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6 THE SHOP DECEMBER 2018 \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ © 2018 National Business Media, Inc. All rights reserved. THE SHOP (ISSN 2380-7415) is published monthly by National Business Media, Inc., 2800 W. Midway Blvd, Broomfield, CO 80020; (303) 469-0424; FAX (303) 469-5730. Subscription rates in the U.S.: One year, $45; Two years $80; Three years $108. Canada: One year, $76; Two years, $142; Three years, $201 (U.S. Funds). Mexico/International: One year, $98; Two years, $186; Three years, $267 (U.S. Funds). Periodicals Postage Paid at Broomfield, CO 80020-9998 and additional mailing offices. USPS/National Business Media Automatable Poly. POSTMASTER: Please send address changes to THE SHOP, PO Box 460651, Escondido, CA 92046-0651. All items submitted to THE SHOP become the sole property of THE SHOP and National Business Media, Inc. and may not be reproduced without the written consent of the publisher. Advertisers and/or their agencies, jointly and severally, assume all liability for printed advertisements in THE SHOP. Opinions expressed in THE SHOP may not necessarily reflect the opinion of the magazine's editor, its management or its advertisers. Letters, photographs and manuscripts welcome. he future of motorsports in Europe is being threatened by potential new insurance regu- lations. The worldwide Motorsport Industry Association trade group went on the offensive this fall, urging thousands of motorsports businesses, participants and fans across the European Union to write to their Members of European Parliament (MEPs) and local governments to demand changes to a proposed new EU Motor Insurance Directive that it believes could cause all motorsport activities to become illegal in the EU. This month, MEPs and representatives of EU governments will vote on the newly revised (May 2018) Motor Insurance Directive from the European Commission, MIA explains. The text, unless amended, threatens the future of tens of thousands of jobs and motorsport businesses across the EU, the group contends. "This is a genuine, serious threat to all EU motorsport. No one involved in motorsport—companies, employers and organizations—can afford to ignore this," says Chris Aylett, MIA CEO. "If the new EU MID is unchanged, the unintended consequence of this legislation would mean the end of a sport enjoyed by millions, close down tens of thousands of motorsport-related businesses and destroy hundreds of thousands of jobs across the EU. This sounds unbelievable, but unfortunately it will happen if we fail to act." The directive review follows the Vnuk ruling made by the Court of Justice of the European Union in September 2014, which MIA explains requires all EU Member States to ensure compulsory unlimited third-party liability insurance is carried by anyone using any form of motorized transportation in any location—including motorsports. The specialist insurance market for EU motorsport has told the MIA and European Commission that no insurance is or will be available that meets the compulsory demands. "So, when this new MID is put into the laws of each EU State, as no insurance is available, it will be illegal to compete in any motorsport," Aylett offers. To raise awareness, MIA, a global trade association for motorsport and high- performance engineering, launched a social media campaign urging all EU motor- sport companies and individuals to contact their local government and MEPs, demanding the text of the MID be changed. The MIA website provided a template letter and relevant EU contacts, and the group activated an extensive social media campaign on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. Updates are available at, and results of the vote will be reported via THE SHOP's website and daily eNewsletter. European Motorsports Threatened T \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ DRIVER'S SEAT PUBLISHER REGAN DICKINSON EXECUTIVE EDITOR JEF WHITE DIGITAL CONTENT EDITOR ANTHONY BOWE ART DIRECTOR IVETH GOMEZ GRAPHIC DESIGNER LINDA CRANSTON EASTERN TERRITORY SALES MANAGER WENDY MILES WESTERN TERRITORY SALES MANAGER RYAN WOLFE SALES SUPPORT ERIN GADDIE TECHNICAL CONTRIBUTOR MIKE MAVRIGIAN CONTRIBUTING WRITERS JOANN BORTLES, JOHN CAROLLO, JHAN ROBERT DOLPHIN, JOHN GUNNELL, RON KNOCH, JAMES MAXWELL, COURTNEY PAHLKE, JOSH POULSON, ED PRESTON, JASON R. SAKURAI, BRETT SOLOMON, TONY THACKER NATIONAL BUSINESS MEDIA PRESIDENT & CEO ROBERT H. WIEBER JR. VICE PRESIDENT/INTEGRATED MEDIA JOHN BENNETT VICE PRESIDENT/PUBLISHING DAVE POMEROY VICE PRESIDENT/FINANCE KORI GONZALES, CPA VICE PRESIDENT/NBM EVENTS SUE HUEG, CEM, CMP VICE PRESIDENT/AUDIENCE LORI FARSTAD DIRECTOR OF TECHNICAL SERVICES WOLF BUTLER MULTIMEDIA PRODUCER ANDREW BENNETT Jef White Executive Editor

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