driving force online february 2018 issue 1


Many groups like the Manitoba Association of Auto Clubs (MAAC) in Canada's Winnipeg, Manitoba, proudly recognize CCAD with a special event each year.

9th Annual "Collector Car Appreciation Day" to be Celebrated on July 13, 2018

The SEMA Action Network (SAN) announced that the next Collector Car Appreciation Day (CCAD) will be celebrated on July 13, 2018. The date will mark the ninth consecutive commemoration in what is now an annual event to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society.

Intended to celebrate the classics of the past and the future, the U.S. Senate helped launch CCAD by passing Resolutions each year since 2010 at the SAN's request. The previous resolutions were sponsored by Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Jon Tester (D-MT). The Senators have been strong advocates for the automotive hobby in Washington, D.C., and recognize the integral role collector cars have played in fostering our nation's appreciation for the automobile's unique historical place in our history.

In preparation for the ninth celebration of the nation's automotive heritage, enthusiasts and related businesses are already planning open houses, car cruises, club gatherings and educational events to commemorate the day. The SAN will again maintain and publicize a list of scheduled events to commemorate America's time-tested love affair with the automobile at semaSAN.com/CCAD



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Late last year, Maryland's Logan Betterton reached out to the SEMA Action Network (SAN) with an interest in contacting his legislators. The proud owner of this 1993 MKIV Toyota Supra 6-speed turbo sought to advocate for his state to adopt a requirement for only single, rear-mounted license plate—specifically for cars like his. It may not be coincidental that single-plate legislation has been introduced and is awaiting further consideration in the legislature. Image by Alex Cooke.

Logan Betterton recently joined the SEMA Action Network (SAN) to begin learning about current automotive legislation and stay informed of proposed changes in his state. "As a younger car enthusiast, I would like to be more active to help preserve this hobby," says the 27-year-old. "I'm also interested in better understanding the legislative process and how I can help here in Maryland." He became concerned after noticing legislation in other states that would make it very difficult to own and maintain his car, the 1993 MKIV Toyota Supra 6-speed turbo pictured here. Logan adds, "Although some laws may appear to be a small hassle, they continue to accumulate over time—ultimately becoming more problematic and expensive for car enthusiasts. I believe that it is important for everyone, especially those in the younger age bracket, to be involved with the SAN to ultimately preserve our hobby for the future. It is best to be proactive versus reactive in order to protect our automotive rights!"

The MKIV Toyota Supra has always been Logan's dream car. "Owning this machine has become my hobby and passion. It has allowed me to meet many good friends throughout the automotive community." He gained an early interest in cars by watching his grandfather restore '60s-era Buicks. "It always fascinated me that he could take something that was neglected and destroyed and transform it into something special," he recalls. When Betterton originally purchased the Supra, many of its best features needed work: the paint, body components and performance upgrades included. He has since had it repainted and swapped out nearly all of the performance equipment with newer parts. Over the last 6-7 years, he has also attended many shows and events in addition to planning various Supra meets.

Thanks for stepping up to our cause, Logan! May others be as inspired to add their enthusiasm and fight the good fight.


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