July 8 is Collector Car Appreciation Day

The U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution 507 designating July 8, 2016 as “Collector Car Appreciation Day.” The Resolution was requested by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and its Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) and Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Councils.

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The date marks the seventh commemoration in what has become an annual event to celebrate and raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society. S. Res. 507 was sponsored by Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus Co-Chairs Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senator Jon Tester (D-MT). The Senators are strong advocates for the automotive hobby in Washington, D.C.  The Caucus is an informal, non-partisan member organization that pays tribute to America’s ever-growing love affair with the car and motorsports.

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SEMA Vice President of Government Affairs Steve McDonald said “Our industry and vast enthusiast network would like to take this opportunity to thank Senators Burr and Tester for introducing and cosponsoring the “Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2016. Introduced earlier this year, the “RPM Act” would verify what has been understood by Congress, industry and enthusiasts since 1970, that it is permissible to turn a street vehicle into a racing machine driven exclusively at the track.  The EPA contends that such modifications are illegal under the Clean Air Act.

All automotive enthusiasts are encouraged to take part in this year’s Collector Car Appreciation Day by planning or attending events in their community. Through its grassroots hobbyist organization, the SEMA Action Network (SAN), SEMA is maintaining a list of scheduled events to commemorate the day at www.semasan.com/ccad.