The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to demolish your automobile passion and enthusiasm. Sounds terrible, right?! Alright maybe it’s not that black and white, but let’s see what is really at stake here. With the focus of the Clean Air Act in mind, the EPA wants to make it illegal to modify any manufactured street vehicle’s emission system where its sole purpose is NOT used for racing in organized sports. Ok what is this saying? Basically, modified cars cause an increased amount of air pollution with a tampered emissions system.
February 2016 was a frightful month for automotive racers and enthusiasts when everyone got word of a proposed rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that seemed like they wanted to ban anyone from turning a road car into a track-only race car.
The craziness all started when Specialty Equipment Manufacturer Association (SEMA) started circulating a press release claiming that “the EPA seeks to prohibit conversion of vehicles into race cars.”
The release quickly gained attention and the car community reacted in a panic on social media, news outlets, and petitions with headlines reading “here’s how to fight the EPA ban on building a race car,” “tell the EPA to withdraw its proposal to prohibit the conversion of vehicles into race cars,” and “prevent the EPA from banning vehicle modifications.”
I would be lying if I said I wasn’t going a bit stir-crazy about this myself, at the time. I was scouring articles and