NRCA was born out of the idea that special interest vehicle owners needed a means to be active legislatively within the State of Nebraska to protect theselves from specific and unintended consequences of legislation that would be detrimental to our sport and hobby. This was 1988 when a group of about 100 met to determine if there was enough interest. Someone passed a hat around for donations to start a news letter -25 years later NRCA has grown to 1,400 members in Nebraska and several other states.
We define special interest vehicles as street rods, antique, classic street machines,and customized vehicles including trucks. Nothing more indicated the need to be heard than a bill which would have regulated the height of a vehicle bumper. If passed nothing over 24 inches or under 12 inches would have been allowed. Some vehicles, a Corvette for instance really did not have a bumper. There were good reasons to consider this legislation but, it was not the best way to correct the situation that created those reasons. Ultimately the bill did not pass.
Part of being capable to address these issues is having a significant number of members and membership growth was and still is a top priority. We have found that with a state wide membership there is a strong potential that every State Senator is personally known by one or more members, and can be accessed to make sure our position is clearly known.
We also recognize that being known in the public is very important and in 1993 a "Good Will" tour of Nebraska was started. We named it Tour Nebraska and this event has grown to over 300 vehicles participating in the two day 600 miles adventure of the roads of Nebraska. We take our desire to build image out to the people in a rolling car show of 15 miles or more. We move the Tour every year and provide an event unlike any other in the Mid West. Out of these efforts came a motto that is still with us today -- "driving today to keep driving tomorrow". It really means working hard to make sure we have a voice that can be used to protect the interest of those who own special interest vehicles.
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