Collector Car Appreciation Day show

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Classic car on display in the show
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Family walking through CCAD car show | Photography by James Sasser

Automotive enthusiasts of all ages braved the record-breakin, Phoenix-area summer heat to attend the “7th annual SEMA Collector Car Appreciation Day Car Show,” hosted by Nancy Perry Productions with title sponsorship from ClassicCars.com, in Glendale, Arizona, on July 9.

Recognized by the U.S. Senate, Collector Car Appreciation Day was created by the Specialty Equipment Market Association to acknowledge and celebrate the role automotive restoration and collection plays in society.

Nancy Perry car
Nancy Perry show car

In the Phoenix area, Nancy Perry Productions has been hosting and promoting car shows, such as the annual Cruise on Central and various weekly car shows, for nearly 20 years, drawing 100 to 1,000 cars. Despite the intense afternoon heat in early July, more than 100 cars were on Appreciation Day display in the parking lot of Mixteca Mexican Food.

Those cars included a healthy mixture of muscle cars and resto-mods, hot rods, classic sedans, cruisers, low riders, rat rods, trucks, modern muscle and performance, in addition to various imports.

Several car clubs participated in the event, including the AZLX Modern Mopar Club and Wild West Mustangs of Arizona.

Car show participants and spectators were treated to a “SEMA” cake adorned with the event flyer prior to the awards ceremony.

Photography by James Sasser

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Nicole James has been involved in the automotive world her entire life. Her dream car is a 1965 Shelby Daytona Coupe. She currently drives a 2005 Mustang affectionately known as Marilyn and uses the car to participate in track events, car shows, and explore the world around her. Nicole joined the ClassicCars.com Content and Marketing team in 2014. Nicole is an automotive journalist and the creator of Pretty Driven - an online source for car culture and news for millennials, as well as a contributor for ClassicCars.com. Follow Nicole on Instagram and Facebook - @Nicoleeellan