Industry Forms New Performance, Racing & Tuning Council

May 20th, 2005

More than 60 performance parts and accessories heavy weights including manufacturers, importers, resellers and fitters got together at The AAAA Trade Show in April to endorse the formation of a specialised council. PRTC the Performance Racing and Tuning Council is an initiative of the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) and is set up to proactively address many potential issues with regulators, governments, media and motoring groups.

Mr Chris Scott, the AAAA’s Manager, Member Services, addressed the industry representatives explaining the important activities of the AAAA during the past 25 years representing members to government regulators on many of the issues related to aftermarket performance products and vehicle modification. “A specialist council can help identify, monitor and address issues as they arise and help develop a more proactive and strategic approach to managing them”, suggested Mr Scott.

There was a strong positive response for the formation of the specialised council, and many representatives talked about how legislation and regulation was having or could potential have a strong impact on their business.

Representatives from SEMA were in attendance and spoke about how similar specialist councils have worked well in the USA. The success of SEMA’s Sports Compact Council (SCC), a non-competitive professional alliance set-up to promote growth, professionalism and road safety has worked well raising the profile of the industry.

A steering committee chaired by AAAA’s National Councillor Graham Scudamore-Smith Fulcrum Suspensions and comprising various industry stakeholders has been formed to develop a charter and the foundations of the PRTC. The PRTC will hold regular meetings to identify and proactively address specific and identified issues raised by the aftermarket performance industry.

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