FROM THE HILL
By Colby Martin
Auto Hobby’s Holiday Celebrates One Decade
SEMA Membership Recognizes Collector Car Appreciation Day’s 10th Anniversary
On July 12, 2019, SEMA members joined with car clubs, businesses and thousands of enthusiasts to celebrate the 10th annual Collector Car Appreciation Day (CCAD). A wide range of events was held in the United States and Canada 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 271 was sponsored by Senate Co-Chairs Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), while House Co-Chairs Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL) and Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA) sponsored U.S. House of Representatives Resolution 108.
|SEMA Member CCAD Event Hosts|
AACA Museum Inc.—Hershey, Pennsylvania
|Aftermarket Auto Parts/Mild to Wild Classics—Albuquerque, New Mexico||Camaro Central/Firebird Central/Muscle Car Central—Richmond, Kentucky||Coker Tire Co.—Chattanooga, Tennessee|
|D&S Automotive Collision & Restyling—Mentor, Ohio||Daniels Performance Group—Smithfield, Virginia||Dr. Detail—Fullerton, California||Eastwood Co.—Pottstown, Pennsylvania|
|Eckler Industries—Titusville, Florida||The Filling Station—Lebanon, Oregon||Forge Speed LLC—Mooresville, North Carolina||4 Wheel Center—El Paso, Texas|
|Goodguys Rod & Custom Association—Columbus, Ohio||Griot’s Garage—Tacoma, Washington||Hemmings Motor News—Bennington, Vermont||Huntley Motor World—Yerington, Nevada|
|Iola Car Show—Iola, Wisconsin||OC Car Guy—Buena Park, California||Speedway Motors Inc.—Lincoln, Nebraska||Steele Rubber Products—Denver, North Carolina|
|Warn Industries Inc.—Clackamas, Oregon|
The resolutions acknowledged “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 cities all over the United States and Canada followed Congress’s lead. The states of Louisiana, West Virginia and Wisconsin as well as the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan adopted their own recognitions honoring the occasion.
More than 140 official events were held throughout the month of July to celebrate the classics of the past and the future. Those 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. A summary and online photo gallery of CCAD celebrations are available on the SEMA Action Network’s website at www.semasan.com/ccad.
CCAD is supported by SEMA and its Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) and Hot Rod Industry Alliance councils (HRIA).
|Taking place every July, the 47th Annual Iola Car Show in Iola, Wisconsin, coincided with the celebration of CCAD once again.||Gary Brown (right) issued custom CCAD awards to winners at Gary’s Classic Car Fridays in Buena Park, California.|
|The Goodguys 22nd PPG Nationals in Columbus, Ohio, coincided with the CCAD celebration.||The Manitoba Association of Auto Clubs (MAAC) organized their annual CCAD celebration in conjunction with the Gimli Car Club during the Crusin’ Gimli Beach Show.|
|Aftermarket Auto Parts/Mild to Wild Classics Inc. honored CCAD in Albuquerque, New Mexico.||Members of the SEMA staff drove their prized vehicles to work for CCAD in Diamond Bar, California.|
|Collector vehicles formed a display in El Paso, Texas, during the 4 Wheel Center’s Car, Truck & Jeep Cruise-In.||A cruise-in celebrating national CCAD took place at Daniels Performance Group in Smithfield, Virginia on Friday, July 12.|
|Eckler’s Family of Automotive Parts Companies in Titusville, Florida, held its Fifth Annual Employee CCAD Car Show to celebrate the day.||A number of classics showed up at Camaro Central/Firebird Central/Muscle Car Central for CCAD in Richmond, Kentucky.|
|The City of Las Vegas CCAD presented an official proclamation to long-time CCAD promoter Skeeter Rader (shown displaying document).||The Filling Station in Lebanon, Oregon, held a CCAD Cruise-In.|
|CCAD festivities at Hershey, Pennsylvania’s Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum Inc. included antique car rides for visitors in AACA museum vehicles.||The annual CCAD Cruise-in was held at the headquarters of Hemmings Motor News in Bennington, Vermont.|
|Warn Industries Inc. invited current and former staff to get in the CCAD spirit for a Cars & Cook-Out in Clackamas, Oregon.||Chattanooga, Tennessee’s Coker Tire hosted their annual CCAD event for employees and local enthusiasts.|
|West Virginia’s Knobley Mountain Auto Club proudly recognized the day at its event in Keyser. West Virginia Delegate Gary Howell (center) is shown displaying the 2019 CCAD Congressional Resolution.||A national Collector Car Appreciation Grill-Out was hosted by Forge Speed LLC in Mooresville, North Carolina.|