Uncertainty in Racing Industry Continues to Make News

SEMA News—October 2016


By SEMA News Editors

Uncertainty in Racing Industry Continues to Make News

Last year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposed rule in 2015 that would have prohibited the conversion of emissions-certified vehicles into race cars. Although the agency intends to withdraw the proposal, it continues to assert authority to regulate the modification of vehicles used for competition under the Clean Air Act, thereby leaving the racing industry, its businesses and enthusiasts in a state of uncertainty.

The implications to motorsports are great, potentially decimating the industry that supplies the products used in motorsports. Editors and reporters across the country continue to monitor the situation and share news as developments arise. Most notably, all eyes are on the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act. The RPM Act is a congressional bill that will confirm Congressional intent that street vehicles can continue to be modified exclusively for the track, now and in the future.

To stay up-to-date and get the latest news about the RPM Act, take a look at some of the publications that reported on the issue:

The articles below represent just a portion of the coverage detailing the utility of the SEMA Garage. If you haven’t already read these articles, you won’t want to miss them.

Required ReadingThe Detroit News

As a primary publication for the Motor City, The Detroit News reports heavily on anything and everything automotive.

The daily newspaper has kept readers updated and informed about the RPM Act.

The Detroit News
Richmond County Daily Journal

With race fans and tracks located throughout the country, regional newspapers everywhere are reporting on the RPM Act.

One recent article appeared in the Richmond County Daily Journal, where U.S. Representative Richard Hudson explained why he supports the motorsports industry.



The popular automotive blog Bangshift.com has posted in-depth articles on the importance of the RPM Act and explained the impact that the racing industry has on local and U.S. economies.

Readers can stay up-to-date by visiting Bangshift.com.

Heard in Social Media

“Many thanks to those who have signed the letter to #Congress in support of Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2016 #RPMAct.”—Eric Everson via Twitter

“ICYMI—I sat down w/@ralphsheheen of @Speedsport to discuss my bill protecting amateur racers, the #RPMAct.”—Rep. Patrick McHenry via Twitter

“Speed Sport’s Ralph Sheheen discussed the #RPMAct with North Carolina Congressman Patrick McHenry.”—Power & Performance News via Twitter

“Safeguard your right to race and support the RPM Act! #magnaflow #RPMact #saveourracecars.”—MagnaFlow via Facebook


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