Thousands Gather To Celebrate First-Ever “Collector Car Appreciation Day”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(June 30, 2010)

Contact: Della Domingo
909/978-6723
dellad@sema.org

THOUSANDS GATHER TO CELEBRATE FIRST-EVER “COLLECTOR CAR APPRECIATION DAY”
-- Events Held Throughout the United States and Canada --

Diamond Bar, Calif. (June 30, 2010) – Marked by U.S. Senate
Resolution 513 (S. Res. 513), the first-ever Collector Car Appreciation
Day is being celebrated on July 9, 2010 by car lovers and enthusiasts
throughout the country. Thousands of individuals will join together at
events scheduled in cities and towns across the U.S. and Canada.  A
list of these events, updated daily, is available at http://www.sema.org/sema-enews/2010/21/collector-car-appreciation-day-grows.

“We’re pleased that our elected officials in Washington recognize the
positive impact that the automotive industry has made,” said Chris
Kersting, SEMA president and CEO.  “The resolution and special day give
car collectors an opportunity to celebrate their passion for cars and
trucks of every era. It also reaffirms the important role that
automobiles have played in our cultural heritage.”
The resolution was the result of an effort undertaken by SEMA and its
councils as a means to raise awareness of the vital role the collector
car hobby plays in American society.  Restoration businesses help save
our nation’s heritage while providing well-paying, high-skill jobs
nationwide.

The resolution was sponsored by Congressional Automotive Performance
and Motorsports Caucus members Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) and Senator
Richard Burr (R-NC). The Caucus is an informal, non-partisan group that
recognizes the integral role collector cars have played in fostering
our nation’s appreciation for motorsports.

Americans are encouraged to celebrate the inaugural event by finding
and attending a Collector Car Appreciation Day event or organizing
their own events.

“Go to an event and you’ll see just how integral classic cars and
trucks are in American society,” said Kersting. “It will be evident
that these historic vehicles serve as the inspiration for everything
from music and photography to cinema and fashion. On top of that,
they’re a lot of fun!”

About SEMA

SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963,
represents the $31.85 billion specialty automotive industry of 7,144
member-companies. It is the authoritative source for research, data,
trends and market growth information for the specialty auto parts
industry. The industry provides appearance, performance, comfort,
convenience and technology products for passenger and recreational
vehicles. For more information, contact SEMA at 1575 S. Valley Vista
Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765, tel: 909/396-0289, or visit www.sema.org or
www.enjoythedrive.com.

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