Happy Collector Car Appreciation Day!

1956 Chevrolet Corvette

Happy July 11th! Today is a very special day for car-lovers: the relatively newly dubbed National Collector Car Appreciation Day is a (real and official) holiday celebrated to raise awareness of automotive restoration and collection and its role in American society. A resolution was passed (one of the few truly bipartisan efforts) by the U.S. Senate in 2010 in order to to recognize the important roles played by automobiles in music, literature, cinema and other cultural and artistic aspects of the American identity. Organized by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), the event has been held on the second Friday in July since 2010. This makes today the fifth annual Collector Car Appreciation Day, and its popularity (and knowledge of its existence) is growing. And we couldn’t be happier about that.

Today marks the true beginning of summer: the time of the year when you can find some of the rarest and coolest cars out there in a local parking lot or driving down the street. There are likely to be events all over the place (just check out SEMA’s list for some of the ones happening this weekend). The day has historically (as in the past four years) been a time for car cruises, shows and parades to celebrate America’s automotive heritage. And we imagine these kinds of events will likely be going on a bit throughout the summer.

Some of the bigger ones going on this weekend are below:

The Petersen Automotive Museum will be among the larger venues celebrating National Collector Car Appreciation Day. The Petersen is an absolutely amazing venue that attracts visitors from all over the U.S. While you’re there, you can check out the 150 cars they have on display. And driving your Collector Car out today could get you free admission to the museum. Definitely worth a visit.

In the New York area? Check out the New York AutoFest Car Club‘s Collector Car Appreciation Day cruise on Friday night in Bayville, NY. If that’s not enough for you, you can head to Hicksville, NY, on Sunday for the New York Summer AutoFest, the club’s biggest show of the year.

If you’re in Florida, the Key West Power Cruise is a 5-day-long “traveling car show” that shouldn’t be missed. The cruise kicked off Wednesday in Lake City, FL, and is currently on its way down to Key West. Over the days the cruise stops for 4 different car shows, so check out the schedule and find out where and when to catch some of the coolest cars Florida has to offer.

For midwestern British car aficionados, the British Car Club of Greater Cincinnati has you covered. Head on down to Harbin Park in Fairfield, OH, on Sunday and see some of the finest cars produced under the Union Jack.

Love Mopar? You won’t want to miss the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals in Carlisle, PA. The show will feature over 2,100 cars from all eras of Chrysler’s history. If you’re in the area and don’t want to miss the Pentastar, the show runs from Friday to Sunday.

Here’s to a great weekend with great cars!

For a more complete list of Collector Car Appreciation Day events, click here.

Are you going to any car shows this summer? Where and when? Feel free to share info about upcoming events and photos from any shows you attend in a comment.

-jharrington and zwaller

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