How will you be spending Collector Car Appreciation Day this year? Before you celebrate, it’s important to know that this special day means more than just pulling your car out of the garage and going for a cruise.
In a recent announcement by the SEMA Action Network (SAN), Collector Car Appreciation Day, or CCAD, is an official holiday that will be recognized this year on Friday, July 9th. But what is CCAD and why should you support it? Here are some of the facts surrounding this hot rodder’s holiday that might help you and your friends appreciate how this special day came about.
As we prepare for the 12th consecutive commemoration of what is now an annual holiday, it is important to realize the many challenges this hobby faces and who the advocates are who fight for us in Washington D.C.
At the request of the SEMA Action Network (SAN), the U.S. House of Representatives introduced House Resolution 491. HR 491 is a bill that officially recognizes Friday July 9, 2021, as Collector Car Appreciation Day. This is a fun celebration that takes place each year on or around the second Friday of July. It has actually been going on since 2010 when the industry first came up with an informal “drive your collector car to work day.” It was a great concept that caught on quickly and by the following year in 2011, there were more than 200 events across the United States and Canada that took place in July to celebrate our love for collector cars. This year, July 9th has officially been adopted by the United States Congress as Collector Car Appreciation Day.
It’s important to note that CCAD is not intended to be a stand-alone day of tribute. The Edelbrock Group family of performance brands (COMP Cams, Edelbrock, FAST, Russell Performance and TCI Automotive) as well as the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) encourages everyone – especially event hosts – to recognize the occasion and hold CCAD activities throughout the entire month of July. It is SEMA’s ongoing desire that everybody in the industry will coordinate their July automotive events, regardless of the actual date, and officially register them here with the SEMA Action Network to encourage individuals across the country to celebrate cars and raise awareness of how important the automotive restoration industry is and how collector cars play such a vital role in American society today. Everything from small garage gatherings to organized cruises and shows and even virtual events should be added to the CCAD list to support the cause.
Intended to celebrate classic cars of the past and the future, the U.S. Congress has helped launch CCAD by introducing resolutions each year at the request of the SEMA Action Network. This year, the U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution 292 (S. Res. 292) along with the aforementioned HR 491 that was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Each resolution was sponsored by the co-chairs of the SEMA-supported Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus, Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL) and Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA). These Congressional leaders 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. All of the members recognize the integral role collector cars have played in fostering our nation’s appreciation for the automobile’s unique historical place in our history.
If you or somebody you know is hosting a vehicle-related gathering during the month of July, whether public or private, we strongly urge you to take a few minutes to submit the details on the SAN website. There is no charge to add your event to this list and all private information will be kept confidential.