August Business Meeting Monday August 2, 2021
Dinner at 6:30 p.m with meeting at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Athenian Diner Restaurant 864 Washington Street (Route 66), Middletown, CT 06457
Directions: • Restaurant is located on Route 66 approximately two miles west of Route 9 or approximately 7 miles east of Route 91. • Restaurant is on the street in front of the Middletown Plaza Shoppes directly across the street from the Home Depot. • Restaurant Phone Number is (860) 346-2272
Link to the June 2021 Newsletter
Link to the May 2021 Newsletter
Over fourty years ago the Connecticut Council of Car Clubs (4Cs) was established. Since 1973, the 4Cs has effectively monitored legislative proposals, informed member clubs, and acted in the best interest of antique, classic and special interest car hobbyists. This year brings new challenges and opportunities.
Meetings are held the first Monday of February, April, May, June, August, and November Dinner at 6:30 pm, Meeting at 7:30 pm, at the:
Athenian Diner Restaurant
864 Washington Street (Route 66),
Middletown Ct 06457
Restaurant Phone Number is (860) 346-2272
Restaurant is located on Route 66 approximately two miles west of Route 9 or approximately 7 miles east of Route 91.
Restaurant is on the street in front of the Middletown Plaza Shoppes directly across the street from the Home Depot.
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Welcome to new members!!!
New member of the 4c's has a youtube channel about traveling around the country to some of the older salvage yards. He meets the people and gets the story of how they run them. Its worth checking out. https://www.youtube.com/c/dennysalvage
So Where Are We on ObtainingTitles For Collector Cars??
The Department of Motor Vehicles has a regulationfor issuing titles for our collector cars. That regulation has not been updated to reflect the change made to the State Statutes via Public Act 14-130 which changed the requirement that model year 1981 and older vehicles don’t need titles to vehicles 20years old and older don’t need titles. The current DMV regulation has a couple of provisions in it that make it prohibitive to obtain a title for our collector cars. We believe these provisions are unnecessary and will be looking to work with DMV to change their regulation. The two main problems we see with the current DMV regulation is that if we don’t have a valid out-of-state title for our collectorcar we will need to post a surety bond for our cars inaccordance with Section 14-176 of the state statutes.The process to post a surety bond is cumbersome, cost-prohibitive, and discourages us from obtaining titles for our vehicles. We feel that this provision should not be necessary if our collector vehicle has been registered in the State of Connecticut for a reasonable period of time (say 3 to 5 years). We would like the need to post a bond to be waived if that is the case. The second provision we have difficulty with is the requirement to submit a sworn statement that the vehicle has been maintained or restored to a condition that substantially conforms with the original manufacturer’s specification. We believe we should be able to obtain a title for our motor vehicles,regardless of whether they have modifications. I am drafting a letter to the DMV to request them to revise their regulation to make it easier for auto hobbyists to obtain titles for their motor vehicles, and offer to discuss the issue with them. While our past efforts have not been successful, it is worthy of further pursuit.
Paul Pellerin, an Avon resident of 30 years and lifelong Connecticut resident,has written his first book about Connecticut's car history, in recognition of the 25th Silver Anniversary of the Connecticut Council of Car Clubs and New England Air Museum.
Paul Pellerin's book, Connecticut Created Cars Credit Paul Pellerin
It took Avon resident Paul Pellerin about three years to complete his first book, and now Connecticut Created Cars is published and available to the public.
He spent the first two years doing research, ultimately discovering 184 different automobiles manufactured throughout the state.
"Most people are amazed when you tell them how many cars were built in Connecticut," Pellerin said. "There’s maybe 41 built in Hartford and 21 in Bridgeport."
Pellerin, an Avon resident of 30 years and lifelong Connecticut resident, wrote Connecticut Created Cars, in recognition of the 25th Silver Anniversary of the Connecticut Council of Car Clubs, or 4Cs, and New England Air Museum Car Show & Aircraft Exhibit, which will be held on the first Sunday in June.
Pellerin's book provides a brief history of the 4Cs, a detailed list of automobiles created in Connecticut, sorted by city with over 90 accompanying illustrations, and information on major car shows and cruise nights throughout the state.
Daniel Nichols, a Connecticut Automobile Artist, provided the illustrations.
May 2021 Legislative Report
The 2021 Legislative Session began on January 6th and will end on June 9th. The Legislative Office Building remains closed to the public. Public hearings have been held virtually via Zoom. As we have done in previous sessions, we have retained the services of Hughes and Cronin Public Affairs Strategies to monitor legislation related to the antique auto hobby. In this monitoring capacity, Hughes and Cronin informs us of the pending legislation. We report to you on any legislation potentially impacting the hobby and ask you to contact your legislators and help get favorable legislation passed, and unfavorable legislation defeated (i.e., a "grass roots" approach). At the present time, we are not aware of any legislation introduced in the 2021 Legislative Session that will adversely impact the antique auto hobby. The table included in this newsletter summarizes the current status of bills related to the hobby and other transportation related matters of interest that have been introduced in the legislative session to date (May 29, 2021).
There has been no new action on three bills of note included in this table that I have reported on in previous newsletters.
Senate Bill 1105: Senate Bill 1105 “An Act Eliminating the Property Tax on Certain Motor Vehicles and Adjusting the Uniform Property Assessment Rate” proposes to eliminate the property tax on motor vehicles (with the exception of rental vehicles). The bill allows municipalities to increase the maximum assessed value on real property from 70% of fair market value to a value not to exceed 100% of the fair market value. As noted in the May newsletter, the April 20 th Public Hearing testimony was universally against the elimination of the motor vehicle tax. Subsequently, the bill was not reported out of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee. To date, the bill concept has not been brought up as an amendment to another bill being debated on the House or Senate floor. I anticipate there will be no change to the way motor vehicles are taxed in Connecticut.
Senate Bill 1103: Senate Bill 1103 was introduced by the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee on April 14. The bill is not adverse to the antique auto hobby. The bill proposes to remove the current emissions inspection exemption for motorcycles, and to establish decibel level testing for motorcycles and motor vehicles when said vehicle is tested for emissions. The bill also proposed to establish a higher rate of sales and use taxes for motorcycles and aftermarket motorcycle mufflers that exceed a maximum allowable decibel level. In addition, the bill proposes to limit the Passport to the Parks fee to one vehicle per owner. Regarding emissions testing and decibel level testing DMV submitted written testimony in opposition to Senate Bill 1103. They also were opposed to the reduction in the Passport to the Parks fee Much written testimony in opposition to Senate Bill 1103 was submitted. DEEP testified at the April 20th Public Hearing that limiting the fee will potentially result in State Park closures and/or reductions in services. A substitute bill approved by the Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee and was filed with the Legislative Commissioners Office on April 22nd. The substitute bill that is on the Senate calendar continues to require emissions and decibel testing for motorcycles and motor vehicles despite DMV’s objection. The section limiting the Passport to the Parks fee to one vehicle per owner has been removed. It is not clear whether this bill will be acted on in the last days of the session that ends on June 9th .
Senate Bill 159: Senate Bill 159 “AN ACT REDEFINING "ANTIQUE, RARE OR SPECIAL INTEREST MOTOR VEHICLE" TO INCLUDE A REPLICA VEHICLE” proposes to promote the interests of automobile collectors and enthusiasts. Specifically, Senate Bill 159 proposes: “That subdivision (3) of section 14-1 of the general statutes be amended to redefine "antique, rare or special interest motor vehicle" to include a replica vehicle, as defined in the Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act of 2015, P. L. 114-94. As noted in my previous newsletter, Senate Bill 159 was referred to the Transportation Committee on January 15th. There was no Public Hearing and we expect no further action on this bill in the 2021 Legislative Session.
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