HomeCar CultureLifestyleCollector Car Appreciation Day set for July 14, 2017

Collector Car Appreciation Day set for July 14, 2017


A 1958 Chevrolet Impala coupe on display at a regional show in Prescott, Arizona | Bob Golfen
A 1958 Chevrolet Impala coupe on display at a regional car show in Prescott, Arizona | Bob Golfen

For the eighth consecutive year, a special day for celebration of the old car hobby has been declared – July 14, 2017 – by SEMA and its councils, which will again seek a Congressional resolution to recognize Collector Car Appreciation Day.

SEMA (the Specialty Equipment Market Association), along with the Automotive Restoration Market Organization and Hot Rod Industry Alliance councils, announced the 2017 date as a time to recognize the importance that collector car collecting and restoration play in our society and economy.

“The U.S. Senate first recognized Collector Car Appreciation Day in 2010 at our request and helped launch this annual event,” said SEMA vice president of government affairs Steve McDonald. “As we prepare for the eighth celebration of our nation’s automotive heritage, enthusiasts and related businesses are already planning open houses, car cruises, club gatherings and educational events to commemorate the day.”

Previous resolutions declaring Collector Car Appreciation Day were sponsored by Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Jon Tester (D-MT), who are co-chairmen of the Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus, “an informal, non-partisan group that pays tribute to America’s ever growing love affair with the car and motorsports,” according to a SEMA news release.

SEMA plans to compile and publicized a list of events surrounding Collector Car Appreciation Day, which the industry group says will be celebrated throughout July 2017. Anyone who would like to publicize an event should contact Colby Martin, director of the SEMA Action Network, at 909 978-6721 or email san@sema.org.

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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