No Limits Magazine from the Auto History Preservation Society
We Bring Automotive History to Life!
- "Preserving the past for the Future". Resources for the Historian, Researcher, and the Enthusiast -
Wednesday October 7, 2015
Colby Martin Interview. Tech, News, Period Ads, Road Tests, Brochures, Magazines and More!

Quick Navigation to Our Website's Key Pages
News and Feature Articles
My Dashboard Technical Materials AHPS Library of Factory Info, Magazines, Ads, Brochures & Photos

More Than 245,000 Pages
of Auto History!

Our Stuff

Become a Member!
Help Us Grow the Collection!

Donate here

More Stories - More Information
Click on the Images Below!

1962 Oldsmobile Jetfire Turbo

Oldsmobile 1959-1962: Crawling
Out of the Harley Earl Era

1969 Cro-Sal Olds 455

1969 Cro-Sal & Oldsmobile Aluminum Can Am Olds 455

1962 Pontiac Grand Prix

Pontiac 1959-1962: From Wide Track Performance to the Grand Prix

1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser 4-door

Mercury 1954-1958: Growing from
an Upscale Ford to a Baby Lincoln

1958 Cadillac Series 60 Special

Cadillac 1954-1958 - Showing it
was "The Standard of the World"

1957 Super 88 Convertible

Oldsmobile 1954-1958 - The Rocket Grows in Size and Power!

Bonno 1957 Chevrolet

This 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air is James Bonno's Legacy to his Father

1957 Fuel Injected Pontiac Bonneville

Pontiac 1955-1958 - From Stodgy
L-Head Straight Eights to Hot V-8s!

1966 Olds Toronado Cutaway

1966 Toronado Makes US Front
Wheel Drive Cars a Reality

1964 Plymouth Sport Fury Hardtop

Plymouth 1961-65: From
Disaster to Stability

1950 Mercury Coupe

Mercury's Post War "Flathead" Years

1949 Olds 98 Holiday Hardtop

The Oldsmobile 303 Rocket Years

1968 GTO COTY Ad

The Pontiac Performance Years

1956 Plymouth Belvedere

The Plymouth "Forward Look"
Years Detailed

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.

Keeping an eye on legistation

The SEMA Action Network keeps an eye on state and federal laws that may impact our hobby. Here is a recent listing.


Sign up for the SAN Newsletter

You can sign up for the SAN Newsletter, Driving Forces, and keep current on what SAN is tracking and working on.

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 . . .

To read the entire interview - Click HERE!

To Learn About SEMA and why it is important to the hobbyist - Click HERE!

Want to Join SEMA? - Click HERE!

Help Us Grow Our Collections - Donate NOW!

Do you know how big our collection is? If it were in paper, stacked floor to ceiling, it would fill a 10'x10'x10' room to the top! The Automotive History Preservation Society needs your support to keep collecting and restoring these materials – our goal is ten 10x10 rooms!

The Society operates on the good graces of donations - and we grow in relation to the monies we receive. None of the donations pay for any staff – they are volunteers.

We use the gifts for our high-end web services, scanning services, and the publication and e-mailing of this No Limits e-magazine. We have educational projects with high schools and colleges that need your financial help – this is how we work to “preserve the past for the future”.

Anyone who donates $25.00 or more automatically becomes a member of the Society. You can donate more - and we'll gladly say “thank you” with some neat gifts. Click HERE to see them!

So if you like what we are doing - please support us! Please donate - and join the people who recognize the value of preserving our automotive history. If you count yourself as an auto enthusiast, membership in the AHPS is the best dollar for dollar investment you will find.

Join the AHPS

Join Us! Become a Member!
Donate $25 to the Society and get
our exclusive license plate!

Donate More - Get More!

Donate here

You can also donate by check! Make it out to: Automotive History Preservation Society. Send it to: Automotive History Preservation Society , P.O. Box 467, Perry, MI. 48872

More from the Auto History Preservation Society
1968 GTO COTY Ad Like Our Feature Articles?

We have written hundreds of stories based upon the 240,000 pages of material in our Library. You can view all of them - any time!

Click here to get to our News Section - and look around.

Factory Advertisements 1903-2012
  Like Factory Ads?

We have a collection of Factory Advertisements going back as far as 1903 - and all the way up to 2012!

Click here to get to our Ads Section - then choose the car brand

Road Tests Galore
  Like Road Tests? Go To Our Tech Section

Want to see vintage road tests? We have road tests galore from 1954-2011! Read them, download them, compare them. Go to Our Tech Section, choose a brand, then select 08. Road Tests.

Click here to get to our Tech Section

Thousands of Brochures
  Like Factory Brochures?

We have a collection of Factory Brochures going back as far as 1948 - and all the way up to 2012!

Click here to get to our Brochures Section - then choose the car brand.


Check Out the AHPS
  Help us "Preserve the Past for the Future" - Come On Let's Do This!

The relationship between Wild About Cars & the Automotive History Preservation Society. Everything you see here is the result of the tireless efforts of the volunteer members of both the Society and WAC. We do this to see to it the history of the Automobile doesn't disappear. PLEASE HELP US KEEP THE AUTO HISTORY FLAME ALIVE. DONATE TO THE SOCIETY. Your contribution will see to it that the materials will keep coming and that the website you enjoy will be around for the future.

Donate here
Check Out the Latest Uploads
  See What's Hot in the Automotive History Library!

In case you didn't know - the Automotive History Preservation Society operates a very special Digital Documents Library that you can access through Wild About Cars and the AHPS. Check out the over 230 thousand pages of material you can download (or just view) by clicking on the link below. Even though you don't have to be a member to view the materials, PLEASE sign up HERE and help us by DONATING by going HERE

Check out the LATEST UPLOADS - Click HERE to See the Listings.

For More Stories and Features Click Here
Copyright (c) Automotive History Preservation Society 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014