SEMA News—October 2020


Summer’s Automotive Holiday Honored in Style

Collector Car Appreciation Day Tradition Upheld by SEMA Membership

By Colby Martin

For the “Collector Car 11–Drive & Show,” the Coachmen Car Club of Ventura County adapted their event plan with a large caravan of collector cars that made a 45-mi. journey to their destination in Simi Valley, California.

On July 10, 2020, SEMA members joined with car clubs, businesses and thousands of enthusiasts to celebrate the 11th annual Collector Car Appreciation Day (CCAD). A wide range of events was held nationwide to commemorate the 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 650 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 998.

The resolutions acknowledge “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’ lead. Louisiana, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wisconsin as well as the Canadian Provinces of British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick adopted their own recognitions honoring the occasion.

Nearly 60 official events were held throughout the month of July to celebrate the classics of the past and the future. The 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 gatherings and online celebrations for the first time. A 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 councils.

The Iola Car Show in Iola, Wisconsin, coincides with the celebration of CCAD. In lieu of a car show, the Rally for Iola car cruise was held this year as a socially-distanced tour of the show grounds that brought in more than 1,000 cars.

SEMA-Member CCAD Event Hosts

  • Association of California Car Clubs—Auburn, California
  • Bonnier Events—Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
  • 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
  • Griot’s Garage—Tacoma, Washington
  • Iola Car Show—Iola, Wisconsin
  • OC Car Guy—Buena Park, California
  • Steele Rubber Products—Denver, North Carolina

West Virginia’s Knobley Mountain Auto Club proudly recognized CCAD once again at its event in Keyser. West Virginia Delegate Gary G. Howell (second from left), national Chairman of the SEMA-supported State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus, is shown displaying the 2020 CCAD Congressional Resolution with participants.
Chattanooga, Tennessee’s Coker Tire asked visitors on social media to post their collector car photos, which was kicked off by CEO Wade Kawasaki and his Roush Mustang.
Doug Reinbold
Doug Reinbold hosted a Collector Car Appreciation Cookout in North Attleborough, Massachusetts.
Steele Rubber
Instead of hosting its annual CCAD edition of the After Hours Cruise-In, Steele Rubber Products in Denver, North Carolina, invited the automotive community to submit their ride in a Virtual Cruise-In to Celebrate CCAD—more than 200 vehicles took part.
Nancy Perry
Arizona’s Nancy Perry Productions treated guests to a variety of show cars and a special CCAD cake in Glendale, including SEMA Hall of Fame inductee Chris Thomson (right).
Trucks brought enthusiasts to Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, for the 4-Wheel Jamboree organized by Bonnier Corp.
A special cruise-in celebrating CCAD took place at Daniels Performance Group in Smithfield, Virginia.
Camaro Central
The Richmond, Kentucky-based brands Camaro Central/Firebird Central/Muscle Car Central created an online holiday sale for CCAD and encouraged enthusiasts to share their collector car pictures on social media.
The Crawford County Collectibles Car Club’s annual FRSB Cruise-In honored CCAD in Robinson, Illinois.
Wayne County
Wayne County Cruisers’ CCAD Cruise took place in Goldsboro, North Carolina.
Blair County
In Altoona, Pennsylvania, the Blair County Antique Auto Club and Lakemont Park organized a BCAAC National CCAD Cruise-in.
CCAD was recognized at the Clovis Missionary Baptist Church’s Hot Rod Gathering in Clovis, California.
The Chesapeake Region AACA’s CCAD event was held at the Fire Museum of Maryland, located in Lutherville.
Mike Linnings’ CCAD Cruize took place in Louisville, Kentucky, supported by the Okolona Street Rods.
Private tours were offered at the Brenford Auto Museum in Smyrna, Delaware, for the 11th annual CCAD.
Sal’s Italian Deli in Lake City, Florida, provided the site for celebrating CCAD by the Suwannee River Region AACA (SRRAACA).
Horseless Carriage
On July 11, the Horseless Carriage Club of New Orleans Inc., held its CCAD Event in Louisiana—driving from Kenner to New Orleans.
Kustom Kings
CCAD was honored in Brentwood, New Hampshire, at New England Dragway by the Kustom Kings of New Hampshire.
Ft. Lauderdale
Florida’s Fort Lauderdale Region AACA celebrated CCAD, replacing their scheduled car show with a social-distancing event, highlighted by a presentation of the Congressional resolution.
Specialty Vehicle Assoc
A CCAD Cruise: Rockin’ in the Rockies took place in British Columbia, Canada, thanks to the efforts of the Specialty Vehicle Association of British Columbia (SVABC).
In Texas, the Dallas Area Classic Chevys gathered enthusiasts for a CCAD Cruise-In at the Dairy Ette.
In Texas, the Dallas Area Classic Chevys gathered enthusiasts for a CCAD Cruise-In at the Dairy Ette.
Thanks to the efforts of the National Association of Automobile Clubs of Canada (NAACC), the province of Newfoundland and Labrador declared the month of July as “Automotive Heritage Month,” held concurrently with CCAD.
A CCAD Cruise-in at Burger King in Berwick, Pennsylvania, was organized by the Northeast Cruisers Rod and Custom


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