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1966 Pontiac GTO "Gran Turismo Omologato"
This car designed by David North has proven to be just what the Doctor ordered for not only this generation but for generations to come. This car is better known for its European feel and excellent acceleration. GTO became its own model line. It was one of the first true muscle cars of all time. The GTO delivered unprecedented performance with a 389 cid V-8 developing a staggering 360 bhp, they even compared the world class Ferrari to the performance of the GTO. Yes it was true that the Ferrari would come out the winner in a road race, however the drag strip would give the winning trophy to the GTO. Cost can be a big factor when you purchase a car like this, FERRARI COST $20,000, the Pontiac GTO costs $3800, and yes you can have just as much fun on a Saturday night out on the town.
Every car has a story to tell, and this car has a good one. This car was a Push, Pull and Drag at its best. The first body shop that Jeff went to told him he had a good car for the wrecking yard. They told him to drop it off and never look back, however when you are going to college and money is limited you do the work yourself to make it your dream car. He was able to do all the work with the expectation of the paint. He replaced the engine with a 400cid, a Muncie 4-speed transmission hooked up with 3.55 rear end gears.
Owners: Jeff & Jennifer Farve Bozeman, Montana
By Dave Searle Editor in Chief Motorcycle Consumer News
MY SCOUT TROOP once spent a day counting cars at intersections in our old town center, so the traffic lights could be correctly timed for the volume going in each direction. And I guess I’ve had a keen appreciation for the traffic planner’s job ever since. In the little beach town where I live now, which is subject to very heavy weekend and summertime tourist traffic, it’s often easy to catch a red light every half-mile or less, turning a five mile cross-town distance in 20 minutes or more of stop-and-go aggravation. This naturally encourages speeding by the locals who’ve seen all the sights before, mounting frustration with dawdlers, and occasional attempts to beat the yellows—not good for safety. And, of course, none of the lights are “smart” enough to know when there are no drivers waiting at one or more directions, so we all wait while the light goes through its preprogrammed sequence, clearly timed for heavy traffic flow, oblivious to reality.
Worse, the downtown light that controls the heaviest traffic will regularly lose its synchronization with another light just a block away, so that block fills with cars, the intersection jams up and the resulting backup can extend down the canyon for nearly a mile. Too bad the CalTrans officials responsible can’t hear the resulting shouting and honking, but I now have their names and phone numbers (call your city officials). Tip: After weeks of repeated pleas for help, saying you’re going to call the Mayor if they don’t fix it immediately got a same-day response.
I’m sure we each have personal examples of traffic light headaches, like sensors that can’t recognize a motorcycle, greens that only last for seconds, etc., but consider that a superior alternative to “dumb” traffic lights already exists—roundabouts. First, a word about what is and what isn’t a roundabout. Although much larger “rotaries” and “traffic circles” (think Paris’ Place L’Etoile, around the Arc de Triomphe, Thomas Circle in Washington, D.C., or Columbus Circle in Central Park)have been built since 1877, the “modern roundabout,” as the DOT defines it, was designed by Frank Blackmore of the UK’s Transportation Research Laboratory in the 1960s. Distinguished by its much smaller size and radial entry roads, these mini roundabouts require traffic to slow to 15–25 mph, circle counter-clockwise (in countries where people drive on the right), and give priority to vehicles already in the roundabout, in contrast to traffic circles, where traffic enters at high speed on a tangent to a large circle, changing lanes to exit, which can be very chaotic. In fact, accident statistics show that large traffic circles are not particularly safe, and the UK-style mini roundabout has become the favored design worldwide. The town of Summerlin, Nevada, built the first one in America in 1990, but they have quickly proliferated across the country.
Consider the advantages: The basic roundabout controls traffic without requiring vehicles to come to a stop. Remember, a car idling at a light is getting exactly zero mpg, making heat and smog, and while stopping completely uses more brake pad material, acceleration from a stop requires more fuel than simply slowing. As a result, studies show that pollution is greatly reduced: CO by 15–45%, CO2by 23–37%, NOx by 21–44%, and hydrocarbons by as much as 42%. And because roundabouts don’t create unnecessary delays, studies show they improve fuel consumption by 23–34%, while speeding traffic flow by 13–89%. Is there a less painful or less expensive way to reduce our collective “carbon footprint?”
And if those statistics aren’t impressive enough, consider that roundabouts have an even greater benefit on safety. Every MCN reader knows how dangerous traditional intersections can be and how left turns across a rider’s path create the most serious accidents. Imagine a light-controlled intersection with just a single lane in each direction: With left turns, right turns and straight ahead traffic possible in each direction, there are 32 potential contact points, many of which are head-ons and T-bones at high speed. By comparison, the roundabout has only eight, and most accidents are side-impacts at shallow angles. A U.S. statistical sample shows that roundabouts generate 39% fewer collisions, 76% fewer injuries, and 90% fewer serious injuries and fatalities than traditional junctions.
Plus, there are additional benefits: U-turns are easily accomplished, roundabouts are quieter in operation as the need for heavy acceleration is reduced, they can be cheaper to build and maintain than a traffic light-controlled intersection, and they don’t need any more space to construct (multi-lane roundabouts are typically less than 250 ft. in diameter).Pedestrians are also safer. Crosswalks are usually placed at least one car-length outside the circle, to reduce slowing inside the circle, and pedestrian islands positioned between the inbound and outbound lanes add visual clues for drivers as well as provide a safe place for pedestrians to stop mid-crossing, so they only need to keep an eye on traffic in one direction.
There are two other effects that get my personal approval, although you can’t find statistics on them. One is that roundabouts don’t force traffic to stop and line-up, so that if you happen to beat the back of the pack, your progress is not determined by the driver ahead with the slowest reaction times or most distractions. This bunching effect makes traffic much more dangerous as well, as everyone is more vulnerable to the mistakes of a single driver, and accordion-type impacts that can catch trailing drivers unaware are common. By comparison, roundabouts allow traffic to spread out, and every motorcyclist knows they are safer when they have space around them to maneuver, rather than play the potential meat in a metal sandwich. Although California motorcyclists can take advantage of lane-sharing, slipping to the front of the line at lights to gain this advantage, everywhere else, riders don’t have this option and are at the mercy of surrounding drivers.
Lastly, roundabouts are fun on a motorcycle. The brief slowing, quick flicks of the steering and burst of acceleration make negotiating a roundabout even faster and easier on a bike than it is in a car, and isn’t that what riding is all about?
Reprinted by Permission of Motorcycle Consumer News
Wyoming Single License Plate Signed Into Law
Wyoming Governor Matt Mead signed into law a bill (H.B. 74) to provide for the issuance of a single license plate for motor vehicles that were “originally manufactured without an installed bracket, device or other means to display and secure a front license plate.” The new law also specifically allows antique vehicles to display a single plate and allows all custom vehicles, not just those manufactured prior to 1968, to display a single plate. The new law will take effect on July 1, 2015. Thank you to those that participated in supporting this bill!
Courtesy SEMA Action Network
THE LAST OF THE BREED?
By Monty Wallis
For “car guys” cars are more than a hobby. Finding, fixing, rebuilding, tinkering are just part of life. If you’re one of those who really lives classic cars, you’ve got to wonder about the future of the hobby. Let’s face it, most of today’s cars (or tomorrow’s classics) don’t have what it takes. Most are small, boxy and lack that individualism that made yesterday’s classics into the icons they are today. Fuel efficiency and high mileage have taken over from style and individuality.
Plastic is in and sheet metal is out. Today’s engine compartments are so crammed with restrictive components that there is no way most of us can even work on our own cars. Computers and black boxes have taken control and a backyard mechanic with a set of wrenches and hand tools just won’t cut it.
Sure, you can still find classics to work on, but it gets harder and harder to find those cars that have potential. What happens down the road when cars from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s are no longer to be found? Detroit has tried to resurrect style points from the past in the new Challenger, Mustangs and other models. They’ve been popular and sell well. But Washington seems to want all of us in look-alike, boxy roller skate versions that get 40 plus MPG and create no emissions.
Remember when it was a big deal when next year’s models were introduced? Now, a 2015 looks just like a 2014, and you really can’t tell the make and model without looking at the name tags. Certainly, cars today are faster, more dependable, easier to drive and park. They ride better and corner better. In so many ways they are superior to the classics we cherish. But for everything we’ve gained, take a look at what we’ve lost.
SO YOU WANTA BE A STAR?
By Monty Wallis
A Montana production company is looking for some classic car talent for an upcoming show called Hollywood Shootouts for the REELZ TV Channel. The show will be filming this spring in the Butte/Bozeman, Montana area and will feature a Bonnie and Clyde shootout.
They are looking for a vintage 1934 Ford as well as a Police car of the same era. They also want a few cars from the 30’s for street scenes. The 34 Ford and Police car will be driven (but not damaged) in the production. Production Manager Jeri Rafter says the car owners could be used to drive the car during filming.
Federal Legislation Would Require Study of Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Rule
Legislation (HR 999) has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives directing the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to conduct a study on requirements proposed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs). The proposed CPSC rule includes restrictive lateral stability and vehicle handling requirements that could potentially limit vehicle use. The NAS would study whether the requirements are necessary or actually undermine ROV capabilities and intended uses. The bill would postpone further action on the CPSC’s proposed rule pending the analysis.
Please Contact Your U.S. Representative in Congress (contact information below) to Request Support for HR 999
ROVs are currently subject to an industry standard developed by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA), and supported by the SAN and many other organizations and companies.
HR 999 would place a hold on a proposed mandatory rule issued by the CPSC pending a study by the NAS.
HR 999 recognizes that the industry standard has been effective at protecting riders.
HR 999 recognizes that an industry standard allow more flexibility than a government mandate for future design changes to safely provide the level of performance that is expected by ROV enthusiasts.
DON’T DELAY! Please contact your U.S. Representative in Washington, DC immediately to request their support for HR 999. Please email a copy of your letter to Eric Snyder at email@example.com. Also, please forward this Alert to your fellow ROV enthusiasts. Urge them to join the SAN and help defend the hobby! Thank you for your assistance.
Texas Reintroduces Bill to Tax Cars for Miles Traveled
State governments, looking for new ways to collect revenue in the wake of increasing costs and diminishing revenue are increasingly looking at mileage taxes. Your state may be next. Legislation (H.B. 151) to impose a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax on motor vehicles that travel 5,000 or more miles a year has been introduced. The VMT tax will be calculated by charging 1 cent per mile driven during the inspection period minus the estimated fuel taxes paid by the vehicle’s owner. The actual VMT would be measured using an annual odometer inspection. The bill will be considered by the Texas House Ways and Means Committee.
We Urge You to Contact the House Ways and Means Committee Members (List Below) Immediately To Request Their Opposition to H.B. 151
H.B. 151 would impose its harshest penalties on owners who rely on their vehicles to drive long distances to and from places of employment.
H.B. 151 penalizes national efforts to create a more fuel efficient vehicle fleet. As gas tax revenues decrease due to hybrid and electric vehicle ownership, states are looking for new sources of funding for pet projects.
DON’T DELAY! Please contact members of the Texas House Ways and Means Committee immediately by phone or e-mail to request their opposition to H.B. 151.
Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, please forward this Alert to your fellow car enthusiasts. Urge them to join the SAN and help defend the hobby! Thank you for your assistance.
Texas House Ways & Means Committee
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It’s that time of the year again, when car clubs and organizations plan for their events. Dates are set…committees are formed and that same old question pops up. What can we do to make our event more successful?
When you stop to think about it, most car shows are pretty much the same with rows of cars, trophies, concessions and spectators. One show looks pretty much like all the others. So what can set your show apart from the rest and attract more people.? Well, let’s start with location. Is there a place that would make your show stand out? Rather than a parking lot, would a park or golf course make it more attractive? Or indoors at a mall or large building? Maybe outside at a lake or river park? A local museum may be a great location. Race tracks are a great location to hold a car show.
What about a tie-in with a local business? A local car dealer may jump at the chance to display his latest models at your show and provide advertising to attract more people. Many car dealers are classic car guys and are eager to show their cars and support the hobby. Your local radio or TV station is always looking for a new promotion, and may be willing to sponsor your event in return for joint naming rights and sponsor participation. Local bars and clubs are prime targets for joint events.
Look at inviting special guests and local dignitaries can add to the fun. Think about saluting a local hero as a theme, or making local vets a part of your event. Almost every community has a man or woman who has played a major role in some way in the automotive world.
Swap meets held in conjunction with car shows are always popular. Invite body and paint shops that specialize in restoration; parts houses and suppliers, upholstery shops and tune-up centers. Even your local classic car friendly oil change shop can bring something to your event. All can offer prizes, demonstrations and their own classic cars and trucks. Insurance companies that write classic car policies are also a possibility.
And last but not least…make sure your event is well promoted. CMYRYD.COM is the only on-line source for a complete annual list of car shows in Montana and Wyoming. Be sure to go to the events page to register your show. Remember, the secret to success is making your show stand out from the rest.
Shelby Cobra parked in 1974 worth up to $1.4 millionClick here
by Monty Wallis
For a motorcycle driver, one of the worst sounds in the world is that of tires screeching on the pavement behind you. And for anyone who’s spent any time on their bike, it happens more often than we would like to admit. Let’s face it…people just don’t see motorcycles like they see cars. And that’s especially true when a motorcycle slows down unexpectedly, usually by compression braking first, then regular brakes. It can happen on the interstate or on a city street, and when its car verses bike…the bike always loses.
That’s where a new safety device may make the difference between going home… or going to the hospital. It’s called VoloLights… an enhanced motorcycle visibility device built into a license plate frame that senses when your motorcycle starts to slow down. It does not replace your brake lights…it’s used in addition to brake lights. When a motorcycle starts to decelerate from downshifting there are no brake lights just like when a car with a manual transmission uses its engine compression to slow down. When Vololights senses deceleration, two different flash patterns alert drivers behind you, whether it’s normal deceleration or emergency braking. This earlier indication can provide drivers that extra second or two to reduce the risk of rear end collisions.
Here’s how it works…Vololights is a powered license plate frame with its own set of bright LED's. Using internal microprocessors, it measures the deceleration of your motorcycle regardless of the rate you are slowing down. Today's brake lights are not always perceptible. For instance, a driver behind you might see your brakes solid or flashing but they cannot tell whether you are 'tapping' on the brakes or slamming on the brakes. Vololights solves this problem by varying its flash rate with the urgency with which you are slowing.
If your rate of deceleration indicates a normal braking scenario, two rows of four red LEDs will flash alternately at a rate of two times per second. This alerts drivers to the fact that your motorcycle is slowing down. But if you decelerate very quickly, the lights will flash five times a second. The urgency of this flash setting alerts drivers that they have to react quickly to avoid an accident.
Contained within the Vololight frame are eight red LEDs, a microprocessor, and an accelerometer. A white LED also provides continuous illumination of your license plate. Vololights recently upgraded their onboard firmware to include more sensitivity settings. They include:
Touring: This is the most sensitive setting, good for large touring motorcycles or those with automatic transmissions. Default: Good all-around sensitivity for a broad range of motorcycles and riding styles. Sport: This is the least sensitive setting, good for motorcycles with lower gearing or riders with more aggressive riding styles
Earlier this past year, CMYRYD purchased a Vololights directly from the manufacturer. Our intent was to see if the product lived-up to its claims. After several months of testing on the streets and highways of the great Northwest, I’m happy to tell you that it works as promised. You may want to check your state’s motor vehicle laws to be sure that this system does not conflict with lighting code. In Montana, a check with a local MHP officer gave us the green light and a comment that anything that prevents a rear-end collision with a motorcycle was OK in his book.
The unit is easy for the average do-it-yourselfer to install and takes its power directly from your motorcycle’s license plate light circuit. The LED’s are bright enough to be visible during daylight, but not so bright as to be totally distracting to drivers at night.
But they are noticed by drivers behind you. On more than one occasion during our tests, drivers pulled-up beside us at traffic lights to inquire about the lights. In most cases, these were fellow bike owners who were interested in safety. The Vololights system was unusual and bright enough to gain their attention and interest.
Our tests used a Vololights system on both two-wheeled and three-wheeled bikes. It performed as promised after being correctly installed and calibrated using the easy instructions and a calibration magnet which was included by the manufacturer. Vololights units are available at the limited number of retailers across the country as well as Revzilla.com and Motosport.com. I’ve also spotted the units on Amazon.com and on the company website at vololights.com.
If you are a motorcycle rider and riding safety is important to you, this may be one purchase that you’ll want to make, and it would be a great Christmas present for any rider. By the way, this technology may hold future promise for four-wheeled transportation safety also.
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.
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 email@example.com.