By Colby Martin
SEMA members once again joined with car clubs, automotive businesses and enthusiasts nationwide to celebrate the 12th annual Collector Car Appreciation Day (CCAD) on July 9. A wide range of events were held across America to commemorate this special day.
The celebration was designated with SEMA-requested companion resolutions introduced in the U.S. Congress by the co-chairs of the SEMA-supported Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus. U.S. Senate Resolution 292 (S. Res. 292) was sponsored by Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) and Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), while Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL) and Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA) sponsored U.S. House of Representatives Resolution 491 (H. Res. 491).
“I introduced this resolution because cars represent so much of the American experience. From freedom to innovation, power to performance, and industry to art, cars have reflected our country’s growth and leadership in the world. They also bring together enthusiasts and families who have collected these pieces of Americana—preserving them, passing them down from generation to generation, and sharing their stories with neighbors and friends,” said Congressman Bishop.
Lawmakers in other regions followed Congress’ lead by adopting their own recognitions honoring the occasion. This year included the states of Louisiana, New Mexico, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wisconsin, as well as the Canadian Provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan.
More than 90 official events were held throughout the month of July to celebrate the classics of the past and the future. These 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. Several participants also organized virtual celebrations and online promotions. A summary of CCAD festivities are available on the SEMA Action Network’s (SAN) website at www.semaSAN.com/CCAD, which includes an online photo gallery.
2021 SEMA Member CCAD Event Hosts:
|Aftermarket Auto Parts/Mild to Wild Classics – Albuquerque, New Mexico|
Association of California Car Clubs, Inc. – Auburn, CA
|Battle Born Offroad – Las Vegas|
|Bonnier Events – Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania|
|Camaro Central/Firebird Central/Muscle Car Central – Richmond, Kentucky|
|Carlisle Events – Carlisle, Pennsylvania|
|Coker Tire Co. – Chattanooga, Tennessee|
|D&S Automotive Collision & Restyling – Mentor, Ohio|
|Daniels Performance Group – Smithfield, Virginia|
|Eckler Industries – Titusville, Florida|
|Griot’s Garage – Tacoma, Washington|
|Iola Car Show – Iola, Wisconsin|
|M1 Concourse – Pontiac, Michigan|
|O C Car Guys & Gals – Westminster, California|
|Race Winning Brands – Mentor, Ohio|
|Speedway Motors, Inc. – Lincoln, Nebraska|
|Steele Rubber Products – Denver, North Carolina|