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If you're a collector-car owner, or simply one of the millions of Americans who celebrates the hobby by attending local car shows, weekly cruise-ins, and the like, you might want to make a special point of hitting your favorite Friday-night old-car haunt three weeks from now. That's because the United States Senate unanimously passed Senate Resolution 513 last month, officially designating July 9, 2010 as Collector Car Appreciation Day.

The resolution, co-sponsored by Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Richard Burr (R-NC), states "that the collection and restoration of historic and classic cars is an important part of preserving the technological achievements and cultural heritage of the United States." Moreover, the text of the resolution points out that the hobby and the myriad related businesses supporting it provide jobs for people across all 50 states.

In observance of the occasion, the resolution "encourages the people of the United States to engage in events and commemorations of `Collector Car Appreciation Day' that create opportunities for collector car owners to educate young people on the importance of preserving the cultural heritage of the United States, including through the collection and restoration of collector cars."

It's easy to dismiss resolutions like this as pure frivolity, especially in the face of more pressing matters facing the nation. That said, these things get passed all the time in both houses of Congress, and Sens. Tester and Burr have a point. Not only does the collector car hobby help preserve important bits of Americana, those weekly cruises and shows encourage new generations to get involved and keep the pastime going (along with the industry that exists as a direct result of it).

So, on July 9th, grab your family and friends, head to the local cruisers' gathering point, and celebrate what those men and women are preserving. It's American history: the kind you don't generally learn in schoolbooks.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      about time the government does something good for cars
      • 4 Years Ago
      Do we get a day off from work?
        • 4 Years Ago
        No, it means you have to buy your car a present! I'm going to have to take this very seriously and pick out something nice.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Do students get a day off from schoo... oh wait.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good to see they're hard at work on the issues.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, it's not 18 holes, a yacht race...

        I'm glad someone up there has some capability to understand we want to preserve our hobby and not crush it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's good to see they've run out of more important issues to work on. Their 'to do' list must be getting pretty darn small.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is there some kind of "CO2" tax to go along with it? How about a "Carburetor tax," or a tax levied based on how many stripes you have on your car? Call it a "unequal prettiness redistribution fee."

      C'mon people, Obama can't redistribute the wealth without your money, let's get the ideas rolling!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Government is broke. Health care is a mess. Unemployment is high. Public education is a joke. I love cars, but this is a waste of taxpayers money to government officials doing a resolution like this when everything else is a mess. Maybe next we can pass a "Chocolate Lovers Day Resolutions" or maybe "Adult Diaper Appreciation Day Resolution" because this all a bunch of crap.
      • 4 Years Ago
      II wonder who is behind this Senate Resolution 153?

      This resolution seems too good that there must be something obscure behind…

      There is a loop hole in the US Taxes allowing wealthy people who own some kind of exotic collector car to use it during charity event.

      Car collectors have many ways to deduct expenses from their IRS taxes by participating to events such as United Ways found raiser days.
      • 4 Years Ago
      1. I LOVE cars.
      2. This is dumb and unnecessary.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The day after my birthday. Sweet, my RX-7 is due for some collector plates now anyways
      • 4 Years Ago
      Your tax dollars at work ... kind of.
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