SEMA News—October 2015

By Colby Martin

SEMA Pays Tribute to the Hobby

Members Nationwide Celebrate Sixth Annual Collector Car Appreciation Day
 Collector Car Appreciation Days
Chattanooga, Tennessee’s Coker Tire hosted a Collector Car Appreciation Day cruise-in and BBQ for employees and local enthusiasts.

On July 10, 2015, SEMA members joined with car clubs and thousands of enthusiasts to celebrate the sixth annual Collector Car Appreciation Day (CCAD). A wide range of official events was held in the United States, Canada and France to commemorate the day, designated by SEMA-requested U.S. Senate Resolution 196 (S. Res. 196), sponsored by Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT).

The U.S. Senate Resolution recognized “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 states, counties and local areas all over the country and Canada followed the Senate’s lead.

The states of Louisiana and West Virginia—as well as the Canadian Provinces of British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan—adopted their own resolutions commemorating the day.

Intended to celebrate the classics of the past and the future, the official events (numbering more than 150) 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 “holiday sales” in honor of the occasion.

A detailed summary and an online photo gallery of CCAD celebrations are available on the SEMA Action Network’s (SAN) website at

CCAD is supported by SEMA and its Automotive Restoration Market Organization and Hot Rod Industry Alliance.

York Nostalgia
York Nostalgia held a Cruisin’ Into Summer Cruise-in during the 14th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion.

Energy Suspension
Energy Suspension of San Clemente, California, hosted an employee cruise-in.

Gary's Classic Car Fridays
Gary Brown (right) of Gary’s Classic Car Fridays in Buena Park, California, was recognized by SAN Director Colby Martin with a framedcopy of Senate Resolution 196 for his years of support.


Members of the SEMA staff drove their prized vehicles to work in Diamond Bar, California.
Smiley’s Custom Headers celebrated in Upland, California, with a cruise to the Sizzlin’ Restaurant on Route 66.

SEMA Data Co-op
Employees at the SEMA Data Co-op in Lenexa, Kansas, drove their special cars to work in honor of the day.

VW Group of America
Volkswagen Group of America in Auburn Hills, Michigan, hosted a diverse collection of vehicles during its cruise-in.
Steele Rubber
Steele Rubber Products of Denver, North Carolina, once again hosted a cruise-in and BBQ to celebrate the hobby’s special day.
Walker Tire
Collector Car Appreciation Week was held by Walker Tire/Quick Nick’s Service Centers in Lincoln, Nebraska, to honor the occasion.
D&S Automotive
D&S Automotive of Mentor, Ohio, tied its festivities into its annual Cruise-In For Rainbow Babies.
Goodguys Rod & Custom
From left to right, Goodguys President Marc Meadors, SEMA Council Director Jim Skelly, HRIA Chair-Elect John McLeod of Classic Instruments and Goodguys Founder and Chairman Gary Meadors saluted CCAD at the Goodguys 18th PPG Nationals in Columbus, Ohio.
Filling Station
The Filling Station held its fourth annual open house and cruise-in in Lebanon, Oregon, to celebrate Collector Car Appreciation Day.
Comp Cams marked CCAD with a Drive Your Cool Car to Work Day for employees in Memphis, Tennessee.
Daniels Performance Group
Daniels Performance Group of Smithfield, Virginia, held a CCAD cruise-in.
Hemmings Motor News held its annual National Collector Car Day Cruise-in at its headquarters in Bennington, Vermont.
Knobley Moutain Auto Club
Rinard Kissel (left), representing U.S. Representative Alex Mooney, presented U.S. Senate Resolution 196 to Rick Heavner (center) of West Virginia’s Knobley Mountain Car Club. West Virginia Delegate Gary Howell (right) presented Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s proclamation designating July 10, 2015, as Collector Car Appreciation Day in the state.
AACA’s Tom Cox drove his ’60 Cadillac to work to honor Collector Car Appreciation Day. He arranged for the U.S. Senate Resolution to be displayed at the Virginia Museum of Transportation.
Blacktop Depot
Blacktop Depot of Orange, California, invited enthusiasts to create photo memories of their collector cars.
Dr. Detail
Fullerton, California’s Dr. Detail held a sale on July 10, 2015. SAN Director Colby Martin (right) presented owner Wayne Loomis with a framed copy of Senate Resolution 196.
US Cars Club
The US Cars Club of Normandy, France, held a rally and vintage American cars expo to celebrate on July 4, 2015.
AACA’s Tom Cox drove his ’60 Cadillac to work to honor Collector Car Appreciation Day. He arranged for the U.S. Senate Resolution to be displayed at the Virginia Museum of Transportation.

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