COMP Performance Group partner Speed Parts Distributors welcomed U.S. Representative Trent Kelly (R-Mississippi) in August. During his facility tour, the Congressman expressed his support for and answered questions about the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act.
Kelly is a co-sponsor of the bi-partisan bill that clarifies street vehicles may continue to be converted into racecars used solely on the track, as well as protect the industry’s right to sell the parts that enable racers to compete.
The RPM Act was first introduced — and later died — on Capitol Hill in 2016 amid concerns about proposed EPA changes to the Clean Air Act. The pushback did result in the EPA saying it never intended to represent any change in its policy regarding competition-only vehicles. However, the agency maintains it has the authority to regulate street vehicles modified exclusively for the track, as well as the businesses that make those products. “Tampering” with an emissions system so it no longer is in its original certified configuration could net a civil penalty of $4,454 per day.
Without congressional intervention, it remains unclear if the racing community and racing parts manufacturers are at risk of enforcement. Such would have a devastating impact on motorsports and decimate the industry that supplies the products. The specialty equipment automotive aftermarket employs about one million Americans across all 50 states, and current retail sales of racing products make up a $1.4 billion annual market.
Everyone is encouraged to make their voice heard regarding the RPM Act, and the SEMA Action Network continues to make that easy. It has kept active an online form allowing users to input their information and quickly generate a letter to their U.S. Senator and Representatives in support of the RPM Act. Fill it out here.