November Business Meeting Monday November 1, 2021
Time: Dinner at 6:30 p.m with meeting at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Athenian Diner Restaurant 864 Washington Street (Route 66),Middletown, CT
Directions:• Restaurant is located on Route 66 approximately two miles west of Route 9 or approximately 7miles 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
At the November 1st meeting, the 4C’s will be Holding Elections for our 2022 Board of Directors
Interested in Joining the 4C’s Board of Directors? The 4C’s Board of Directors continues to look fo rvolunteers to step forward and fill leadership positions.The majority of the existing leadership has been serving invarious positions on the 4C’s Board for several years.Frankly, to a certain extent, complacency can set in, with new ideas and initiatives few and far between. The benefits of new leadership are many which would be good for the organization. If you have any interest in joining the 4C’s Board of Directors and help shape its future in serving the Connecticut automotive hobbyist, feel free to contact any of the current Board Members listed elsewhere in this newsletter. Thanks in advance for your consideration.
Don’t Forget to Vote on Tuesday November 2nd
Links to the November 2021 Newsletter and Motor Vehicle Bills
The Voice Newsletter
Links to the August 2021 Newsletter and Motor Vehicle Bills
The Voice Newsletter
Summary of Motor Vehicle Related Bills of Interest Introduced in the 2021 Connecticut State Legislative Session (links below)
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.
Legislative Report Dave Bajumpaa
The 2022 State Legislative Session will begin on February 9th and end on May 4th. In preparation for this upcoming session, we plan to retain the services of Hughes and Cronin Public Affairs Strategies to monitor legislation related to the antique auto hobby,as we have done in previous sessions. 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 planned to be introduced in the 2022 Legislative Session that will impact the antique auto hobby.With an insurge of federal COVID money being the primary source of revenue along with increased tax revenue from larger than expected income taxes and the extension of the corporate tax surcharges, the 2022-2023 budget is balanced. However, after the federal COVID funding runs out in 2023, projected future budgets are running deficits. The 2024-2025 State Budget is projected to run approximately a two billion dollar deficit. Couple that with the highes ttaxpayer debt of any state in the nation ($62,500 per taxpayer), the state’s fiscal problems are far from over.As you know, we will be electing our municipal leaders on Tuesday November 2, 2021. These elections are important, and we encourage you to exercise your right to vote! Regarding titles for motor vehicles, a subgroup of the 4C’s has looked over the letter I drafted and provided some good feedback, which is appreciated. I have been unable to incorporate all the feedback to date due to some family issues that have taken priority. I wil lbring the final draft to the November 1st meeting, and will send it to DMV shortly thereafter.
The 4C’s hope you have a joyful holiday season and enjoy happy motoring throughout the new year!