Collector car enthusiasts now have an official day to celebrate their passion for classic automobiles.
The U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution 513 at the request of the Specialty Equipment Market Association and its Automotive Restoration Market Organization council designating July 9, 2010, as “Collector Car Appreciation Day.”
The resolution was the result of an effort undertaken by ARMO as a means to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society, according to a press release.
S. Res. 513 was sponsored by Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus members Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) and Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC). Both have been strong advocates for the automotive hobby in Washington, the release stated.
“We greatly appreciate the U.S. Senate’s recognition of the important role classic car restoration serves in our country,” said Steve McDonald, SEMA vice president of government affairs. “As Americans gather at car cruises and other events in conjunction with Collector Car Appreciation Day on July 9, these vital contributions will be honored and preserved.”
The caucus is an informal, non-partisan group that pays tribute to America’s ever-growing love affair with the car and motorsports. It recognizes the integral role collector cars have played in fostering our nation’s appreciation for motorsports, according to the release.
The resolution was the result of an effort undertaken by SEMA and its councils as a means to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society. In recognition of the day, collectors and enthusiasts will be hosting events across the country.
“Individuals, car clubs, and businesses affiliated with ARMO are proud to be recognized as leaders in today’s economy. Car cruises, club gatherings, and other educational events will be scheduled for July 9 nationwide,” said Jim Barber, chairman of the ARMO council. “ARMO is looking forward to assisting with these events and is appreciative of this special acknowledgment by the Senate.”