Auto enthusiasts and the government have a tenuous relationship at best. Whether its anti-speeding laws, legislation restricting vehicle mods or mandating the dreaded “smog tests” that usually take beloved older vehicles off the road. Fortunately, the government sometimes lends a hand to enthusiasts of older cars, by giving them protection under the “Historic Vehicle” category, or more symbolic measures, like the U.S. Senate’s declaration of July 9th as “Collector Car Appreciation Day.” According to SEMA’s press release, Collector Car Appreciation Day is intended to “raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society,” which sounds just fine to us.
Ideally, July 9th would see the United States turn back the clock to the days of American Graffiti, where street racing was considered weekend entertainment and the cops would help block off the streets, burnouts weren’t considered “noise pollution” and cars weren’t a source of scorn and demonization, but we have a better chance of Al Gore giving up his private jet and opulent lifestyle before any of the above happens.
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Hit the jump to read the official news release.
SEMA SECURES U.S. SENATE RESOLUTION DESIGNATING JULY 9th AS “COLLECTOR CAR APPRECIATION DAY” Lawmakers Acknowledge Importance of Collection and Restoration of Historic and Classic Cars
Washington, D.C. (May 10, 2010) — The United States Senate passed Senate Resolution 513 (S. Res. 513) at the request of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and the Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) Council designating July 9, 2010 as “Collector Car Appreciation Day.” The resolution was the result of an effort undertaken by ARMO as a means to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society.
S. Res. 513 was sponsored by Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus members Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC). Senators Tester and Burr have been strong advocates for the automotive hobby in Washington, and S. Res. 513 reaffirms their understanding of the cultural importance of collector cars. The Caucus is an informal, non-partisan group that pays tribute to America’s ever growing love affair with the car and motorsports. The Caucus recognizes the integral role collector cars have played in fostering our nation’s appreciation for motorsports.
The resolution was the result of an effort undertaken by SEMA and its councils as a means to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society. Restoration businesses help save our nation’s heritage while providing well-paying, high-skilled jobs nationwide.
SEMA Vice President of Government Affairs Steve McDonald said, “We greatly appreciate the United States Senate’s recognition of the important role classic car restoration serves in our country. As Americans gather at car cruises and other events in conjunction with ‘Collector Car Appreciation Day’ on July 9, these vital contributions will be honored and preserved.”
In recognition of the day, collectors and enthusiasts will be hosting events across the country. Jim Barber, Chairman of SEMA’s Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) Council said, “Individuals, car clubs, and businesses affiliated with ARMO are proud to be recognized as leaders in today’s economy. Car cruises, club gatherings, and other educational events will be scheduled for July 9 nationwide. ARMO is looking forward to assisting with these events and is appreciative of this special acknowledgment by the Senate.”
Dennis Overholser, Chairman of SEMA’s Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Council said, “HRIA’s commitment to preserving and promoting the automotive restoration industry through its projects and education programs is well represented by this Resolution. We are pleased that our elected officials have acknowledged our positive presence in local communities. I look forward to working with other business owners, collectors, and enthusiasts to make the inaugural ‘Collector Car Appreciation Day’ a success nationwide.”
As part of “Collector Car Appreciation Day,” a variety of events are currently being scheduled to commemorate America’s time-tested love affair with the automobile. For a listing of events, please contact Jim Skelly, SEMA Council Director at 909/396-0289.
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.