U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) and his colleagues reintroduced H.R. 350, the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2017 (RPM Act), a bipartisan bill that would protect the right to modify street vehicles into dedicated racecars and the industry’s right to sell the parts that enable racers to compete.
The AMA joins SEMA and other organizations in supporting this important legislation.
The RPM Act, cosponsored by 44 members of the U.S. House, would ensure that converting motor vehicles, including motorcycles, for use exclusively in competition does not violate the federal Clean Air Act.
For nearly 50 years, the practice was unquestioned until the EPA published proposed regulations in 2015 that deemed such conversions illegal and subject to severe penalties. While the EPA withdrew the problematic language from the final rule making last year, the agency still maintains the practice is unlawful.
When the RPM Act was first introduced in 2016, racing enthusiasts and Americans working in the motorsports parts industry flooded Congress with nearly 200,000 letters in support of the bill.
Motorsports competition involves tens of thousands of participants and vehicle owners each year, both amateur and professional, according to SEMA. Retail sales of racing products make up a $1.4 billion market annually. There are an estimated 1,300 racetracks operating across the country, including oval, road, track and off-road racetracks, the majority of which feature converted race vehicles that the EPA now considers to be illegal.