At this time last year, we suggested that politics as usual was a thing of the past. The 2016 election was a few short months away, and conventional wisdom had been turned on its head by the man we now know as the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump. A brash candidate such as Trump had shaken up political contests before, but win a national election? Forget about it.
From The Hill
SEMA has joined with many other organizations to form the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR). Its primary mission is to pursue federal policy reforms for rebuilding and expanding the nation’s recreation-related infrastructure. ORIR represents everything from motorized recreation to boating, camping, fishing, hiking and archery. Outdoor recreation generates an estimated $646 billion in direct spending and supports more than 6 million jobs.
With each passing day, the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act builds momentum in the nation’s capital. As you no doubt know by now, the RPM Act confirms that it’s always been legal to convert a street car into a race car for use solely at the track.
U.S. Representative Patrick McHenry (R-NC) is a native North Carolinian and the son of a lawn-care business owner, so it’s no coincidence that he is a key defender of both racing and small businesses. When you look at Rep. McHenry’s public career, it’s clear that he has been on the fast track.
Whether it’s standing up for the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act and your right to convert a street car into a race car used exclusively at the track, pursuing a pro-growth and job-creation agenda or combating counterfeit products, there are many issues facing SEMA members in the nation’s capital.
When racing and the motorsports parts industry came under attack in 2016, SEMA members and race enthusiasts stood up and sent a clear message to Washington, D.C.: Don’t mess with our jobs and our passion! Racers, fans and the industry rallied around grassroots efforts to stop the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from prohibiting emissions modifications to motor vehicles being converted for racing and to pass legislation clarifying in federal law that this time-honored tradition is legal.
Like many in the automotive aftermarket industry, Herman, Liz and Tray Smith founded H&H Classic Parts after spending many years in the auto service and repair business. Located in Bentonville, Arkansas, H&H shares a passion with neighboring Walmart in providing consumers with a one-stop shopping venue.
If you sell products into California, chances are you have already heard about the state law known as Proposition 65 (Prop. 65), which gives consumers and their attorneys the ability to sue businesses that do not include warning labels on products containing certain chemicals. Prop. 65 was approved by voters in 1986 to enable Californians to be aware of the presence of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. To achieve this goal, Prop. 65 allows consumers to sue companies that sell products in California that expose consumers to certain chemicals without carrying an acceptable warning.
We’ve come a long way since that frigid February night in Iowa when Republicans and Democrats gathered at churches and in school gymnasiums to cast the first votes in this year’s presidential election. What started with more than a dozen candidates has been narrowed to two: businessman Donald Trump, the Republican, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Democrat. With the finish line in sight, it’s time to make our voices heard.
Modifying race cars isn’t just a hobby for Pro-Fabrication Founder and President Steve Sousley—it’s his livelihood. With the looming government threat to the industry, he’s doing all he can to ensure that the future of motorsports is strong.