Golden Sahara II by Jim Street

This custom car was built by Jim Street at a cost of $75,000 (about 592,000 in today's money) was shown to America on a June 25, 1962 broadcast of "I've Got a Secret".

RPM Act Gets a Fast Start in 2017

January 9, 2017

Contact: Della Domingo

RPM Act Gets a Fast Start in 2017
Bill to Protect Motorsports Reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives

Washington, D.C. (January 9, 2017) – SEMA President & CEO Chris Kersting today praised U.S. Representative Patrick McHenry (R-NC) and his colleagues for reintroducing H.R. 350, the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2017 (RPM Act).  The bipartisan bill, which was submitted for reintroduction on the first day of the new Congress, protects Americans’ right to modify street cars and motorcycles into dedicated race vehicles and industry’s right to sell the parts that enable racers to compete.

The RPM Act is cosponsored by 44 members of the U.S. House of Representatives.  The bill ensures that transforming motor vehicles into racecars used exclusively in competition does not violate the Clean Air Act.  For nearly 50 years, the practice was unquestioned until the EPA published proposed regulations in 2015 that deemed such conversions illegal and subject to severe penalties.  While the EPA withdrew the problematic language from the final rule making last year, the agency still maintains the practice is unlawful.

“SEMA looks forward to working with Congress to enact the RPM Act and make permanent the Clean Air Act’s original intention that race vehicle conversions are legal,” said SEMA President & CEO Chris Kersting.  “We thank Representative McHenry and all the cosponsors for reintroducing a bill that will protect businesses that produce, install and sell the parts that enable racers to compete."
When the RPM Act was first introduced in 2016, racing enthusiasts and Americans working in the motorsports parts industry flooded Congress with nearly 200,000 letters in support of the bill.  More than one-fourth of the U.S. House of Representatives joined as bill cosponsors as a result.  However, the shortened election year schedule did not permit sufficient time for passage of the bill by the previous Congress.

"Last year I was proud to lead the fight against the misguided EPA regulation targeting racing, but our work is not done,” said Rep. Patrick McHenry.  “In the coming months, I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress and the new Administration to ensure the RPM Act becomes law."
Motorsports competition involves tens of thousands of participants and vehicle owners each year, both amateur and professional.  Retail sales of racing products make up a $1.4 billion market annually.  There are an estimated 1,300 racetracks operating across the U.S., including oval, road, track and off-road racetracks, the majority of which feature converted race vehicles that the EPA now considers to be illegal.

“Upon introduction of the Senate version of the RPM Act, we will call on racing enthusiasts throughout the U.S. to contact their members of Congress to request support for the bill,” Kersting added.  “Stay tuned for updates on how you can get involved!”

About SEMA
SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963, represents the $39.2 billion specialty automotive industry of 6,633 member-companies. It is the authoritative source for research, data, trends and market information for the specialty auto parts industry. The industry provides appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for passenger and recreational vehicles. For more information, contact SEMA at 1575 S. Valley Vista Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765, tel: 909-610-2030, or visit
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Should You Give a Classic the "Boot"?

If you are like many of our members, followers and readers, you have played the classic game of Monopoly. Frankly, we wouldn't be surprised to learn almost everyone reading this post encountered a lively game of monopoly this past Holiday Season.

Charles Darrow - Inventor of Monopoly
As a way of modernizing the game even more, Hasbro introduced a variety of electronic versions in the last 10 or more years, but with every new incarnation of game console and OS, none have even come close to the physical board game.

It is also hard to believe the game was not an immediate success. Parker Brothers rejected Darrow's game for “52 fundamental errors” including the game’s length, theme and complexity. But following Darrow's success selling Monopoly in local Philadelphia department stores, Parker Brothers reconsidered and negotiated the rights to market the game.

The game, which went on sale during the Great Depression, has had a number of different tokens over the years including an elephant, purse, and a bag of money. 

As a point of reference, the iron, purse, lantern, race car, thimble, shoe, top hat, battleship, cannon and a rocking horse were included the original set of movers introduced in 1935. The Scottie dog and wheelbarrow were added in the early 1950s. In the 2013 “Save Your Token” campaign, Monopoly fans voted to replace the iron token with a new cat token.

Despite this segment demonstrating a twenty percent sales growth in the last few years, Hasbro has decided to use Social Media to help them pick one new board token...or keep the current set. But only one new token will be selected and if any token is voted out, it will be retired.