This Saturday (April 8): Courtney Hansen to Help Support Motorsports in Pomona, California

Automotive media personality and SEMA Action Network (SAN) member Courtney Hansen is set to appear as part of the 4th Annual Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals at Fairplex in Pomona, California. Hansen will meet and greet fans on Saturday, April 8, between the hours of 10:00 am - 1:00 pm at the SAN display inside of Building 4 (Booth 471 on the West end). Map link: http://www.expocad.com/host/fx/familyevents/17smc4/exfx.html?zoomto=471&units=F#floorplan 

Hansen, known for her hosting roles on several automotive television programs including Overhaulin' and PowerNation is also a dedicated advocate for the SAN. Hansen will appear at the Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals to help encourage fans to support the 2017 Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act.

Full details: http://www.streetmachinenationals.net/courtney-hansen-to-appear-april-8-at-fairplex-in-pomona-for-street-machine-muscle-car-nationals

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What Was Heaven in 1997?

By Colby Martin

The summer of 1997 may have been my longest ever. It’s hard to believe that was a whole 20 years ago. With a driving learner’s permit in hand, not a moment passed that I wasn’t dreaming of what would lie ahead. A three-month break from school with four-wheeled freedom was within one revolution of the sun at that point. Those days just before being able to take the wheel alone were tough, granted, but they taught me a new kind of patience.

Soon I was occupied with a summer job at the local water park, experienced dating woes and held the keys to a well-worn ’73 Dodge Dart laden in factory root-beer brown.

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Greg Lucyk proudly stands with his Chevy Corvette on the grounds of Agecroft Hall. The stock ’61 is laden in Ermine White with Sateen Silver coves and Jewel Blue interior. Its V8 sports dual quads and is backed by a four-speed transmission. Lucyk has owned the car for seventeen years and it continues to be a restoration work in progress.

Richmond, Virginia’s Greg Lucyk is a retired attorney who now works in his free time to promote and protect our automotive hobby. He served as a state Senior Assistant Attorney General and as Chief Staff Counsel for the Supreme Court of Virginia. “I was eleven years old when the car bug bit me,” recalls Greg. “It all started with my first ride in a 1956 Corvette belonging to a guy my sister was dating. I have owned about 60 cars since then!” Lucyk belongs to the Central Virginia British Car Club. His 1971 MGB was completely restored in 2010, painted in BRG with Autumn Leaf interior. This car was bought brand new by his wife Genie in 1971. She drove it until 1983, then put it in a barn at her mother’s home in Southside, Virginia. It sat there for many years until Greg stumbled across it shortly after their marriage. Today, the couple enjoys entering it in British displays with their club.

“We have a strong legislative network here in Virginia,” says Lucyk. “The Car Club Council of Central Virginia (CCC) keeps us well informed of pending legislative and administrative threats to our car hobby. The group’s president forwards SEMA Action Network (SAN) messages to the member organizations for appropriate action. We routinely oppose measures that would increase ethanol mandates and support legislation to protect unaltered fuel availability. The RPM Act is also important given the number of fine, local race courses here in Virginia. A lot of weekend racers enjoy the sport.” The CCC is composed of representatives from a wide variety of car clubs. Together, this group generates emails, letters and phone calls to representatives as necessary. They can be found on the following website: www.carclubcouncil.com 

Greg explains that there are several issues of interest to the hobby in the Commonwealth. He was among many residents who supported tax exemption legislation for antique vehicles. The bill was recently signed into law by Governor Terry McAuliffe. The new law exempts a motor vehicle, trailer, or semitrailer that is licensed as an antique vehicle from the imposition of local license tax and fees. Being a state that requires front and rear license plates, legislation to eliminate the front plate is a perennial effort. Lucyk explains, “The state could save $2 million annually by repealing the front plate requirement, however, any such bill is always actively opposed by the State Police.” He and his contacts continue to fight unfair restrictions on aftermarket exhaust systems as well. They are hopeful that a more reasonable approach to address this concern will be adopted soon.br>
Congratulations on your latest victory, Greg! Many thanks to you and the rest who participated in supporting the Old Dominion’s newest pro-hobby law.



Stay Up-to-Date on the RPM Act: Get the latest information on the motorsports bill at sema.org/epa-news.


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