Eventually, maybe July 9 will become the Mardis Gras of the old car hobby. Or at least a day for hobbyists to get drop the top, fire up their old cars and maybe chirp the tires.
This week, the United States Senate passed Senate Resolution 513 (S. Res. 513) to designate that date “Collector Car Appreciation Day.” According to a statement by the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Assocation (SEMA), which backed the plan, the resolution was the result of an "effort undertaken by ARMO Automotive Restoration Market Organizationas a means to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society.
According to SEMA, the bill was sponsored by Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus members Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC). Senators Tester and Burr have been strong advocates for the automotive hobby in Washington, and S. Res. 513 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 Caucus recognizes the integral role collector cars have played in fostering our nation’s appreciation for motorsports.
SEMA Vice President of Government Affairs Steve McDonald said, “We greatly appreciate the United States Senate’s recognition of the important role classic car restoration serves in our country. 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.”
In recognition of the day, collectors and enthusiasts will be hosting events across the country. Jim Barber, Chairman of SEMA’s Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) Council said, “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. ARMO is looking forward to assisting with these events and is appreciative of this special acknowledgment by the Senate.”
Dennis Overholser, Chairman of SEMA’s Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Council said, “HRIA’s commitment to preserving and promoting the automotive restoration industry through its projects and education programs is well represented by this Resolution. We are pleased that our elected officials have acknowledged our positive presence in local communities. I look forward to working with other business owners, collectors, and enthusiasts to make the inaugural ‘Collector Car Appreciation Day’ a success nationwide.”
As part of “Collector Car Appreciation Day,” a variety of events are currently being scheduled. For a listing of events, please contact Jim Skelly, SEMA Council director, at 909/396-0289.