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. A brief recap of the 2017 festivities is highlighted in the current issue of Driving Force using this link. Also, be sure to check out the following link to the full photo gallery. The images sent in by this year’s event hosts are greatly appreciated.
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).
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The inspiration for Woody Holland’s 1928 Ford Model A roadster came from childhood dreams of a 1932 Ford.
According to Woody Holland, he has been into cars his whole life. As a child, he imagined building a 1932 Ford Roadster and never let go of the dream. “Someday…” he told himself. That fateful day finally came in 2009, when Woody found an unfinished car online and purchased it. He drove from his Georgia home up to Maryland and brought back “a pile of stuff.” Holland explains, “My grown son pushed me to jump in and make my dream car. The plan was to build it ourselves. However, life got in the way—as it seems to do—and I had to get a pro builder to finish what we started. It turned out much better than we could have done.” The project took until Spring 2016 to be finished. However, Woody uses the term loosely; he still wonders if builds like this ever really become “finished” in the pure sense of the word.
The resulting hot rod is the 1928 Ford Model A roadster pictured here. Holland proudly reveals that the body is based on original Ford sheet-metal from the cowl back. A new radiator shell finishes the front. It all sits on a reproduction 1932 Ford frame that was boxed and pinched to fit the earlier body. An original 1928 I-beam front axle has been dropped and drilled. Hydraulic “juice brakes” were installed at each corner with 1960’s-era finned Buick drums. The 306 c.i. small block Ford is complete with a roller cam, good for about 250 horsepower. A stout Ford 9-inch rear-end provides the finishing touch. “So, it is a Ford in a Ford that uses Ford running gear,” he remarks.
Earlier this year, Woody thanked his Senators for cosponsoring the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act of 2017. As many are aware, the RPM Act confirms that Congress never intended for the Clean Air Act to apply to racing vehicles and parts, including motor vehicles modified for competition use only. In his message, he offered appreciation to his lawmakers for their leadership on the racing issue as a constituent. Holland adds, “If the government was left unchecked, I might not have been able to build my own project. My roadster is anything but a factory-built ‘cookie cutter’ car. Those who wish for us to stop enjoying the automobile for racing and other purposes need to hear from us!”
Special thanks to you, Woody, for your involvement in the good fight from the Peach State.
Stay Up-to-Date on the RPM Act: Get the latest information on the motorsports bill at sema.org/epa-news.
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