Motorsports Industry Heads to D.C. for SEMA’s 2018 Washington Rally

U.S. Sen. John Tester, second from right, joined, from left, SEMA President & CEO Chris Kersting, SEMA Senior Director-Federal Government Affairs Stuart Gosswein, and SEMA Chairman of the Board Wade Kawasaki during the SEMA 2018 Washington Rally.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 22, 2018 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – More than 110 representatives from the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) descended on the nation’s capital to participate in SEMA’s 2018 Washington Rally on Wednesday, May 16. Industry leaders stormed the halls of Congress to remind lawmakers of the cultural and economic importance of the automotive specialty equipment industry and motorsports.

During the event, SEMA members urged Congress to pass H.R. 350/S.203, the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act. The bipartisan bill would protect Americans’ right to modify street vehicles into dedicated racecars and industry’s right to sell the parts that enable racers to compete. The RPM Act now has 145 cosponsors in the House and 38 cosponsors in the Senate, and the number continues to grow. Members also raised awareness for other issues facing the specialty equipment industry, including harmful tariffs, preventing higher ethanol content in gasoline and saving the Bonneville Salt Flats.

“I thank the SEMA members who took valuable time away from their businesses to fight for the issues that matter most to our industry, including the RPM Act,” said SEMA Chairman of the Board Wade Kawasaki. “This year’s turnout makes one thing certain—our industry is committed to getting the RPM Act across the finish line in 2018. Passage of this bipartisan bill is the only way to ensure it is legal to modify a street vehicle into a racecar used exclusively at the track, now and into the future. It’s time for Congress to act. We urge Members of the House and Senate to pass the RPM Act and protect motorsports for generations to come.”

This year’s event, which was one of the largest SEMA rallies to date, marks the 15th time representatives from SEMA have held a fly-in on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The event raises SEMA’s profile in our nation’s capital and plays a pivotal role in the association’s advocacy efforts.

To learn more about the SEMA Washington Rally or the association’s other legislative efforts, contact [email protected] or visit the SEMA Facebook or Twitter accounts.

About SEMA

SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963, represents the $41.2 billion specialty automotive industry. The industry provides appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for passenger and recreational vehicles. Association resources include market research, legislative advocacy, training and product development support, as well as leading trade shows such as the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV, and the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show in Indianapolis, IN. For more information, visit,, or

Source: Specialty Equipment Market Association