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PROTECT YOUR RIGHT TO RACE! THE EPA IS BANNING RACECARS. TELL CONGRESS TO PASS THE RPM ACT AND STOP THE EPA FROM DESTROYING MOTORSPORTS. YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS NEEDS TO HEAR FROM YOU!
The RPM Act of 2021 (H.R. 3281), is common-sense, bi-partisan legislation to protect Americans' right to convert street vehicles into dedicated racecars and the motorsports-parts industry's ability to sell products that enable racers to compete. The bill clarifies that it is legal to make emissions-related changes to a street vehicle for the purpose of converting it into a racecar used exclusively in competition. It also confirms that it is legal to produce, market and install racing equipment.
The RPM Act reverses the EPA's interpretation that the Clean Air Act does not allow a motor vehicle designed for street use—including a car, truck, or motorcycle—to be converted into a dedicated racecar. This American tradition was unquestioned for 45 years until 2015 when the EPA took the position that converted vehicles must remain emissions-compliant, even though they are no longer driven on public streets or highways. Although the EPA abandoned efforts to make the policy a formal regulation, the agency still maintains the practice of modifying the emission system of a motor vehicle for the purpose of converting it for racing is illegal. Manufacturing, selling, and installing race parts for the converted vehicle would also be a violation. The EPA has also announced that enforcement against high performance parts—including superchargers, tuners, and exhaust systems—is a top priority.
Converting street vehicles into dedicated race vehicles is an American tradition dating back decades and has negligible environmental impact. While California is known for having the strictest emissions laws, the state exempts racing vehicles from regulation.
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 nearly $2 billion market annually. Most of the vehicles raced on the estimated 1,300 racetracks operating across the U.S. are converted vehicles that the EPA considers to be illegal.
The RPM Act does not interfere with the EPA's authority to enforce against individuals who illegally install race parts on vehicles driven on public roads and highways and companies that market such products. Tampering with the emissions system of a motor vehicle used on public roads is a clear violation of the Clean Air Act.
The RPM Act will provide the racing community with certainty and confidence in the face of an EPA interpretation of the Clean Air Act that threatens to devastate an American pastime and eliminate jobs in our communities.
Tell Your Elected Officials to Protect Motorsports and Pass the RPM Act
HOW YOU CAN HELP:There has already been an unprecedented outpouring of support for the RPM Act this year, with Americans sending over 1.1 million letters asking Congress to pass the legislation. Now that H.R. 3281 has been reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, it is imperative that enthusiasts and motorsports businesses keep up this momentum to get a companion bill introduced in the Senate and urge lawmakers in Washington, D.C. that they must act now to protect the right to convert a motor vehicle into a racecar by voting to pass the bill.
Use our Action Center to send a message to your Senators and Representative to ask them to support the RPM Act.
SEMA members can help spread the word by including links on their websites, social media platforms, storefronts, and garages. Members can also rally their customers, employees, followers, and friends to act. Use the assets found in SEMA's digital toolkit: www.sema.org/rpmtools. And don't forget to join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #SaveOurRacecars.
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What ever happened to CVZ?
Well, we disappeared for a bit due to most of the members moving on or because we all got busy with life. Shit happens and, I was okay with that. At the time, I had an increase of work and had less time on my hands either way. Within the time we have been gone, there have been an increase in law enforcement attention within the car scene and it ultimately, is the main reason why I decided to not bring CVZ back yet. These stupid take overs, swinging shit or whatever you call it, are the main reason why it's hot right now but, I am hoping in 2022 we have a secure an private location established for our car meets. If you are worried that people will find out where we hang out, don't. In an effort to minimize issues with local PD, CVZ car club membership and meet locations will be private and not posted online anymore.
Until then, wait patiently for the re-opening!
What does this mean?
It means that, apart from our own custom apparel, we also sell parts with the brands listed. We offer competitive pricing and hope to be of great service to you and your car. The best way to inquire about pricing is to find the parts you need off of our links in Product Line Up and copy and pasting it into our Contact sheet.
If you do not see what you are looking for, feel free to email us either way!
As of today,
both Elite Z and CVZ will not be on any social media platforms. This will greatly hinder our awareness and engagement but, that is okay. I did that for over six years and it really puts a drain on your mental health. The greatest way to stay up to date is by visiting this website and posting on the comments section below. Worse case scenario, you can always email us via the contact link above. There are many other companies that are on social media, adding another one is just adding more saturation into the mix. I do plan on adding a feature page and maybe an email subscription/newsletter down the road but, my priority is quality content and quality apparel.
before there was Elite Z, there was, Coachella Valley Z. A local car club I founded back in 2015 and ever since then, I have been trying to piece the puzzles back together for its return. I could say the same for Elite Z. I took a break from both to get my mental and physical health back on track. In case some of you might not know, I had contracted Covid-19 back in May-June 2020 and it seriously hindered my ability to do anything car-related ever since. With hours away from being intubated, I was given an option, multiple blood transfusions or a new medicine that literally, ended up saving my life. All in all, I give thanks to my wife, my friends, my family, God and my doctors and nurses who took care and watched over me.
I am piecing myself back together in the hopes to return to the community and get my life back on track. Since my release, I have changed for the better and have made changes around me. Now, I own a home with ample garage space, I own a series one 240z and plan on picking up where I started, bringing the Z community back together using Elite Z and CVZ.
2022 Should hopefully be, a really fun year!
The next-gen. Z, the return of both CVZ and Elite Z, hopefully more car shows, car meets, rally's and car-related events...the ideas and opportunities will be endless...
The goal is to attend JCCS next year with the series 1 and hopefully more car shows.
Until then, check out our blog posts to stay up to date so you can be in the know.
Thank you for taking the time out to read this...
Photo credit: @renethemenace
My wife on the left and I on the right.
Jose D. Chavez, founder of Elite Z and Coachella Valley Z. Auto enthusiast and amateur writer. Addicted to carbon fiber and obsessed with Z's.
Posting one blog a day...