Chet New Reader
3/9/12 5:15 p.m.

Please HELP !

NJ currently has very restrictive car registration policies.

As an example I can't register my Hayabusa powered sports car because NJ requires that the engine be listed as a car engine and have OBDII. The same exact engine is fine for use in a motorcycle however.

There is some hope now that common sense may actually be applied. New legislation ( A.B. 2636 ) was just reintroduced in NJ and would follow the SEMA model for Street Rods and Custom Vehicles.

Please contact your NJ representatives and ask them to finally approve this legislation. Similar attempts in the past were never even voted on because of lack of interest.

It would also help if you could please pass this on to other NJ residents.




Street Rod and Custom Vehicle Bill Reintroduced in New Jersey

A version of SEMA model legislation (A.B. 2636) that would create a vehicle registration classification for street rods and replica custom vehicles and provide for special license plates for these vehicles was reintroduced in the New Jersey Assembly.  Last year, comparable legislation was not enacted into law in New Jersey prior to the legislature's adjournment.  A.B. 2626 defines a street rod as an altered vehicle manufactured before 1948 and a custom as an altered vehicle at least 25 years old and manufactured after 1948.  The bill allows kit cars and replica vehicles to be assigned a certificate of title bearing the same model year designation the body of the vehicle most closely resembles.

We Urge You to Contact All Members of the Assembly Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities Committee (List Attached Below) Immediately to Request Their Support for A.B. 2636

  • A.B. 2636 provides specific registration/titling classes and license plates for street rods and customs.

  • A.B. 2636 only holds street rods and customs to the equipment standards specified by law during the model year listed on the title of the vehicle.

  • A.B. 2636 provides that a replica vehicle will be assigned the same model year designation as the production vehicle it most closely resembles.

  • A.B. 2636 permits street rods and custom vehicles to display blue dot taillights.

  • A.B. 2636 provides that vehicles titled and registered as street rods and custom vehicles may be used for occasional transportation, exhibitions, club activities, parades, tours, etc. and not for general daily transportation.

DON'T DELAY!  Please contact the members of the Assembly Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities Committee to request their support for A.B. 2636.  Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at  Also, please forward this Alert to your fellow car enthusiasts.  Urge them to join the SAN and help defend the hobby! Thank you for your assistance.

Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities Committee

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Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski (Chair) Phone: (732) 432-8460 Email:

Assemblywoman Linda Stender (Vice Chair) Phone: (908) 668-1900 Email:

Assemblyman John F. Amodeo Phone: (609) 677-8266 Email:

Assemblywoman Marlene Caride Phone: (201) 943-0615 Email:

Assemblyman Upendra J. Chivukula Phone: (732) 247-3999 Email:

Assemblyman Thomas P. Giblin Phone: (973) 779-3125 Email:

Assemblyman Charles Mainor Phone: (201) 536-7851 Email:

Assemblyman Ruben J. Ramos Jr. Phone: (201) 714-4960 Email:

Assemblywoman Celeste M. Riley Phone: (856) 339-0808 Email:

Assemblyman Scott Rudder Phone: (609) 654-1498 Email:

Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf Phone: (609) 693-6700 Email:

Assemblyman David W. Wolfe Phone: (732) 840-9028 Email:

Javelin SuperDork
3/9/12 5:32 p.m.

I don't live there, and you're new, but this is a legitimate issue and SEMA's legislation has been a great thing for our community of gearheads, so +1 for this not-a-water-transport-device thread.

mad_machine SuperDork
3/9/12 5:43 p.m.

I was just thinking about this the other day and was going to ask if anybody had a name of the bill. I would love a 7 clone.. but not with 2012 running gear to pass the registration issues

Chet New Reader
3/14/12 11:54 a.m.
Javelin wrote: I don't live there, and you're new, but this is a legitimate issue and SEMA's legislation has been a great thing for our community of gearheads, so +1 for this not-a-water-transport-device thread.

I'm actually a long term advertiser In Grassroots magazine.

This legislation has a chance of approval if we can get some response from NJ residents.

Please do what you can.



Raze SuperDork
3/14/12 12:05 p.m.

I think it was Georgia that had a similar problem 4 years back, and they managed to get the laws changed to help out enthusiasts, it had more to do with 'unconventional' or home-built cars...

People in NJ should def support this...

914Driver MegaDork
3/14/12 12:14 p.m.

These the same folks that won't let you pump gas, right?

BBsGarage HalfDork
3/14/12 12:16 p.m.

Is there some sort of an "official" type form letter to send? If not it may be a good idea to have one.

mad_machine MegaDork
3/14/12 2:48 p.m.

yes.. can we get an official form letter?

Joe Gearin
Joe Gearin Associate Publisher
3/14/12 3:21 p.m.

Like he said guys, Chet is with Galek Motorsports. They have been advertising their supercool Fury and now their J15 cars along with the DigiDash gauges for years. (see page 173 of the April GRM)

Not allowing cars like this to see the road is asinine. Helping the politicians with their cranium-anal inversion would be a good thing!

Javelin UltimaDork
3/15/12 11:15 a.m.

Bump for a good, officially GRM-approved, cause!

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