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With state legislative sessions adjourning nationwide, lawmakers are returning to their home districts for the remainder of the year. Make the most of this opportunity by learning about lawmakers in your state that have chosen to be recognized for their support of our great American automotive hobby. This esteemed group comprises the State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus, which has representation in each of the 50 states. Check out the 146 newest members in the “Caucus Connection” portion of the Driving Force newsletter’s Summer 2015 edition (shown at right).
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“I have always loved classic cars and consider myself a Mopar girl,” says Robin Cole. “I think growing up in the early ‘70s and going to high school in Miami, Florida, it would have been hard not to pick up on some of the car culture. I was always around guys who were rebuilding and modifying their cars.” Robin’s first car and project was a 1964 Plymouth Valiant station wagon, complete with push button transmission, which she lovingly hand-sanded and painted. At age 21, every other paycheck was put into to her 1969 Sports Fury convertible. The car was packing a high-performance 383 c.i. big block, good for about 7 miles per gallon. “I finally bought a Chilton’s guide and an owner’s manual, then rented an engine hoist,” exclaims Cole. “I got the engine out and spent the better part of a year rebuilding it myself after work every day. However, dropping back in was a real challenge—I broke the bell housing and had trouble setting the motor mounts but I finally got it running again.” Since then, she’s been able to get both sons and her husband involved in the hobby.