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N.H. emissions bill a win for the hobby

  New Hampshire legislation (H.B. 351) to exempt rare or historically significant vehicles from emissions control requirements has been signed into law by Gov, Maggie Hassan. Under previous  law, only vehicles 20 or more years old were exempt.  The new law becomes effective on Jan. 1, 2017.

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Second NEW Motorama Takes the Cake

  About a year ago, a fellow named Rick Paulick came to visit us at Gunner’s Great Garage. Rick worked at a small Chevy dealer near Green Bay and sold more Corvettes than anyone else in the state. He said he was going to work the same kind of magic with a new indoor...

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New legislation to protect modified motor vehicles

Bill seeks to overturn threat to modified racecars and parts suppliers   SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting has praised Congressional members for their introduction of a bipartisan bill that would protect thousands of American racecar enthusiasts from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations. “The EPA’s new interpretation of the Clean Air Act would...

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‘Collector Vehicle Appreciation Day’ approved in Wisconsin

WISCONSIN — Wisconsin Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR 79) to annually designate the second Friday in July as “Collector Vehicle Appreciation Day” in the state was recently approved by the legislature. Six years ago, in an effort to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society, the SEMA Action...

SEMA submitted comments in opposition to a regulation proposed by the EPA that would prohibit conversion of vehicles originally designed for on-road use into racecars. (PRNewsFoto/SEMA (Specialty Equipment...)

EPA seeks to prohibit conversion of vehicles into racecars

SEMA to oppose action as threat to modified racecars and parts suppliers WASHINGTON, PRNewswire — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a regulation to prohibit conversion of vehicles originally designed for on-road use into racecars. The regulation would also make the sale of certain products for use on such vehicles illegal. The proposed regulation...

According to the sign at SEMA, Woody’s Hot Rodz built my dream car for the Danchuk Tri-Five Nationals and Larry Burns of Greenup, Ken., won it.

Teen-age Dream Machine

  The Danchuk giveaway car built for the 2015 Tri-Five Nationals was at SEMA and it was my teen-age dream machine come to life. When I saw the metallic blue “post coupe” on display, I couldn’t believe how closely it resembled the car I wanted to make when I was 18 and got my...

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SEMA SAN Strike Force victory in Wisconsin

SEMA Action Network (SAN) – Wisconsin’s Paul Underwood explains that he was “sort of dragged into the whole ‘old car scene’ by misfortune. I bought ’em to use ’em.” Growing up on a farm in Mt. Horeb, the idea of owning a hobby vehicle seemed pretty remote in a family where vehicles were merely practical...

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The history of SEMA

SEMA started when Revell model company needed permission to print miniature decals for its car-model kits. At that time there was no organization to deal with auto aftermarket trade problems. Revell suggested using a model makers association as a model for a trade group. That group became known as the Speed Equipment Manufacturers Assoc....

Courtney Hansen with the writer at the New Motorama Show in Green Bay, Wis., last April.

I wouldn’t be surprised

  I wouldn’t be surprised if TV star Courtney Hansen does show up at my “new” Gunner’s Great Garage building someday. I say this because all the pieces to this project have just been falling into place perfectly. But let’s do the flashback thing to explain what I’m talking about. A few years ago...

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Omix-ADA to showcase expanded historic Jeep collection

Rare vintage civilian model Jeeps spanning five decades to be on display Omix-ADA®, a leading manufacturer of high quality Jeep®, truck and off-road parts and accessories, today announced that it will feature six historic Jeeps from its recently expanded vintage and historic Jeep Collection at the company’s Off Road Success Center during the 2015...