SEMA News—October 2019


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 MexicoCamaro Central/Firebird Central/Muscle Car Central—Richmond, KentuckyCoker Tire Co.—Chattanooga, Tennessee
D&S Automotive Collision & Restyling—Mentor, OhioDaniels Performance Group—Smithfield, VirginiaDr. Detail—Fullerton, CaliforniaEastwood Co.—Pottstown, Pennsylvania
Eckler Industries—Titusville, FloridaThe Filling Station—Lebanon, OregonForge Speed LLC—Mooresville, North Carolina4 Wheel Center—El Paso, Texas
Goodguys Rod & Custom Association—Columbus, OhioGriot’s Garage—Tacoma, WashingtonHemmings Motor News—Bennington, VermontHuntley Motor World—Yerington, Nevada
Iola Car Show—Iola, WisconsinOC Car Guy—Buena Park, CaliforniaSpeedway Motors Inc.—Lincoln, NebraskaSteele 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

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

Iola Car Show 
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.
Goodguys Manitoba
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. 
Mild to Wild Classics Inc. SEMA
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.
4 Wheel Center Daniels Performance Group
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 Camaro Central/Firebird Central/Muscle Car Central
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. 
Skeeter Rader Filling Station
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.
Antique Automobile Club of America Hemmings Motor News
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.
 Coker Tire
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.
Knobley Mountain Auto Club Forge Speed LLC
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.


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