The SVAO: Dedicated to the protection and preservation of Specialty Vehicles
SVAO Annual General Meeting|
Blowin' Smoke! by Chris Whillans - Chairman - SVAO
Old Cars, $Money$ and the Government by Bill Aitken - SVAO
Old Cars and Safety by Bill Aitken - SVAO
Bruce's Musings by Bruce Stewart - SVAO
SVAO MEMBERSHIP 1997-1998: BUSINESSES CLUBS
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Note: The SVAO is actively pursuing methods of having car clubs do safety checks on their vehicles and, while we have had input from some clubs on their views, we would most certainly like to hear from other clubs on their views of how such a process could work, should work, or if they feel it is not workable - what do you see as the barriers to such a program.
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One comment that
I heard a number of times during the first part of 1998 was that since "we"
had made our point during the emissions' battle the organization could now disband
and we car nuts could go back to enjoying life and forget about governments that
want to interfere in our pursuit of happiness. Lordy, lordy, if that were only
true yours truly would be the first one out the door and gone. Unfortunately I
don't foresee the time when there won't be a need for an overall umbrella-type
group such as the SVAO to represent us in dealings with governments and other
special interest groups that all have their particular pots to boil. If we don't
look out for ourselves, you can bet that no one else will until it is too late
to do anything. It is just too much work to get an organization like this set
up and running to let it go into hibernation until another emergency comes along
that has to be dealt with.
to a great 1999 to each and everyone of you. Let each of us try to put a little
more back into this world than what we've taken out of it and the rest should
take care of itself. All of this philosophy from a guy who drives a bathtub NASH.
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We felt that the government understands money, (taxes) and community involvement (promotion). Old cars, modified classics and antiques, through their public appeal, generate a lot of interest and as a result are contributors to the preceding.
We spend considerable money on parts, repair, restoration, travel, meals and accommodation, plus our contribution to community events and charities.
agreed that having these financial statistics would prove beneficial for lobbying
the various Ontario Government Ministries and demonstrate
We need detailed lists of expenses incurred by members and clubs to build a summary representative of the hobby. Note dates, location, item and amount.
Last year we had a test survey - you would be surprised at the results. CANATS 1998, CSRA National get together in Sarnia, Ontario generated $4,500,000 to the City of Sarnia. The Lincoln and Continental Owners Club accumulated $500,000 expenses at their event, and the list goes on.
I belong to a 35 member club and we average $1000 per member annually, not including our contribution to charities and community donations.
help us to send a message to our government and submit an expense sheet to be
summarized with the others (confidentiality assured). If we stay together we win
- divided and unorganized we lose. Old Cars + $ = WIN!
The Area Safety Rep is a relatively new concept to the CSRA but it has a lot of merit. After all is said and done we all want to make sure that our specialty vehicles are mechanically safe for the road.
I attended many Cruise Nights and shows in my area and assisted with the safety lanes at CANATS in Sarnia. Two hundred fifty street rods, classics and antiques passed through these safety lanes at this event alone! We were pleasantly surprised by the high quality of construction and safety standards on the Classics.
However, we were very disappointed with the number of vehicles that did not take advantage of these safety lanes.
I asked myself, why? If you know that your car is missing one of the safety criteria for one reason or another, have it inspected for the remaining areas anyway. You may very likely find a way to correct your cars weak areas. A pair of unbiased eyes can possibly look at the problem from a different perspective or, enlighten you about a potential problem that you may have overlooked. In the end we all come out winners - safer old cars to enjoy - for us and the public.
We are not there to condemn or criticize your old car - we are there to help you make our hobby as safe as possible.
The members of the board of the SVAO have differing opinions on how safety inspections should be done and who should be doing them, but we are unanimous in our belief that safety of our vehicles is a top priority.
you wish to have your vehicle inspected contact me at 905-840-3796 for the CSRA
for modified cars. Lets be ahead of the government and do safety inspections on
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We would like to extend the thanks from all at the SVAO to Fred Kuzyk and the Morgan Club for carrying us until we could get our act sorted out.
Ensure we have your email address so that information
can be disseminated rapidly in times of need.
Does anyone know whether the Canadian oil companies are using it? Maybe our environment ministry should be concentrating on this in view of the importance of clean water to the Ontario economy and to protect the Great Lakes from pollution.
Could you poll your members, friends, contacts, etc. to ascertain the actual legal details of specialty vehicle registration in other provinces, states and even countries. Of particular interest in this exercise are the following:
a) Classes of registration (historical, collector, year of manufacture plate) in all jurisdictions where the automotive hobby manifests itself.
b) Is the use of a year of manufacture plate in place of an historical/collector plate allowed?
c) Annual cost of each class, usage restrictions, safety testing requirements and emission testing requirements, if any.
d) Any other pertinent information regarding the licensing of collector vehicles, whether historical or modified.
I keep carrying on about safety inspections at the club level and, while everyone to whom we have spoken at MTO denies any interest in periodic safety inspections, somebody at MTO gave the above answers to the folks in Arlington Va.
If you come across obviously misleading advertising please contact Peter Campbell at the Ontario Ministry of Environment so that appropriate action may be taken by the government.
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