“Protecting The Interests of The Hobby”
The Massachusetts Association of Auto Clubs was founded in 1970 by a group of concerned hobbyists, much like yourself, who were dedicated to promoting and protecting the interest of the automobile collecting hobby. They took it upon themselves to contact all the car clubs in the state and had them send two representatives to the very first meeting at the Bolton Town Hall. The response was tremendous.
Over the years, MAAC has worked behind the scenes to protect the interests of the hobbyists against legislation that could have had a negative impact on driving our collector vehicles. MAAC has also worked proactively to make changes in the way we register our antiques or collector cars. Some of the areas MAAC has made specific impact on behalf of the entire hobby are:
- Year of Manufacture Plate – Y.O.M. wording drafted, approved & implemented by RMV
- Zoning Ordinances – Assistance in changing town zoning ordinances impacting the storage of antiques on private property.
- Antique and Classic Auto Insurance – Initiated Insurance Law changes to allow Specialty Insurance Carriers to write coverage in Massachusetts.
- Seatbelt Law – exempts vehicles manufactured before 1966 to be retro-fitted.
- Vehicle Inspection Program – exempts antique vehicles from any type of emission testing & waiver from annual inspection if the vehicle is off road for an extended period of time.
- Joined forces with the SEMA Action Network – worked toward passage of the Street Rod and Custom Car Registration Bill in 2010.
- Fought against repeated attempts to ban after-market exhaust systems and unenforceable exhaust noise testing.