Author Archives: Angelo Van Bogart

New York one-time historic vehicle fee is closer to law

SEMA ACTION NETWORK UPDATE New York Bill to Provide for One-Time Historic Vehicle Registration Fee Approved by Senate; Moves Now to Assembly Transportation Committee Legislation (S.B. 3213) to provide that historical vehicle owners only pay a one-time registration fee of $100 upon initial registration was passed by the New York Senate.  The bill will...

A Back to the 50’s blast

As someone who spent tens of thousands of dollars and several years of his life getting a journalism degree, I hate the MSRA’s Back to the 50’s event. As a car enthusiast, the event is like Christmas in June. I’ve been going to the show since ’84 or ’86, an age when all I...

Unique Cadillac to cross block across the pond

When I was writing “Cadillac: 100 Years of Innovation” in conjunction with General Motors, I was contacted by Robert Maidment, a fellow Cadillac & LaSalle Club member in England with an unusual example of the wreath and crest. Desiring a 1930s-looking car with modern convenience, Maidment and members of his company built just such...

Texas Street Rod and Custom Vehicle Bill Signed Into Law

SEMA ACTION NETWORK UPDATE After an effort that stretched into two legislative sessions, SEMA model legislation (H.B. 890) to create a vehicle registration classification for street rods and custom vehicles (including kit cars and replicas) and provide for special license plates was signed into law by Governor Rick Perry.  Slated to go into effect...

‘First funny car’ 1964 Dodge Charger to hit block

A 1964 Dodge Charger? Believe it. Dodge didn’t shake the earth with the Charger model name on a production car until 1966, of course, but there were earlier rumblings with the name. In 1964, Dodge built an open-cockpit Charger show car based on the 1964 Polara/440/330 platform. That same year, three 330 coupe drag...

Nevada Exempts Hobby Cars from Emissions Tests

SEMA ACTION NETWORK LEGISLATIVE UPDATE Nevada legislation (A.B. 2) to exempt classic vehicles and classic rods from emissions inspections if owners pay a one-time $6 fee and submit a certification that their vehicle will not be driven more than 5,000 miles per year was signed into law by Governor Brian Sandoval.  Under previous law,...

Last DTS added to renowned car collector’s garage

DETROIT — Nicola Bulgari, an avid car collector and vice chairman of the Bulgari luxury goods firm, prefers not to dwell on the sheer number of automobiles in his car collection. “Is it important?” Bulgari asked. “Is it the number or the quality that matters?  It’s the quality.” Bulgari buys each car for a...

Will first LS6 Chevelle coupe fly off the block?

Russo and Steele will offer a very special 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6 — the first production LS6 coupe built — at its Monterey sale this August. Cars of this caliber are the norm on the Monterey Peninsula during mid-August when several concours events and auctions converge there to make the central California coast a...

Illinois bill would expand use of antique vehicles

SEMA ACTION NETWORK LEGISLATIVE ALERT Illinois Bill to Expand Use of Antique Vehicles Approved by House; Moves to Senate Transportation Committee Legislation (H.B. 3256) to provide for an expanded-use antique vehicle registration class that would allow antique vehicles and replicas to be driven without limitation during the warmer part of the year (April 1...

Tennessee exempts some older vehicles from emissions tests

SEMA ACTION NETWORK LEGISLATIVE ALERT Tennessee Bill to Exempt Certain Older Vehicles from Emissions Tests Signed Into Law   Legislation (H.B. 688) to exempt vehicles more than 25-years old from the state’s annual emissions inspection and maintenance program was signed into law by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.  To qualify for the exemption, these vehicles must...