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Help prevent EPA Overreach and Support the RPM Act

By: Alex Healey05/04/2016 < Back to Blog Home
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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. The EPA has stated that it is illegal to convert street vehicles into race-only vehicles. Although the EPA agreed to withdraw problematic language concerning racing vehicles from an on-going, unrelated rulemaking, the agency's position against street-to-race conversions has not changed.

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.

The Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2016 (RPM Act), introduced by U.S. Representatives Patrick McHenry (R-NC), Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Richard Hudson (R-NC), Bill Posey (R-FL), and Lee Zeldin (R-NY) will address any doubts regarding the regulation of race cars and give the public and racing industry much-needed certainty regarding how the Clean Air Act is applied.

Please support the RPM Act in order to provide certainty to the racing community and to protect the right to modify a motor vehicle for race purposes.

Click here to tell your representative that you support the RPM Act.

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