Anti-Clunker Legislation Information
Anti-Clunker legislation is the broad based term being applied to various programs designed to remove antique and classic autos from the road in the name of environmental safety.
Did you know at this very moment there are lawmakers on the municipal, State and Federal levels that would seek to deprive you of your rights to own and drive a classic car? Anti-Clunker legislation is the broad based term being applied to various programs designed to remove antique and classic autos from the road in the name of environmental safety. While we strongly agree that future generations do have every right to clean air and water, collector cars do not significantly contribute to the overall majority of pollutants in today’s world. The old car hobby faces a bleak future if people do not speak out for their rights NOW!
Here's What You Need to Know... The majority of funds allocated for lobbying efforts are spent not by well meaning environmental groups, but by oil companies who seek to receive pollution credits for each car that is scrapped! Oil companies can then use their carbon allocations to continue polluting the air we breathe and the fragile marine environments that feed our world.
There are many State and local politicians seeking to use archaic nuisance laws to remove the millions of classic cars that await restoration. By declaring a vehicle parked on private property an eyesore, the government may force the owners, often elderly people on fixed incomes, to prove that these vehicles are in proper running order or face forfeiture? How many collectors have fond memories of buying their first Chevy from the nice old ladies and gentlemen who were glad to see their treasured car, that held so many happy memories, go to a young person who would lovingly restore the car to showroom new condition? Is it fair to deprive owners and collectors of project cars awaiting restoration just because they can’t restore a car quickly enough to please the local bureaucrats?
In the mid 1950s and early 60s you could buy a 12 cylinder custom bodied Packard or Cadillac V16 for less than $200.00. Back then, these hand crafted classics were considered “old junkers”, today these priceless relics are rolling pieces of automotive history, displayed in world class museums and sometimes exchanging hands for millions of dollars! Is it fair to deprive a wide-eyed 16 year old the right to experience the exhilaration of hauling home a ‘64 Impala to fix up with dad and the proud day when the project is completed? We think not.
Here's What You Can Do... Each and every hobbyist has a responsibility to his or herself, as well as future generations, to speak up now in order to preserve our rights to share this unique slice of American culture with others. Cars are not just transportation, they are time machines that transport us back to our first prom in Dad's Bel Air, or family trips in the back of a wagon. From weddings to bringing home our firstborn children, these machines have been there for us. It would truly be a great loss, for all of those who have lived, loved, and traveled the roadway of life, if these great autos were forever condemned to the scrap heap, like so much rubbish. Don't let the lawmakers send your memories to the junkyard. We have listed several groups by region for you to contact to find out what you can do to get involved. You can also contact your local representatives and senators to voice your opposition to Anti-Clunker legislation. Help stop this shameful assault on the American car! Join Classic Industries® in fighting the Anti-Clunker laws and help keep our hobby alive!
Auto Restoration Market Organization
Council of SEMA
Legislative Affairs P.O. Box 4910
Diamond Bar, California 91765-0910
American Auto Heritage Foundation
P.O. Box 482
Carlisle, Pennsylvania 17013-0482
Citizens Against Repressive Zoning
P.O. Box 536
Haslett, Michigan 48840-0536
Clean Air Performance Professionals
Public Relations 84 Hoy Avenue
Fords, New Jersey 08863
Coalition for Auto Repair Equality
119 Oronoco Street, Suite 300
Alexandria, Virginia 22314-2015
National Motorists Association
402 West 2nd Street
Waunakee, Wisconsin 53597-1342
SEMA Action Network (SAN)
1317 F Street NW, Suite 550
Washington, DC 20004
World Organization of Auto Hobbyists
P.O. Box 1331
Palm Desert, California 92261