There’s an old story enthusiasts like to tell: motor vehicle racing began as soon as the second vehicle rolled off the assembly line. Motorsports has become engrained deeply into culture of the United States, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed to hinder such culture in a major way.
The Speciality Equipment Market Association has since confirmed the EPA’s intent to prohibit conversion of vehicles originally designed for on-road use into race cars. The regulation would also make the sale of certain products for use on such 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.”
No, this isn’t particularly General Motors related news, but it impacts the community of any automaker, and it’s an incredibly powerful industry the EPA is looking to undermine.
SEMA has submitted its opposition to these regulations, and has recruited numerous hobbyists and racers to strengthen its stance. The EPA stated it expects to publish its final regulations by July of 2016.