July 10, 2020 Marks 11th Annual Collector Car Appreciation Day
Collector Car Appreciation Day (CCAD) will be celebrated this year on July 10, 2020. At the request of the SEMA Action Network (SAN), this holiday has been marked each year since 2010 by a U.S. Congressional Resolution recognizing 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." States, local governments and Canadian provinces have adopted similar commemorative declarations, making it an international recognition of the collector-car hobby and the millions of individuals who support it.
As in years past, a wide range of automotive festivities are planned to commemorate the occasion. With an understanding that this summer may not allow in-person events, adjustments to the CCAD online tools are underway to accommodate web-based celebrations. Those planning to pay tribute with a virtual gathering (online event, livestream, digital gallery, etc.) are welcome to provide details for inclusion on the SAN website. As always, the SAN welcomes any level of participation throughout the month of July and encourages everyone to spread the word about honoring the classics of the past and the future.
CELEBRATE THE HOBBY YOUR WAY!
- ATTEND an official vehicle-inspired event or web-based celebration.
- HOST your own safety-minded gathering, club meeting or online gallery.
- Promote a HOLIDAY SALE at your business in-store or online.
- INVITE partnerships with nearby enthusiast-related groups if possible.
- DRIVE your special ride—new or old—whatever the destination.
Whether public or private, plan and submit your automotive-inspired July event at no cost. Locate an official listing near you and more on semaSAN.com/CCAD. Participating organizers will be awarded a copy of the Congressional resolution for display at their registered event. Download the official logo and flyer from the homepage and help promote this special day.
Dear SEMA Action Network (SAN):
Recent world events have impacted us all. Rest assured, the SAN will continue to be the voice of auto enthusiasts in state capitols and Washington, DC. With your help, we’ve already achieved several triumphs this year—thank you! Meantime, SEMA is working to safeguard our hobby so we can continue to pursue our passion. For updates, news and resources, please visit SEMA.org/coronavirus.
Ignited We Stand!
SEMA SAN Strike Force
The prospect of a seasoned government official being a true automotive enthusiast may initially sound contradictory. Retired from service, Keith Jackman is one such rare case. As the former Superintendent of Motor Vehicles, his name appeared on British Columbia driver’s licenses, vehicle registrations and other official documents throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s. His career previously included duties with the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) and the Abbotsford Motor License office.
By applying his knowledge, Keith has proven his personal dedication to the automotive community. His involvement with the Specialty Vehicle Association of British Columbia (SVABC) built valuable relations between our hobby and government ministers. “Keith was the man behind the scenes that was there from the beginning—offering guidance, providing advice and professional direction," says SVABC president Bob Kelly. “Whether writing a proclamation or a legal proposal, he has a total understanding of government workings and the legal language. He continues to work with me, he is my sounding board, legal advisor and friend.” As pictured above (third from right), Keith has helped spearhead the province’s proclamations designating “Collector Car Appreciation Day/Month” (CCAD) every July since 2014.
What are you currently driving?
A rare 1970 Dodge Challenger SE (Special Edition) with a beefed-up 340 engine. Ironically, it didn’t qualify for Collector license plates and insurance at first due to modifications. In 2017, we worked together on moving the Modified Collector registration age from 1958 and older up to 1974 and older.
What was your first car?
A 1930 Ford Model A that cost $75 and a 1949 MG TC followed next.
What other ride(s) have been in your collection?
A 1966 Dodge Charger that was my first Collector-plated vehicle, a restored 1928 Chevrolet coach, a 1930 Ford Model A pickup, a 1950 Cadillac limousine and a 1967 Chrysler Newport convertible.
Why is the annual CCAD celebration important?
CCAD is about people more than vehicles—our government recognizing that vehicle enthusiasts give back to the community, through charities and automotive scholarships.