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The National Association of Automobile Clubs of Canada will strive to act as the unified voice of the automotive hobbyist in Canada by promoting and encouraging the preservation of the automobile, its historic lore, and its associated items.
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2022 Hobbyist of the year –Vernon Smith, Newfoundland
Vernon Smith’s collection of antique cars in the tiny community of Swift Current is considered to be one of the best private collections of vintage cars in North America.
Vernon charges admission to his museum and donates the proceeds to charity. Over the years he has entertained hundreds of collector car enthusiasts. In 2022 he was presented the NAACC Hobbyist of the year Award at the Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The Cobble Beach Concours, held in Owen Ontario, is a world ranked Concours and is considered to be the Premier Concours in Canada. Vernon won Most Outstanding Post War Vehicle with his 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham. Located in Swift Current, on the Burin Peninsula highway, Vernon’s Antique Car Museum is a hidden gem.
Car week was and is a crazy time to be a carnut! You can’t do it all. We tried to get to the RM auctions and always seemed to be there too late or we were just somewhere else. But the Auction preview we go to see from the outside was outstanding….and these were the cars they left outside!
I read on the RM website after the auction that 17% of the bidders were new to RM Southeby’s and 11% of those purchased cars. The state that in 11 hours of auctions, they sold 180 cars for a total of $239M, and that will be a record held for some time. They also did well at the Pebble Beach Concours d Elegance, as a 1932 Duesenberg Model J that was restored by RM Auto Restorations, won “Best of Show”
The Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame held their inductee ceremonies last Friday Nov 18th and Sat Nov 19th at Charlottetown Rodd Royalty hotel. The one Friday evening was supposed to have been held in 2021 but was cancelled for Covid.
Our PEI Antique Car Club was inducted Friday evening. The Members present were on stage including myself, Doug Parkman and Wendall Taylor along with Rudy Croken who spoke about the club as well as it’s involvement with the NAACC.
Saturday night Rudy and Ruth Croken were inducted with Rudy and Ruth both speaking on their history with the Club and the automotive accomplishments they’ve had including with the NAACC.. Photos attached for this event as well.
Please welcome David Murphy as a new Ontario NAACC Representative. David brings youth and a modern perspective to our Board. He is under 45 years old . Some of you may have met David at Cobble Beach this year. He looked after the registration for the Concours.
Congratulations to Vern Smith from the NAACC Board of directors on his win at the 2022 Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance with his 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham - First place American Production Post War -Best of Show Post War. - NAACC Hobbist of the Year for his contribution to our Hobby in Canada.
The 2022 Pebble Beach Concours D Elegance was again the epitome of car shows and really did set the standard for car shows around the world. Of special note are at least 4 cars with a Canadian connections if not out right owned by Canadians. First off is the superb restoration and presentation of the 1963 Shelby Cobra Team Race Car.
The Hot Rod Reunion of BC was held August 27th in the pits at the 18-acre Mission Raceway Park, a fully sanctioned drag strip with a three-kilometer-long motocross course an hour east of downtown Vancouver. This was the most historical and largest specialty vehicle show ever held in British Columbia.
"As this is the 10th edition of Northwest Deuce Days, we are very proud of how it has progressed over the last 24 years. Judi and I have been trying to retire from organizing the event but are very happy with Destination Greater Victoria and Jay Donovan taking on the challenge. It has been a great ride and we look forward to many more Deuce Days to come." Sincerely, Al Clark
Cobble Beach Concours d Elegance
Canadian Content at the 2022 Pebble Beach Concours d Elegance
The 2022 Pebble Beach Concours D Elegance was again the epitome of car shows and really did set the standard for car shows around the world. Of special note are at least 4 cars with a Canadian connections if not out right owned by Canadians. First off is the superb restoration and presentation of the 1963 Shelby Cobra Team Race Car, that was once driven by Shelby great, Dave MacDonald. Dave’s son Rich was one had to see the car unveiled at the show. This Cobra came in second in the Postwar Racing Class O-1 to a stellar 1953 Aston Martin DB3S Race Car from Scotland.
First place in the Postwar Touring Closed class O-3 was won by Nigel Churcher of Toronto, with his 1949 Lancia Aprilla Ghia Supergioiello Coupè. The Postwar Touring Open class was won by an Intermeccanica car and of course Intermeccanica was based in Vancouver for decades after this first place winning 1963 Apollo 3500GT Intermeccanica Spyder was built. The second place winner in this class, a 1955 Maserati A6GCS Frua Spyder, was restored by RX Auto Works of North Vancouver who also presented it for Jonathan & Wendy Segal, San Diego.
Also shown this year was the Duesenberg formally owned by Ladner’s John Dart and is one of three Duesenberg’s sold new in Canada.
Congratulations to Paul Martin for his work in having July proclaimed Automotive Heritage Month / Collector Car Appreciation Day for 2022
Also Bill Armstrong has been working very hard to get the AHM/CCAD in Ontario but with the Provincial election the Proclamation has been delayed this year. Bill has been successful in have AHM/CCAD declared by his local Member and the Proclamation has been signed for the Niagara Area with the Provincial Proclamation coming soon.
Remember to tell your clubs to send in a couple of pictures of their AHM events in July and the NAACC will send them a dated AHM Certificate of Appreciation for 2022. please send to firstname.lastname@example.org
We now have Proclamations form BC, MB, SK, NB, NS, with PE & NL coming in the next couple of weeks.
Lets get those pictures in of your clubs events for the AHM !
New Brunswick to declare July as Automotive Heritage Month & July 8 as Collector Car Appreciation Day
Congratulation to Blair Chisholm our NB Director on the early work in getting the province of New Brunswick to declare July as Automotive Heritage Month & July 8 as Collector Car Appreciation Day in his Province.
We look forward to receiving some great pictures of the celebration from that Province in July
Thanks again Blair for your hard work and dedication to our Hobby
NAACC NL/Membership Director
So far for 2022 we also have the following provinces confirmed: - British Columbia - Saskatchewan - New Brunswick - Alberta with more to follow Thanks to all the great work of the hobbyist for your time and dedication in preserving and enjoying your great rides.. Thank you from the NAACC Nova Scotia
Thanks to the hard work of our PEI Directors Wilfred Moase & Rudy Croken for getting this passed again this year. Thanks again for your hard work Bob Ford Membership/NL Director
NOW KNOW YE THAT We do by these presents proclaim that July 20022 shall be known as "Automotive Heritage Month" in the Province of British Columbia
Mr Chisholm, Thank you for your recent letter reguesting that July be declared as Automotive Heritage Month in New Brunswick, and that July 8, 2022, be declared Collector Car Appreciation Day.
I, Laura Ross, Minitster of parks, Culture and Sport in the Province of Saskatchewan in exercise of the powers conferred upon me, do hereby designate the month of Juky 2022 to be: "Automotive Heritage Month in Saskatchewan
Meet the NAACC Directors
NAACC Director of the Month
Warren has been a car and truck guy all of his life.
He was as born in Coaldale AB in 1939. In 1958 he moved to Calgary AB. He began his chosen profession as a professional truck driver. He had a successful career for 45 yrs. In Warrens words “I managed to have 40 years and 4 million miles of accident- free driving. My last job lasted 35 years with the same company hauling dry bulk cement thru the 3 western provenances SK, AB and BC.”
Warren married in 1962 and had 2 children. He remarried in 1990. He proudly boasts about his five grandchildren and one great granddaughter. Sadly, his spouse passed away in 2006.
“My interest in cars was always there, being raised on a farm and being the oldest boy, I learned to drive at an early age. My uncle had a beautiful 1952 Pontiac which I thought was the best car ever. I have owned several Pontiacs over the years.”
The 2022 Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance presented by Porsche held on September 16 and 18 at the Cobble Beach Golf Resort Community on the shores of Georgian Bay.
The Cobble Beach Golf Resort Community hosted its 7th annual Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance the weekend of September 14/15, 2019. This extraordinary automotive weekend kickstarted on Friday evening with a cocktail reception at the Cobble Beach Clubhouse.
#110 — NAACC Presidents Report, June 2022
National Association of Automobile Clubs of Canada
These last two to three years have been a struggle for the old car hobby. Many events were cancelled in 2019 and are thankfully emerging again in 2022.
The big Concours news in the USA is that the Arizona Concours is coming back after closing its doors in 2018. The revived Concours will be back January 22, 2023 in ‘Old Town’ Scottsdale Arizona to kick off car week. The venue is featuring the ‘design and aerodynamics’ of the automobile. The 100-car field will feature many of the most rare and exciting collector and race cars in the world. https://scottsdaleperformingarts.org/event/arizona-concours-delegance/
“Over the course of its five-year run, the Arizona Concours raised a reported $300,000 for its named charity, Make-A-Wish Arizona, an amount sufficient to grant more than 30 wishes for children fighting life-threatening illnesses.”
The big news in Canada is the reappearance of the Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Owen Sound Ontario. Every year this premier show has featured world class vehicles from the USA and Canada. Many of the truly great collector cars of Europe and North America will be featured at this Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance | Sept 16 – 18, 2022 The (NAACC) National Association of Automobile Clubs of Canada plays a major role in this Concours as the show is an official sanctioned NAACC event. The National presents the Rolling Sculpture, Historical Significance and Canadian Hobbyist of the Year Awards. The NAACC Board of Directors will participate in the judging process as well. The NAACC will also have an in-person full day Board meeting at this event as well.
July 2022 has been designated as Automotive Heritage Month in Canada and the USA. The NAACC will also celebrate Collector Appreciation Day July 8, 2022. The NAACC started these two celebrations in conjunction with SEMA/SAN in the USA. These celebrations were established and declared by SEMA/SAN and the NAACC. The July 8th date marks the thirteenth consecutive commemoration in what is now an annual holiday to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in North American society.
Victoria British Columbia will be the site of the Pacific Northwest Deuce Days. The event takes place once every three years. The Northwest Deuce Days event is scheduled from July 14 to July 17, 2022. A static display of 1932 vehicles will be located in front of the Parliament buildings on Sunday July 17. The Northwest Deuce Days event features pre-1952 collector cars, and was named after “deuces,” a term used to describe vehicles produced in 1932. It is expected that there will be in excess of six hundred 1932 vehicles and over 600 pre 1952 vehicles from across Canada and the USA. This will be the largest 1932 gathering in the world according to the organizers. The event is an NAACC sanctioned event. The National Association of Automobile Clubs of Canada president John Carlson will present the Deuce Days Chairmans Award and the NAACC Historical Significance Award.
2022 marks the 55th year since the first Tour in 1967. The most recent Tour traveled from Victoria BC to St Johns NL in 2017. I can attest personally to what a great Tour it was as my wife Koko and I drove 22,000 Kms in our Cleveland powered Mustang. It was a great three-month trip! We traveled with approximately 99 other collector vehicles. This July the Coasters Tour leaves from Newfoundland and travels to Victoria BC. They should arrive in Victoria on Labor Day weekend. The sixty plus vehicle Tour will have traveled approximately 20,000 Km over a two-month period.
Please take the time to call up SEMA/SAN and let them know what you and your club did during the Month of July so that SEMA can place your activities on their website. https://www.semasan.com/canadian-legislation-and-regulatory-roundup
I want to remind you all that our Club Directors/Officers and Club Members insurance program has maintained its fee premiums for 2022. Our insurance policy provides clubs and their memberships with the affordable protection they need. The policy also provides legal counsel and representation if a club has a claim filed against it.
In closing, I want to take this opportunity to say thank you for your continued support and wish you all a great ‘Touring’ summer and fall.
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L’Association nationale des clubs automobiles du Canada”
The NAACC will encourage a cooperative working relationship between governments, at both the federal and provincial level to prevent restrictive legislation.
The NAACC has renegotiated with ImageWare/Marks for our 2021 & 2022 NAACC discount package.
Our 10% Discount Package is good until April 30, 2022. Click here and go to the Members page, use the Members password your club rep has given you. The password starts with an upper case capital ‘P’ Use the same password to open up PDF file to print.
Like it or not, ethanol in gas is here to stay
Taken from Hemmings Motor News and distributed by the National Association of Automobile Clubs of Canada Corp. www.naacc.ca
Jim O’Clair’s recent post in Hemmings on zinc levels in modern oils led to a discussion about the other fluids we put in our collector cars –
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Thanks to Wilfred for producing this newsletter. 2020 is the 50th anniversary of the NAACC and we are all proud but saddened by the ongoing pandemic. Stay safe everyone, and if you have any stories to contribute, send them to Wilfred!
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Our vision is to celebrate America’s love affair with the automobile and to ensure that the love affair continues for generations to come.
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National Association of Automobile Clubs of Canada joins as strategic partner
TechForce welcomes The National Association of Automobile Clubs of Canada (NAACC) as a strategic partner in its workforce development campaign to inspire, support and connect the next generation of transportation technicians. A Founding Member and longtime financial contributor to LeMay – America’s Car Museum, NAACC strives to act as the unified voice of the automotive hobbyist in Canada. More about NAACC>>
What: The annual Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is a museum revving to life with hundreds of historic and period-correct race and sports cars from nearly every era. Yet, they are not for show. Drivers race them in corresponding run groups to enjoy them at speed and for the entertainment of thousands of enthusiastic visitors. Experience rare cars firing up, being worked on, and driven as they were originally intended. Add in family activities, refined food options and opportunities to rub shoulders with legendary drivers, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is a full sensory experience.
Featured Marque: The official start of a year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Photos by Cam Hutchins
Report by JJ Carlson and Cam Hutchins
Up early Friday morning to get to the track and shooting all day of the qualifying. The entrants cover almost types of auto racing and this year had a large group of Master Endurance Legends USA is a groups of endurance cars offering a snapshot of endurance racing in the US. This group will race at various events across the US in 2019.
2022 Pebble Beach Concours d Elegance 2019 Pebble Beach Concours d Elegance
Photos by Cam Hutchins
Report by JJ Carlson and Cam Hutchins
The 2019 Concours D Elegance is the perfect ending for the perfect week for Car enthusiasts around the world. Held since 1950 at the Pebble Beach Golf Course it features some of the most significant cars from around the world.
2019 Visit to LeMay, America’s Museum
Photos by Cam Hutchins
We went to the LeMay Americas museum in June to make sure we were able to see the Bullitt Mustang. I had not been for a couple of years and my brother had never been so it was definitely time for a visit. So much has changed since my last visit, but the Bullitt Mustang and Chi Town hustler really stood out.
By Rob McLeese Last year the Eastern NAACC journalism team made Their annual pilgrimage down to Concours of America. One of the themes of the 2018 show was Cars of the Jet Age which included the General Motors Firebirds I, II and III, all developed in the 1950’s by Harley Earl and his team. These cars were far ahead of the era in terms of the technology that was included in them. Click the image for more>>
Road trip, the eastern Canadian media team of the NAACC left Toronto midday Friday, July 28th, 2017. We started off the weekend Friday evening with an RM reception celebrating art, cars and cocktails at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan. That evening we saw a great snapshot of cars that will be up for auction at upcoming RM auctions in the fall. Click the image for more>>