Call your U.S. Senators now to save racing from government threat!
Many thanks to those who have signed the letter to Congress in support of the “Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2016” (RPM Act). Given the potential impact of this rulemaking on racers and fans nationwide, support from U.S. Senators nationwide is critical in passing the bill. As such, the SEMA Action Network (SAN) needs your Senators to cosponsor the RPM Act (S. 2659) if they haven’t done so already. Please use the following SAN website link for the list of lawmaker contacts and talking points: Go to webpage
|Ride Along with the SEMA Action Network on the Inaugural Rev'n Rods & Heartland Music Tour
The SEMA Action Network (SAN) is on the move this summer to let motorsports participants and fans know about the “Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act”—the Congressional bill that clarifies that street vehicles may continue to be converted into race cars used solely on the track.
Up next is the inaugural Rev'n Rods & Heartland Music Tour. Join us July 17–22 for six days of the hottest rides, the coolest cars and the brightest stars! The event is a thrilling combination of car shows, a driving tour and nightly concerts. SAN representatives will be on hand to explain why the future of racing is at risk, update visitors on the current status of the RPM Act and let the community know how they can help protect racing.
Each day’s events will feature a car show complete with vendors, exhibits, food and beverages with admittance free to the general public. Every night will end with a ticketed concert featuring the legends of country music. Owners of hot rods, street rods, motorcycles and classic automobiles are encouraged to go on tour with Rev’n and Heartland for one stop or even the whole trip. Each registration includes two free nightly concert tickets per vehicle.
The details for each stop are as follows:
July 17 – Nashville, Tennessee at Fontanel featuring Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin & Collin Raye
July 18 – Southaven, Mississippi at Landers Center featuring Restless Heart
July 19 – Cape Girardeau, Missouri at A.C. Brase Arena featuring Terri Clark
July 20 – Bowling Green, Kentucky at Beech Bend Raceway Park featuring Pam Tillis
July 21 – Bean Blossom, Indiana at Bill Monroe Bluegrass Festival Center featuring James Otto
July 22 – Indianapolis, Indiana at Indiana State Fairgrounds featuring John Michael Montgomery
Visit www.revntour.com for more information. Those in attendance are invited and encouraged to stop by the SAN booth to learn more about the RPM Act.
Click here for the complete list of Legislative Action Alerts.
During its refurbishment, Jordan Steck prepares the engine bay of the ‘76 Ford Bronco Ranger belonging to her father Jason.
Although Jason Steck has bought and sold several old cars and motorcycles, no other vehicle has been able to command his attention like his ‘76 Ford Bronco Ranger. In fact, after nineteen years of ownership, he plans to keep it in the family for a very long time. “I want my daughter Jordan to be able to enjoy this machine as I have,” Jason says. When she was sixteen-years-old, Jordan wanted to drive it to school. However, she was not a fan of the color. Steck offered her a deal that included full restoration and blue paint if she would help with the project. “She agreed and off we went!” It took about six months and the pair did everything but the paint job. “When it was done, the Ford came out so nice that I was leery of letting her drive it and park it in the high school parking lot!” exclaims Jason. “But a deal is a deal, so I relented.” In fact, Jordan did not put one scratch on the vehicle and any of her friends that were caught slamming a door never got another ride.
These days, the Bronco often sits in the family garage since Jordan is away at college. “I drive it every now and again, but am finding it tougher and tougher to rebuild components and still meet the state’s emissions requirements,” Jason explains. Consequently, he was among a group of Californians who contacted the state legislature earlier this year in support of legislation that would have exempted motor vehicles prior to the 1981 model year from emissions inspection requirement. Current law requires the lifetime testing of all 1976 and newer model-year vehicles. The bill, if enacted into law, would have greatly benefitted Jason’s beloved Bronco. However, in a severe disappointment for the old car hobby, the California Senate failed to gain final approval for the bill prior to the June 3 deadline despite an overwhelming response from the enthusiasts statewide. “It has been difficult to keep the Bronco emissions compliant as there are fewer and fewer mechanics who know how to work on vehicles from this era,” Jason continues. “Hopefully, our lawmakers will reconsider and approve this bill next year.”
Glad to have you on our side, Jason! We’ll keep you posted if a similar opportunity to help your Bronco arises next session.