SEMA Strives For Congress Recognition for 2011 National Collector Car Appreciation Day

Apr 12, 2011

SEMA, along with the ARMO and HRIA councils, have announced that the annual National Collector Car Appreciation Day will take place on July 8, 2011.

This is the second year that the event, which is designed to raise awareness of the automotive restoration and collection industries, will take place. Industry shops, car clubs and manufacturers are planning to host events to celebrate the day.

SEMA and its councils are now working to secure a Congressional resolution to recognize the day’s significance.

“Last year, the U.S. Senate helped launch the first national Collector Car Appreciation Day by passing Senate Resolution 513 at our request,” said SEMA Vice President of Government Affairs Steve McDonald. “As a result, thousands of Americans gathered at car cruises, parades and other events to celebrate our nation’s automotive heritage. As we move forward, SEMA’s commitment to preserving and promoting the automotive restoration industry through its projects and programs is evident in this special day.”

Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Richard Burr (R-NC) have sponsored S. Res. 513. Both senators are members of the Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus and have been strong advocates for the automotive hobby in Washington, according to SEMA.

The caucus is an informal, nonpartisan group that pays tribute to America’s ever-growing love affair with the car and motorsports. The caucus recognizes the integral role collector cars have played in fostering our nation’s appreciation for the automobile’s unique historical place in our history.

“The industry endeavors to preserve our nation’s automotive heritage while providing well-paying, high-skilled jobs nationwide,” said HRIA Chairman-Elect Rick Love, chairman-elect of SEMA’s Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) council. “Collector Car Appreciation Day is a singular tribute to this industry and the millions of hobbyists it supports.”

A list of scheduled events to commemorate National Collector Car Appreciation Day will be listed on SEMA’s website. To view all of the events listed so far, click here. To have your event added to SEMA’s list, contact SEMA Action Network Director Mike Dingell at miked@sema.org.