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1974 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Picture in your mind's eye, a man recently retired, the corporate world in his rear view mirror when his wife Beverly spots a 1974 candy apple red Corvette parked in a shopping center. It was love at first glance. Gary asked the owner if he could take it for a drive. The rest as they say is history.
This L-82 happened to be in excellent condition. The former owner was a Montana Highway patrolman had given this 350 cid with a 3/4 cam, Edelbrock carburetor and intake manifold adding a 2500 stall converter. This Corvette is unique, In 1974 when we faced an oil embargo from the middle east, Corvette sales accerelated while other sales declined.
Corvette had a 102 inch wheelbase until 1962 when it was shortened to 98 inches. In 1984 it was again shortened to 96.2 inches where it remained through 1996. Production in '74 was 32,028 with a dry weight of 3,309. The price was just $6,082 or to put it another way $1.84 per pound. Even the new body style, which was introduced in the middle of the great middle east oil embargo, did not dampen sales, on the contrary sales rose. By the end of the year GM would no longer offer their big block.
Gary & Beverly Tiesen Billings, Montana
CMYRYD Goes to SEMA or..."My Bucket List" by Monty Wallis
For years, one of the destinations on my bucket list has been SEMA Show in Las Vegas. If you’re into cars, SEMA is the premier venue for everything auto. So, thanks to CMYRYD, I got the chance to go, and I’ve got to say, it was even bigger and better than I had imagined.
First, it was absolutely huge. The exhibits and show took up the entire Las Vegas Convention Center; and a few blocks away the companion AAPEX Show in the Sands Convention Center utilized every floor of that large complex. If anything, it was overkill. There is no-way anyone could visit every booth, display and event during the length of the show. There were display areas for first time exhibitors, collision and repair, mobile electronics and technology, car care accessories, tools and equipment, racing and performance, restoration, trucks, SUV’s and off-road, utility vehicles, tires, wheels and accessories and more. The GM Proving Grounds gave convention goers the opportunity to demo the latest offerings from General Motors under high-performance conditions. And FMC was well represented with displays of high performance drivers and FORD vehicles doing drifting, Gymkana and autocross demos.
If you wanted to see some of the best classic and custom cars in the world, you wouldn’t have been disappointed. Over 500 of the world’s most spectacular custom cars were on display throughout the venue. For classic lovers, over 2000 classic cars and trucks were displayed both outside and inside the event. Then on Friday night, the SEMA Cruise featured over 2000 classics simultaneously rolling out of the convention center to officially close the show.
TV Stars? You bet there were stars. Overhaulin’s Chip Foos was there signing autographs as well as Courtney Hanson and other automotive stars from Cable’s Velocity channel.
If you went to SEMA to find a particular product or service, you would not have been disappointed. It might have taken you the full week and two pairs of walking shoes, but it had to be there. Over at the AAPEX show, an entire floor was dedicated to overseas automotive products, categorized by country. Yes, China was well represented.
If I have any complaint about the show, it’s perhaps too much of a good thing. Shin splints and blisters were very much a part of the experience. I will say it again…this was a huge event. Only Las Vegas could host an event of this size. And Las Vegas may be part of the problem. $8.00/ plus tax for a Bud Light was not uncommon. And it would be nice if the Mono Rail actually stopped at the Sands Convention Center. That said, there were free shuttles between the official hotels and convention center.
So, if SEMA has been on your bucket list, I’d say the 2015 show should be a great one. Be sure to be ready to walk for miles and endure the crowds of tens of thousands of car lovers from across the world. But be ready for the world’s largest car event.
A CLASSIC OF A DIFFERENT KIND
This is the story of Columbine 2, a classic of a different kind that is in need of restoration and preservation. Maybe you can help. Click Here
Long-time hot rodder Scott Wolynetz has driven this small block Chevy-powered, chopped 3-window ’32 over 15,000 miles in just five years! With obvious nods to John Milner’s Deuce coupe from the film American Graffiti, the car has been seen on the streets of Delaware in several configurations. Scott proudly exclaims that its appearance can “go from ‘Graffiti’ to ZZ Top’s ‘Eliminator’ just by changing the wheels, fenders and hood!” Courtesy SEMA Action Network
By Duane Demars
Ladies, We love You
Who in their right mind would ever put up with a bunch of guys who would unload a car as old as he is and smile from ear-to-ear. When you look at what he has dragged in, you may see a thorn bush, yet he may see a beautiful memory of the past reflecting the ride he had in high school that gave him the best memories he will ever have with "you" the girl of his dreams. The car may be missing a front end, wheels or the mice may have rearranged the interior, yet it is a diamond in the rough to the guy you love. After all what can you think of that would be better to get him from under foot and into the garage every night 'til the wee hours of the morning! We men may just have a few secrets when it comes to restoring an old car, like "the cost." I, for one , have made the colossal mistake in a weak moment and divulged how much money I had in my classic Chevy. It took less than a moment for her to say, "and how long have I had this kitchen?" My response was, "honey how soon do you want to start !" What else could I say !!!. By the way, the car was cheaper. We husbands have, over the years , learned to bend like a willow tree. After all, do we really want to cook for ourselves ~~~~~~ I think not!
We must never give up on our dreams. Remember that thorn bush we talked about earlier. When the day comes that the old classic is ready to go and you back it out of the garage for the very first time, honk the horn and say "honey, want to go for a ride?" That will be the moment that nothing else in the world matters, the blood, sweat and tears, the long hours late at night, it's your baby from now on.
For those who now own a classic car there are a few truths you should be aware of. You are now the proud owner of a wonderful investment to someday sell or better yet pass on down to your children. Most states have what we call "vintage" plates available. In Montana these cost about $10 or $20 paid one time only. Few restrictions apply however these cars cannot be used as a daily driver to and from work. On the other hand if you have $50,000 invested in your ride, full classic car insurance coverage will cost you about $10 per thousand per year. There are several class-A companies that offer a variety of insurance depending on your requirement. You may never be disappointed should you ever plan to sell your prize possession. Remember this simple formula: if you have $50,000 into your ride, keep it for 10 years and sell it for $45,000, your entertainment has only cost you $500 per year.
Single or Double?
SEMA Action Network (SAN) Compiles License Plate Requirements By State
Since cars began crowding the nation’s roads, enthusiasts have had to contend with bolting license plates onto their prized vehicles. Whatever your preference in vehicle or style, each state currently offers plate options intended to suit your personal needs. In recent years, the importance of license plate legislation to the SAN has been noticed. Single plate proposals are overwhelmingly favored by hobbyists nationwide, as they would save the state money, conserve its resources and protect the aesthetic contours of collector cars. In 2014, the following states introduced legislation to require only a single, rear-mounted license plate: Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Wisconsin. Missouri, Texas, Virginia and Wyoming each had similar bills in 2013. While these bills were not given serious consideration, their introduction is a great sign and first step.
Individual support for these single plate bills is important, but mass organization from SAN members is vital for these bills to ever have a chance of becoming law. Unfortunately, law enforcement agencies generally oppose such measures on the claim that front plates allow officers to quickly identify vehicles involved in violations of the law. By working together with local law enforcement officials, attending hearings and sharing the responsibility in finding mutual solutions, we have the opportunity to impact the future of these laws.
Designed to be a quick reference guide, the SEMA Action Network (SAN) has developed a compilation of the specialty license plates available by state. It includes a map that illustrates the number of license plates required. Those looking to purchase or apply for a specialty plate are advised check with their local DMV for guidance and paperwork. Here is a link to this new resource: semaSAN.com/LicensePlates
States requiring a single rear plate: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia
States requiring two plates: Alaska, California, Colorado, DC, Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
This information is current as of September 2014 and is posted here as an informational resource. State laws are subject to change, and it is important to consult the current statutes and regulations in your state to ensure accurate information. You should not rely solely on the following information, and SEMA disclaims any responsibility for damages that arise out of reliance on the information. If you have further questions, please contact SEMA Action Network at firstname.lastname@example.org.