Taking It to the Streets

SEMA News—June 2017

FROM THE HILL

By Christian Robinson

Taking It to the Streets

Four Easy Things You Can Do to Help Protect the Future of Motorsports

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If your company is planning to hit the road this summer, you can show your support for racing by requesting an RPM Act support kit. To request yours, emailchristianr@sema.org.
   

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.

In the past year, SEMA members and racing enthusiasts have sent more than 250,000 letters to the U.S. Congress demanding that motorsports be protected from government overreach. The overwhelming response has encouraged more than a quarter of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to join as bill co-sponsors. However, there is still much work to be done. In addition to writing to your legislators using the quick and easy electronic format available at www.sema.org/rpm, there are several things SEMA members can do to ensure that the RPM Act becomes law.

Earlier this year, I hit the road with my colleagues in support of the RPM Act. One of our first stops was Phoenix, Arizona, the site of the year’s first SEMA Town Hall meeting. Shortly after touching down in the Valley of the Sun, we made our way to Full Race Motorsports, a distributor of turbochargers and a manufacturer of custom turbo kits. During our meeting, Full Race Motorsports President Geoff Raicer agreed to post a link to SEMA’s letter-writing campaign on his company’s popular Facebook page. The response to Geoff’s post was overwhelming, and the result was hundreds of new letters to Congress urging support for the RPM Act.

You don’t have to be a social-media titan to go viral. Whether you have 50 followers or 50,000, SEMA members are encouraged to share information regarding the RPM Act on their social-media pages and websites. It’s a quick, easy and effective way to reach large audiences regarding critical issues.

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SEMA members can learn more and become SEMA PAC approved for free by visiting www.semapac.com today. Becoming PAC approved never obligates you to contribute.
   

In fact, SEMA is here to help. Simply visit www.sema.org/rpm-tools to download helpful images and sample text that can be used on your sites right away.

After Full Race Motorsports, it was on to Hughes Performance, a manufacturer of transmissions, torque converters and related high-performance parts for most automotive and industrial applications. Hughes Performance employs more than 40 people at its Phoenix headquarters and has been in business since 1971. While there, we met with General Manager Tony Kane, who showed us how his company rebuilds transmissions and torque converters. During our meeting, Tony expressed interest in having the local U.S. Representative, Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), tour the facility as part of SEMA’s Congressional Site Visit program. Rep. Gallego has yet to sign on as a co-sponsor of the RPM Act, and connecting him with impacted constituents could help seal the deal.

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SEMA’s Congressional Site Visit program connects lawmakers with their constituents while giving the lawmakers a better understanding of how the automotive aftermarket industry impacts both the local and national economies. To schedule a tour at your facility, email christianr@sema.org.
 
   

SEMA’s Congressional Site Visit program helps give lawmakers a better understanding of how the automotive aftermarket industry impacts both the local and national economies. These visits are an extremely valuable tool in recruiting congressional support for the RPM Act. Recently, U.S. Reps. Richard Hudson (R-NC) and Steve Womack (R-AR) visited SEMA-member companies in their districts. In both instances, the lawmakers came away with a fresh perspective on what’s at stake if Congress fails to save motorsports. In fact, Rep. Womack was so moved that he personally called his congressional colleagues from Arkansas to make sure they were on board. To schedule a tour at your facility, simply email me at christianr@sema.org.

The final stop on our tour of Phoenix was the SEMA Town Hall meeting itself. The host for 2017’s first Town Hall meeting was Baer Inc., a manufacturer of brake systems, including high-performance brake kits, rotors and pads. With nearly 200 people scheduled to attend the event, we came stocked with enough materials to ensure that everyone had signed a letter to congressional lawmakers by evening’s end. In addition to telling their members of Congress to support the RPM Act, attendees were also urged to support SEMA’s political action committee (SEMA PAC).

SEMA PAC allows members to speak in a collective voice and support the car guys and gals in Congress who have the industry’s back. With the RPM Act working its way through Congress, a strong SEMA PAC is exactly what is needed to cross the finish line in first place. SEMA members can learn more and become SEMA PAC approved for free by visiting www.semapac.com today. Becoming PAC approved never obligates you to contribute.

With the weather warming up, enthusiasts and race fans will be heading out to events all around the country. If you or your company is planning to hit the road this summer, you can show your support for racing by requesting an RPM Act support kit. Included is everything you will need to rally support for this critical legislation, including informational handouts, flyers and buttons. To request yours, email me at christianr@sema.org.

SEMA PAC President’s Club Spotlight: Tracie Nuñez

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Tracie Nuñez is the president of the Custom Automotive Network, which is based in La Quinta, California. Nuñez joined the SEMA PAC President’s Club in 2015.

“In my automotive career of 20-plus years, it has become much harder for businesses to remain profitable and to stay compliant with the growing number of legislative and regulatory changes,” Nuñez said.

“I believe you can’t sit on the sidelines and complain; each of us needs to act to protect our shared passion for this industry. As president of the Custom Automotive Network (formerly known as the Performance Warehouse Association), I see many businesses negatively impacted by unnecessary and overreaching legislation. Our voices need to be heard, and my President’s Club membership is one significant way I support the automotive industry’s future.”

For more information on SEMA PAC, please contact SEMA PAC and Congressional Relations Director Christian Robinson by phone at 202-751-8507 or by email at christianr@sema.org.

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