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WELCOME TO THE
NEW MEXICO COUNCIL OF CAR CLUBS!
THE NEXT MEETING OF THE COUNCIL WILL TAKE PLACE ON:
MEETINGS ARE NORMALLY HELD ON
THE FOURTH WEDNESDAY OF THE
MONTH AT 7:00 PM. THE NEXT MEETING
WILL BE ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2021
AT 7:00 PM AT 1717 6TH ST. NW
(That is the location of the Military
Vehicle Association’s collection.
To get there, take Menaul to the stoplight
West of 4th St. and turn south. Go
under the freeway and continue for about
two-and-a-half blocks and watch
for two cream-colored quonset huts on
the right. That is the buildings. If you get to
Aspen St, you went too far.
Don't forget, 6th St. is one-way south.
Park in the lot in front of the building or
to the south of the building; you can
also park on the east side of 6th St. if the
lot fills up. We will have a person on hand
to patrol outside for security,
but the neighborhood is generally
quiet and unpopulated at night. Come early
if you want to view the collection of vehicles.)
BRING YOUR OWN CHAIR IF YOU WANT
TO BE GUARANTEED A SEAT.
Coffee and water will be available
The NEW MEXICO COUNCIL OF CAR CLUBS (NMCCC) represents over 3000 members in more than 60 Car Clubs throughout the state of New Mexico. NMCCC encourages and promotes and coordinates the preservation, restoration, legislation, events, clubs and public awareness dealing with vehicles and enthusiasts of all ages at local, state and national levels.
NMCCC promotes the automotive hobby through: -Promotion of preservation, restoration and enjoyment of the automotive hobby -Publication of an automotive events calendar (local, state and national) -Public awareness and appreciation of automobiles and their place in history and culture -Support of legislation that promotes, encourages and protects the automotive hobby in a responsible manner -Educating future generations of automotive enthusiasts of all ages -NMCCC hosts several events each year, including a car show, a picnic and a swap meet
The New Mexico Council of Car Clubs meets the Fourth Wednesday night every month, except November and December, at 7:00pm, at The Old Car Garage, 3232 Girard Blvd. NE, in Albuquerque. We encourage anyone interested in promoting classic cars to attend the next meeting!
Questions about the NMCCC? Just email Joyce Clements at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAR FOLKS!-- What follows is the state law that deals with classic cars. You might take a look at it so you know "what's up" when people try to hassle you about your ride. Knowledge is power!.
Vehicles of Historic and Special Significance
66-11-1. Purpose. 66-11-4. Special Equipment.
66-11-2. Definitions. 66-11-5. Sale or Trade.
66-11-3. Storage Provisions.
Recognizing the importance of constructive leisure pursuits by New Mexico citizens, this act [66-11-1 NMSA 1978] is intended to encourage responsible participation in the hobby of collecting, preserving, restoring and maintaining motor vehicles of historic and special interest. Further, New Mexico, recognizing that the current pattern of resource recycling leads to an ever-shortening period of existence for vehicles of historic or special interest establishes this act to ensure the preservation of our American heritage as it relates to the motor vehicle manufacturing industry. Further, this act recognizes that a vehicle representative of this heritage, being held by a hobbyist, finds significance as an historic or special interest vehicle through a personal relevance to the life of the collector holding it and through a general relevance as an example-artifact of the transportation history of New Mexico.
History: 1953 Comp., # 64-41-1, enacted by Cross references. – For special “horseless carriage”
Laws 1975, ch. 35, # 1 plates, see 66-3-27 NMSA 1978
- “collector” means the owner of one or more vehicles of historic or special interest who collects, purchases, acquires, trades or disposes of these vehicles or parts thereof for his own use in order to preserve, restore and maintain a vehicle for hobby purposes;
- “parts car” means a motor vehicle generally in nonoperable condition which is owned by a collector to furnish parts that are usually nonobtainable from normal sources, thus enabling a collector to preserve, restore and maintain a motor vehicle of historic or special interest; and
- “historic or special interest vehicle” means a vehicle of any age which, because of its significance, is being collected, preserved, restored or maintained by a hobbyist as a leisure pursuit.
History: 1953 Comp., # 64-41-2, enacted by
Laws 1975, ch. 35, # 2
- Storage provisions.
A collector may store motor vehicles or parts thereof on his private property provided such vehicles and parts cars, and the outdoor storage areas, are maintained in such a manner that they do not constitute a health, safety or fire hazard and are effectively screened from ordinary public view by means of a solid fence, trees, shrubbery or other appropriate means. Such storage areas shall be kept free of weeds, trash and other objectional [objectionable] items.
History: 1953 Comp., # 64-41-3, enacted by
Laws 1975, ch. 35, # 3
- Special equipment
- Unless the presence of equipment named by the Motor Vehicle Code [66-1-1 NMSA 1978] was a prior condition for legal sale within New Mexico at the time the historic or special interest vehicle was manufactured for first use, the presence of such equipment shall not be required as a condition for current legal use.
- Any motor vehicle of historic or special interest, manufactured prior to the date when any emission controls were standard equipment on that particular make or model of vehicle is exempted from the laws requiring any inspection and use of such controls.
- Any safety equipment that was manufactured as a part of the vehicle’s original equipment must be in proper operating condition when the vehicle is operated for highway purposes.
66-11-5. Sale or trade
The sale or trade and subsequent legal transfer of a motor vehicle or parts car of historic or special interest shall not be contingent upon any condition that would require the vehicle or parts car to be in operating condition at the time of sale or transfer of ownership.
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NMCCC 2021-2022 OFFICERS & DIRECTORS
President Robert Gold Wheels of Gold CC email@example.com
Vice President Ron Rymarz Rte 66 Cars & History firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary Bill Lemen Lincoln Owners Club email@example.com
Treasurer Joe Ballengee Albuquerque Model Car Club JoBall@aol.com Director Michelle Garcia LOE GTO Club firstname.lastname@example.org
Director Perry Key New Mexico Artists email@example.com
Director Joyce Clements Old Car Club firstname.lastname@example.org
Newsletter Joyce Clements Old Car Club email@example.com
Web Master & Newsletter – Robert Gold Wheels of Gold Corvairs firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook Editor Art Gold Wheels of Gold Corvairs email@example.com
Parliamentarian Bill Lemen Lincoln Owners Club firstname.lastname@example.org
HISTORY OF THE NEW MEXICO COUNCIL OF CAR CLUBS by Joyce Clements (Written 2016)
As the Council approaches its 40th anniversary, I thought it appropriate to publish a bit of history about the founding and purposes of the New Mexico Council of Car Clubs. It has come a long way since its founding, and some of the newer member clubs, as well as some of the veteran members, may enjoy a bit of the background.
After discussing the idea of a Car Council with several Albuquerque car clubs, a preliminary meeting was held at the Clements' home. Joe Jones of the Hudson Club helped to contact clubs and set up the meeting. Clubs present at that first meeting were the Albuquerque Street Rod Club, Albuquerque VMCCA, Buick Owners Club, Classic Chevrolet Club, Hudson Owners Club, Poco Quatros Model A Club, Tumbleweed V-8 Club, and the Walter P. Chrysler Club. The date was October 19, 1977. The original intent of the Council was to form a group who could cooperatively sponsor a Swap Meet and a Car Show, set up a calendar of automotive events for all clubs involved, become self-supporting, serve as a clearing-house of information and legislation for the automotive hobby, and promote that hobby to the general public. Dues were to be a one-time charge of $10.00. Bylaws were drawn up and approved, and the Council had its first official meeting on January 25, 1978. Research was done to find all car clubs in the state who were interested in participatng, and the Council rapidly grew to over 20 clubs. By March it had graduated to meeting at the Honeywell Building on Carlisle instead of representatives' homes.
The first Car Show was held at the State Fairgrounds on May 28, 1978. A $1.00 entry fee was charged to car owners and a $1.00 charge to the public. No trophies were awarded. 130 cars were in the show, and the Council took in over $1,000.00. Eventually, clubs made money on the Car Show by pre-selling tickets and keeping half the proceeds. When the Fairgrounds priced the show out, the show moved to the Albuquerque Museum, where it was not possible to charge public admission. The show is held there to this day, and has grown to 350 plus cars. A wide variety of vehicles shows up each year, a $10 entry fee is charged to cover costs, trophies are awarded, and the public still gets in free.
The first Swap Meet was also held at the Fairgrounds, October 14 and 15, 1978. Over 200 spaces were sold, and the Council profited $303.70. The Swap Meet also moved from the Fairgrounds due to increased facility charges. It was held at various places after that, including the Pino City Yards and University Stadium. It has now settled into Morris Field in Los Lunas and had grown to over 500 spaces per year. The Swap Meet makes enough money each year to finance the operations of the Council for the next year.
As of 2016, the Council has grown to over 70 member clubs statewide. It sponsors the All Clubs Picnic each summer, as well as the Car Show and Swap Meet. Reps from the Council have helped establish Collector Car Appreciation Day in New Mexico, following the recognition of the day by the US Senate. The Council has a web site and a facebook page, as well as a monthly newsletter, including a calendar of events, distributed by mail and electronically. Event announcements are sent out regularly via e-mail to interested parties. Our electronic communication has also allowed us to spread the word about any legislation affecting the auto hobby, and it has been used as an aid in recovering stolen cars. The Council is a registered Non Profit Corporation with the State of New Mexico. It carries a large liability insurance policy to cover any incidents at sponsored events.
The Council belongs to its member clubs. The non profit status disallows it to pay members, so all work is done by volunteers, who get fed. Helpers love pizza! It is a pleasure to me to see people from a wide variety of car clubs working side by side to get the jobs done and getting along well together. The Council seems to have accomplished its goal of cooperation between clubs. It is still going strong after almost 40 years, and has made many positive contributions to charitable, educational, and community groups.
Keep up the great work!