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The Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2016 (RPM Act)
On April 1st. An official notification was received by the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Eight State's Attorneys General drew a line in the sand, standing up against the language used by the EPA to enforce sanctions against registered streetcars modified for dedicated racing. We trust that the date of April 1st. has nothing to due with the seriousness of this subject matter.
You read about this important issue last month and you can expect to read more next issue. In the meantime, many thousands of letters have been sent to Congress and more are needed. So head on over to Semasan.com and fill out that short form. Got it? Heck, yours truly has already received a reply from a certain Mr. Earl Blumenauer.
Just remember - all you streetcar guys who are running cars that are run by computers are still square in the line of sight of the EPA enforcement attempts along with many of the aftermarket businesses that support you. So, it would behoove you to keep on top of this.
Those of you who promote car events should take note of the date, July 8. That Friday will be National Collector Car Appreciation Day. A good time to have a car cruise to celebrate this Hot Rod Holiday. Semasan.com can assist you with that.
Which was the Baddest Car in the Portland Roadster Show
This marked the 60th. Anniversary of the Portland Roadster Show making it a celebration of one of the longest running car shows in this country. This writer's mission was very simple - find the baddest car in the show. This would turn out to be a bit of a daunting proposition when you are talking about a show that is spread throughout all of the Portland Exposition Center with some 400 displays! You can Google #PortlandRoadsterShow2016 to see the vid.
The first challenge was to define what is badd? Of course it has to look badd and a number of cars certainly filled the bill in that dep't. It would have to go fast - in fact faster than the baddest of the badd on the street or wherever else.
A certain portion of the heritage of this show has always revolved around the drag racing genre and this year was no disappointment. In the end there were several strong contenders but it all boiled down to the one we believe was badd faster than the baddest of the show - "Sick '69." This was one badd '69 Camaro that appears to be new on the scene. GearHeads, you can go ahead and Google #BaddAzzRidez to get the particulars on this badd boy and some of the others.
But we can't claim to be the be all and end all when it comes to which is the baddest ride. Perhaps there might be other opinions out there. What say you, GearHeads?
RPM Act Update: GearHeads Must Continue To Fight For Our Rights
Thank you for contacting me about H.R. 4715, the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2016. This legislation would exclude vehicles used solely for competition from certain provisions of the Clean Air Act.
Member of Congress
All my best,
Jeffrey A. Merkley
United States Senato
More News Of Emerging Automotive TechnologiesWe have had plenty to say about the RPM bill. The bill was reintroduced in January 2017, at the beginning of the new Congress, in the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 350) by Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) and in the U.S. Senate (S.203) by Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.). SEMA is asking everyone to go over to www.SEMA.com and sign on to the bill even if you already did last year.On another front I have been trying to keep you abreast of the rapidly changing Automotive Technologies that are now dominating our present day. Here are some of the latest developments :In the world of autonomous vehicles, Intel has recently acquired Mobileye for around fifteen billion dollars. They will be headquartered in Israel.Samsung has completed their acquisition of Harman Industries. 27 companies have posted to test their AVs in California. Alphabet unit "Waymo" has sued Uber over Lidar technology. Uber is now hauling passengers in Tempe and in Pittsburgh. In other news Airbus has unveiled the concept "Pop Up" modular flying car at the Geneva Auto Show.In political news, Mile Per Gallon and Emissions limits set by the former Administration will be reviewed for 2025. This could have a significant impact on a lot of things. Among other things it may prolong our ability to legally own internal combustion engine powered vehicles. Which would be nice for GearHeads.Not everything has gone smoothly. Andrew Kerr, senior member of the transition team has resigned from the EPA. It appears that there has been too much of an agenda and infighting.You would expect that there would be some considerable competition going on in the AV arena.You would be right. A Top 10 list has been developed predicting who will be the first to actually mass produce AVs. Sitting at the top of the list is good ole Ford, interestingly enough. Right behind them is mighty GM. Lets face it. These guys still have the massive factories plus they know a bit about building cars.
We have been hearing a lot about the accomplishments of young upstart, Tesla. Though, I think they may have the dubious honor of the first death in an AV and another wreck to their credit - something about a cop on a bike being rear ended - they however did not make the Top 10 list even though their valuation has recently surpassed GM! Then we hear some speculation about the idea of a merger between them and GM. Is it hogwash? Who knows in this crazy new World.So there are a few tidbits for you Gearheads. It's always nice to try to keep informed about some of the things that are going on.Chuck Fasst