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From the Automotive History Preservation Society
An interview with Colby Martin, Director SEMA Action Network

SEMA Action Network Colby Martin

How about this super fine '47 Caddy? Madness on Main Street is hosted by the Midnighters NorCal Car Club
and the Downtown Martinez Main Street Organization.

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By Society Staff – reprint with permission only

No Limits: For those of us who are closely associated with the automotive hobby, the SEMA Action Network (SAN) has been a major asset since its founding in 1997. In addition to SAN’s success on “clunker laws” and other potential restrictions on the enthusiast, what would you consider to be the biggest success in the past five years?

Colby Martin: Given the SAN’s nationwide spread and unique vehicle interests, narrowing down the greatest success is difficult.  A major win for the hobby came in 2009, where the SEMA Action Network (SAN) persuaded the U.S. Congress to spare cars 25-years-old and older from the scrappage heap and expand parts recycling opportunities under the “Cash For Clunkers” program.  The network has earned quite a number of other legislative victories at the state and federal levels as well. 

NL: What do you view as the most pressing current issues having potentially negative impact on the hobby?

CM: At the state level, measures to increase registration fees, property taxes and add a vehicle mileage tax are frequently introduced by legislatures nationwide.  Proposals seeking to restrict certain specialty parts, such as aftermarket exhaust systems, are fairly common.  In many states, the privileges and accommodations extended to vintage vehicles are under increased scrutiny and would create a negative impact on vehicle owners.  We also keep a watchful eye on the confiscation of inoperable project and parts vehicles from privately owned property.  On the Federal side, the battle against the ethanol fuel mandate has been ongoing.  Thankfully, the tide seems to be turning in our favor.

NL: Just received my copy of Driving Force online magazine. SAN is now supporting the efforts of off-road enthusiasts. Can you give us some insight into your plans?

CM: Given the mounting threats to the off-road niche, the SAN is expanding and enhancing its long-standing commitment to off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation. Unreasonable government actions limiting motorized recreation have been a problem. Unfortunately, restrictive land-use designations still threaten thousands of miles of roads and trails across the nation. Politicians and regulators are being lobbied from many different directions on how to manage millions of acres of federal public lands . . .

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