National Collector Car Appreciation Day Car Shows & Events Roundup

Jul 11, 2012

Earlier this year, the SEMA Action Network (SAN) secured a congressional resolution recognizing July 13 as National Collector Car Appreciation Day.

This year marks the third commemoration of the event created to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society.

Shops and organizations around the country are hosting special events all weekend long to recognize this enthusiast holiday, including SEMA, Steele Rubber Products and Clean Cut Creations.

Details on these and seven other events are listed below. More shows and events will be posted on Hotrod & Restoration‘s Twittter throughout the week.

SEMA is celebrating with a barbecue Friday at its headquarters in Diamond Bar, California. The networking event will feature a special collector vehicle parking area. For more information, visit

Steele Rubber Products Klassic Rides and Hot Rod Express have teamed up to celebrate National Collector Car Appreciation Day Friday in Denver and Maiden, North Carolina. The three locations are offering tours and will give free T-shirts to collector car drivers. Goodie bags and special discounts will also be given at the three locations. For more information, visit Steele Rubber’s Facebook page.

American Collectors Insurance and Hemmings Motor News are hosting a car show at the insurance company’s Cherry Hill, New Jersey, headquarters Friday. No pre-registration is required to show a vehicle at the event, space is available on a first-come, first-park basis. The event will also feature food and music. For more information, visit

The Filling Station is marking the celebration Friday in Lebanon, Oregon. The event will feature a classic car cruise-in, open house and barbecue. All makes and models are welcome at the event, which will also include prizes, professional photography and in-store discounts. For more information, visit

Hot San Jose Nights will be marking National Collector Car Appreciation Day throughout the weekend at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in San Jose, California. The event will feature a show-and-shine, car corral, swap meet, new vehicle test drives, live music and motorcycle stunts. A cruise will be held Friday to kick off the show. For more information, visit

Clean Cut Creations is its National Collector Car Appreciation Day event Saturday in Webster Groves, Missouri. The event will feature a car cruise, drive-in-style parking for classic and collector cars, free car and truck checkups, detailing demonstrations, powdercoating experts, free snacks, and a screening of Chris Gillham’s “Route 66 Time Lapse Road Trip.” For more information, visit the event page on Facebook.

A cruise and show will mark the occasion Saturday at the MB2 Raceway in Newbury Park, California. All collector cars are welcome to the event, which will feature live music, celebrity appearances, vendors and a raffle. For more information, visit

The Collector Car Appreciation Day Celebration – Longwood takes place Saturday in Longwood, Florida. The event is open to all makes and models of vehicles, and will feature a DJ, gourmet food trucks, vendors, door prizes and a 50/50 drawing. For more information, visit

The “Recycled” Car and Truck Show celebrates the hobby Friday in Abingdon, Maryland. The event will showcase muscle cars and trucks. A flyover group picture will be taken to mark the event, which also features a DJ and concessions. For more information, visit

Mooneyes is hosting an open house Saturday in Santa Fe Springs, California. The event will feature a car show, shop tours, live entertainment, vendors and an in-store sale. For more information, visit