The U.S. Senate has passed a resolution designating July 12 as “Collector Car Appreciation Day.” Now in its fourth year, the annual event celebrates and raises awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society.
Senate Resolution 176 was requested by the Specialty Equipment Market Association and its Automotive Market Organization and Hot Rod Industry Alliance councils.
“We again thank the U.S. Senate for the continuing recognition of the collector car hobby as a strong American tradition and pastime,” said Steve McDonald, SEMA vice president of government affairs. “With Australia and Canada joining the mix, Collector Car Appreciation Day has now become an international recognition of the collector car industry and the millions of hobbyists it supports. The collector car industry helps preserve our unique American automotive heritage while contributing to the economy by providing high-skilled, well-paying jobs.”
As with the previous three resolutions, S. Res. 176 was sponsored by Sen. Jon Tester and Sen. Richard Burr, co-chairs of the Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus, a non-partisan member organization that pays tribute to America’s love affair with cars and the motorsports market.
This year, many states and local governments have adopted similar resolutions.
“Collector Car Appreciation Day is the opportunity for everyone involved in this great American hobby to show off their cars and celebrate new traditions,” said Alex Tainsh, chairman of SEMA’s ARMO Council. “Businesses and car clubs across the country will be hosting car shows and cruises. More events are being held to commemorate this special day each year.”
To see a list of events provided by the SEMA Action Network, visit www.semasan.com.
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