With hot-rod and custom-car enthusiasts looking on, Gov. Christine Gregoire signed Senate Bill 5585 into law yesterday, further clarifying the licensing and registration of certain types of automobiles. Sen. Mike Carrell, R-Lakewood and devout auto hobbyist, sponsored the bill to modify the state’s vehicle-registration and -title laws.
“I couldn’t believe how important this bill had become to those in the hobby-car community,” Carrell said. “I’ve received dozens of e-mails, phone calls and letters – one from as far away as Paris, France – thanking me for sponsoring this bill. There’s a huge groundswell of support for this legislation, and as a car collector myself I’m very proud to have sponsored it.”
SB 5585 will allow owners of classic cars, including kits and replicas, to license their vehicles using the same model-year designation as the production vehicle they most closely resemble. The bill also exempts street rods and custom cars from a range of standard-equipment requirements and emissions inspections. Carrell added that these custom cars are often purchased as a kit and assembled from the ground up by hobbyists.
“I was especially glad to see some of the supporters at yesterday’s bill signing.” Carrell said. “I had a chance to sit down and chat with them, and once a couple of car guys start talking shop the time can really fly by. Also, I wanted to thank the folks at SEMA – the Specialty Equipment Market Association – for helping to spread the word about my bill. I’m convinced that it wouldn’t have had nearly the amount of publicity it has enjoyed without their efforts.”