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As you all know the elections are on its way. I can't stress to you the urgency for all of our votes... no matter who you choose.

Moreso, the matters within our state we should learn and try to see where our voice counts. If the matter below is of importance to you, then do something. Be active in our political structure.

The email below was sent to me by Jerry and our friends at South Bay Mopar.



AB 2683 passed both the California Senate and Assembly last week. A
token eleventh hour "concession" to the rising tide of outrage exempts
cars from the visual inspection once they reach the age of 35, but the
provisions of AB 2683 still require that 1976-up models receive tailpipe
emission tests in perpetuity ,and there is a move afoot to require
"older cars" to have ANNUAL emission tests!

The Governor has three choices:

1. He can do nothing, and after Sept. 30 AB 2683 will become law.

2. He can sign AB 2683 before Sept. 30, and it becomes law upon his

3. He can VETO AB 2683!!!

I urge all of you who own collector cars or are collector car
enthusiasts or who want to support your collector car friends to e-mail
the governor using the following link:

I have attached the verbiage from the note I sent this evening, and feel
free to use any of the points I bring up. Even if you are not
specifically affected by this legislation, I guarantee you that further
attempts to roll back emission testing to currently exempt cars will
occur in future legislative sessions. Last year SB 708 in its original
form required emission testing for cars back to the fifties, but it
didn't pass in this form. If you are a vintage car owner - of any year
- any marque, a vintage car enthusiast, or a friend of vintage car
enthusiasts, I urge you to take a few moments to e-mail the Governor
with a request that he veto AB 2683!!!

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger,

I urge you to veto AB 2683!

This bill was spirited through the legislature with data and analyses
that are purposely biased, outside of a reasonable context, and some
outright lies!

Legislative analyses that accompanied AB 2683 repeatedly stated: "
Supporters of this bill point out that 1976 model-year cars, on average,
emit 155 times more hydrocarbons per mile than new vehicles." This is
an outright lie, and no supporting evidence was ever presented!

Model-year 1976 vehicles were certified to emission standards that
reduced emissions approximately 90 percent from uncontrolled vehicles.
New model vehicles have reduced emissions by another order of magnitude,
and this proportion holds based on average passing emissions data
published on the BAR Web site, despite the fact that 1976 model-year
vehicles are now nearly 30 years old.

Legislative analyses also claim that 1976 model-year cars emit, in
aggregate, 2.5 times the volume of emissions compared to 2004 model year
cars, but this claim was made early in the year when few 2004 model year
vehicles were on the road. This and other variations of this claim are
obviously manipulated to overstate the emissions contribution from older
vehicles. Based on the ratio of registered 1976 models to the latest
full model year on the road (2003), the ratio of average measured
passing emissions, and the ratio of annual mileage accumulation, 1976
models emit, in aggregate, only a fraction of the emissions from 2003

The April 2004 draft report to the IMRC states that the provisions of AB
2683 will save 5.7 tons per day (tpd) of ozone precursors (HC and NOx)
by the year 2010, but this "savings", if actually true, is only 0.3
percent of the approximate 1734 tpd of ozone precursors estimated for
on-road vehicle in the year 2010 according to the ARB Web site
emissions inventory calculator. Meanwhile, hundreds of tons per day
are emitted by sources that have no periodic testing, many of which have
no emission controls at all, and the estimate for total ozone precursors
(including only reactive organic gases) from all sources in 2010 is over
5500 tpd and 8700 tpd if non-reactive organic gases are included.[/size]

Some years ago the California Legislature passed a bill, implemented in
CVC 5050 that states they support the collector car hobby. In 1997 car
collectors won a long sought emission test exemption for their cars once
they reach 30 model-years old, but now the Legislature is pulling the
rug out from under our feet at the eleventh hour with false and
manipulated data and analyses that intentionally and blatantly paint
collector cars as being much worse contributors to emissions than they
actually are, and some of this misinformation has come from your own
staff agencies, the ARB, and BAR.

We elected you to be the "peoples' governor" - to represent all
Californians and reign in an out-of-control state legislature and state
bureaucracy. Much work needs to be done.

I urge you to wield your veto authority and include AB 2683 on a long
list of poorly crafted legislation that should be vetoed!


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If you guys have any other issues you would like us to pay attention to... post them here.

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