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3/28/2016
Tracie Nunez

In the last two months, there has been an industry wide movement of support for 'Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2016' (RPM Act), which protects our rights to convert an automobile into a racecar used exclusively at the track. SEMA has led the industry in responding and PWA is fully supporting this much needed legislation.

Under the Clean Air Act, Congress never intended for the EPA to regulate vehicles built or modified for competition use only. However, the EPA is now attempting to circumvent Congressional intent without proper statutory authority.

Modifying a vehicle and converting it into a racecar is an integral part of our American automotive heritage. It has brought joy and jobs to millions. In fact, NASCAR was founded in 1948 on the premise that ordinary street cars could be converted into racing machines. Today, there are a myriad of racing events all over the country, with participants that range from professionals to novices using vehicles that have been modified for racing use.

However, this time honored tradition is now under threat by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Included within an unrelated proposed regulation ('Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles-Phase 2'), the EPA is proposing to outlaw the conversion of street vehicles into race-only vehicles.

It’s time for the U.S. Congress to act. The House has introduced H.R. 4715, the “Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2016” (RPM Act) to reinforce that it has always been legal to modify a street vehicle into a racecar used exclusively at the track. The U.S. Senate introduced its version, S. 2659, which is a companion bill to H.R. 4715, introduced in early March in the House. If you haven’t taken action yet, do so now. Ask your House member and your two Senators to support the RPM Act to provide certainty to the racing community and to protect the right to modify a motor vehicle for race purposes. Contact PWA for more details at infor@pwa-par.org or at 760.346-5647.