The U.S. Senate recently passed Senate Resolution 452, designating July 13, 2012 as “Collector Car Appreciation Day.”
The resolution came at the request of SEMA and its Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) and Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) councils, all of which were instrumental in getting it passed.
This marks the third year that the day will be used to celebrate and raise awareness of the automotive restoration and collector markets. The resolution was sponsored by Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus members Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) and Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), according to a press release from SEMA.
“Senators Tester and Burr are strong advocates for the automotive hobby in Washington, and S. Res. 452 reaffirms their understanding of the cultural importance of collector cars. The Caucus is an informal, non-partisan group that pays tribute to America’s ever-growing love affair with the car and motorsports,” the press release said.
“We are grateful for the U.S. Senate’s recognition of the collector car hobby as an American pastime and means of individual expression,” Steve McDonald, SEMA vice president of government affairs, said in the press release. “Collector Car Appreciation Day is also a singular tribute to the collector car industry and the millions of hobbyists it supports. Restoration businesses help preserve our nation’s heritage while providing well-paying, high-skilled jobs nationwide.”
Individual states and cities within the United States, as well as two Canadian provinces, have also passed their own proclamations and resolutions in honor of Collector Car Appreciation Day.
“On July 13, 2012, collectors and enthusiasts will host hundreds of events across the country,” said Laura Bergan, chairman of SEMA’s ARMO Council, in the press release. “We will again proudly partner with individuals, car clubs and businesses as they organize car cruises, club gatherings and other educational events to celebrate the day.”