Delegate Howell with automotive media personality Courtney Hansen at the 2013 SEMA Show.
West Virginia Lawmaker Named National Chairman of State Auto Caucus
At a gathering of state lawmakers during the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, West Virginia Delegate Gary Howell was named chairman of the State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus. Howell was appointed to the post after the November 5th election of New York Assemblyman Bill Reilich to the office of City Supervisor in Greece, New York. Reilich had served in the role for 6 years and will continue as Chairman Emeritus.
Supported by ucus is a bi-partisan group of state lawmakers whose common thread is a love for automobiles. To date, almost 600 state legislators from all 50 states have joined the group.
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Indiana’s Paul Abbate identifies his 1951 Ford Custom as “a Midwest cruiser.” He began plotting an extensive rebuild after obtaining the car as “an exceptionally clean stocker from Mississippi with low miles.” With creature comforts aplenty, this ride also boasts an average of 23mpg on the highway!
Paul Abbate of Valparaiso, Indiana is an enthusiastic participant with the SEMA Action Network (SAN). “I am a regular visitor to the SAN website to check new legislation regarding our hobby and industry,” Abbate says. “As I see legislation that affects what we do, I get the word out to my friends and ask them to take action by voicing their opinion.” Paul understands that a bill impacting the enthusiast community in one region can easily emerge in another jurisdiction, for better or worse. As a collector car owner, his dedication is also evident in his 1951 Ford Custom (pictured above). This red beauty is equal parts “show” and “go.” After customizing the body using traditional touches and beefing up the drivetrain, including adding a fuel-injected Ford 302 c.i. HO crate engine and 9” rear-end, Abbate added amenities such as air conditioning and power windows to add a little luxury while driving. Keep on cruising, Paul!
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