Protecting Our Race cars

SEMA News—September 2016

FROM THE HILL

By Christian Robinson

Protecting Our Race cars

Pro-Fabrication Hosts RPM Act Co-sponsor U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson

  Protecting Our Race Cars
Steve Sousley (right), founder and president of Pro-Fabrication met with U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) in the company’s 24,000-sq.-ft. facility in Concord, North Carolina.
   

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.

Like many other companies in the automotive specialty-equipment industry, Pro-Fabrication started from humble beginnings. Sousley founded the company in 1995 out of a small building located in the back of a racing-team complex. He made 23 headers in his first year, all on his own. Today, Pro-Fabrication has more than 30 fulltime employees and operates out of a state-of-the-art, 24,000-sq.-ft. facility in Concord, North Carolina, that produces 300–400 headers annually. The company supplies its products to some of the biggest names in the industry.

SEMA PAC President’s Club Spotlight: Laurel Dasher

 
Laurel Dasher
Laurel Dasher (right) of MagnaFlow Exhaust Products with U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA).
 

Laurel Dasher is national accounts manager for MagnaFlow Exhaust Products, which is based in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. Dasher is a two-year member of the SEMA PAC President’s Club and currently serves on SEMA’s Board of Directors.

“I have been involved with the automotive industry for most of my life,” she said. “My passion as an enthusiast and business leader run deep. I joined the President’s Club to ensure that my personal involvement reflects the interests of the automotive aftermarket. In this highly anticipated election year, political involvement is more important than ever. I have made it a civic duty to help protect our members’ jobs, manufacturing and the rights of industry enthusiasts.”

For more information on SEMA PAC, contact SEMA PAC and Congressional Relations Manager Christian Robinson at 202-783-6007 x20 or christianr@sema.org.

 

For companies such as Pro-Fabrication, passage of the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act by Congress is nothing short of critical. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) removed controversial language from a proposed regulation that claimed authority to regulate street cars modified exclusively for the track. Nevertheless, the agency still contends that it has such authority under the Clean Air Act, even if it doesn’t enforce it against vehicle owners.

Fortunately for Sousley and his employees, U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) has their backs. As soon as Hudson heard about the threat to motorsports—a key economic driver in his Charlotte-area district, which includes Pro-Fabrication—he got to work. Not only is he an original co-sponsor of the RPM Act, but he also questioned EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy about the regulation at a Congressional committee hearing and penned a letter to the EPA questioning the agency’s authority to regulate vehicles used exclusively at the track.

At Sousley’s invitation, Rep. Hudson recently toured Pro-Fabrication to highlight the need to protect the future of motorsports by passing the RPM Act. The legislation would give the racing industry certainty on how the Clean Air Act is applied. Passage would confirm that it is legal to modify street vehicles into dedicated race cars and that these vehicles and the race parts installed under their hoods are exempt from EPA regulation.

“Failure by Congress to pass the RPM Act would be devastating to the motorsports industry,” Sousley said. “I want to thank Rep. Hudson for his leadership on this issue. We were thrilled to host him here at Pro-Fabrication.”

During his tour, Rep. Hudson was able to see firsthand the work done at Pro-Fabrication and was also able to hear directly from its employees regarding the issues most important to them and the local community. Among the topics discussed during the nearly hour-long forum were healthcare policy, the upcoming presidential election, and the need for lawmakers in Washington, D.C., to find common ground.

“Not only is Pro-Fabrication a national leader in custom auto racing parts, but it’s also an important source of jobs and economic growth in North Carolina,” Rep. Hudson said. “I’ll continue to advocate for the RPM Act and stand up for jobs, common sense and the future of racing.”

For more information on planning your own Congressional District Site Visit, contact Christian Robinson in the SEMA government affairs office at christianr@sema.org.

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