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