VIRGINIA CLASSIC THUNDERBIRD CLUB

CHAPTER #36 of CTCI
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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE FOR SEPTEMBER 2020

 

Labor Day is nearly here signaling the end of summer and transition into fall. Traditionally we would welcome cooling temperatures as opportunity to get out and enjoy a pleasant drive with the top off. Though this year has been far from traditional, September does bring an opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy a car show sponsored by the Car Club Council of Central Virginia. The event rescheduled to September 26 will be held in Petersburg and the flyer with event information is posted on the website or available using the CCCCV link. While not a formal VCTC event, if you plan to participate please let Bill Brown know so event organizers can arrange group parking.
Most should be aware of cancellation of the VCTC luncheon in September. A decision on the October meeting has not been made at this time but you can expect an announcement in the near future after discussing options with the hosts and club officers.
Finally, you may be interested in a few items from the recent CCCCV meeting attended by Bill Brown. A summary of the most applicable information is attached. If you want additional info you can find it using the CCCCV link.

Until next month, stay well and be safe.

All the best!

Eric

VCTC President


 

This month in Thunderbird History

 

September 9, 1954: The first production ’55 T-bird rolls off the assembly line.

September 16, 1955: The last ’55 T-bird rolled off the assembly line.

 

Notes for VCTC

 

  1. Attended the CCCCV meeting Monday evening and have the following to report:

    1. While most Virginians this summer have been focused on the COVID 19 pandemic, civil unrest, and the upcoming elections, the Virginia Legislatures have pushed through a gas tax with a 78% increase that went into effect 1 July 2020 with a phase II increased slated for July 2121. The third increase will be July 2022 which will be based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

    2. There were two House Bills and one Senate Bill that were of automotive interest submitted:

      1. HB 5001, if passed, will required all DMVs to resume accepting walk-ins at all customer service centers. If you recall currently it is by appointment only now with a 90 day waiting period.

      2. HB 5004, if passed, will see a return of the formal ceremony conducted by a judge when issuing a driver’s license to persons under 18 YO.

      3. SB 5011, if passed, will abolish the annual vehicle safety program inspections.

    3. The CCCCV car show is back and will be held Saturday September 26, 2020 from 10AM-3PM at the Pamplin Historic Park in Petersburg, VA. Attached is the flyer for the show ( also can be downloaded from www.carclubcouncil.com/carshow). If a group of Club members are interested, we could go in a caravan and they will park us together. Let me know if anyone wants to attend so we can plan accordingly. Pre-registration is due by 11 September.

  2. NEWS:

    1. Chrysler demise, on Jul 16, 2020 FIAT-Chrysler merged with Peugeot to for the Stellantis automotive giant. There will no longer be a corporate Chrysler name. The Chrysler brand will still be available just no longer a corporate name.

    2. John Mooney co-inventor of the catalytic convert passed away 16 June 2020 at the age of 90. His invention had the largest single impact on cleaner air worldwide over the past 40 years. Thank You John.

    3. Dates in September to remember:

      1. September 9, 1954- First production 55 T-bird rolls off assembly line

      2. September 16, 1955- last 55 T-bird rolled off the assembly line

 


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