SEMA Secures U.S. Senate Resolution Designating July 9 as “Collector Car Appreciation Day”

SEMA News - July 2010

Lawmakers Acknowledge Importance of Collection and Restoration of Historic and Classic Cars


  SEMA News-July 2010-From the Hill 
   
The United States Senate passed Senate Resolution 513 (S. Res. 513) at the request of the SEMA and the
Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO), 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. 

S. Res. 513 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.

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. Restoration businesses help to save our nation’s heritage while providing well-paying, high-skill jobs nationwide.

SEMA Vice President of Government Affairs Steve McDonald said, “We greatly appreciate the U.S. 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. “Individuals, car clubs and businesses affiliated with ARMO are proud to be recognized as leaders in today’s economy,” said Jim Barber, ARMO chairman. “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) said that HRIA’s commitment to preserving and promoting the automotive restoration industry through its projects and education programs is well represented by the resolution. “We are pleased that our elected officials have acknowledged our positive presence in local communities,” he said.

“I look forward to working with other business owners, collectors and enthusiasts to make the inaugural Collector Car Appreciation Day a success nationwide.”

A variety of events are currently being scheduled to commemorate America’s time-tested love affair with the automobile as part of Collector Car Appreciation Day. For a listing of events, please contact Jim Skelly, SEMA council director, at 909/978-6690 or jimsk@sema.org.  

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