The U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution 507 designating July 8, 2016, as “Collector Car Appreciation Day.” The Resolution was requested by SEMA and its Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) and Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) councils.
The date marks the seventh commemoration in what has become an annual event to celebrate and raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society.
The resolution was sponsored by Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus Co-Chairs Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT). The senators are strong advocates for the automotive hobby in Washington, D.C., according to SEMA. The Caucus is an informal, non-partisan member organization that pays tribute to America’s ever growing love affair with the car and motorsports.
“We thank the U.S. Senate for its continued recognition of the collector car hobby as a valued American tradition and pastime,” said Steve McDonald, SEMA vice president of government affairs. “Many states and local governments have adopted similar commemorative declarations along with a number of Canadian Provinces, making it an international recognition of the collector car industry and the millions of hobbyists it supports.”
“Our industry and vast enthusiast network also take this opportunity to thank Senators Burr and Tester for introducing and cosponsoring the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act of 2016,” McDonald added.
All automotive enthusiasts are encouraged to take part in this year’s CCAD celebration by planning or attending events in their community, according to SEMA. Through its grassroots hobbyist organization, the SEMA Action Network (SAN), SEMA is maintaining a list of scheduled events to commemorate the day at www.semasan.com/ccad. Individuals, car clubs and business owners interested in publicizing events can contact SAN Director Colby Martin at 909-978-6721 or [email protected].