Inoperable and Invaluable: Safeguarding Your Backyard Restoration Project


Many enthusiasts enjoy building or restoring collector vehicles at their own residence. However, some jurisdictions seek to limit your ability to store and work on projects on private property. The SEMA Action Network (SAN) aims to protect your projects with its “Inoperable Vehicle” model bill. It states that property owners may continue to store and work on project vehicles on private property if these vehicles are maintained out of ordinary public view. The bill is frequently adapted for use in state laws and local ordinances. By providing legislators and council members with this language, hobbyists can protect their vehicles from confiscation.
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» Washington State Bill to Exempt Collectible Vehicles From Emissions Tests to be Considered on January 31, 2014

» West Virginia Bill Amends Law to Permit Remote Starters

» Tennessee Introduces Bills to Exempt Antique Vehicles From Privilege Tax

» Hawaii Bill to Ban Most Aftermarket Exhaust Systems

» West Virginia Bill Would Provide Special Plates for Collector Vehicles

» Kentucky Introduces Bill to Assess Motor Vehicles for Property Tax

» Delaware Bill to Exempt Reconstructed Vehicles From Emissions Inspection Requirement to be Considered by Senate

» West Virginia Reintroduces Bill to Exempt Older Vehicles From Property Tax

» Washington State Introduces Bill to Provide Single License Plate for Certain Motor Vehicles  


SEMA SAN Strike Force

Jerry Preble of Omaha, Nebraska, sent in this picture of representative vehicles from his club, the Great Plains F-100 Truck Club. Each pickup is modified, including Jerry’s own green-painted truck shown in the center of the group.

Classic car aficionados in the Cornhusker State count Jerry Preble firmly among their allies. The Omaha, Nebraska, resident enjoys driving a modified vintage Ford pickup (pictured above, center) throughout the year as weather permits. It boasts a 347 c.i. “stroker” V8, a disc brake-equipped frontend and 2:73 rearend gears. Not content to merely watch the hobby from behind the windshield, Jerry is also active in two automotive organizations: the Great Plains F-100 Truck Club and the Nebraska Rod and Custom Association. The former welcomes 1953-56 Ford F-100 models, similar to his own, while the latter is dedicated to a variety of special interest vehicles. In fact, NRCA follows the motto "driving today to keep driving tomorrow.” As a result, he has a constant eye on legislative proposals through affiliations with these groups in his region and the SEMA Action Network (SAN) on a national scale. Like many, Preble is ultimately concerned about our community’s future. “Without the youngsters getting involved, all our efforts will be for naught.” Such true words, Jerry, your enthusiasm is certainly shared and appreciated by us all!


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