EPA threatens ruin to motor sports

EPA threatens ruin to motor sports

About twenty days have passed since three SEMA delegates paid a visit with two senior EPA enforcement officers in Washington DC.  SEMA had uncovered a few sentences buried in a 630-page document and was seeking clarification. The document related mostly to the emissions of heavy-duty on-road diesel vehicles but also included further proposals that would have extraordinary ramifications to our aftermarket industry. The EPA’s current interpretation of the Clean Air Act is thus: any vehicle that conformed to emission compliance when constructed but is now out of compliance is in violation. The SEMA representatives asserted their disagreement and informed them that their opposition would be robust. Four days later a conference call was made to several heads of state. The callers included approximately twenty associates from our industry, including those representing SEMA, NASCAR, NHRA, IMSA, and original equipment manufacturers. Currently, SEMA is seeking legislative relief and considering judicial relief in the courts if necessary. When they released their petition earlier this week, SEMA’s goal was to obtain 100,000 signatures. By Wednesday evening, numbers had exceeded 119,000. In the hope of ending these destructive policies, please go to the Click here! request below and add your signature.     SEMA has issued a press release informing the public that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is aiming to make it illegal to convert automobiles originally designed for on-road use into racecars, even though such conversions have been made for decades.  Under the EPA’s proposed rule, it would also be illegal to sell any performance-related products for those cars.  The EPA’s proposal would have a devastating impact on motorsports since many types of...
How hospitality wins the day: Stroke of marketing genius

How hospitality wins the day: Stroke of marketing genius

By Vic Moore: There are many things for which the 2016 MPMC conference will be remembered: the fact that I didn’t have my accommodation at the host hotel booked on time, which caused me to encamp around the back at the Best Western—saving $200! Or the fact that my visitation card had pegged its limit at 42 meetings over the three-day conference—a convention held each January in Orange County, California by the Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council, where 100 of our finest innovative companies meet the media. But no; for hospitality one meeting overwhelmed all others. Who could forget the welcome as Autometer’s irrepressible Joseph Mills allowed us to settle in then proffered a glass of Jack Daniels? Furthermore, the grateful recipients automatically became the fortunate winners of a prize. Momentarily, mine was a battery charger until an opportunist, mentioning no names—MONGOOSE McEWEN— deftly reached forward and snatched the spoils, saying his need was more profound than mine! But who could argue with hospitality that energizes the relationship, rejuvenates the day and, no doubt, assisted several imbibers through their afternoons!   Tach season is upon us – generous discounts always leaves favorable impression with racers There are few things more recognizable in the performance world than an AutoMeter tach. From the legendary Monster Tach to the highly advanced Ultimates, their mark on the racing world is undeniable. During the months of February and March, AutoMeter is making this essential piece of equipment even more affordable with their Tachs Season Rebate Special. Simply purchase any AutoMeter tachometer from an authorized retailer before April 1st, and you’re eligible for rebate savings of...
Kaase revives Ford FE

Kaase revives Ford FE

Some recent production at Jon Kaase Racing Engines included the building of several impressive Ford FE hot-rod engines, not least of which a beguiling Cammer version.

NHRA changes for 2016

NHRA changes for 2016

By Martha Maglone NHRA moves from ESPN to Fox Sports 1 This year, NHRA’s Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series will be broadcast on Fox Sports1 (FS1), which will cover sixteen events throughout the season. On the Thursday following each national event, Fox Sports 2 (FS2) will air a one-hour program of select races during prime time from 9 to 10pm. Also, FS1 will re-air the one-hour telecast within three days of the original FS2 broadcast. To find Fox Sports’ channel listings click here. Good news for Funny Car In 2016 NHRA will celebrating the Funny Car’s 50th anniversary. A season-long campaign, it will include bringing special attention to those who drove the cars, recalling their greatest duels, featuring the most dynamic cars of the era and explaining the evolution of the class. Mike Dunn Recently the IHRA appointed Mike Dunn as President. A former successful race driver and team organizer, Dunn had acted as the NHRA’s on-air analyst for the past 14 years and represented the countenance of major league professional drag racing for ESPN. Dunn is replaced by two-time Funny Car national champion, Tony...
How to sell your wares

How to sell your wares

By Martha Maglone: Each January, 100 manufacturers of high-performance and racing parts are introduced to the media over a 3-day period at the MPMC conference (Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council). Held at the Embassy Suites hotel in Santa Ana near the John Wayne Airport in California’s Orange County, the MPMC, a SEMA-based organization initiated in 1998 and now in its nineteenth successive year, brings unique opportunities for both parties. Media members, editors and publishers, visit with up to 14 exhibitors each day of the conference, culminating in as many as 42 meetings throughout the three days. For their part, media members have experienced momentous disorder among their ranks in the past two decades and widespread cash flow problems at its core have strained staff loyalty. It would be easy to become disillusioned. Yet our auto racing and aftermarket media, while not quite in its full flower of yesteryear, appears positive. With good reason, the manufacturers have sustained momentum despite the proclamations of our political analysts. Successive governments, they contend, have failed to recognize the effects of globalization since the 1970s and as a result our middle class has been devastated and thus their spending power vastly reduced through wage stagnation. No doubt our market isn’t as vibrant as in previous times but it’s unlikely that globalization is cause for concern. Ours is a relatively low-volume highly specialized industry and therefore has been sheltered from the detrimental effects of global intervention so far. And so it was, the manufacturers arrived in force with their latest products on display and key personnel on hand to provide technical details and background information. Private,...
Air Flow Research (AFR) at MPMC

Air Flow Research (AFR) at MPMC

Chris Sperling and Tim Torrecarion of Air Flow Research introduced three new products:   BBF cylinder head 270, 285, 300cc – intake runner volume 390CFM – 427CFM – depending upon intake runner size 85cc or 75cc – combustion chambers .250in raised exhaust – available for 285cc and 300cc heads Starting at $2099 a pair – fully assembled  BBF intake manifold Clover leaf design Equalized runner lengths Port shape matched to BBF heads 4150 or 4500 carburetor flange available Starting at $348  18-degree BBC head – Circle Track and Drag Racing 510cfm at .900” lift 457cc intake runner volume Valve Sizes – 2.400in intake, 1.800in exhaust Raised exhaust port Approx. 95cc-97cc combustion chambers Copper seats Titanium retainers Triple valve springs Expected Release Date Summer 2016 Pair, fully assembled – Pricing: To Be Determined   Air Flow Research Valencia, California www.airflowresearch.com Tel (661)...
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