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SEMA Membership Honors Collector Car Appreciation Day

By Colby Martin

The 2021 CCAD celebration was designated on July 9
with SEMA-requested companion resolutions introduced
in the U.S. Congress (pictured here).

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).

Sanford Bishop
“As the co-chair of the Congressional Automotive Performance and
Motorsports Caucus, I am proud to join my colleague Congressman Bill
Posey of Florida in highlighting the contribution that cars and their
collectors have made and continue to make to the American
experience,” said Congressman Bishop (pictured here).

“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.

Bill Posey
“Collection and restoration of historic and classic cars is an important
part of preserving the technological achievements and cultural
heritage of the United States, and I am honored to introduce this
bipartisan resolution with my colleague Rep. Sanford Bishop,” said
Congressman Posey (pictured here).

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, which includes an online photo gallery.

CCAD is supported by SEMA and its Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) and Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) councils.


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