4th Annual Collector Car Appreciation Day to Be Celebrated on July 12, 2013

Oct 31, 2012

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and its Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) and Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) councils announced that the next Collector Car Appreciation Day will be celebrated on July 12, 2013.

The date marks the fourth consecutive commemoration in what has become an annual event to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society, according to the association.

SEMA and its councils will once again seek a Congressional resolution to recognize the day’s significance.

“The U.S. Senate helped launch Collector Car Appreciation Day by passing Resolutions each year at our request,” said Steve McDonald, SEMA vice president of government affairs, in a statement released by the association. “As we prepare for the fourth celebration of our nation’s automotive heritage, enthusiasts and related businesses are already planning open houses, car cruises, club gatherings and educational events throughout the world to mark this annual commemoration. In fact, Collector Car Appreciation Day is quickly taking on a global character, with events held in the United States, Canada, and Australia.”

The previous resolutions were sponsored by Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus Co-Chairs Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) and Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC).

The caucus is an informal, non-partisan group that pays tribute to America’s ever growing love affair with the car and motorsports, according to SEMA.

“Over the past three years, thousands of enthusiasts and collectors have celebrated their hobby at events throughout the country,” said Alex Tainsh, chairman of ARMO, in the SEMA statement. “The event continues to grow in prominence as a summer holiday for the hobby. This year we look forward to partnering with enthusiasts, car clubs, and businesses to make this the largest celebration to date.”

“Collector Car Appreciation Day is an opportunity for hobbyists to share their passion for the automotive hobby,” said Rick Love, chairman-elect of HRIA, in the association statement. “Each year, more events are held to raise awareness of the unique educational and economic impact of collector car enthusiasts across the globe.”

SEMA will maintain and publicize a list of scheduled events to commemorate Collector Car Appreciation Day. 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 san@sema.org.

For more information, visit www.semasan.com.

Check out Hotrod & Restoration‘s coverage of SEMA’s 2012 Collector Car Appreciation Day event here.