And oil prices has nothing to do with anything Biden did. You can thank covid for that.
Ok, here is MY prediction on this. The President DOES have a gorgeous little '60 something Corvette convertible. But, I don't think he is calling all the shots right now. "They " have him preaching Covid constantly. I don't even think the poor man knows what is even going on daily. I actually feel sorry for him. Anyway, I think eventually historical vehicles will have a tax levied on them OR gas will be taxed higher (like the gas guzzler tax) to make the EPA happy. MEANWHILE, in other industrial countries their toxic outputs continue to damage our world in many ways and they aren't ABOUT to stop ! Just my opinion and prediction... Enjoy your Classics, I sure do.
No but we need to be attentive to what the EPA is plotting and doing as your old car may end up just being a yard ornament.
These are the idiots banning gas blowers for Electrics that just do not do the job.
Biden golfs too. Oh yea.... and he also flew Airforce 1 AND 2 to Glasgow for the climate conference. Not to mention that hundreds of other countries and rich people that flew their jets there. Makes sense doesn't it? Burn thousands of gallons jet fuel to take part in something that could have been done through video chat.
My point is, our hobby is under serious attack.
I didn't say gas won't be around. And you aren't paying attention to carb restrictions. The diesel crowd is under SERIOUS attack right now. In their case, they kind of brought it on themselves...rolling coal and all. California outlawed all gas lawn equipment. Cities across the country are banning new NG installations in homes. In investing the trend is your friend. There is a trend going on with IC cars. To not pay attention to it, is to acquiesce to it.
@elldorado2000 and everyone else in this thread. Time to lay off the political banter and find a more constructive hobby. This comment has nothing to do with the article and serves no legitimate purpose than to fire people up. Neither side of the aisle knows how to respect each other and should treat the hobby as a means to come together for a common love instead of using it as an excuse to throw stones.
The article was about predictions for the car hobby in 2022. Politics is a huge part of our hobby. If you don't think politicians are coming for your ride, you're naive. And I didn't say Democrat or Republican. I said politicians.
@elldorado2000 politics will always have a part in every aspect of life. Look, I don’t care your political lean and I have a healthy distrust of all politicians regardless of party. But nobody is coming to take your car next year so I maintain it’s off topic. Like a lot of people these days, it is tiresome to listen to those who aren’t creative enough to discuss anything but politics. This applies to people complaining about the last administration and this one. And with that I’m going to sign off and enjoy the rest of my holiday.
@BMD4800 I hear you, and yes there is always that looming concern of global warming legislation affecting the hobby, but nobody in 2022 is going to come door to door asking for the keys to your collector car.
What I’m trying to get across is that this article has nothing to do with politics, so why does it need to be discussed. How about doing something useful with your time and outrage and join SEMA, lobby your local, state and federal representatives (respectfully mind you, because when was the last time you did something for someone because they were rude). Look, I share many of the concerns about the hobby from being able to use my car, find parts affordably, and how the volatility of members of our community driving young enthusiasts away. Spend some time on that last point. Do you think a budding enthusiast would want to join our hobby after reading all the above comments? Sounds like a bunch of old men complaining. I sure as heck wouldn’t.
So if you have concerns about the future of our hobby, do something about it rather than sit around and complain.
I go door to door before every primary, midterm, state, and national election.
I volunteer, I’m an ambassador, I get the word out.
but the only votes that matter are the ones that are counted.
I totally disagree. It's very much on topic. Every year that you don't think they are coming for your car, I guarantee you they are coming for your car. Piece by piece. You might want to wait until next week, month, year, but Politicians are like rust, they never sleep. Here you have a bunch of politicians that never did a burn out in their life determining whether you should have a loud exhaust or not. And guess what they picked. Governor Hochul Signs Legislation Cracking Down on Noisy, Illegal Mufflers and Exhaust Systems - You...
@elldorado2000 If you really think the end is that near, you should take some time and look into regulations Australia, Germany, Japan, etc. have had on the books for years. In Australia there are regulations on how you can modify your car, rigorous engineering inspections before your highly modded cars can be allowed on the road pretty much everything has a catalytic convertor on it regardless of age anymore but somehow their hobby is surviving. In Germany the TUV has been restricting what can be done to cars even more, yet somehow their hobby is thriving. In Japan people mod their cars but they have TUV level inspection requirements. Their car culture isn't dead.
What I mean to say is nobody is going to take the keys to your classic by gunpoint and shoot your dog. This is the EPA and CARB, the ATF wouldn't like the competition! Like the joke? Bottom line, would these sorts of things suck here? Yup! Are they coming? Eventually. Will the hobby survive? Absolutely. The hobby is what you make of it and I contend that emissions from carbureted, non-catalytic converter having V8s make up so little pollution anymore in the grand scheme that going after them in the manner you say is just vindictive and unlikely to gather wide support outside of a state by state basis. It certainly isn't going to earn any votes, especially during a high stakes midterm election year. So as a 2022 prediction, you're still off topic. All I see is a lack of restraint to be able to talk about anything but politics. For the record, I'd scold you just as bad if you sat on the other side of the political spectrum. I cannot stand people interjecting their political opinions when it has nothing to do with the topic at hand. Democrat or Republican lean doesn't matter. If the article was about pending legislation, I wouldn't be hounding you but it isn't, so here we are.
Just to be clear, I will not be engaging with you further on this subject as any further discussion is just a waste of time and I will not be coming back to look for a response, so don't waste your time on a response because you'll get none from me.
"I contend that emissions from carbureted, non-catalytic converter having V8s make up so little pollution anymore in the grand scheme that going after them in the manner you say is just vindictive and unlikely to gather wide support outside of a state by state basis"
The same could be said for lawn equipment in California and yet there they are. All their new equipment needs to be electric. Meanwhile, 100's of ocean freighters are spewing a year's worth of emissions in just a couple weeks just sitting out there in the Pacific. I could care less if you reply. I stated my case. You stated yours.
If you're old enough, you know not to put all your eggs in one basket. We are watching in real time an entire car industry put all its eggs into the EV basket. Never mind the mining environmental destruction/disaster, the load on the already over stressed electrical grid, poor recharge time, the inevitable piling up of old batteries (current battery recycling is around 10-20%) the consumer outcry when they have to spend $20k for a replacement battery or a resale close to zero on an 8 year old EV.
Don't get me wrong, I've ridden in a Tesla and Chevy Volt and EV's will someday be an awesome ride, but the battery tech is not there yet. The battery needs to be half the size, twice the capacity and charge in a minimum of 10 minutes.
It's rare thing to watch a worldwide social experiment, but we are seeing it right now.