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Goodguys 13th PPG Nationals presented by Bridgestone Joins Nationwide Car Celebration Friday, July 9th 2010

– Organizers across the country unite to recognize first-ever “Collector Car Appreciation Day”

Columbus, OH – The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association will join organizers across the country to celebrate the first-ever Collector Car Appreciation Day during the 13th PPG Nationals presented by Bridgestone which runs Friday July 9th through Sunday July 11th at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, OH. The massive event happens to be the country’s largest classic car/hot rod show so it’s only fitting the first annual Collector Car Appreciation Day falls during the popular event.

The United States Senate declared the second Friday in July as Collector Car Appreciation Day as a means to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society.

“We are pleased that our elected officials have acknowledged the positive presence that the automotive industry has in local communities,” said Goodguys President Marc Meadors. “We’re looking forward to the 13th PPG Nationals presented by Bridgestone where tens of thousands of people will demonstrate their love for automobiles. The event is going to be even more special knowing that car-lovers across the country are celebrating as well.”

The Goodguys Nationals is one of hundreds of car events taking place on or around July 9, 2010, the official date designated as Collector Car Appreciation Day. The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and the Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) developed a list of events nationwide on July 9th and posted it at www.sema.org/sema-enews/2010/21/collector-car-appreciation-day-grows

SEMA, a trade association for business in the specialty equipment market, and ARMO, a council within SEMA that is dedicated to preserving and promoting the automotive restoration industry, requested the resolution on behalf of its members.

“Car collection is a uniquely American pastime and it’s played an integral role in our society,” said Jim Barber, Chairman of ARMO. “The Senate Resolution and the events taking place all over the country are testaments to the importance and passion that this industry has.”

Ethan Landsman, based in the SEMA offices in Washington DC will attend the 13th PPG Nationals presented by Bridgestone to present a copy of the Collector Car Appreciation resolution to Dennis Overholser of the HRIA (Hot Rod Industry Alliance) in a special ceremony scheduled for Friday July 9th.

The Goodguys 13th PPG Nationals presented by Bridgestone will include more than 6,000 1972 & earlier hot rods, customs, classic, muscle cars, street machines and trucks. Attendees will be able to see the detailed craftsmanship that goes into restoring a classic car up close and in person.

The event also includes vendor exhibits, a swap meet & car corral, how-to seminars, the crowning of the Goodguys 2010 Ridetech Street Machine of the Year and Goodguys 2010 Classic Instruments Street Rod of the Year, live entertainment and so much more. Admission is $18, kids 7-12 $6. Event Hours are Friday 8-5, Saturday 8-5 and Sunday 8-3. For more visit http://www.goodguysnats.com or call (925) 838-9876

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