The National Association of Automobile Clubs of Canada
L’Association nationale des clubs automobiles du Canada
Hobbyist of the Year Award
The NAACC Hobbyist of the Year Award is presented for Dedication and Excellence in Perpetuating North American Automotive Tradition. This prestigious award celebrates auto enthusiasts on multiple levels, including character, community involvement, integrity, and a level of excellent presentation of their vehicle or involvement with a club, a Concours or a major contribution of time and effort in bettering the collector vehicle hobby in Canada.
An inscribed thank you plaque is presented to the recipient in recognition of their accomplishments.
This award was developed in 2013. The first award was presented by NAACC National president John Carlson at the Cobble Beach Concours d’ Elegance, Owen Sound, Ontario Canada.
2017: Fraser & Dorothy Field, Deroche British Columbia
Fraser and Dorothy served as Wagon Masters for two NAACC Cross Canada Tours. In 2017 they led 104 NAACC Canadian Coasters from Victoria BC to Saint John’s Newfoundland. For more than 5 years they planned and organized the entire tour. The trip started in Victoria BC and took two months to reach St. Johns traveling the back roads of Canada. Fraser is the 2018 President of the Central Fraser Valley Chapter of the Vintage Car Club of Canada. In past years he has served seven previous terms as president. Fraser is also the current president of the NAACC Canadian Coasters Car Club. Fraser has accepted a position on the 2018 NAACC Board of Directors. He will provide leadership and impute on future Cross Canada Tours. The NAACC is grateful for his dedication and leadership. We also owe a huge debt of gratitude to his wife Dorothy for her significant role in organizing two Cross Canada Tours.
2016: Carl Becker, British Columbia Canada
Carl Becker resides in Sannich British Columbia. Carl founded (CMAFF) the Canadian Model A Ford Foundation and is the past president. Through Carl’s leadership and other Board members efforts CMAFF has been instrumental in updating the Model A Ford Club of America Canadian judging guidelines. Literally, hundreds of hours have been dedicated to this project.
Carl is a past judging committee member of the Model A Ford Club of America. He is also a MAFCA National Best of Show winner. His 1931 Model A roadster has received the MAFCA Award of Excellence.
The NAACC is proud to recognize Carl Becker’s achievements and has awarded him the Hobbyist of the Year for 2016.
2015: Steve Plunkett, Ontario Canada
Steve is the founder of the Fleetwood Country Cruize-In. He is most definitely a celebrity in his own right. “We want to honour Steve Plunkett and recognize his many contributions to the car hobby by featuring his cars in the collector class,” says Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance Founder and Chairman Rob McLeese. “Without his help, I don’t think this we would have gotten this Concours off the ground five years ago.” Steve opens his doors to the collector hobby to view his wonderful collection every year. “I enjoy the aspect of giving back. I have been lucky in my life thus far and I feel it is important that everyone give back in some small way,” Plunkett said. “It doesn’t have to be in a big way, but in some small way. Collectively it makes this world a better place.” Plunkett, who has called his home “the most public, private residence in Canada,” opens up this venue to thousands of people every year. The NAACC is proud to be associated with Mr. Plunkett and thanks him for his unwavering support and hospitality to the collector car community.
2014: Robert McLeese, Ontario Canada
Rob founded the Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Owen Sound Ontario Canada. This event has become a cornerstone in the Concours world and is considered as one the top 10 Concours in North America and the largest Concours in Canada.
He serves as Founder and Chairman of the Concours. He is also a well known vehicle Concours judge. He judges at many shows including the Arizona Concours, Crescent Beach Concours in BC and Hilton Head Concours in SC. He is the NAACC Director of Eastern Media Relations.
Rob is the President and Founder of Access Capital Corp. Toronto, Canada, a company dedicated to financing and development. Along with his father Willis McLeese he began developing a portfolio of sustainable energy projects in the 1980’s that provides small and medium sized companies the funding and developing support needed to invest in environmental projects. The NAACC is honored to have him on its Board of Directors.
2013: Gilbert Bureau, St-Laurent Montréal Québec
Mr. Bureau is responsible for establishing one of Canada’s oldest Collector Car Clubs. The Voiture Ancienne du Québec (VAQ) The Vintage Automobile Club of Quebec was established more than 45 years ago. It is the largest collector car club in Canada. Gilbert has been the editor of the prestigious club magazine since the clubs inception. He is a serious Concours judge and club events organizer. He is the Chief Judge at the Blainville Concours d’Élégance and the Editor and Chief of the monthly VAQ publication: “L’Auto Ancienne”. He has owned and restored many antique cars from the 1920-50’s era. Gilbert has been an Antique car appraiser since 1975. He was invited to sit as an NAACC Board member in 2013. He is still on the Board as of 2018.
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