The National Association of Automobile Clubs of Canada
L’Association nationale des clubs automobiles du Canada
What is that old saying, “once a car guy, always a car guy”
My involvement in cars, like most of us began in my teens. We were all fascinated by the cars we would see cruising up and down the main street on a Friday or Saturday night or possibly around the high school at lunch time and again after school.
My father owned his own body shop and between my brother and I we would give a helping hand repairing and priming the cars. My father would pick up the odd vehicle, fix it up and sell it. Occasionally my brother and I would have the opportunity to use them until sold.
I happened to hear about a 1940 Ford that was for sale for a few hundred bucks, so I bought it. It was partially customized with the old flat-head still in it, but it was a start. I took it down to my fathers shop, at King and Strachan so I could work on it weekends.
I was a bit surprised on Sat. when I had it out doing some work on it when the Police came in and asked to speak to the owner. Well there I was smiling ear to ear saying I was. I then received a tongue lashing from the cops warning me to stop racing up and down the alley and causing a disturbance. It didn’t take much to realize what my brother was doing, week-nights down at the shop while I was at home doing my school work.
Well, I kept that 40 Ford for a few years, installed a T’bird 292 into it, completed all the body work and had it primed ready to paint and then sold it in 1965.
It was 39 years later before I really got back into Street Rodding with a 23 Ford T’bucket that my wife purchased for me. It took us a year to fix it up, get it painted and back on the road. That is when I really felt like I was reborn and 18. My wife and I would go out for week end drives, attend local Cruise Nights and Car Shows and began meeting the greatest people around Ontario. We were also members of the Caledon Cruisers Car Club. We soon began expanding our travelling by attending the CANATs and the Atlantic Nationals in Moncton. In 1997 I attended one of the CSRA meetings and put my mane forward to assist in some way and before I knew it I was the Events Co-ordinator.
I moved up a was elected to be Vice President for 3 years before assuming the Presidents role in 2004. I remained President until 2007 when the CSRA ceased operations.
WE are still involved in the hobby, but have backed off a little as the CSRA took its toll. Currently we have a 1948 Tudor Ford Street Rod, 1973 Chevy Caprice Estate Wagon, my wife Pat’s 1951 International Pick-Up that is a work in progress and our 2008 Ford Mustang.
I am currently 64 years young, members of the Wasaga Beach Cruisers Car Club and try to attend regional car shows and events. We still attend the Atlantic Nationals each year as we have made many friends out that way as well as in Maine where we attend two event each year with the Central Maine Street Rodders.
Robert (Bob) Klowak
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