A Mark III Shelby Cobra at the 2012 Amelia Island Concours d'EleganceEnlarge Photo
If you collect or restore cars as a hobby, you already know that the government isn’t always your friend. Each passing year seems to bring new regulations and restrictions, despite the fact that the car hobby pumps a significant amount of money into the economy, on a local, state and national level.
Not everyone in Washington, D.C. wants you to throw down your wrenches and scrap your 1965 Shelby Cobra
, though, since the U.S. Senate has proclaimed Friday, July 13th as “Collector Car Appreciation Day
The proclamation comes via the work of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), the Automotive Restoration Market Organization (part of SEMA) and the Hot Rod Industry Alliance, and July 13th marks the third annual collector car appreciation day.
The resolution was sponsored by members of the Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus, specifically Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC).
Frankly, we never knew there was a Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsport Caucus, but now we know who we’re writing to next time we have a complaint about the industry. We wonder if they could pressure BMW to bring the M135i hatchback
to these shores, for example.
Still, the measure proves that Democrats and Republicans can get along, and if there’s a better example of bipartisan cooperation in recent years, we’d be hard-pressed to name it. Whatever you do on July 13th, make sure it involves cars.