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  • E15 Ethanol Fuel Is On The Way To Your Gas Station

    Many cars can only use fuel with 10% ethanol or less. (Photo courtesy Wikipedia)

    Just when we were getting used to E10 automotive fuel (up to 10% ethanol added to gasoline), a recent EPA ruling that will require increased use of ethanol means that E15 fuel will eventually be showing up at your neighborhood gas station.

    As a recent Forbes Magazine article stated, "The Energy and Security Act requires that a certain amount of 'renewable' fuel must be introduced into the market each year, an amount that will rise to 36 billion gallons in 2022. EPA regulations identify petroleum refiners and importers as “obligated” parties to bring this about. The only way to meet this arbitrary quota is to add more ethanol made from corn to the mix...an additional 7 billion gallons annually."

    E15 fuel is appropriate only for 2001 and newer passenger vehicles and flex-fuel vehicles. But what if every gas station you drive by in your classic car has only E15 fuel? And how will it affect your current daily driver?

    The Forbes article gives us 10 reasons to care about this issue.

    1) Ethanol yields lousy and expensive gas mileage.
    2) E15 may nullify your car warranty.
    3) E15 approval violates EPA’s own Clean Air Act statute.
    4) Ethanol plays havoc with boat engines and fiberglass gas tanks.
    5) The alcohol wrecks small engines.
    6) The ethanol mandate raises your food costs.
    7) Ethanol affords absolutely no net energy benefit.
    8) The mandate is environmentally destructive.
    9) Ethanol produces even more greenhouse gases than gasoline.
    10) E15 mandate exemplifies out-of-control government.

    For more of the details behind these 10 reasons, read the complete Forbes Magazine article here.

    Also, learn more about how to counter the effects of ethanol by clicking here.

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  • There's More to Hershey, Pennsylvania Than Chocolate Kisses

    Yes, this is a BMW...the 1957 BMW Isetta on display at Hershey. (Photo courtesy Jil McIntosh)
    Gas pumps from the 1920s, for sale at the Hershey AACA event. (Photo courtesy Jil McIntosh)

    But as a car enthusiast, you already knew that.

    The Antique Automobile Club of America's Eastern Division has their Fall Meet each October, and the town of Hershey has hosted the event each year since 1955. It's considered one of the largest antique automobile shows and flea markets in the United States, with about 1,500 cars on display.

    But there's more than just beautiful antique cars on display. There are quite a few uniquely unusual automobiles on display, and the associated flea market has antique and not-so-antique items for sale that would be appropriate decor for your garage or shop.

    Where else could you get a 1926 Rickenbacker hood ornament, a 1927 Clear Vision gas pump, or an Omaha taxi meter?

    In case you didn't make it to Hershey for this year's show, Jil McIntosh, writer for the Sympatico.ca Autos blog, was there, camera in hand. I think you'll enjoy the nostalgic trip through the flea market and show. The slide show starts when you click here.

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