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"The Relay" Online Newsletter
May 2018 Issue

This is the monthly online newsletter for the car club council. All car hobbyist events are listed on this site under "Calendar." Just click on the link above to view the list of car shows and other activities.

President's Message

The governor has signed SB 586 into law. It will become part of the Code of Virginia and state law on July 1st. A big thank you to those who called, emailed and worked to get this done. A special thanks to Senator Bill DeSteph for sponsoring this bill and guiding it through the General Assembly. It was amended and afterwards no one in the Assembly voted against it. Senator DeSteph also got the State Police on board with the bill. He did a fantastic job and we need to thank him. In the car hobbyist news below I have his email address and simple email to send. Please thank him for helping out the car hobbyists of Virginia.

This new law is only for vehicles registered as antiques. Others will have to meet the OEM requirements for exhaust system parts. Antique vehicle owners will be able to legally convert vehicles from single to dual exhaust, use headers and aftermarket mufflers on their vehicles. The council has been working since 1995 to keep Virginia a car hobby friendly state and we will continue.

If you take a look at the calendar you will see there are lots of events this year. There are many more than last year as the car hobby continues to grow. More people are becoming interested in the car hobby. Automakers - the Big Three - are offering vehicles with insane amounts of horsepower. The muscle car era is back but the vehicles are better. In the 60s and 70s you could not buy a car with 400+ horsepower, air conditioning, power everything with overdrive transmission. Now you can have whatever you want (or can afford) - a late model vehicle with impressive power and handling and you can also buy the parts you need to transform an antique vehicle into whatever you desire. It's a great time for car hobbyists.

It's May and hopefully the weather will cooperate for the dozens of events this month. And if you send in an event be sure to check it over carefully. I've recently gotten a couple of them with missing event dates. We cannot use flyers or images; send text and be sure to include all the info listed on the Event Info Page.

~ Fred

CVMC Spring Show
Central Virginia Mustang Club 13th Annual Spring Show
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Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be Monday, August 27th at 6:30 PM at a location to be announced in the August newsletter.

Recycle Your Tires for Free!

No disposal fees! Save money while helping the environment by participating in Tire Amnesty Day May 5 at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds, 9a.m.-1 p.m. County residents can dispose of up to five tires, which can be on or off the rim. Only bike, car and light truck tires will be accepted. Proof of residency is required, and there is a limit of one visit per household. For more information, contact: Anti-Litter Manager Pam Cooper at 751-2227.

Car Hobbyist News

On April 10th legislative services posted online that the governor had signed SB 586 into law on March 30. The law will become effective July 1st. This change in the exhaust law will for the first time legally allow the use of aftermarket exhaust parts on vehicles registered as antiques. It took two years to find someone to sponsor this bill and make the change in the law. Most of the legislators I contacted never even replied. Senator Bill R. DeSteph, Jr. not only sponsored the bill but made a change in what we had proposed to make the law even better for antique owners. He guided the legislation through both houses, worked in an amendment that got everyone on board and enabled the amended version to pass both houses with no one voting against it. He also got the State Police on board with the bill and as you know the State Police were for years opposed to any changes in the state exhaust law. We need to thank him. He is a fellow car hobbyist. I have mailed a letter to him on council letterhead expressing our appreciation. Please send him an email thanking him for sponsoring SB 586 and getting it into law. Send to this email address: district08@senate.virginia.gov. Thanks for helping with this!

The new exhaust law is: § 46.2-1049. Exhaust system in good working order.

No person shall drive and no owner of a vehicle shall permit or allow the operation of any such vehicle on a highway unless it is equipped with an exhaust system in good working order and in constant operation to prevent excessive or unusual levels of noise; provided however, that for motor vehicles, such exhaust system shall be of a type installed as standard factory equipment, or comparable to that designed for use on the particular vehicle as standard factory equipment. An exhaust system shall not be deemed to prevent excessive or unusual noise if it permits the escape of noise in excess of that permitted by the standard factory equipment exhaust system of private passenger motor vehicles or trucks of standard make. The term "exhaust system," as used in this section, means all the parts of a vehicle through which the exhaust passes after leaving the engine block, including mufflers and other sound dissipative devices.

Chambered pipes are not an effective muffling device to prevent excessive or unusual noise, and any vehicle equipped with chambered pipes shall be deemed in violation of this section.

The provisions of this section shall not apply to (i) any antique motor vehicle manufactured prior to 1950 licensed pursuant to § 46.2-730, provided that the engine is comparable to that designed as standard factory equipment for use on that particular vehicle, and the exhaust system is in good working order, or (ii) converted electric vehicles.

Now all of us who are driving vehicles with headers, aftermarket mufflers or even those who have converted single to dual exhaust will be completely legal under the new law. I think this was a big change that needed to be done and I’m very happy the battle is over and we have our exhaust freedom.

The off-road military surplus vehicle law (HB 1323) was also signed by the governor. This will allow the owners of these vehicles to get a title for a fee of $100 (for permanent military surplus motor vehicle plates) and they will be limited to 125 miles of travel daily. Bill summary is “This bill authorizes the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue a registration card and license plates for military surplus motor vehicles, as defined in the bill. The bill authorizes the use of military surplus motor vehicles for purposes similar to those authorized for antique motor vehicles. The bill establishes a process whereby such vehicles that meet certain standards can be used for general transportation purposes. Such vehicles registered under any other Code provisions prior to January 1, 2019, may continue to be registered under such provision. The bill exempts military surplus motor vehicles from emissions standards.”

It is my understanding that some of these off-road military surplus vehicles would not be able to be titled and used without this law. SEMA was in favor of this and sent out emails asking car hobbyists to support it. It will become law on July 1st.

The Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards are regulations in the United States, first enacted by the United States Congress in 1975, after the 1973 - 74 Arab Oil Embargo, to improve the average fuel economy of cars and light trucks (trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles) produced for sale in the United States. During the Obama administration new Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards were released, requiring automakers to raise the average fuel efficiency of new cars and trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. The 54.5 miles per gallon is the fleet-wide average. What is "fleet-wide average"? The company’s overall fleet must hit that target (average 54.5 miles per gallon for the fleet by 2025), and companies also can buy emissions credits if they fail to meet the federal thresholds.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has suggested that he won’t renew Obama-era clean-car rules past 2025. This means post 2025 the same standard will be in place. This is good news to those who purchase trucks and SUVs. If the standards are increased manufacturers would have to create smaller more fuel efficient vehicles that many do not want to purchase. It could also require larger vehicles to be made lighter and perhaps more prone to damage in a crash.

I want to tell a story about a buddy who bought a car from a non-title state and then proceeded to get a title for it from DMV. As you may know you can no longer go to a DMV customer service center and give them the paperwork for a vehicle from a non-title state. You have to mail it to the main DMV and that’s the problem.

First what is a non-title state? Virginia is a title state as are most states. Every motor vehicle has a title with a VIN on it that identifies the specific vehicle. Non-title states are states that do away with titles after a vehicle becomes a certain age. Those owners get a registration card. That card and insurance certificate plus a bill of sale are the pieces of paperwork needed to get a title if the vehicle is sold to a buyer in a title state.

My buddy contacted me about getting the title and I told him who to contact at the DMV and to be sure to make copies of all the paperwork because DMV requires original paperwork mailed to the main DMV for inspection. DMV claims it will take about 30 days to get the title. So this guy sends DMV all the paperwork. After several weeks he got a letter from a DMV employee stating that he needed to send in his original paperwork because DMV didn’t have it. He called and told me, thanking me for getting him to make copies of everything. I know of three car hobbyists who have got through this procedure for getting a title and DMV lost the original paperwork on all three! My buddy was lucky as he had copies and once again sent in the paperwork. After over 60 days he is still waiting on a title. DMV says it will be in the mail soon (Update: It took over 7 weeks!).

Bottom line – make copies of all paperwork you submit to DMV. If you buy a vehicle go straight to DMV (or mail in the paperwork if you bought it from a non-title state) and get the title right away. Don’t work on or spend money on a vehicle until you get a clear title in your name. At the bottom of the council online newsletter there is a link to info on DMV and titling. You should read over it if you plan on buying a vehicle from a private seller. And that last piece of advice is always get a bill of sale when buying from a private seller. It might just come in handy when dealing with the DMV.

22nd Annual Virginia Classic Cruisers Car Show
22nd Annual Virginia Classic Cruisers Car Show
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News From SEMA

Click the link for the story on the proposed legislation.

Victory in Virginia: Bill to Title Military Surplus Off-Road Vehicles Becomes Law

West Virginia Bill to Allow Off-Road Recreation in Cabwaylingo State Forest Signed Into Law

Idaho Governor Enacts Military Vehicle Registration Bill Into Law

Utah Bill Assisting Off-Highway Vehicle Owners Signed Into Law

West Virginia Bill to Allow Personalized Antique Plates Becomes Law

Hawaii Resolution for Construction of New Racing Facility Assigned New Committee

Oklahoma Bill to Create Titling for HUMVEES Passes House; Moves to Senate

Wisconsin Introduces Bill to Expand Military Vehicle Registration

Rhode Island Introduces Bill to Ease Window Tinting Restrictions

Minnesota Introduces Bill to Ease Military Vehicle Registration

Idaho Bill to Increase Emissions Exemptions Dies as Legislature Adjourns

Washington Bill to Allow Collector Car Plates Dies as Legislature Adjourns

Wisconsin Bills Fail to Pass Before Legislative Deadline

CARB-Staffing Appropriation Approved By California Budget Committees

Virginia Governor Enacts Bill Exempting Antique Vehicles from Exhaust Requirements

Hawaii Resolution for Construction of New Racing Facility Approved by Senate; Moves to House

Maryland Off-Highway Vehicle Funding Bill Passes Senate; Moves to Governor

New York Bill to Provide for One-Time Historic Vehicle Registration Fee Passes Senate; Moves to Assembly

Hawaii Bill to Allow Military Vehicle Registration Passes Senate; Moves to House

Louisiana Introduces Bill to Allow Military Surplus Vehicle Registration

Hyles Baptist Church 10th Annual Car Show
Hyles Baptist Church 10th Annual Car Show
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Legislative Solution Implemented for Street Rods, Customs and Replicas

SEMA’s Street Rod/Custom Vehicle model bill has become law in a total of 22 states to date. The model bill defines a street rod as an altered vehicle manufactured before ’49 and a custom car as an altered vehicle at least 25 years old and manufactured after ’48.

With the ever-growing popularity of street rods and customs in recent years—especially the replica and kit car varieties—the need for unique licensing designations has become critical. For decades, modified vintage and reproduction vehicles did not fall under existing state classifications. Outdated and convoluted registration rules in many states created confusion among motorists and those charged with applying these laws at the ground level. Thus began the task of designing and implementing reasonable titling, registration, emissions and equipment standards nationwide in the earliest years of the SAN.

The SEMA-Model Street Rod/Custom Vehicle Bill was developed by SAN staff to simplify the titling and registration of specialized vehicles and remedy common problems. This effort was the product of consultation with the industry, state agencies, regulators and hobbyists. The model bill defines a street rod as an altered vehicle manufactured before ’49 and a custom car as an altered vehicle at least 25 years old and manufactured after ’48. Under the bill, kit cars and replica vehicles are issued a certificate of title bearing the same model-year designation as the production vehicle they most closely resemble, are exempted from emissions inspections and are only required to carry that safety equipment applicable to the designated model year.

SEMA’s Street Rod/Custom Vehicle model bill has become law in a total of 22 states to date. In 1999, Washington was the first state to enact portions of this legislation into law. Illinois adopted the full version of the model in 2002. Lately, a number of additional legislatures have sought to adopt this beneficial language as well. In fact, the bill is being considered once again in the current session by the New Jersey and New York legislatures. Only time will tell the proposal’s fate in these state houses this year. The bill’s full text and roster of state interpretations nationwide can be found at the following link: www.semaSAN.com/StreetRods.

Good Guys
Good Guys is giving away this Mustang - photos from the recent show at the NC State Fairgrounds

Losses and Lessons: Flip flops are great for the beach, but not for driving

From Hagerty
VEHICLE INVOLVED: 1971 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28

WHAT WENT WRONG: Flip flops and sandals are not only cooler than shoes (literally), they’re easy to slip on and off—perfect for pool parties, a day at the beach, running errands, or simply walking to the mailbox. But driving? Not so much. Flip flops increase the risk of an accident because they can slide off your foot or, worse, get caught on one of the pedals. Add a little distraction to the mix and, well …

The owner of a 1971 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 was backing out a parking space at a grocery store when his water bottle fell onto the floor. As he simultaneously leaned down to pick it up and move his foot to the brake, his flip-flop got caught on the gas pedal and the car lurched backward into a light pole.

DAMAGE/LOSS: Fortunately, the driver was not injured, but the Camaro sustained substantial damage to the bumper, trunk, and a rear fender. Repair costs were paid by Hagerty.

LESSON: Flip-flops and sandals are quick and comfortable alternatives to shoes, but never wear them to drive. Driving barefoot is legal in the United States and Canada, so kick those sandals off and put them on the floor—on the passenger side, not under the driver’s seat, since they can slide under your feet should you brake hard. And if something falls onto the floor, don’t reach down and pick it up while the car is still in gear.

Good Guys
Note air scoop made from headlight bucket

Paint Your Car With Info From Eastwood

Eastwood - known for selling automotive tools and restoration products - has come up with a do it yourself painting webpage complete with four videos. They are a beginner's guide to painting a car at home, hands-on how to paint a car, how to set up a paint gun and how to mix paint. You can also click to view and print instructions and supply checklist for painting your car and click to receive a free paint chart. We all realize that Eastwood wants us to purchase their paint and paint equipment and this is of course a good way to get more sales but the information offered is solid. Go to www.eastwood.com/how-to-paint-a-car-checklist to view the videos and get the supply checklist and paint chart.

The cars not to buy if you’re only in it for the money

By Jeff Peek of Hagerty
We have good news and bad news for fans of classic Mercedes-Benz SL models. First, the good news: The 1955–63 190SL has not only escaped the dubious honor of holding the bottom spot in the Hagerty Vehicle Rating—at one point, the 190SL floundered in that unsettling position three rating periods in a row—it has escaped the Bottom 25 altogether. Now, the bad news: The 1968–71 Mercedes-Benz 280SL, 1972–80 350SL/450SL, and 1986–89 560SL have not been so fortunate.

The Hagerty Vehicle Rating tracks a vehicle’s performance relative to the rest of the market, based on a 0–100 scale. A 50-point rating indicates that a vehicle is keeping pace with the market overall. Ratings above 50 indicate above-average appreciation, while ratings below 50 indicate vehicles that are lagging. The rating takes into account the number of vehicles insured and quoted through Hagerty, along with auction activity and private sales.

Let’s be clear here: These are not bad cars. Well, not all of them. But solely on the basis of value, this list is comprised of the coldest metal in a fairly warm market.

Unlike the Mercedes-Benz 190SL, the 1968–71 280SL has been trapped in valuation purgatory for six consecutive rating periods. The last time around it was tied for third in the Bottom 25, and this time it sits right at the top (bottom) with 7 points. The 280SL is joined by the 1966–70 Oldsmobile Toronado, which was tied for ninth last time and has been in the Bottom 25 the last two rating periods.

The 1972–80 350SL/450SL is all alone in third with 9 points, while the 1986–89 560SL—also a member of the Bottom 25 for six consecutive rating periods—is tied for 12th with 128 points. That’s actually a move in the right direction, since the 560SL was No. 1 in the Bottom 25 last time.

Hagerty valuation expert Andrew Newton says the SLs seem to be following a similar pattern. “All of them saw big value increases over the past few years, then prices fell off. It began with the 190SLs going up in value, then the 230/250/280, then 350/450/560. Then they fell off in the same order, essentially.”

Newton is surprised to see such a low rating for the Toronado, but he says the models frequently underperform at auction, which accounts for their recent fall. “Despite the styling, luxury, and level of engineering that went into the Toronado, it seems that people still aren’t able to get over the fact that it is front-wheel drive.”

Another surprise: the 1970–92 DeTomaso Pantera is tied for 18th place with 20 points. “I figured prices and interest would remain high as people continue to be priced out of things like 512 BBs (Belinetta Boxers), Countaches, and the like,” Newton says.

Among newcomers to the Bottom 25, the 1965–67 Dodge Coronet is tied for 20th after seeing its HVR tumble from 37 points to 21, mostly due to several poor auction results.

The highest-valued cars in the Bottom 25 are the 1965–70 Shelby GT350 ($221,100 in #3 condition) and 1976–89 Porsche 911 Carrera Turbo 930 ($150,563 in #3 condition), which are tied for fourth with 11 points.

Lowest-valued car on the list is the 1970–74 MG MGB ($7520 in #3 condition), sitting in a tie for 20th with 21 points.

Here’s a full rundown of the Bottom 25: ("t" means tie)

Vehicle - Year - Make - Model

Hagerty Rating

1t. 1966-1970 Oldsmobile Toronado


1t. 1968-1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL


3. 1972-1980 Mercedes-Benz 350SL / 450SL


4t. 1965-1970 Shelby GT350


4t. 1976-1989 Porsche 911 Carrera (Turbo 930)


4t. 1946-1950 MG TC


7t. 1968-1972 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu


7t. 1994-1999 Ferrari F355


9t. 1975-1985 Ferrari 308


9t. 1969-1979 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ55


9t. 1950-1953 MG TD


12t. 1969-1974 Ford Galaxie


12t. 1961-1964 Pontiac Bonneville


12t. 1986-1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SL


12t. 1962-1969 MG MGB


16t. 1964-1967 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu


16t. 1954-1956 Oldsmobile 88


18t. 1970-1981 Pontiac Trans Am


18t. 1970-1992 DeTomaso Pantera


20t. 1965-1967 Dodge Coronet


20t. 1965-1970 Oldsmobile 88


20t. 1963-1966 Plymouth Valiant


20t. 1968-1973 Opel GT


20t. 1957-1959 Ford Custom


20t. 1980-1998 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit / Silver Spur


20t. 1970-1974 MG MGB


20t. 1971-1978 Cadillac Eldorado


Win A 1957 Thunderbird
Win A 1957 Thunderbird - info below

Win A 1957 Thunderbird

Proceeds will help restore a rare Lockheed 12A

The Spirit of Flight museum recently received the gift of a fully restored 1957 Ford Thunderbird. The museum now plans to give it away to a lucky winner!

“We are incredibly grateful that a 1957 Thunderbird was gifted to the museum,” said Gordon Page, President of the Spirit of Flight Center. “The donor saw our Lockheed 12A aircraft project and wanted to do something to help get it back into the air. We had no idea they would give us a collector car to raffle off to help the process.”

The Starmist Blue Thunderbird has only 35,000 miles and was fully restored in 2006. It has a 312 cubic inch V-8 engine and automatic transmission, and it is loaded with features including hard and soft tops.

“We plan to hand over the keys to the car at our 10th Annual Spirit of Flight Day event on July 14, 2018,” said Gordon Page. “I can’t wait to see the look on the winners face,” added Page.

People can enter to win the car by making a donation to the non-profit Spirit of Flight Foundation at spiritofflight.tapkat.org/wina1957fordthunderbird.

You can also enter by mailing in the attached form.

All proceeds help restore the 1936 Lockheed 12A Electra Jr. that the museum acquired earlier this year.

Good luck, and thanks for your support!

Good Guys
This truck had satin paint with flawless body work

Good Guys
Note 37 Ford headlights

Support the RPM Act

Sign at this link: www.votervoice.net/SEMA/campaigns/45394/respond

2017 marks a new session of Congress. Bills that did not become law at the end of 2016 must be reintroduced for consideration.

UPDATE TO THE RPM ACT - click link below

Protect Your Right to Buy Ethanol Free Fuel

Below is a link to Fuel Testers - a website that is opposed to more ethanol in gasoline and would like to preserve our ability to purchase gasoline free of ethanol.

Good Guys
Rambler Scrambler

Good Guys
Sharp Nova

DMV Titling Information

As promised I have a document about titling antique vehicles posted below for download. This contains information from the DMV speakers at the August 2015 meeting and some other information that I hope you will find useful. If in doubt about anything email or call the DMV administrators in the document; I have their contact information listed. And for the millionth time be sure to check to see if the VIN matches the VIN on the vehicle before buying it. This can save you a lot of trouble - just ask anyone who has purchased a vehicle without a matching VIN. There is also valuable info on purchasing an older vehicle from a non-title state. If you are thinking about buying a vehicle from a non-title state be sure to read it. Link to the document: Antique Vehicle Titling and Registration. I also have a bill of sale for use in buying or selling an antique vehicle: Bill of Sale; and a bill of sale for use if the signatures need to be notarized: Bill of Sale.

You may also find these links useful. The following link goes to the National Insurance Crime Bureau where you can put in a VIN that will be checked for fraud and theft at no cost. The link is www.nicb.org/theft_and_fraud_awareness/vincheck. You should do some research on the vehicle you are thinking about buying, check the VIN to make sure it matches the vehicle and of course make sure the VIN on the vehicle and title match.

The next link goes to Stolen Car Reports, another free service. At this site you can register a stolen vehicle. You can also search a zip code, city or area for the vehicles that were stolen from that area. The link is www.stolencarreports.com/report/Search.

Antique Plate Info Flyer Online

The council delegates have approved the flyer with information on antique plates and a link to it is online here: flyer opens to a new window. Council members and antique owners may print the flyer for their own reference or distribute it to those who own or are considering registering a vehicle as an antique. It will remain on the site for an undetermined time. Council delegates will review the effectiveness of the flyer at a later date.

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