Author Archives: Angelo Van Bogart

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...

After 72 years, Bugatti to be finally fitted with coach work

Celebrated Southern California Collection Partners with Renowned Coachbuilder to Complete a Jean Bugatti Masterpiece Oxnard, Calif. (April 27, 2011) – The Peter Mullin Automotive Museum Foundation, organized to support nonprofit public charities that are dedicated to the study, preservation and public display of classic automobiles or public education regarding classic automobiles, has selected Automobile...

Twin Cities car, parts stash comes up for sale

We get leads on cars, events and auctions from all over, but this one came from someone particularly near and dear to me: my grandmother! She learned that a stash of old cars in Newport, Minn., near my hometown, will be auctioned. The cars were owned by Bill Knauff, a legend among the gear...

Connecticut proposes 400% tax increase on collector car owners

PROPOSED 400% TAX INCREASE FOR CONNECTICUT ANTIQUE CAR OWNERS WOULD HAVE NEGATIVE OVERALL ECONOMIC IMPACT Connecticut Legislature Targets 1% of State Population in Move to Increase Tax Revenue Traverse City, Mich. (April 15, 2011) – The Connecticut State Legislature is actively considering a bill targeted at collector car owners that would result in a...

Texas legislative committee approves rod and custom bill

SEMA ACTION NETWORK URGENT LEGISLATIVE ALERT (UPDATE) Texas Street Rod and Custom Vehicle Bill Approved by House Transportation Committee; Moves Next to Full House SEMA model legislation (H.B. 890) that would create a vehicle registration classification for street rods and custom vehicles and provide for special license plates for these vehicles was approved by...

Arizona exempts older vehicles from emissions inspection

SEMA ACTION NETWORK LEGISLATIVE ALERT UPDATE Arizona Bill to Exempt Older Vehicles from Emissions Inspection Signed Into Law     Legislation to exempt all vehicles manufactured in the 1974 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...

Washington pro-street rod and custom bill becomes law

SEMA ACTION NETWORK NEWS ALERT Washington Governor Signs Street Rod and Custom Vehicle Bill Into Law   SEMA model legislation to create a vehicle titling and registration classification for street rods and custom vehicles was signed into law by Washington State Governor Chris Gregoire.  The bill (S.B. 5585) defines a street rod as an...

Cincinnati 'donkers' beware

SEMA URGENT ENFORCEMENT ALERT (Cincinnati, Ohio) Many people contacted the SEMA Action Network to request information regarding a recent increase in the ticketing and impoundment of vehicles with larger-sized aftermarket wheels in the Cincinnati, Ohio jurisdiction. We reached out to the Cincinnati Police Department to inquire as to the current enforcement policy. According to...