Collector Car Appreciation Day set for Friday, July 8th

SEMA, ARMO and the HRIA have announced Friday July 8, 2011 as “Collector Car Appreciation Day.” The date marks the second commemoration in what will become an annual event to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society. SEMA and its councils are now working to secure a Congressional resolution to recognize the day’s significance.

The biggest event in the country on the 2nd annual Collector Car Appreciation Day is a Goodguys event of course! The 14th PPG Nationals presented by Bridgestone kicks off Friday, July 8th bringing close to 7,000 1972 & earlier vehicles together at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, OH. In honor of the CCAD, Goodguys will parade all of the contestants for the 2011 Optima Batteries Street Machine of the Year award throughout the fairgrounds as they make their way to the AutoCross road course from the Builder’s Choice arena as well as read a proclamation honorning CCAD at the Saturday Night, July 9th Street Machine and Street Rod of the Year awards reception.

“Last year, the United States Senate helped launch the first national Collector Car Appreciation Day by passing Senate Resolution 513 at our request,” said SEMA Vice President of Government Affairs Steve McDonald. “As a result, thousands of Americans gathered at car cruises, parades and other events to celebrate our nation’s automotive heritage. As we move forward, SEMA’s commitment to preserving and promoting the automotive restoration industry through its projects and programs is evident in this special day.”

Vintage Air’s Rick Love, Chairman-elect of SEMA’s Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Council said, “The industry endeavors to preserve our nation’s automotive heritage while providing well-paying, high-skilled jobs nationwide. Collector Car Appreciation Day is a singular tribute to this industry and the millions of hobbyists it supports.”

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