OUR AUTO HOBBY’S “HOLIDAY” IS BACK:
Collector Car Appreciation Day (CCAD) will be celebrated this year on July 10, 2015. At the request of the SEMA Action Network (SAN), this “holiday” has been marked each year since 2010 by a U.S. Senate 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.” As in years past, a wide range of automotive events will be held to commemorate the occasion. As this annual event continues to grow worldwide, states, provinces, counties and cities are following suit with their own recognition. SEMA encourages participation throughout the month of July to honor the classics of the past and the future.
CELEBRATE OUR HOBBY YOUR WAY!
Plan and submit your July event at no cost, locate a listing near you and more on the website: semasan.com/CCAD
(Participating organizers will be awarded a copy of the Congressional resolution for display at each registered event.)
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Counted among Betty Mitchell’s car collection are a 1972 Mustang Mach 1, a 1967 Jaguar XKE and the 1999 Pontiac Fire Hawk shown here. This Fire Hawk has enjoyed several Hot Rod Power Tours, earning the coveted ‘Long Hauler’ title in 2013 by completing the Tour’s entire journey.
Veteran SEMA Action Network (SAN) members are well aware that influencing public policy requires a great number of voices working together. Betty Mitchell of Maumelle, Arkansas, is among those that intimately understand the thrill of achieving legislative victory. Ever the defender of our hobby, she is a proud representative of the Arkansas Pontiac Association. They are well known for hosting monthly “Cruisin’ in the Rock” events, supporting large shows as a host club and charitable efforts benefitting the Clinical Nutrition department of Arkansas Children's Hospital. However, this group advocates for pro-hobby solutions in the Legislature as well. Betty recalls a fight that took place several years ago against proposed restrictions to obtaining an antique license plate. Early on in the process, she began a constructive dialog with two legislators on the committee of jurisdiction. She kept in touch with them and the bill was ultimately killed. Once the dust had settled, Mitchell recalls one of these lawmakers thanking her for her personal perspective and guidance.