L’Association nationale des clubs automobiles du Canada

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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What’s New

NAACC Presidents Report #111 — March, 2023

 2023 is fast becoming a banner year for the NAACC. At least 30 new clubs have joined the NAACC in 2023. The Directors and Officers’ liability insurance component coupled with coverage for the entire family membership has been the catalyst. I am receiving calls weekly from clubs across Canada wanting to know how they can qualify for our insurance program. The simple answer is, all you need to do is to have your club join the National Association of Automobile Clubs of Canada. The membership cost is only $5.00 per family membership. Your club does not have to be a registered Society.

Some NAACC benefits: Representation at the Federal Government level to keep your collector vehicles on the public highways. You can follow the news of the hobby on our Website naacc.ca

  • Quarterly Reports and periodic updates. Coverage on Facebook & Twitter
  • Coverage of NAACC sanctioned events such as the Cobble Beach Concours held in Owen Sound Ontario, Pacific Northwest Deuce Days held in Victoria, BC (next event 2025) and the Coasters Cross Canada held every 5 years.
  • We are affiliated with the (CCMTA) Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators. The NAACC spends on average $2500-$3000 to attend meetings and pay their dues so that we can provide input from the collector vehicle perspective. This is to help you stay on the public roads!
  • Getting Paid: Recently I was asked by Jim Carpenter, the president of the Vintage Car Club of Canada, if any one on the NAACC team got paid for doing their job. My answer was a straight forward no. No one on the Board gets paid for doing their job. We are all volunteers.
  • In late 2022 we are fortunate to welcome two new Directors. Jean-Yves Gauthier joins us from Quebec and David Murphy joins us from Orangeville Ontario.
  • Insurance Claim: We recently had an insurance claim that was paid out by our insurance company. The claim was in excess of $54,000. Our NAACC insurance worked well and the claim was paid without hesitation or dispute.

What happened could have happened to any member of any club.  A member of the Vintage Car Club of Canada fell and broke his hip on some loose concrete outside of an ice arena. He was headed into a vintage car swap meet. Unfortunately, the club had waved their right to subrogation when they signed the waver with the city to rent the arena. Also, when the Club was asked if they did a due diligence inspection of the site, they were honest and said no.  They assumed it was safe. This left the insurance lawyers helpless. Hence, the insurance company paid out the five figure claim made by injured party. The lesson for all of us is to have an inspection team do a survey of the area of a club function and report any dangerous concerns back to the renter immediately. The positive thing about this occurrence is that this the second time the NAACC insurance program has performed well and saved the members of club and their Board of Directors from being from being sued. I am sure there are not many clubs who could afford a $54,000 plus $$ payout plus the legal costs associated with the claim. The moral of the story. Make sure your club has liability insurance. 

Good News: For those of you who are Hot Rod enthusiasts please note that the NAACC and the (AHRF) American Hot Rod Foundation, under the leadership of Director David Steele, have partnered. We fully support the AHRF. They trace the history of hot rodding back to its roots. We strongly encourage you to join this group  https://ahrf.com The American Hot Rod Foundation is a non profit, focused on preserving hot rod history. They have recorded more than 150 interviews with the most important pioneers of the sport. Their website packed with history and is simply awesome! 

In closing, I want to take this opportunity to say thank you again for your support as we head into cruising weather.

Warmest Regards,
John Carlson
NAACC President/CEO


Concorso Italiano 2022 Gallery


Concorso Italiano 2022

Concorso Italiano takes place on the Saturday right before the Pebble Beach Concours d Elegance and usually I get there very early in the morning. I really enjoy shooting the cars as they enter the field. We were delayed making it to the Concorso as it we had to go to...

Concorso Italiano 2019

 2019 Concorso Italiano, photos by Cam Hutchins, report by Cam Hutchins and JJ Carlson The 2019 Concorso Italiano was held once again at the Black Horse Golf Course with over 800 Italian vehicles on hand to please everyone. Anniversaries are important at car shows a...

Concorso Italiano 2018 Hutchins-Carlson

2018 Concorso Italiano by camhutchins@shaw.ca | Oct 16, 2018 | Events The 33rd Concorso ItalianoBayonet Black Horse Gold Course in Seaside California had a great selection of the cars that made Italy famous and celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Ferrari Daytona,...

Concorso Italiano 2014

Concorso Italiano, 2014 August 17, 2014 by JJ Carlson The 29th annual Concorso Italiano 2014 was held on the lush fairways of the Bayonet Black Horse Golf Course in Seaside, California. This show marked the 100th Anniversary of Maserati. Zagato vehicles and Pantera’s...

Concorso Italiano 2015

Concorso ItalianoBlack Horse Golf Course August 2015 My trip to the Concorso Italiano for the 2015 event was the 6th time I had been able to take in the show. Getting there early was the key to getting great shots as the crowds move in quickly.   I parked as...

Concorso Italiano 2012

Concorso Italiano® August 17, 2012 Monterey, CaliforniaPhotos and report by Cam Hutchins   The 2012 Car Week marked a few celebrations of longevity and from the masses of real Shelby Cobras on the roads it was obvious it was the Shelby 50th anniversary but also...

Concorso Italiano 2010 Gallery

2010 Gallery of cars from the 2010 Concorso Italiano in Monterey California

Concorso Italiano 2010

25th Annual Concorso Italiano: Ferrari F40 FeaturedAugust 13, 2010J.J. Carlson - Director of Media RelationsMonterey, Calif. – After a very successful event in 2009, it was no surprise that 2010 would also take place at the lucious Laguna Seca Golf Ranch off highway...

Concorso Italiano 2011

2011 Image GalleryPhotos by Cam Hutchins Laguna Seca Golf Ranch - Monterey, CA The 2011 Concorso Italiano was a huge success and the date for next year is Friday August 17, 2012 at the Laguna Seca Golf Ranch Monterey, California 9a.m. to 5p.m. The great variety of...

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.
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January 2022 Visit to the Lemay, America’s Car Museum

The NAACC has been an interictal part of the museum from the very early concept stages and is a Club Auto Founding Member. The National Association of Automobile Clubs of Canada has its name proudly displayed in the lobby of the museum and also on a large granite plaque located at the entrance to the museum.  If you belong to an NAACC club and would like to have free admission to the museum contact NAACC president John Carlson and he will arrange for free admission tickets for you. He needs a two-week notice. This offer is limited to parties of six or less. The museum is currently displaying 75 Years of Porsche and has at least 250 plus other vehicles on display including 10-12 featured exhibits.

The LeMay Museum, “America’s Museum” had a great display of some of Hetfield’s creations on display. Cam Hutchins, the NAACC webmaster, went on a visit in late January before the display changed over to celebrating the 75th anniversary of Porsche.

Born in Downey California in 1963, young James Hetfield took up music early and started playing piano at 9 years old. The guitar became his instrument of choice at 14 and he went on to play with the rock band Metallica.

Watching his Dad tinker in the garage must have paid off as now Hetfield is a “committed automobile aficionado” with a special interest in the “Kustom Kulture”.



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.

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Meet the NAACC Directors

Conrad LeLièvre Nova Scotia Director:

Conrad LeLièvre is a mechanical engineer who worked as a plant engineering person for Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. for 28 years, retiring in 2005. He currently works for CBCL Limited, consulting engineers, in Halifax as their corporate safety coordinator. His position covers 8 offices in all 4 Atlantic Provinces.

He obtained his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the Nova Scotia Technical College in 1975, and has been a licensed professional engineer in Nova Scotia since 1978. Conrad also holds a CRSP (Canadian Registered Safety Professional) designation, which he obtained in 2003.

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David Murphy

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.
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2017 Concours of America from a Canadian perspective!

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>>

Concours of America Plymouth Mi July 27, 2018

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>>​

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.

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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.

2022 Historic Hot Reunion of BC

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2022 Northwest Deuce Days

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Cobble Beach Concours d Elegance

“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.”
Al Clark

The Hot Rods of Pebble Beach

The “Car Guide” from the 2022 Pebble Beach Concours d Elegance is a wealth of information and here is some info on the Class V 1932 Magazine Cover Hot Rods


Report #111

NAACC Presidents Report #111 -- March, 2023 2023 is fast becoming a banner year for the NAACC. At least 30 new clubs have joined the NAACC in 2023. The Directors and Officers’ liability insurance component coupled with coverage for the entire family membership has...

PEI Proclamation

Prince Edward Island Automotive Heritage MonthNational Association of Automobile Clubs of CanadaJuly 20, 2022I want to extend warm greetings to all members of the National Association of Automobile Clubs of Canada as they gather to celebrate Automotive Heritage...

#110- Presidents Report June 2022

Presidents Report #110- June 2022… National Association of Automobile Clubs of Canada Greetings All,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...

Tom Woodhouse

Tom Woodhouse                                                                                                                                                              National Executive Secretary and SK NAACC DirectorTom Woodhouse is a National Association Life...

2021 Proclamations

2021 Proclamations British Columbia Prince Edward island Alberta The Honourable Salma Lakhani, Lieutenant Governor of Our Province of Alberta has declared and proclaimed the second Friday in July of "each year" as Collector Car Appreciation Day in Alberta. This also...

May 24 Fort Langley

May 24 Fort Langley With BC still going through a "Pause" to get our Covid numbers done, no car events were planned for the May Long Weekend. Local Steve Williams contacted a number of clubs and even with heavy rain we got over 25 cars to drive through Fort Langley...

Canadian Federal Legislation (Exporting a Canadian Vehicle) 2021

Vehicles registered or domiciled in Canada Vehicles 50 years old or older. This information may help any person contemplating selling their collector vehicle outside of Canada. Canadian Federal legislation may affect the ability to do just that!  The National...

Collector Car Tires and more

EVs are so heavy Continental had to invent a new weight rating for its tires. New 'HL' prefix indicates special tire for modern cars loaded with batteries.BY ALEX REID | 2/1/2021Modern cars are, as you may know, pretty massive and heavy, and they’re not going to get...

Customs and Altered Vehicles

Fenderless Law changed in BC. Over the years many individuals and groups have worked very hard to help bring about this BC law change. The (BCHRA) British Columbia Hot Rod Association, (SVABC) Specially Vehicle Association of BC, the (NAACC) National Association of...

Report 108 — NAACC Presidents Year End Report

Report 108 -- NAACC Presidents Year End Report National Association of Automobile Clubs of CanadaCelebrating 50 years of helping the Collector Car Hobby in CanadaGreetings NAACC members and friends,As 2020 draws to a close I am reflecting back on an unforgettable...

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.
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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.

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 –


The 2022 RM Auctions Monterey

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”
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Check out the latest Cruisin’ Canada!!!

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!

  • Save $$ on Duty Free Imports
  • 4 New ‘Important’ Strategic Partners
  • Collector Car Appreciation Day 2020
  • Automotive Heritage Month 2020
  • 50th NAACC Anniversary  Pg 4

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Some important new partnerships for the NAACC

Driving Tomorrow’s Workforce of Technicians


TechForce Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) that champions students to and through their education and into careers as professional technicians.

LeMay America’s Car Museum

Not Just a Museum

Whether you’re a collector, an automotive enthusiast, or just a fan of cars, the stories in the Motor Mouth Blog will captivate your imagination.

Restoration, Preservation, Mentorship

The RPM Foundation supports restoration and preservation training programs for the next generation of automotive, motorcycle and marine craftsmen. The services, resources and grants provided by RPM safeguard the future of the collector vehicle industry by sustaining hands-on training for young adults.

America’s Automotive Trust

Our vision is to celebrate America’s love affair with the automobile and to ensure that the love affair continues for generations to come.

As we grew our community of automotive enthusiasts, we saw a need to preserve the passion of collectible cars and the mark that automobiles have left on American life in the 20th century.


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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.

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. 

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 naaacccmembership@yahoo.ca

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 !

Bob Ford