SEMA eNews Vol. 15, No. 29, July 19, 2012

Thousands Celebrate Collector Car Appreciation Day

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SEMA Congressional Affairs Director Dan Sadowski presenting Senate Resolution 452 to American Collectors Insurance CEO Jill Bookman, New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Chairman and Chief Administrator Ray Martinez, and ARMO Chair and American Collectors’ Vice President of Sales and Marketing Laura Packard.
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Collector cars on display at Steele Rubber Products in Denver, North Carolina. 
State Representative Jason Saine (R-NC), Eric Saltrick, vice president of marketing at Steele Rubber Products, State Senator Chris Carney (R-NC) and Matt Agosta, president, Steele Rubber Products.
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“Drive Your Collector Car to Work” staff event at Source Interlink Media’s Tampa, Florida, office.

On July 13, 2012, SEMA members joined with SEMA staff and thousands of enthusiasts to celebrate the third annual Collector Car Appreciation Day (CCAD). Nearly 200 official events were held in the United States, Canada and Australia to commemorate the day, designated by a SEMA-requested U.S. Senate Resolution 452 sponsored by Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) and Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC).  

The U.S. Senate Resolution recognizes “that the collection and restoration of historic and classic cars is an important part of preserving the technological achievements and cultural heritage of the United States.” Lawmakers in several states and Canada followed the Senate’s lead. New York, New Mexico, Idaho, West Virginia and Hawaii, along with the Canadian Province of Manitoba adopted their own resolution commemorating the day.

The official events included car club cruise-ins, open houses at SEMA-member companies, specialty shows at automobile museums and “drive your collector car to work” displays. Scores of other unofficial events included car shows, picnics and cruise-ins.

Collector Car Appreciation Day is supported by SEMA and its Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) and Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) councils. A detailed summary of the events held across the nation the nation is available on the SEMA Action Network (SAN) website.

Photos from Collector Car Appreciation Day celebrations are being collected and will soon be posted to an online album available through the SAN website. Send your photos to SAN Director Colby Martin at with “2012 Collector Car Event Photos” as the subject line. Please include the event's details (name, date, city, state) in your message. 

SEMA-member company representatives joined SEMA staff for the association's third annual CCAD event. 


Drivers of more than 30 vehicles gathered at the third annual CCAD celebration at the SEMA Headquarters in Diamond Bar, California.



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