Friday, July 9 was officially declared National Collector Car Appreciation Day, after Senate Resolution 513 passed at the request of SEMA and ARMO. According to SEMA, the day was meant to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society. Many restoration shops and companies hosted events to celebrate this special day.
Clean Cut Creations of Webster Groves, Missouri held a special event at its shop to commemorate National Collector Car Appreciation Day. The event, which featured about 75 people and 35 cars, was held on Saturday, July 10, in order to allow more of its customers to attend. All vehicle participants received a window sticker and certificate noting their participation in the event.
“The event was attended by local vehicle owners, collectors, other restoration shops/builders and sublet vendors that we use during the course of a build,” said Joanne Kuehl of Clean Cut Creations. “Guests were treated to lunch and snow cones provided by St. Louis Snow Cone (our 1957 Chevy Step Van).”
Shop tours were also given to attendees to show what projects were in progress.
“We debuted a recently finished (2 am the night before) 1965 Pontiac Parisienne which provided the music for the day with its recently installed stereo with iPod integration installed by Sound Ideas, our local mobile installation company,” added Kuehl.
Nearly 2,000 miles away, another celebration was taking place at Chuy’s in Simi Valley, California. A massive gathering of classic, custom and modified vehicles filled the parking lot adjacent to the restaurant, with live music being performed throughout the night. According to an article in the Ventura County Star, the venue was packed on Friday evening with vehicles from all around Ventura County, as well as some from the San Fernando Valley.
According to the article, several participants remarked that their vehicles had not been “out” for many months and this special day prompted them to join the gathering.
In Cherry Hill, New Jersey, American Collector Insurance, along with Hemmings Motor News, hosted its own event on July 9 to celebrate. According to the company’s website, the event had 250 attendees, and cars from every decade. The celebration also included a special cruise-in, music and food.