The U.S. Senate has designated July 12, 2013 as “Collector Car Appreciation Day.” Officials from SEMA and its Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) and the Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Councils suggested this annual event to celebrate the role automotive restoration and collection plays in American life. The date marks the fourth commemoration of the event, according to SEMA. “We again thank the U.S. Senate for the continuing recognition of the collector car hobby as a strong American tradition and pastime,” said Steve McDonald, SEMA vice president of government affairs. “With Australia and Canada joining the mix, Collector Car Appreciation Day has now become an international recognition of the collector car industry and the millions of hobbyists it supports. The collector car industry helps preserve our unique American automotive heritage while contributing to the economy by providing high-skilled, well-paying jobs.”
To demonstrate the power of the new AC systems from CAA’s Restomod Air division, we thought up the ultimate cooling test. We fitted a black ’69 Z-28 Camaro with Restomod Air’s Haymaker AC system and drove out to Death Valley for three days. In August.
Along for the ride were our friends at Chevy High Performance magazine, who helped out with testing and measurement. They were witness to the Haymaker’s awesome ability to keep passengers cool even with the windows open to the 125-degree heat outside. In fact, they professed to being “chilled to the bone” by the 45-degree air blasting through the vents and pumping inside the bucket seats.
The next CAA staff person in our interview spotlight is an illustrator-slash-car nut. He’s the man behind CAA’s advertisements and instruction manuals.
How long have you been with CAA?
Two years and one month. I applied with actual samples. I checked out what CAA was already doing and redid some of it. I brought revised illustrations for the instruction manual, so that I wasn’t walking in empty-handed.
Classic Auto Air’s Tampa, Florida based Original Air Group, home of our Factory Original A/C Parts and Restoration Services is now on Facebook! We’ll be posting regularly about our current projects, car show exhibits, and promotions. You’ll also find links to articles on caring for your vintage auto air conditioning systems. Our Grapevine, Texas CAA group which manufactures our Perfect Fit model-specific aftermarket replacement air conditioning kits and parts also has a Facebook presence.