Oh yes...my mother always had books and books full of those things. I seem to remember she redeemed some for a toaster once... Funny how memories like that trigger others. Anybody remember the Horn & Hardart Automats, Schrafft's Restaurants, and Chock Full O' Nuts coffee shops in NYC?
I've never seen a set of these tires in reality, but I do know Holley was at least marketing the M/T line by '69, and some of the cast alloy M/T valve covers from around that time have Mickey Thompson / Holley cast inside them. It's conceivable that Thompson's cheater slicks would have been rebranded too, so this isn't too far fetched. For those who don't know, "cheater" slicks were so named because they were just barely legal for street use in some locations, by virtue of having the grooves in the tread area. It was the DOT's tread requirement for street tires that was being cheated.
Yeah Greg, but this isn't about stupid-cambered tuners or stupid-high donks. It's specifically about making ALL vehicles, whether race-only or not, conform to emissions regs for the vehicle as-delivered from the factory. So anyone who builds a slalom track-only car from an old Miata, or a track-only drifter from an Asian import, or Mustang specifically to drag race, or anything else to race EVEN IF IT'S NEVER DRIVEN ON THE STREET is going to be SOL if this passes. Cars like that, in any purely-for-competition configuration will be forced to retain FULL emissions equipment applicable to the car when it was manufactured, including original computer programming and catalysts.
More info, so you don't have to click... From SEMA: Basically, the EPA wants to make clear that an exemption for turning nonroad vehicles (and engines) into competitive vehicles does not apply to your street car, even if it’s a track-only car... ...McDonald said the EPA confirmed as much to his association too during a meeting on Jan. 20 with the agency’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.“All I can tell you is we went there with the intent of confirming whether (the EPA sought) to prohibit the conversion of certified vehicles into race cars,” he said. “They confirmed that.”
Here's the document. Scroll down to page 40,539. The relevant provision is in the lower RH corner of the page. https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-13/pdf/2015-15500.pdf Here is the text, copied from the original document... EPA is proposing in 40 CFR 1037.601(a)(3) to clarify that the Clean Air Act does not allow any person to disable, remove, or render inoperative (i.e., tamper with) emission controls on a certified motor vehicle for purposes of competition. An existing provision in 40 CFR 1068.235 provides an exemption for nonroad engines converted for competition use. This provision reflects the explicit exclusion of engines used solely for competition from the CAA definition of ‘‘nonroad engine’’. The proposed amendment clarifies that this part 1068 exemption does not apply for motor vehicles.
Also, I think those of us who care about this should give Frank Rizzo (Lownslow) our sincere thanks for bringing it to our attention on this forum. The more people who know about it, the less chance it has of becoming law.
Do you have anything of any relevance to add, or only sarcastic remarks about personal liberty? Apparently freedom doesn't mean much to you. It does to me, and I'm glad an organization like SEMA is wading through countless pages of documents, finding stuff like this, and is making this provision public BEFORE it's passed into law and becomes almost impossible to remove.
Here's an article that explains this in further detail. If you care about personal liberty in general, and the future of racing in this country in particular, READ IT. http://jalopnik.com/the-epas-crackdown-on-race-cars-explained-1758111546
It's a tacked on rider, under this pending proposal... “Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- & Heavy-Duty Engines-Phase 2". EPA is proposing in 40 CFR 1037.601(a)(3) to clarify that the Clean Air Act does not allow any person to disable, remove, or render inoperative (i.e., tamper with) emission controls on a certified motor vehicle for purposes of competition. An existing provision in 40 CFR 1068.235 provides an exemption for nonroad engines converted for competition use. This provision reflects the explicit exclusion of engines used solely for competition from the CAA definition of ‘‘nonroad engine’’. SIGN THE PETITION TO STOP THIS > CLICK HERE: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov//petition/tell-epa-withdraw-its-proposal-prohibit-conversion-vehicles-racecars-0
A builder of spectacular truck models (whose work I'm pretty sure I saw on this forum) uses a glass-bead blaster to take the shine off his sidewalls. His truck tires are absolutely realistic in appearance.