July 9, 2010 to Be Designated ‘Collector Car Appreciation Day’ by U.S. Senate

May 11, 2010

Lawmakers have acknowledged the importance of collecting and restoring classic cars by passing Senate Resolution 513 at the request of the SEMA and the Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO). The resolution is to have July 9, 2010 designated as “Collector Car Appreciation Day.”

The resolution was the result of an effort undertaken by ARMO as a means to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society.

S. Res. 513 was sponsored by Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus members Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), both of which been strong advocates for the automotive hobby in Washington.

The resolution was the result of an effort undertaken by SEMA and its councils as a means to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society. Restoration businesses help save our nation’s heritage while providing well-paying, high-skilled jobs nationwide.

“We greatly appreciate the United States Senate’s recognition of the important role classic car restoration serves in our country,” said SEMA Vice President of Government Affairs Steve McDonald. “As Americans gather at car cruises and other events in conjunction with ‘Collector Car Appreciation Day’ on July 9, these vital contributions will be honored and preserved.”

In recognition of the day, collectors and enthusiasts will be hosting events across the country.

“Individuals, car clubs, and businesses affiliated with ARMO are proud to be recognized as leaders in today’s economy,” said ARMO Chairman Jim Barber. “ARMO is looking forward to assisting with these events and is appreciative of this special acknowledgment by the Senate.”

Dennis Overholser, Chairman of SEMA’s Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Council said, “HRIA’s commitment to preserving and promoting the automotive restoration industry through its projects and education programs is well represented by this Resolution. We are pleased that our elected officials have acknowledged our positive presence in local communities.”

As part of “Collector Car Appreciation Day,” a variety of events are currently being scheduled to commemorate America’s time-tested love affair with the automobile.

For a listing of events, please contact SEMA Council Director Jim Skelly at (909) 396-0289.