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    • Save Our Racecars - Sign letter urging congress to pass the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act

      However you feel about government if you are on this site you likely enjoy driving, modifying, and racing cars. Unfortunately, as you no doubt read certain areas and certain people want to make it illegal for you to work on your car or do anything fun at all with it.


      The RPM ACT is designed to protect automotive enthusiasts. Sign here to notify your representatives: https://www.votervoice.net/SEMA/campaigns/45394/respond

      Protect your right to race! Tell Congress to pass the RPM Act now and stop the EPA from destroying motorsports in 2020. Your member of Congress needs to hear from you before the end of the year!
      • Street vehicles—cars, trucks, and motorcycles—can’t be converted into racecars according to the EPA.
      • The EPA has announced that enforcement against high performance parts—including superchargers, tuners, and exhaust systems—is a top priority for 2020.
      • The RPM Act was just reintroduced. Even if you are one of the hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts who contacted Congress in the past, we need your support now!
      • Tell the bureaucrats in Washington that racecars are off limits!

      The RPM Act of 2019 (H.R. 5434/S. 2602) is common-sense, bi-partisan legislation to protect Americans’ right to convert street vehicles (cars, trucks and motorcycles) into dedicated racecars and the motorsports-parts industry’s ability to sell products that enable racers to compete. The bill clarifies that it is legal to make emissions-related changes to a street vehicle for the purpose of converting it into a racecar used exclusively in competition. It also confirms that it is legal to produce, market and install racing equipment.

      The RPM Act reverses the EPA’s interpretation that the Clean Air Act does not allow a motor vehicle designed for street use—including a car, truck, or motorcycle—to be converted into a dedicated racecar. This American tradition was unquestioned for nearly 50 years until 2015 when the EPA took the position that converted vehicles must remain emissions-compliant, even though they are no longer driven on public streets or highways. Although the EPA did not finalize the proposed rule, the agency still maintains the practice of modifying the emission system of a motor vehicle for the purpose of converting it for racing is illegal. Manufacturing, selling and installing race parts for the converted vehicle would also be a violation. The EPA has also announced that enforcement against high performance parts—including superchargers, tuners, and exhaust systems—is a top priority for 2020.

      Converting street vehicles into dedicated race vehicles is an American tradition dating back decades and has negligible environmental impact. While California is known for having the strictest emissions laws, the state exempts racing vehicles from regulation.

      Motorsports competition involves tens of thousands of participants and vehicle owners each year, both amateur and professional. Retail sales of racing products make up a nearly $2 billion market annually. Most of the vehicles raced on the estimated 1,300 racetracks operating across the U.S. are converted vehicles that the EPA considers to be illegal.

      The RPM Act does not interfere with the EPA’s authority to enforce against individuals who illegally install race parts on vehicles driven on public roads and highways and the companies that market such products. Tampering with the emissions system of a motor vehicle used on public roads is a clear violation of the Clean Air Act.

      The RPM Act will provide the racing community with certainty and confidence in the face of an EPA interpretation of the Clean Air Act that threatens to devastate an American pastime and eliminate jobs in our communities.

      This article was originally published in forum thread: Save Our Racecars - Sign letter urging congress to pass the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act started by Sticky View original post
      Comments 8 Comments
      1. vrsixxxxxx's Avatar
        vrsixxxxxx -
        Signed.
      1. nbrigdan's Avatar
        nbrigdan -
        Good luck guys. Worst case scenario, move a few thousand KM north!
      1. Batman's Avatar
        Batman -
        Signed.

        These tree huggers are seriously a joke!
      1. BLKROKT's Avatar
        BLKROKT -
        Signed. Even though I don’t think these petitions do anything. Dianne Feinstein isn’t going to be swayed by some online petition.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by BLKROKT Click here to enlarge
        Signed. Even though I don’t think these petitions do anything. Dianne Feinstein isn’t going to be swayed by some online petition.
        Probably not but we just need enough to get this passed.
      1. zinner's Avatar
        zinner -
        thanks for bringing it to our attention signed.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by BLKROKT Click here to enlarge
        Signed. Even though I don’t think these petitions do anything. Dianne Feinstein isn’t going to be swayed by some online petition.
        It's a canned response but at least it shows this is working:

        Dear Joseph:
        Thank you for writing to share your concerns regarding the regulation of emissions from competition vehicles. I appreciate hearing from you, and I welcome the opportunity to respond.

        I understand you support the “Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act” (S. 2602), which Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced on October 16, 2019. This bill would exempt vehicles used exclusively for racing or competition from emissions regulations under the Clean Air Act. S. 2602 is currently awaiting consideration by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, of which I am not a member.

        In 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule that included clarifications to existing provisions in the Clean Air Act related to tampering with or defeating emissions control systems on motor vehicles for the purposes of competition. It is my understanding that the agency received many comments on the draft proposal expressing concerns similar to those you raised in your letter. However, in October 2016, the EPA finalized the rule without clarifying whether it affects vehicles modified for competition.

        I have made careful note of your support for the “RPM Act,” and I will be sure to keep your thoughts in mind should this bill or related legislation be considered by the full Senate.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        I guess we'll see if it passes:

        Now that the RPM Act has been introduced in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate during the 2019-2020 session of Congress, it’s up to industry and the racing community to ensure that our elected officials in Washington, DC make passing the bill a top priority!