By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff
Last year, the Crazy Cruisers Car Club of Panama City, Florida, hosted their Fifth Annual National Collector Car Appreciation Day Show and Shine. The event once again included a visit from honorary member Russ Deane, SEMA’s General Counsel.
SEMA and its Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) and Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) councils have announced that the next "Collector Car Appreciation Day" will be celebrated July 10, 2015. The date marks the sixth consecutive commemoration in what has become an annual event to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society.
SEMA and its councils will once again seek a congressional resolution to recognize the day's significance. The industry endeavors to preserve our nation's automotive heritage while providing well-paying, high-skilled jobs nationwide. Intended to celebrate the classics of the past and the future, Collector Car Appreciation Day is a singular tribute to the collector-car industry and the millions of hobbyists it supports.
“The U.S. Senate helped launch Collector Car Appreciation Day by passing resolutions each year at our request,” said SEMA Vice President of Government Affairs Steve McDonald. “As we prepare for the sixth celebration of our nation’s automotive heritage, enthusiasts and related businesses are already planning open houses, car cruises, club gatherings and educational events to mark this annual commemoration. In fact, Collector Car Appreciation Day continues to take on a global character, with events held last year in the United States, Canada and Australia.”
The previous resolutions were sponsored by Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus Co-Chairs Senator Jon Tester (D-MT), Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senator Mark Begich (D-AK). The senators are strong advocates for the automotive hobby in Washington and recognize the integral role collector cars have played in fostering our nation's appreciation for the automobile's unique place in our history. The caucus is an informal, non-partisan group that pays tribute to America's ever-growing love affair with the car and motorsports.
“ARMO has been a proud sponsor of this event for the past five years,” said Dennis Roberts, ARMO chairman. “As the event continues to grow in prominence as a summer holiday for the hobby, the ARMO membership looks forward to taking on an even larger role in its promotion. This year we look forward to partnering with enthusiasts, car clubs and member businesses to give additional momentum to this annual celebration of our pastime and livelihood.”
Rick Love, HRIA chairman, said, “Collector Car Appreciation Day is an opportunity for hot rodders and custom-car enthusiasts to demonstrate their passion for the automotive hobby. As more events are held each year, council members have additional opportunities to raise awareness of the unique educational and economic impact of hot-rod enthusiasts in their states and local communities.”
SEMA will maintain and publicize a list of scheduled events to commemorate America's time-tested love affair with the automobile. Individuals, car clubs and business owners interested in publicizing events should contact Colby Martin, director of the SEMA Action Network (SAN), at 909-978-6721 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are unable to celebrate on July 10th, SEMA encourages events to be scheduled throughout the month of July.