The ACCC Asks Your Help in Protecting Our Passion

Posted March 2 2011 02:53 PM by Wilkinson 
Filed under: Miscellaneous, Corvette Feature Archive

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The Association of California Car Club needs the help of collector car enthusiasts from all over the country to protect the collector vehicle hobby.


 The Association of California Car Clubs (ACCC) was formed March 16, 1972 and  consists of thousands of automobile hobbyists throughout the state who are interested in California laws. regulations and policies regarding collector vehicles. The ACCC is a volunteer organization with regional representatives who represent the interests of individual members and member clubs across the state. Hobby clubs and individuals joining the ACCC contribute to the protection of the hobby and are kept informed of the issues. These representatives form the Board of Directors, serve without pay, and are elected from the pool of active auto enthusiasts in the state. The ACCC is successful through the teamwork of business, individual and club members.

WHAT IS THE FUNCTION OF THE ACCC?

The ACCC forms a bridge between the automotive enthusiast and elected officials (who have stated that about 85 percent of their votes are cast on unfamiliar subjects).  The ACCC is united to serve by informing and educating the members, and by using appropriate channels of communication at all levels of government, as necessary, to protect and preserve the collectible vehicle hobby.

Article 8.3, Section 5050. of the California Vehicle Code, authored by the ACCC, states: "The legislature finds and declares that constructive leisure pursuits by California citizens is most important. This article is intended to encourage responsible participation in the hobby of collecting, preserving, restoring, and maintaining motor vehicles of historical and special interest, which hobby contributes to the enjoyment of the citizens and the preservation of California automotive memorabilia."

The following is what the ACCC is proposing for the 2011 Legislative session for California:

In 2011 the ACCC will be addressing the issues related to active and pending legislation regarding collector vehicles and car hobbyist in a new way. In October, the ACCC was approached with an organization plan that was conceptualized by ACCC member Butch Gardner and a few other collector vehicle enthusiasts. This organization plan is designed to accept input, and reach consensus from a broad State-wide membership, on defending the hobby from new restrictive State legislation and to draft new legislation intended to protect the interests of the collector vehicle enthusiasts. The plan calls for the formation of an ad-hoc committee comprised of members and non-members of the ACCC. Literally anyone can become a member! This group, called the Legislative Action Group (LAG), will function independent of the ACCC but is designed to work with the ACCC by making recommendations to the ACCC on positions to be taken. A Legislative Action Steering Sub-committee (LASC) was also recommended that would perform the legwork required to reach decisions that will be passed on to the ACCC Board of Directors. On November 6th the second meeting of the LAG was held in Sacramento Vintage Ford's conference room. It became apparent that the interest in this effort far exceeded the capacity of the conference room with attendees standing in the adjacent hallway! At that meeting, the LASC members were nominated and voted on with Dennis Valentine appointed to the Chair position. Nonvoting committee members ACCC Director Rex Roden was appointed as the ACCC liaison and Mark Gaither of the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association legal staff, as the facilitator of future Steering Committee meetings. Butch Gardner was nominated and appointed as the chairperson of the LAG. The contact list for the LAG is at 125 members and is growing daily! At that same meeting a proposed bill authored by Eddie Barbosa and Jim Hosking, who were in attendance, presented those there with the proposed language that Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries is considering for submission for the upcoming legislative session. The LASC took on the assignment of assessing the proposed bill's intent and to provide feedback to Assemblyman Jeffries.

The following week the LASC chair solicited and collected input from all known LAG participants and on November 27th the LASC held its first meeting to solidify the consensus-based recommendations to Assemblyman Jeffries. The recommendation letter was drafted and then transmitted to the ACCC for approval. At the same time Jim Hosking of Southern California scheduled a meeting with Assemblyman Jeffries Chief of Staff to present him with the LASC recommendations. Things started to move fast after that. When Assemblyman Jeffries was informed of the meeting request he wanted to attend and the only date available was December 3rd. The meeting took place with Assemblyman Jeffries, the assemblyman's Chief of Staff Jeff Greene, Jim Hosking,and Don Bayti ( Dyno Don of the Faithful mailing list). Also in attendance via phone were Dennis Valentine and Eddie Barbosa. The meeting was positive and constructive with continued cooperation between Assemblyman Jeffries and the LASC assured to finalize the bill's development.  In the coming months, the LAG and the LASC will be developing plans to address issues such as developing bi-partisan support for legislation, and gaining State-wide voter support through education and awareness of the threats to the collector vehicle hobby.  The committees functioned well given the compressed time-frame and represented, for possibly the first time, participation on a State-wide level by all interested parties in a united effort to work toward our common interests.

For more information on how you can participate in the LAG and receive regular e-mail updates on the committee's activities please contact either; Butch Gardner kroozesafe@d-web.com (530) 677-4761 or Art Quillen  at asq1949@sbcglobal.net.

The Association of California Car Club needs the help of collector car enthusiasts from all over the country because of the old saying "What happens in California usually follows in the other states". Do you want to keep your car and have the privilege of driving it when and where you want? If so, please go to the acccdefender.org website and keep up on the latest news about what the ACCC is doing to protect the collector vehicle hobby. The ACCC conducted a survey and based on input from various car clubs and individuals across the state of California, over 36 million dollars are donated to charities annually by collector vehicle enthusiasts. Please contact one of the ACCC Board of Directors for more information. Click on the Contact section of the website and you will find the names and email addresses of the ACCC Directors

Bob Stearns
ACCC President



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