The National Association of Automobile Clubs of Canada
L’Association nationale des clubs automobiles du Canada
NAACC Helps Make the Canadian Car Collector World a Better Place
Report #88-- February 2014
E15 Ethanol Fuel: The NAACC has voiced very strong opposition to the introduction and use of E15 Ethanol based fuel in Canada. The NAACC does not support the use of Ethanol blended fuels. All blends of Ethanol are reported to cause serious damage to a variety of components in collector vehicles. The use of E10 also causes deterioration in fuel lines, carburetors and fuel tanks. As an example, Corvettes from 1997 to 2008 have experienced significant problems. Vehicles that are stored with Ethanol blended fuel often sustain serious damage from phase separation. The NAACC recommends that vehicles stored for any period of time (2 months) be fueled with Shell 91, Chevron 94 or Esso non alcohol blended fuel. http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1044861_more-ethanol-in-gasoline-bad-for-existing-cars-say-automakers
• The Alliance of Auto Manufactures says they are concerned about the “Fear of failures” Their fear is that mechanical components on older vehicles, which were never designed for higher percentages of ethanol, will fail--leaving them in the cross-hairs of customers angry that their cars couldn't run on a fuel they were not intended to use. Vulnerable components include engines, fuel pumps, and various rubber seals. The Alliance of Auto Manufacturers says that half the engines it tested had problems on blends with higher amounts of ethanol.
ICBC: Insurance Corporation of BC. The NAACC was very active in British Columbia in 2013.We sat on a three person panel at the request of ICBC to help determine acceptable ‘period’ accessories and variations for Collector Plated vehicles and to determine what would be acceptable deviations from absolute stock vehicles. The process involved doing extensive written submissions justifying our positions. Jim Macdonald, Nigel Mathews and John Carlson made up the three person panel. Submissions were scrutinized by ICBC and many suggestions were accepted.
Provincial Governments: Written submissions were presented to Provincial Governments by the NAACC asking that the month of July be declared as NAACC Automotive Heritage Month in 2013. Most Provincial Governments granted our request and issued formal declarations signed by the Premier or the Minister of Justice, Attorney General, the Lieutenant Governor or the Minister of Tourism. All Clubs were asked to submit their activities to the NAACC so they could then be highlighted on the NAACC website www.naacc.ca Many Provincial Governments have declared July 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013 as NAACC Automotive Heritage Month. July 2014 will be declared as Automotive Heritage Month in Canada.
Past P.E.I. Director Rudy Croken & current Director Shawn MacLean were successful in obtaining a proclamation from P.E.I. Director Bob Ford secured a proclamation from NFLD and Doug Keith secured a proclamation form SK. New Brunswick’s Ron Haines is featured on the web site signing with the Minister of Tourism. Gord Forman secured a proclamation from Manitoba. John Carlson secured a proclamation from BC.
Paint & Finishes: We lobbied the Federal Government approximately 5 years ago so that all hobbyists in Canada could continue using lacquer based products for repair to their collector vehicles. In 2012 and 2013 we revisited the Federal Government again asking for the continued use of Lacquer based products. This lobby was successful. In 2014 you may still purchase and use lacquer based products in Canada.
Club and Officers Insurance: We oversee the NAACC Clubs liability insurance program on behalf of Pat Anderson Insurance Agency. We deal directly with Commercial Insurance Advisor Christine Coulter on a regular basis. This club insurance program is considered by many in the hobby to be the most comprehensive insurance program in Canada. It covers liquor liability, travel to and from the USA, all club functions including the serving of food and beverage. It covers car shows and club meetings. It does not cover speed trails or competition events. This policy covers club Directors and Officers. The NAACC does make any money from this policy. It is offered to our membership strictly as a service.
British Columbia Lobby: The NAACC also lobbied the BC Government to drop the newly created (TDP) Tax on Designated Products once the HST was rolled back to the PST/GST in April 2013. All NAACC car clubs in BC were provided written outlines and government addresses and asked to have their club members send letters to their MLA’s and the government asking that the extra TDP 5% sales tax on the sale of used vehicles be brought back to the what it was before the HST was initiated. We received many replies from both sides of the government. The NAACC’s position is that the sale of Collector vehicles 25 years old and older should not have this TDP tax applied to them. Since the Province is reverting back to the PST/GST format the sales of used vehicles should remain the same as it was before the HST was initiated. The NAACC submitted more than 10,000 requests. Unfortunately we were not successful. Any collector car purchased privately in BC is now subject to an additional TDP 6% tax. The total sales tax on the sale of Collector Cars in BC is now 12% regardless of how old they are.
Nova Scotia: The NS government is doing a major motor vehicle legislative review. Director Conrad LeLievre continues to work with the Department of Motor Vehicles in Nova Scotia. This has been an ongoing process and an endless series of meetings for the past three years as Nova Scotia rewrites motor vehicle legislation that will affect the ‘Collector’ vehicle hobby.
Manitoba: NAACC Vice President Gordon Forman continues to monitor the NAACC’s FORUM on our website as well as working with Webmaster Cam Hutchins. Our website www.naacc.ca continues to be a source of support for car clubs across Canada.
Quebec: In 2013 NAACC Director Michel Lamoureux brought Canada’s French Canadian component into the forefront of the hobby across Canada. Michel developed our new NAACC French Canadian logo. He was also instrumental in arranging meetings and introductions with a number of Quebec Car Club presidents. NAACC Quebec Director and ‘Hobbyist Of The Year’ Gilbert Bureau now sits on the NAACC Board of Directors.
Saskatchewan: Congratulations to NAACC Director Doug Keith. He was invited and has accepted a position as a Board Member for the Canadian Model A Ford Foundation www.cmaff.com Doug continues to serve as the NAACC National treasurer.
Alberta: Both NAACC Directors James Herbert and Warren Rogalsky continue to lobby on behalf of the NAACC. They both attended the recent SEMA meetings. Both work tirelessly to ensure our hobby is protected.
British Columbia: Derek Long and Alexander De Clerke represent the Vintage Car Club of Canada as well as serve as Directors on the Board. Derek is the current National President for the VCCC and Alex is the VCCC web master www.vccc.com
SEMA: In November of 2013 the NAACC was hosted by SEMA. We held a ‘Special’ meeting to discuss International concerns and how we could continue to work together to further the hobby’s best interests on both sides of the border. SEMA Action Network Director Colby Martin attended the meeting and spoke at length as to why SEMA values the NAACC. In January 2014 I met with SEMA past president Corky Coker and discussed a continued working relationship with SEMA. There is a misconception in the marketplace that SEMA is only concerned with Custom and Modified vehicles. This notion is completely false. SEMA is interested in protecting the rights of ‘ALL’ collector vehicle owners whether they be stock or modified vehicle enthusiasts.
Ontario: NAACC Directors Doug Greer ON, Doug Keith SK, Michel Lamoureux Quebec, Gilbert Bureau, Quebec all judged at the 2013 inaugural Cobble Beach Concours which was held on the Owen Sound just outside of Toronto. The show was a terrific success and is already gaining attention from across North America and Europe. Over 4000 spectators traveled from across Canada and all parts of the USA to attend. NAACC President John Carlson served as Chief Judge. Rob McLeese, the show chairman & founder of the Cobble Beach Concours expressed his sincere appreciation to the NAACC for our involvement and the work that we do.
• Enjoy the video clip of the Cobble Beach Concours http://cobblebeachconcours.com
In closing: I was recently asked by a club member what they received for their $5.00 a year NAACC membership dues.(the price of a cup of coffee and a donut) My answer was, “many NAACC Directors spend twenty to thirty hours a month or more working for the general good of the hobby in their respective Provinces. I view that as exceptional value for your $5.00 a year membership.”
My warm regards to you all.
John Carlson President / CEO NAACC