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In the midst of governmental turmoil surrounding the national debt, the Senate has reached out to car guys, designating July 8, 2011 as the second annual Collector Car Appreciation Day. That day, any father-son team that has ever turned a wrench will be invited to take a few hours to celebrate all things automotive, whether at a car show, at the race track or just in the comfort of their own garage.

Last year, the Senate designated July 9 as the first-ever nationally-recognized celebration of cars. The event is designed to not only celebrate collector cars and car hobbyists, but to recognize the importance of the motorsports and car restoration industries as valuable providers of jobs across the country.

The United States Senate passed Senate Resolution 154 last Thursday after the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and its offshoots, the Automotive Restoration Market Organization and the Hot Rod Industry Alliance, asked Senators Jon Tester (D, MT) and Richard Burr (R, NC) to sponsor it. Senators Tester and Burr sit on the Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus, a non-partisan group of congressmen and senators who help represent the interests of motorsports in Washington.

What do you think of Collector Car Appreciation Day? Is it necessary to recognize the car hobby as a vibrant and valuable economic resource, or is it a frivolous waste of valuable time? Let us know in the poll below! Hop the jump for the full SEMA press release.

Does America need a Collector Car Appreciation Day?
Yes, it is necessary to recognize the cultural and economic contributions of the car hobby. 1 (25.0%)
Maybe, but the Senate could be better spending its time elsewhere. 1 (25.0%)
No, if we celebrated everything that provided jobs, every day would be a holiday. 1 (25.0%)
Don't care. 1 (25.0%)

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Lawmakers Acknowledge Importance of Collection and Restoration of Historic and Classic Cars

Washington, D.C. (April 15, 2011) -- The United States Senate passed Senate Resolution 154 (S. Res. 154) at the request of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and its Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) and Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Councils designating July 8, 2011 as "Collector Car Appreciation Day." The date marks the second commemoration in what will become an annual event to celebrate and raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society.

S. Res. 154 was sponsored by Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus members Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC). Senators Tester and Burr have been strong advocates for the automotive hobby in Washington, and S. Res. 154 reaffirms their understanding of the cultural importance of collector cars. The Caucus is an informal, non-partisan group that pays tribute to America's ever growing love affair with the car and motorsports. The Caucus recognizes the integral role collector cars have played in fostering our nation's appreciation for motorsports.

"Last year, the United States Senate helped launch the first national Collector Car Appreciation Day at our request," said SEMA Vice President of Government Affairs Steve McDonald. "As a result, thousands of Americans gathered at car cruises, parades and other events to celebrate our nation's automotive heritage. SEMA's commitment to preserving and promoting the automotive restoration industry through its projects and programs is evident in this special day. We look forward to even more celebrations this July 8 and in the years to come."

In recognition of the day, collectors and enthusiasts will be hosting events across the country. ARMO Chairman Laura Bergan said, "On July 8, 2011, collectors and enthusiasts will host hundreds of events across the country. We will proudly partner with individuals, car clubs and businesses as they organize car cruises, club gatherings and other educational events to celebrate the day."

Rick Love, HRIA chairman-elect said, "The industry endeavors to preserve our nation's automotive heritage while providing well-paying, high-skilled jobs nationwide. Collector Car Appreciation Day is a singular tribute to this industry and the millions of hobbyists it supports."

SEMA will maintain a list of scheduled events to commemorate America's time-tested love affair with the automobile. Individuals, car clubs and business owners interested in publicizing events should contact Ashley Ailsworth, SEMA Research and State Affairs Manager at or 202-783-6007 x39.

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