SEMA Ignited 2019 Invitation: Exclusive to SAN Members
SEMA Action Network (SAN) members, time to make plans! In special recognition of your continued support on legislative issues important to the automotive hobby, we are inviting you to SEMA Ignited, the “Official After-Party” of the SEMA Show, FREE OF CHARGE (a $20 value). Join us as we celebrate the top cars built for display at the trade-only SEMA Show. Meet exhibitors, industry icons and SEMA Battle of the Builders® contestants. Enjoy live drifting demonstrations, music, food trucks and much more! SEMA Ignited will be held in the same location as last year at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) Platinum Lot—located on the east side of LVCC—on Friday, November 8th starting at 3:00 pm.
You will also be able to register up to 10 guests to join you at SEMA Ignited, compliments of the SAN. Use the following personalized link below to confirm your party’s attendance.
Registration deadline is October 14, 2019 for your complimentary passes to SEMA Ignited courtesy of the SAN. We hope to see you in Las Vegas!
Thank you to those who have expressed an interest in attending the SEMA Show. No access to the trade-only convention will be made available to the general public this year.
Outdoor Recreation: The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee passed SEMA-supported legislation to help address a $16 billion maintenance backlog on America's public lands. The "Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act" would create a public lands fund spending up to $1.3 billion a year between 2020–2024. Deferred maintenance projects include rebuilding roadways, bridges, buildings, campgrounds, trails and other vital infrastructure that support outdoor recreation.
E15 Gasoline: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rulemaking to allow gas stations around the country to sell E15 (gasoline that's 15% ethanol) year-round. Previously, the EPA prohibited the sale of E15 between June 1 and September 15 due to fuel-volatility concerns that higher blends of ethanol combined with warmer temperatures may lead to increased ground-level ozone formation and smog. It is unclear if the EPA's rulemaking will be implemented immediately since it will likely face court challenges. SEMA opposes an expansion of E15 sales, which the EPA is pursuing in order to achieve the Renewable Fuel Standard's artificial mandates to blend large volumes of ethanol into gasoline sold in the United States. Ethanol, especially in higher concentrations such as E15, can cause damage to high-performance parts and vehicles manufactured prior to 2001.
Route 66 Centennial: The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed a bill to create a commission to recommend ways to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Route 66, which was completed in 1926 as the first all-paved U.S. highway. The "Route 66 Centennial Commission Act" creates a 19-person board, including governors of states through which the highway passed from Illinois to California. The Commission will recommend ways to celebrate the anniversary, such as through writings, films and documentaries, education programs, artistic works and commemorative memorabilia.
California—Off Highway Vehicles: The California Coastal Commission voted to make no changes to its permit which allows off highway vehicle (OHV) use at the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA). The Commission voted against a prohibition on night riding, additional fencing to restrict OHV use, eliminating unlimited OHV use on holidays, and increased enforcement eff orts focused on vehicle use and speed limit. The Commission also voted down a proposal to provide year-round protection to a 300-acre endangered species area, which is currently protected on a seasonal basis, and future closures for the purpose of dust control. Oceano Dunes encompasses nearly 3,600 acres along the Pacific Ocean, of which OHV use is now limited to 1,500 acres or less. It became a state OHV park in the '80s and is the only such park on California's coast.
SEMA ACTION NETWORK'S STRIKE FORCE
Off-roaders Randy and Mona Drake have been fighting the good fight for decades. “The only success in keeping access on public lands is accomplished through groups standing together,” says Mona. “A ‘lone wolf’ is just that—ALONE with little pull or push to influence the agencies. A group—whether businesses, clubs or associations—have standing with managers of public lands.” The Oregon resident is a board member of Share Trails.Org/BlueRibbon Coalition. She adds, “get involved and be part of the solution!”
“My husband is the driving force in our team,” Mona proudly explains. Together with friends, they ensure off-road recreation can continue to be enjoyed by the OHV community. “Based on our comments, travel management in our area has netted 60 miles of class II trails. 20 hard-core runs have been completed, ranging from ‘extreme’ to ‘extremely difficult’. ‘We’ [volunteers] have to build them.” In fact, the Rim Butte trail was awarded the Recreational Trails Coalitions Enhancement of public lands award in 2018. "Building Rim Butte were many like-minded 4-wheel drive enthusiasts looking to the future.”
The Drakes are definitely a Jeep family. Randy’s YJ is powered by an EFI-fed 351 W. Its stretched wheel-base, upgraded engine and accessories, including specialty and 39-inch tires, are set up for the trail. This ride was used to help build the Rim Butte Trail. On the other hand, Mona loves the sand dunes. “Whether running a bowl or just taking in scenery, it’s all R&R—rest and relaxation!” Her lifted LJ Rubicon (shown above at Christmas Valley Sand Dunes) is an ongoing work in progress that has upgraded axles and 37-inchers. “It’s perfectly capable right now but in need of some reworking.” The couple also has a CJ 5 motivated by a small block Chevy and paddle tires—perfect for the dunes.
Nice to have you climbing for our cause in the Beaver State, Randy and Mona!