Urgent Federal Scrappage Alert
U.S. Senate Bill Would Fund Scrappage Programs Nationwide
A bill (S. 1766), authored by Senators Daschle (D-SD) and Bingaman (D-NM), has been introduced in the U.S. Senate containing a provision (Section 803) that would federally fund state scrappage programs for vehicles over 15 years old. Owners who turn in vehicles for crushing would receive a "minimal" payment and a future credit toward purchasing a newer vehicle, all in a misguided attempt to improve the overall fuel economy of the country's vehicle fleet. This bill represents the most formidable Federal legislative threat to the vehicle hobby in many years.

Oppose the Use of U.S. Taxpayer Dollars for Scrappage
* Section 803 of S. 1766 would give states that don't currently operate scrappage programs an extra incentive to create a program due to generous federal funding.

* Section 803 of S. 1766 requires that federally funded state scrappage programs crush every car. It threatens enthusiasts nationwide with the loss of valuable parts and parts-cars for repair, restoration, and customization projects.

* Section 803 of S. 1766 does not require states to determine the fuel efficiency of vehicles being scrapped or that scrapped vehicles are being replaced by more fuel-efficient vehicles.

* Section 803 of S. 1766 ignores the fact that cars turned in for scrappage often barely run or are rarely driven second or third vehicles that have a minimal impact on overall fuel economy.

* Section 803 of S. 1766 will diminish the availability of affordable transportation and repair parts to low-income drivers as more and more older cars are crushed.

* Section 803 of S. 1766 does not guarantee that low-income individuals will be able to afford to purchase new vehicles-let alone more fuel efficient vehicles-with the money provided by scrappage programs.

* Section 803 of S. 1766 ignores more socially responsible and cost-effective policy options like voluntary vehicle repair and upgrade programs that maximize the fuel efficiency of existing vehicles.

Contact Your U.S. Senators to Oppose Section 803 of S. 1766

Protect American vehicle enthusiasts and low-income drivers. To find out who your U.S. Senators are, call the SEMA Washington, D.C. office at 202-783-6007 or access this information via the Internet at www.enjoythedrive.com/legislative/contact_legislator.asp. For assistance in turning this alert into a letter to your Senator, consult the SEMA document "How to Lobby Elected Officials." This guide is available at www.enjoythedrive.com/san.

Please fax a copy of your letters to us at 202/783-6024 or mail to:
SEMA Washington Office
1317 F St., NW, Ste. 500
Washington, D.C. 20004
Attn: Steve McDonald/Brian Caudill

Event Schedule Update
Dates for the 2nd Annual Oakland Rod, Custom, & Motorcycle Show, originally scheduled for February 8-10, 2002, at the Oakland Coliseum Arena, has been changed to April 19-21, 2002, at the same facility.

The rescheduling, according to RP Productions show promoter Rick Perry, was made to accommodate a number of coming hot rod and custom car show conflicts in Northern California as well as coordinating long-term show date commitments from the Oakland Coliseum for this traditional Oakland show event.

"We were running into a February 8-10 overlap with the Autorama event in Sacramento," notes Perry. "With the assistance and guidance of the City of Oakland, we've finally been able to set up a framework for show dates into the future, which will be announced soon."

The date change, according to Perry, does not alter the quality of new vehicles headed for showing in this venerable hot rod and custom car venue.

"In fact," he adds, "this later start will allow us to unveil some truly revolutionary new vehicles that would not be ready for exhibition in the early months of 2002."