SEMA eNews Vol. 21, No. 43, October 25, 2018

10th Annual Collector Car Appreciation Day to Be Celebrated July 12, 2019

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff


SEMA and its Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) and Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) councils have announced that the next Collector Car Appreciation Day (CCAD) will be celebrated July 12, 2019. The date marks the 10th 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, CCAD is a singular tribute to the collector-car industry and the millions of hobbyists it supports.

The U.S. Congress first recognized CCAD in 2010 at SEMA’s request and helped launch this annual event. In preparation for the 10th celebration of the nation’s automotive heritage, enthusiasts and related businesses are already planning open houses, car cruises, club gatherings and educational events to commemorate the day.

The previous resolutions were sponsored by co-chairs of the SEMA-supported Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus. These Congressional leaders 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.   

SEMA will maintain and publicize a list of scheduled events to commemorate the day at Individuals, car clubs and business owners interested in publicizing events can submit the details of their celebration or contact Colby Martin, director of the SEMA Action Network (SAN), at 909-978-6721 or For those who are unable to celebrate on July 12, SEMA encourages events to be scheduled throughout the month of July 2019.

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