Automotive enthusiasts of all ages braved the record-breakin, Phoenix-area summer heat to attend the “7th annual SEMA Collector Car Appreciation Day Car Show,” hosted by Nancy Perry Productions with title sponsorship from ClassicCars.com, in Glendale, Arizona, on July 9.
Recognized by the U.S. Senate, Collector Car Appreciation Day was created by the Specialty Equipment Market Association to acknowledge and celebrate the role automotive restoration and collection plays in society.
In the Phoenix area, Nancy Perry Productions has been hosting and promoting car shows, such as the annual Cruise on Central and various weekly car shows, for nearly 20 years, drawing 100 to 1,000 cars. Despite the intense afternoon heat in early July, more than 100 cars were on Appreciation Day display in the parking lot of Mixteca Mexican Food.
Those cars included a healthy mixture of muscle cars and resto-mods, hot rods, classic sedans, cruisers, low riders, rat rods, trucks, modern muscle and performance, in addition to various imports.
Several car clubs participated in the event, including the AZLX Modern Mopar Club and Wild West Mustangs of Arizona.
Car show participants and spectators were treated to a “SEMA” cake adorned with the event flyer prior to the awards ceremony.
Photography by James Sasser