SEMA Hammers Message: Save Johnson Valley OHV Recreation Area



(Feb. 7, 2013)

Contact: Della



CA. (Feb. 7, 2013)
- The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) has joined with the
Off-Road Business Association (ORBA) and a coalition of other land use advocacy
organizations to keep the Johnson Valley OHV Recreation Area open to

The Marine Corps wants to
expand its base at Twentynine Palms, California to include ownership of nearly
147,000 acres of adjacent land in Johnson Valley in order to conduct
large-scale training exercises for one or two months a year. 

"OHV racing is one of
SEMA's fastest growing enthusiast markets," said SEMA President and CEO Chris
Kersting.  "Many of our member companies provide the equipment necessary
for teams to compete and enthusiasts to enjoy the sport.  Given the strong
interest our members have in preserving Johnson Valley, SEMA looks forward to
working with the Marine Corps to find a solution that allows for both military
training and recreational pursuits."

Kersting attended the 2013
King of the Hammers, known as the toughest one day off-road race in the world,
to show SEMA's support for a special-use permit compromise.  Racers take
advantage of the area's unique geography to race Ultra 4 vehicles on a dry lake
bed at speeds over 100 miles per hour and then rock crawl through boulder

Johnson Valley draws at least
200,000 visitors annually and generates nearly $200 million each year for the
local economy as a result of the Kings of the Hammers event, scores of other
organized enthusiast events, and individual off-highway vehicle activities.

The OHV community has also
petitioned the White House for support of the special-use permit
approach.  Thanks in part to SEMA's enthusiast outreach organization, the
SEMA Action Network (SAN) (,
more than 25,000 signatures required for an official Administration response
were received in just two weeks.  The community is now awaiting a White
House response. 

About SEMA
SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963,
represents the $29.99 billion specialty automotive industry of 6,537
member-companies. It is the authoritative source for research, data, trends and
market growth information for the specialty auto parts industry. The industry
provides appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products
for passenger and recreational vehicles. For more information, contact SEMA at
1575 S. Valley Vista Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765, tel: 909/396-0289, or visit

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