Collector Car Appreciation Day

SEMA News—October 2012

FROM THE HILL
By Dan Sadowski

Collector Car Appreciation Day

SEMA Members Join Third Annual Celebration

  SEMA staff and member company representatives gathered at SEMA headquarters in
SEMA staff and member company representatives gathered at SEMA headquarters in Diamond Bar, California, for the third annual Collector Car Appreciation Day celebration on July 13, 2012.  
   
On July 13, 2012, SEMA-member companies joined with SEMA staff and thousands of enthusiasts to celebrate the third annual Collector Car Appreciation Day (CCAD). Nearly 200 official events were held in the United States, Canada and Australia to commemorate the day, which was designated by SEMA-requested U.S. Senate Resolution 452, sponsored by Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC). Tester and Burr also serve as co-chairs of the Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus, a group of more than 90 lawmakers who recognize the unique cultural impact of the automotive specialty-equipment industry.

The U.S. Senate resolution recognizes “that the collection and restoration of historic and classic cars is an important part of preserving the technological achievements and cultural heritage of the United States.” Lawmakers in several states and Canada followed the Senate’s lead. New York, New Mexico, Idaho, West Virginia, Michigan and Hawaii, along with the city of Las Vegas, Nevada, and the Canadian Provinces of Manitoba and Nova Scotia, adopted their own resolutions commemorating the day.

The official events included car club cruise-ins, open houses at SEMA-member companies, specialty shows at automobile museums and “drive your collector car to work” displays. Scores of other unofficial events included car shows, picnics and cruise-ins.


SEMA-Member Companies That Hosted Collector Car Appreciation Day Events

  • American Collectors Insurance Inc., Cherry Hill, New Jersey
  • AutoTrader Classics, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Borla Performance & Carter County Car Club, Johnson City, Tennessee
  • Corvette & High Performance, Olympia, Washington
  • Extreme Automotive, Corona, California
  • Hemmings Motor News, Bennington, Vermont
  • ImportAlliance, Concord, North Carolina
  • Lokar Inc., Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Minnesota Street Rod Association, North St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Nancy Perry Productions, Glendale, Arizona
 
  • Nitto Tire, Joliet, Illinois P&E Distributors Inc., Goodlettsville, Tennessee
  • Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles, California
  • ProMedia LLC NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing, Joliet, Illinois
  • Ron Francis Wiring, Chesapeake City, Maryland
  • Roush Performance, Plymouth, Michigan
  • Source Interlink Media, Tampa, Florida, Irvine, California, and El Segundo, California
  • Speedway Motors, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Steele Rubber Products, Denver, North Carolina
  • Vintage Air, San Antonio, Texas
  • Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, Pomona, California  

Aftermarket Parts Laws, Aftermarket Parts Regulation, Auto Legislation, Federal Regulation Aftermarket Parts, Automotive LegislationSEMA Action Network (SAN) Director Colby Martin presented a framed copy of Senate Resolution 452 at the NHRA Motor-sports Museum Twilight Cruise.

 

Aftermarket Parts Laws, Aftermarket Parts Regulation, Auto Legislation, Federal Regulation Aftermarket Parts, Automotive LegislationJohn Menzler (right) of COMP Performance Group celebrates the day with host Nancy Perry of the Mixteca/Kmart Cruise-in, Glendale, Arizona.

 

Aftermarket Parts Laws, Aftermarket Parts Regulation, Auto Legislation, Federal Regulation Aftermarket Parts, Automotive LegislationSEMA Vice President of Government Affairs Steve McDonald (right) presented Senate Resolution 452 at a special event at Source Interlink Media, El Segundo, California.

         

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Nancy Perry Productions hosted the Chilly Bombers / Freddy’s Steak Burger Cruise-in in Glendale, Arizona.

 

 

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Extreme Automotive in Corona, California, hosted a Collector Car Appreciation Open House at its shop.

 

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AutoTrader Classics in Atlanta, Georgia, sponsored its First Annual Collector Car Appreciation Day Car Show and invited all employees to drive their special rides to work.

         

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Lokar Performance Products welcomed Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett (center) to its Collector Car Appreciation Day celebration in Knoxville, Tennessee.

 

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Specialty vehicles were driven to the Source Interlink Media office in Tampa, Florida, in honor of National Collector Car Appreciation Day.

 

Aftermarket Parts Laws, Aftermarket Parts Regulation, Auto Legislation, Federal Regulation Aftermarket Parts, Automotive LegislationSEMA Hall of Fame member “Speedy” Bill Smith (left) and his staff from Speedway Motors Inc. celebrated in Lincoln, Nebraska.

         

Aftermarket Parts Laws, Aftermarket Parts Regulation, Auto Legislation, Federal Regulation Aftermarket Parts, Automotive LegislationRoush Performance employees in Plymouth, Michigan, drove their specialty vehicles to the facility for a display that included a drag-racing car campaigned by Jack Roush’s son-in-law, Dale McClenaghan.

 

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Hundreds of enthusiasts gathered at the Nitto Tire/ProMedia LLC NMRA/NMCA “Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing” to celebrate in Joliet, Illinois.

 

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Borla Performance hosted hundreds of collector vehicles during its Fourth Annual Summer Spectacular car show in Johnson City, Tennessee.

         

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Hawaii State Representative Karen Awana (center) presented a resolution to members of Ron’s Performance Center and local enthusiasts at the state’s capitol in Honolulu.

 

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Steele Rubber Products President Matt Agosta (right) and Vice President of Marketing Eric Saltrick (third from right) hosted a “Fun Run” in Denver, North Carolina, that included North Carolina Senator Chris Carney (second from right) and Representative Jason Saine (left).

 

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Minnesota Street Rod Association President Jim Harvey received a copy of Senate Resolution 452.

 

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