The Auto Hobby Has Its Day

SEMA News—October 2016


By Colby Martin

The Auto Hobby Has Its Day

Seventh Annual Collector Car Appreciation Day Honored by SEMA Members Nationwide

Courtesy CarNut Photography/Pete Rocco

  Goodguys Rod & Custom
The Goodguys 19th PPG Nationals in Columbus, Ohio, coincided with the Collector Car Appreciation Day celebration.

On July 8, 2016, SEMA members joined with car clubs, businesses and thousands of enthusiasts to celebrate the seventh annual Collector Car Appreciation Day (CCAD). A wide range of events was held in the United States and Canada to commemorate the day. The celebration was designated by SEMA-requested U.S. Senate Resolution 507, which was sponsored by U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Jon Tester (D-MT).

The U.S. Senate resolution recognized “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 states, counties and local areas all over the United States and Canada followed the Senate’s lead. The states of Louisiana, West Virginia and Wisconsin as well as the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan adopted their own resolutions commemorating the day.

Nearly 125 official events were held to celebrate classics of the past and the future. These 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. A detailed summary and online photo gallery of CCAD celebrations are available on the SEMA Action Network’s website at

CCAD is supported by SEMA and its Automotive Restoration Market Organization and Hot Rod Industry Alliance councils.

SEMA-Member CCAD Event Hosts

  • Automobile Driving Museum, El Segundo, CA
  • Antique Automobile Club of America Museum, Hershey, PA
  • Blacktop Depot, Orange, CA
  • Coker Tire Co., Chattanooga, TN
  • Daniels Performance Group, Smithfield, VA
  • D&S Automotive Collision & Restyling, Mentor, OH
  • Dr. Detail, Fullerton, CA
  • Eckler Industries, Titusville, FL
  • Eastwood Company, Pottstown, PA
  • The Filling Station, Lebanon, OR
  • Goodguys Rod & Custom Association, Columbus, OH
  • Hemmings Motor News, Bennington, VT
  • Mild to Wild Classics, Albuquerque, NM
  • Nancy Perry Productions, Glendale, AZ
  • OC Car Guy, Buena Park, CA
  • QA1, Lakeville, MN
  • Speedway Motors Inc., Lincoln, NE
  • Steele Rubber Products, Denver, NC
  • Volkswagen Group of America, Auburn Hills, MI
  • York Nostalgia, York, PA
CCAD 2016
The Automobile Driving Museum’s Collector Car Appreciation Day Cruise took place at its location in El Segundo, California.
  CCAD 2016
Gary Brown of Gary’s Classic Car Fridays in Buena Park, California, proudly showed a framed copy of the U.S Senate Resolution.
  CCAD 2016
Employees at the SEMA Data Co-Op in Lenexa, Kansas, drove their collector car and special projects to work.
CCAD 2016
Eckler’s Family of Automotive Parts Companies held its Second Annual Employee Car Show to celebrate the day.
  CCAD 2016
Volkswagen Group of America in Auburn Hills, Michigan, hosted a diverse collection of vehicles during its cruise-in.
  CCAD 2016
Corky Coker (left) and Wade Kawasaki (right) of Coker Tire, attended the company’s Drive Your Collector Car to Work Day and Cookout.
CCAD 2016
QA1 in Lakeville, Minnesota, held its 5th Annual Open House and Cruise in conjunction with Collector Car Appreciation Day.
  CCAD 2016
Fullerton, California’s Dr. Detail held a sale to honor the day. Owner Wayne Loomis displayed a copy of the U.S. Senate Resolution
  CCAD 2016
Maddilyn Genovese (right), staffer to U.S. Senator Thom Tillis, poses with Steele Rubber’s Matt Agosta during the company's cruise-in.
CCAD 2016
Mild to Wild Classics Inc. in Albuquerque, New Mexico, honored Collector Car Appreciation Day.
  CCAD 2016
The Filling Station held its 5th annual open house and cruise-in to celebrate CCAD.

  CCAD 2016
CCAD festivities at Antique Automobile Club of America Museum included a gathering of antique cars, ice cream and classic car rides.
CCAD 2016
The Manitoba Association of Auto Clubs hosted its annual CCAD celebration at the Provincial Capital Legislative Building in Winnipeg. The display included more than 400 vehicles as well as featured speakers from government and business.

CCAD 2016
Blacktop Depot of Orange, California, invited enthusiasts to bring their collector cars for their CCAD “holiday sale.”


  CCAD 2016
West Virginia’s Knobble Mountain Auto Club proudly recognized the day at its event in Keyser. Earlier this year, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin issued a proclamation designating July 8, 2016, as Collector Car Appreciation Day in the state.
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