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How SEMA (and you) can fight to keep stock classes from government regulation.

A proposed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulation came to light Monday which aims to prohibit the conversion of on-road vehicles into racecars. This would affect any division where the machine is taken from stock and made into a racecar, such as Four Cylinder, Pure Stock and Street Stock classes. It is unclear how many divisions may be affected in total.

While this could be a devastating blow to short track racing, the EPA should be ready to expect a fight. From whom? Well, from the racing community, of course – but also from the Specialty Equipment Market Association, or SEMA, as they are more commonly known.

Although SEMA is best known for its huge trade show in Las Vegas, the organization is much more. Since their formation in 1963 they have become the authoritative source for research, data, trends and market growth information for the specialty auto parts industry. They also have a proven legislative and regulatory program based in Washington, D.C. The program includes a number of components that together have resulted in a long list of successes of significant benefit to the industry.

In recent affairs, SEMA battled proposed legislation to register all racecars.
The newest proposed regulations would reach far beyond the world of circle track racing, as it would also spread into many forms of drag racing and road racing.
According to SEMA the proposed regulation was contained within a non-related proposed regulation which is titled “Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles—Phase2.” The regulation is proposed to impact all types of vehicles including sports cars, sedans and hatch-backs commonly converted strictly for use at the track. SEMA also reported that the regulation also seeks to make the sale of certain products for use on those vehicles illegal.

“This proposed regulation represents overreaching by the agency, runs contrary to the law and defies decades of racing activity where EPA has acknowledged and allowed conversion of vehicles,” said SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting.

“Congress did not intend the original Clean Air Act to extend to vehicles modified for racing and has re-enforced that intent on more than one occasion.”

SEMA does not have to fight this battle alone. Anyone who is interested can join the SEMA Action Network (SAN). The SAN is a nationwide partnership between vehicle clubs, enthusiasts and members of the specialty auto parts industry who want to protect their hobby. They rally the support of nearly 36 million enthusiasts to amplify SEMA’s political voice on issues that affect the auto parts industry.

The concept is of SAN is to keep enthusiasts informed. SEMA provides detailed, regularly updated information on legislative and regulatory issues that impact auto-related hobbies. The more hands that touch the information, the more eyes that read the information and the more people that stand up and do something about the information…the more effectively the hobby can be saved.

If action is required, SEMA will urge SAN members to contact legislators and regulators to express support or opposition to a particular bill or proposal that directly affects the automotive hobby. Those interested in joining to help the cause of the SEMA Action Network can do so fairly easily by visiting http://sasdirt.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=4de7bf1f47c8aeb75bb1a95e5&id=4c7df44be7&e=17b0d28dca