Thanks to the efforts of several members of the State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus, the Michigan State Senate issued a resolution commemorating August 2013 as Automotive Heritage Month in the state. This action follows U.S. Senate Resolution 176, which designated July 12, 2013 as Collector Car Appreciation Day and was requested by the SEMA Action Network (SAN) to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society.
Formed in 2005, the State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus is a bi-partisan group of hundreds of state lawmakers from all 50 states whose common thread is a love and appreciation for automobiles. Supported by the SAN, the Caucus is raising the motor vehicle hobby’s profile in the state legislatures and in the eyes of the public. Among the Caucus members sponsoring the Michigan resolution were Senators Kowall, Jones, Hune, Anderson and Hopgood.
Michigan is home to the world-famous Woodward Dream Cruise, which according to the resolution is the world’s largest one-day celebration of classic car culture, attracting more than 1 million visitors and more than 40,000 muscle cars, street rods, custom, collector, and special interest vehicles to Michigan every year. This year’s cruise takes place on August 17.
A full photo gallery and recap of Collector Car Appreciation Day events has been posted to the SAN website and can be viewed at http://www.flickr.com/photos/semaphotos/sets/72157634576248211/