64_Dodge_Dart_F34.jpgPresidents Day, Valentine’s Day, Boxing Day, Christmas Day; you name it, there is a “special day” for most things in the 21st Century. Add Collector Car Appreciation Day to your calendar and hope that the boss gives you the day off, because not only is July 8 the day of the collector car, it’s also the first day of the Chrysler Nationals at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds and they’ll be celebrating all weekend long, July 8-10.

    The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA)
    and its Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) and Hot Rod
    Industry Alliance (HRIA) Councils have deemed July 8, 2011 to be the
    official “Collector Car Appreciation Day.” This is the second such
    observance of what is intended to be an annual event. The purpose of the
    day is to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and
    collection plays in American society.

    As part of this special
    day, Carlisle Events and the Chrysler Nationals will be one of hundreds
    of events nationwide to work with and recognize individuals, car clubs
    and businesses as they organize car cruises, club gatherings and other
    educational events to celebrate the day.

    In Carlisle, the
    originators of the phrase “Collector Car,” one lucky person will be
    recognized for the love and upkeep they show to their car and the
    collector car hobby. By visiting www.CarlisleEvents.com and/or
    e-mailing to CollectorCar@CarlisleEvents.com, you can share your story
    (or that of someone you know) in 210 words or less as to what you or
    your friend does to be that special someone who appreciates the
    collector car hobby. The deadline to register is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June
    21, just over two weeks prior to the start of the Chrysler Nationals
    and the observance itself. The winner will be selected by Carlisle
    Events co-owner and co-founder Bill Miller.

    By submitting your
    story for consideration, you become eligible for the grandest of
    recognitions; a free weekend pass plus VIP parking for the 2011 Chrysler
    Event and a showfield registration PLUS weekend hotel accommodations
    for 2012. The collector car hobbyist has a passion like no other and not
    only deserves this day, but deserves the prize.

    The Carlisle
    Chrysler Nationals offer a true Mopar-lover’s paradise. With vehicles
    from all eras of the Chrysler brand – classics, musclecars,
    high-performance new models and more – you won’t want to miss the
    enormous showfield organized by year, make and model as well as
    fantastic indoor displays. In addition, there are a slew of kids’
    activities, industry guests, car and engine giveaways as well as NHRA
    drag racing. Whether you prefer the A, B or E body style – this show has
    it all!