The Feds steal cars

Chronological Encyclopedia of Discoveries in Space cover

After being in print for twenty years, the Chronological Encyclopedia of Discoveries in Space, covering everything that was learned on every single space mission in the 20th century, has finally gone out of print.

I presently have my last four hardback copies available for sale. The book sold new for about $90. To get your own autographed copy of this now rare collector's item, please send a $120 check (which includes shipping) payable to Robert Zimmerman to

Behind The Black, c/o Robert Zimmerman
P.O.Box 1262
Cortaro, AZ 85652

"Useful to space buffs and generalists, comprehensive but readable, Bob Zimmerman's Encyclopedia belongs front and center on everyone's bookshelf." -- Mike Collins, Apollo 11 astronaut


"The Chronological Encylopedia of Discoveries in Space is no passionless compendium of information. Robert Zimmerman's fact-filled reports, which cover virtually every spacecraft or probe to have ventured into the heavens, relate the scientific and technical adventure of space exploration enthusiastically and with authority." -- American Scientist

Theft by government: Homeland Security agents confiscate forty vehicles because they think they violate the Clean Air Act.

The story has this very interesting tidbit: According to the owner of one vehicle “had spent considerable money ensuring her vehicle would pass inspection laws and that it was in compliance with emission rules.” Nonetheless, the feds showed up at her door and took the vehicle.



  • Edward

    I’m confused. The article did not explain how a puny, potential source of pollution is a threat to homeland security.

    The next time my car does not pass a smog check, will DHS confiscate it, too?

  • joe

    While I deplore what the feds did here, there is more to this story, it appears that these vehicles were imported under suspicious circumstances, what happens is that an importer will try to fake the age of the vehicle by assigning an older vin to a newer vehicle to circumvent the 25 year rule,(25 years and older and it doesn’t have to meet emissions and safety criteria), these are newer vehicles and it is against the law. a certain importer got caught doing this and this is the fallout, here is an article from car and driver that helps clear this up Most people who are into a certain model or niche type vehicle are hip to this and understand the consequences of this questionable practice and will import a legit 25 year old vehicle and do a proper restoration on it, I know that others have gotten away with it, If it were my self, I do not find the risk acceptable, it seems like the lady in the article was not hip to this practice and has lost a sizable sum, she is without recourse. My personal view is that the manufacturers lobbied for this law to protect sales of new vehicles.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *