. Current law provides for “an enhanced fleet modernization program” to be administered by the Bureau of Automotive Repair based on guidelines adopted by the Air Resources Board. Beginning in the 2016-17 fiscal year, the bill would require the agencies to set specific and measurable goals for the program’s expansion.

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UPDATE: California Bill to Expand Eligibility for Year of Manufacture License Plates Approved by Committee 

Legislation (S.B. 1429) to expand the authorization of year-of-manufacture license plates to include owners of 1980 or older model-year vehicles was approved by the California Senate Transportation and Housing Committee by an 11 – 0 vote. Current law only authorizes owners of vehicles that are of a 1969 or older model-year or owners of a commercial vehicle or pickup truck that is a 1972 or older model year to utilize California year-of-manufacture license plates. These plates must be legible and serviceable.

The bill will next be considered by the Senate Appropriations Committee. You Can Shape the Course of This Proposal Request support for this legislation by using the following SAN website link for an overview and lawmaker contact.

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California Introduces Bill to Require Warranty Disclosure

Legislation (A.B. 2837) was introduced to require new car dealers to provide purchasers a written statement declaring it is illegal for manufacturers or dealers to void a warranty or deny coverage because aftermarket or recycled parts were installed or because someone other than the dealer performed service.  The bill will be sent to the Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection for consideration.

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U.S. Senate Introduces Counterpart to House RPM Act

The U.S. Senate introduced S. 2659, the “Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2016” (RPM Act), legislation that makes it clear that it has always been legal to modify a street vehicle into a race car used exclusively at the track.

S. 2659 is the Senate companion bill to the House of Representatives’ RPM Act, H.R. 4715, which was introduced earlier this week. The RPM Act must pass the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives before becoming law.

Take action now! Tell Congress to support the RPM Act and save American motorsports!

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As you may know the ACCC with the help of Senator Gaines (R) Roseville has introduced legislation (SB1239) that will exempt 1980 & older collector cars & trucks from the biennial smog inspection. Currently 1976 & older are exempt and we want to expand that to 1980 & older.

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