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Resolution Designating July 8, 2011, as “Collector Car Appreciation Day” Approved by U.S. Senate


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  Senate Resolution 154 has been approved by the United States Senate to officially designate July 8, 2011, as “Collector Car Appreciation Day.” This is a significant step in recognizing the integral role collector cars, such as this Chevy Bel Air, have played in fostering our nation’s appreciation for the automobile’s unique place in our history.

At the request of SEMA and its Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) and Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) councils, Senator John Tester (D-MT) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) have introduced and the Senate has approved Senate Resolution 154 (S. Res. 154) in the United States Senate, officially designating July 8, 2011, as “Collector Car Appreciation Day.” S. Res. 154 states that the Senate “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.”

The date marks the second commemoration in what will become an annual event to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society. “Last year, the U.S. Senate helped launch the first national Collector Car Appreciation Day by passing Senate Resolution 513 at our request,” said SEMA Vice President of Government Affairs Steve McDonald. “As a result, thousands of Americans gathered at car cruises, parades and other events to celebrate our nation’s automotive heritage. As we move forward, SEMA’s commitment to preserving and promoting the automotive-restoration industry through its projects and programs is evident in this special day.”

Senators Tester and Burr, both members of the Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus, have been strong advocates for the automotive hobby in Washington. By sponsoring S. Res. 154, Tester and Burr have reaffirmed 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 the automobile’s unique place in our history. 

Business owners, car clubs and individuals are encouraged to organize events to help celebrate the day. For a listing of 2011 Collector Car Appreciation Day events already planned, please visit the SEMA Action Network (SAN). For more information or to have your event included, please contact Ashley Ailsworth at