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1957 Chevrolet BelAir Hardtop (The dream car)
This car had such special styling that everyone seemed to fall in love with it. True love is very hard to explain, yet this car could make it happen. You could say this is a mild custom with its Twilight Royal Metallic paint, Edelbrock Performer 50-100 Nitrous System, 2 inch Ceramic headers into 2.5 inch Flowmaster exhaust, GM 12 bolt positraction rear end. IDITTI polished steering tilt column, and the list goes on and on.
Chevy earned the term as the definitive car of the 50s. The new car buyer had a choice of seven engines, five of these were V-8s ranging from 185 to 283 bhp. One of these was introducing the "Ram-Jet" engine for a hefty $500 extra, sad to say but very few were ordered at that cost. A challenge for Chevy was to make a two year old body look fresh for the 1957 production year. A new cowl proved to be an expensive change. "Finny" would be the best way to describe the rear end with its several pointed fender tips. Properly equipped, the '57 Chevy was a formidable track competitor. NASCAR was one of the events where Chevy did very well.
In the latest episode of Hagerty’s"Barn Find Hunter" series, Tom explores Northern California’s rolling vineyards and winding roads, where he encounters one of the original California hot-rodders, a car he's dreamed of finding since he was a boy and a surprising array of classics in a Napa Valley backyard, including a Lincoln that may or may not have belonged to a music superstar. CLICK HERE to watch.
2016 Labor Day Weekend
IT’S BACK…2016 BURN THE POINT IS A GO!
By Duane Demars and Monty Wallis
It is arguably, the biggest and best attended classic car event in the region. Burn the Point attracts hundreds of classic cars and thousands of people for their annual Labor Day weekend parade and car show, and it’s back for 2016 bigger and better than ever with a new location for the car show and the same great Friday night parade in Downtown Billings.
Sylvia Gusick and Don Brocopp tell CMYRYD they have a new location for this year’s car show. Plans are in place to move the event to Rocky Mountain College on Poly Drive. Don Brocopp, a founding member of the group that started Burn the Point tells CMYRYD that Rocky offers a great venue for the car show and temporary fencing will be brought it to provide a secure area for the hundreds of classic cars that flock to the show each year. And Gusick says car show enthusiasts will find Rocky to be a great location for the show with lots of grass and a visible location in the center of the city. Both say Rocky offers a much nicer, clean, user friendly location for their annual event.
The move to Rocky was prompted by Metra Park which leased to the 2016 Gold Wing Association Rally, the entire Metra Park venue that Burn the Point had utilized for the past eleven years. Both Gusick and Brocopp say they hope Rocky can now become the permanent home for the car show.
Gusick, who leads the massive Burn the Point parade event each year, says her group has submitted the paperwork to the City of Billings for the permits for the Friday night parade and party at Sky Point Party in Downtown Billings. They hope to have the signed permits in-hand very shortly.
As in previous years, proceeds from the event will go to the Chase Hawks Memorial, a local non-profit organization. Meanwhile, both Brocopp and Gusick say they are proud the event will continue and say it’s an important part of the Labor Day weekend for classic car enthusiasts and the thousands of fans who attend the parade and car show every year from across the nation.
So, what a great Labor Day weekend it will be for Billings. The massive Gold Wing Rally and Burn the Point mean there will be plenty to do here that weekend, and local businesses and lodging establishments should be packed to the brim. So, is Billings is a big enough city to host two major events on the same holiday weekend? The answer is a definite YES!
SEMA Opposes New Regulation Prohibiting Conversion of Vehicles into Racecars
SEMA Opposes Regulation Prohibiting Conversion of Vehicles into Racecars. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is aiming to make it illegal for you to convert automobiles originally designed for on-road use into racecars, even though such conversions have been done for decades. Under the EPA’s proposed rule, it would also be illegal to sell any performance-related products for those cars. The EPA’s proposal would have a devastating impact on motorsports since many types of racing rely on production vehicles that have been modified for use strictly at the track.
Please sign the White House Petitionasking the EPA to withdraw its proposal. We need 100,000 signatures in 30 days, so don’t delay! Add your voice now and forward to your friends. Stop the EPA from making racecars illegal!
SEMA is working with all stakeholder groups to oppose the regulation through the administrative process and will seek congressional support and judicial intervention as necessary. Courtesy SEMA Action Network
New Law Enables Hobbyists to Purchase Turn-Key Replica Cars
Thanks to a new SAN-supported federal law, enthusiasts who want to own a replica car will soon have the option of purchasing a completed turn-key vehicle from the manufacturer. Hobbyists who want to install an engine in a kit car or build their own specialty constructed vehicle are still permitted to do so.
Thank you to all who participated in supporting this bill.
Details on the New Law
• Beginning in 2017, low volume manufacturers (up to 5,000 motor vehicles a year global production) will have the option of selling up to 325 completed replica vehicles in the U.S. each year.
• A replica is a vehicle that resembles the body of another motor vehicle produced at least 25 years ago (ex: ’32 Roadster, ’65 Cobra, etc.).
• Previously, companies were unable to sell turn-key cars since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regulated these vehicles as if they were current model year vehicles, not vintage cars.
• The new law treats these replicas the same as kit cars, subject to certain equipment standards (lighting, tires, windshields, brake hoses, etc.), recalls and remedies but not vehicle standards (roof crush, side impact, etc.).
• Replica vehicles produced by the companies will have a current model year engine package certified by the EPA or California Air Resources Board and are exempt from emissions testing. (Enthusiasts building kits will still have the option of installing engines of their choice.)
• For information on how your home state regulates kit cars and replicas, please visit the SAN’s “Tag & Title Toolbox.”
• NHTSA and the EPA have one year to issue regulations to implement the new program. The SAN will work with these agencies to speed the process. Courtesy SEMA ACTION NETWORK
Ed Randash Memorial Scholarship Fund
A memorial scholarship in memory of Billings Car enthusiast Ed Randash will be made available for the 2016-2017 academic year to graduating seniors from Billings Senior, Billings West, Skyview and Billings Central Catholic High school and first time freshman at City College at MSU-Billings who are interested in pursuing a career in Automotive, Diesel,or Automotive Collision Repair. For qualification criteria and deadlines contact:
If you’ve been around Billings for any length of time, you’ve seen or heard Major Dan Miller. He’s a radio legend who’s career began on the old KOOK Radio station back in 1958. He’s one of the few radio broadcasters who started his career in our town and stayed for the duration. He never abandoned us for a bigger market and a bigger paycheck, and he’s been a morning institution for as long as I can remember.
But Dan has always worked hard to be the best. You probably remember him piloting the KOOK hot air balloon, doing remote broadcasts from nearly every business in town, and earning his “Major” in a one-of-a-kind rocket launch that had everyone in town talking. But Dan has made his mark outside our community too. In 1971, he received Billboard Magazine’s national “Radio Personality of the Year Award; and was inducted into the Montana Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame in 2004. Recently, the Greater Montana Foundation interviewed Dan as part of their Legacy Broadcaster Campaign, recognizing local Montana Broadcasters who have made a difference in their communities and state.
But there is no rest for a guy who just refuses to ride off in the sunset. You can watch Major Dan’s Great Gold on Community 7 Public Television each week and catch him every Saturday morning on MoJo 92.5 FM. Each Labor Day weekend, Dan MC’s the Burn the Point parade and calls out each classic car as it passes on the parade route.
Recently, Billings businessman Bill Simmons from MasterLUBE stores commissioned a video produced by Cinematographer David Scott Smith that salutes Dan’s great career and gives you an inside look into his man and his life. Click Here to watch. You won’t be disappointed.
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