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Celebrate Collector Car Appreciation Day at events nationwide

As previously mentioned on this blog, Collector Car Appreciation Day, an event recognizing the importance of the automobile restoration industry in providing jobs and preserving the nation's heritage, will take place this Friday, July 13.

The third annual event will be marked by celebrations held around the country, with many being held by local clubs centered around classic automobiles. Many of the events will include car cruises and parades to mark the occasion.

The Specialty Equipment Market Association, a group that has been working to have the event formally recognized by the U.S. Senate and state legislatures, encourages antique, hot rod and muscle car owners to take their rides to a local event, some of which are scheduled throughout the rest of July.

Car lovers in California are holding nearly 20 events in total, according to SEMA, with featured celebrations including Pomona's Prolong Twilight Cruise, a regular event dedicated to showcasing pre-1970 customs, muscle cars and classics, as well as the 3rd Annual SEMA Collector Car Appreciation Day held in Diamond Bar.

In Texas, car groups are also taking note to hold gatherings in honor of the date. Among the groups sponsoring the events include Morning Maniacs, a group of car lovers who regularly meet for breakfast and who gained notoriety through local newspapers, Buba Gearheads, a group of self-proclaimed gearheads active since the early 2000s, and Texas A&M University.

Be sure to check out the entire list of events on SEMA's website to find the event closest you and check out Cool Rides Online for a chance to win one of two $100 gift cards. If you or your club want to add an event, you can submit your information to SEMA or let your fellow Cool Rides users know of a gathering by posting about the event here.

To submit your name in our contest, click for full details and contest rules here.

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