PPG Nationals Mark ‘Collector Car Appreciation Day’

Jun 23, 2010

The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association will join organizers across the country to celebrate the first-ever Collector Car Appreciation Day during the 13th PPG Nationals presented by Bridgestone.

The event, set for July 9-11 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio, is the country’s largest classic car/hot rod show, making it a fitting location to mark the first annual Collector Car Appreciation Day, according to a press release.

The U.S. Senate declared the second Friday in July as Collector Car Appreciation Day as a means to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society, according to the release. Ethan Landsman, based in the SEMA offices in Washington, D.C., will present a copy of the Collector Car Appreciation Day resolution to Dennis Overholser of the HRIA (Hot Rod Industry Alliance) in a ceremony scheduled for July 9.

“We are pleased that our elected officials have acknowledged the positive presence that the automotive industry has in local communities,” said Marc Meadors, Goodguys president. “We’re looking forward to the 13th PPG Nationals presented by Bridgestone, where tens of thousands of people will demonstrate their love for automobiles. The event is going to be even more special knowing that car-lovers across the country are celebrating as well.”

The Goodguys Nationals is one of hundreds of car events taking place on or around July 9, the official date designated as Collector Car Appreciation Day. The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and the Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) developed a list of events nationwide, which is posted it at www.sema.org/sema-enews/2010/21/collector-car-appreciation-day-grows.

“Car collection is a uniquely American pastime and it’s played an integral role in our society,” said Jim Barber, ARMO chairman. “The Senate Resolution and the events taking place all over the country are testaments to the importance and passion that this industry has.”

The PPG Nationals will include more than 6,000 1972 and earlier hot rods, customs, classic, muscle cars, street machines and trucks.