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Don Amador

Saved By Zero - 24 Hours of Electricross


Saved By Zero - 24 Hours of Electricross

When you take the OHV sound testing program often taught by Dr. Rob Harrison (the godfather of the SAE J1287 “20-inch” sound test for OHVs) he asks the class this question, “If a tree falls in the forest does it make a sound or a noise?”

If you have taken the class you know the answer -- which is -- yes, it makes a sound since sound is a scientific measurement, but not a noise since noise is based on human values or interpretation.

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Photo to right is of Team HotChalk - hey, is that WPS's Rex Halepeska in the picture?

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John Stewart

California Emissions Tests Changes Proposed

A.B. 859 ignores the minimal impact vintage cars have on air quality.A.B. 859 could entice vintage car owners into allowing these vehicles to be scrapped.A.B. 859 ignores the fact that vehicles 15-years old and older still constitute a small portion of the overall vehicle population and are a poor source from which to look for emissions reduction.A.B. 859 ignores the fact that classic vehicles are overwhelmingly well-maintained and infrequently driven.A.B. 859 would increase costs by creating an annual inspection fee for owners of these vehicles.A.B. 859 represents another attempt by California legislators and regulators to scapegoat older cars.

Please contact members of the California Assembly Transportation Committee immediately by phone to request their opposition to A.B. 859.   Assembly Transportation CommitteeAssemblymember Mike Eng – ChairPhone: 916/319-2049Assemblymember Kevin JeffriesPhone: 916/319-2066Assemblymember Bob BlumenfieldPhone: 916/319-2040Assemblymember Joan BuchananPhone: 916/319-2015Assemblymember Connie ConwayPhone: 916/319-2034Assemblymember Warren FurutaniPhone: 916/319-2055Assemblymember Cathleen GalgianiPhone: 916/319-2017Assemblymember Martin GarrickPhone: 916/319-2074Assemblymember Bonnie LowenthalPhone: 916/319-2054Assemblymember Jeff MillerPhone: 916/319-2071Assemblymember Roger NielloPhone: 916/319-2005Assemblymember John PerezPhone: 916/319-2046Assemblymember Jose SolorioPhone: 916/319-2069Assemblymember Tom TorlaksonPhone: 916/319-2011

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John Stewart

Feds Establish New Fuel-Economy Standards for Model Year 2011

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) raised the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for model year 2011 vehicles by about 2 miles per gallon (mpg) above the 2010 standards. The NHTSA will use an attribute-based system, which sets CAFE standards for individual fleets of vehicles based on size, taking into account the differences between cars and light trucks (SUVs, pickups and vans).

The industry-wide combined car/truck standard will be 27.3 mpg, based on a 30.2-mpg car standard (up from 27.5 mpg) and 24.1-mpg light-truck standard (up from 23.1 mpg).

Individual car companies have flexibility on how to achieve the rules, whether placing more emphasis on hybrids or reducing vehicle size and weight. Nevertheless, a standard based on each vehicle’s footprint should force automakers to increase the efficiency of every vehicle rather than downsizing some vehicles in order to offset the sale of bigger cars.

By establishing an industry-wide standard with proportional targets, the rule takes into account differing vehicle demographics for individual automakers.

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John Stewart

CASH FOR CLUNKERS - SEMA Responds

Automakers and dealers need to sell cars in order to survive, but potential buyers have hit the brakes in these tough economic times. Scrappage programs actually would deny vouchers to the majority of people who may want to buy a new car but don’t have an eligible older car to trade. Instead, these programs will be misused by those who own two or three older cars and seek to take advantage of the taxpayer give-away. Many of these cars aren’t frequently driven, if at all, so destroying them will not clean the nation’s air or make us less dependent on foreign oil.While supporters tout a similar German program as evidence of success, the European Federation for Transport and the Environment, (the pan-European federation of environmental groups), has urged Germany and other countries to abandon scrappage subsidies because they do more environmental harm than good by artificially accelerating the car life cycle.Scrappage programs hurt thousands of independent repair shops, auto restorers, customizers and their customers across the country. This industry provides thousands of American jobs and generates millions of dollars in local, state and federal tax revenues. We encourage the President to help the entire auto industry with programs that focus the incentive where it counts – on the purchase of new vehicles and not destroying older cars.ABOUT SEMA:SEMA represents the $38.1 billion specialty automotive industry. Founded in 1963, the trade association has 7,358 member companies. It is the authoritative source of research data, trends and market growth information for automakers and the specialty auto products industry. The industry provides appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for passenger cars, minivans, trucks, SUVs, crossovers and recreational vehicles. For more information, contact SEMA at 1575 S. Valley Vista Dr., Diamond Bar, CA, 91765-3914; call 909/396-0289; or visit www.sema.org or www.enjoythedrive.com.###
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Del Albright

The Future is Calling

The Future Is Calling -- Who will be there to answer?

By Del Albright, BlueRibbon Coalition Ambassador

Activists in off-road recreation seem to be an aging group – no offense intended.  Many of us are “gray hairs” and many are working so hard that “burnout” may cause some premature aging.  I worry that not enough young folks are taking up the torch and carrying the flame. When the future calls, will we have folks there to answer?

I was enjoying the business of an annual convention recently of the California Association of 4WD Clubs (CA4WDC) when I noticed long-time activist Jim Bramham sitting nearby with his grandson, Oscar (2 and 1/2 years old).  I swung the camera towards Oscar and said, “Hello.”  Upon hearing those familiar words, Oscar picked up his play calculator like it was a telephone and answered me back.  Cute.

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