The National Association of Automobile Clubs of Canada
L’Association nationale des clubs automobiles du CanadaReport #102 Ten Years in Review March 2008—May 2018

What is the NAACC doing for you & the Hobby Now?

From Report # 69 March 2008 to Report #102, May 2018 see ‘red’ 2018 responses below


March  2008: We are still working to ensure the Federal Government does not implement the ban on leaded racing fuel. Please call up the web site and read the main page information update  If you have not signed the online petition please do so and please contact your MP using the information that is provided on the web site. We have received positive replies from a number of MP’s (As of 2018 this lobby was successful and Canadian & US racers may continue to use leaded racing fuel)

December 2007: We have partnered with the ‘Coasters’ 2010 Cross Canada Tour. There are 100 entries signed up already.  Fraser Field is the Wagon Master. See web site for details  (The trip in 2018 was a complete success with over 100 registrations. The proposed 2022 Tour St John’s NF to Victoria BC is already more than half full) Wagon Master Fraser Field is now an NAACC Director.

November  2007: NAACC Annual General Meeting , Toronto

Jason Tolleson from SEMA flew in from Washington DC to attend.  Ontario SEMA Hall of Fame member Bob McJannett also attended. (The NAACC interacts with  SEMA regularly.  SEMA Director Colby Martin and NAACC President John Carlson communicate often. The NAACC has held two AGM’s  with  SEMA acting as their host. The meeting facilities were donated by SEMA)


November 23, 2007: The NAACC partnered with SEMA in the USA.  We are working   together to keep the Canadian Car Hobby informed about purposed restrictive legislation in Canada.  (2018 update: We work jointly together to ensure that the hobby is protected from legislation that is detrimental to our hobby. (This has been ongoing for the past ten years. See the SEMA/SAM website.)


September 2007: Reenactment of the New York to Paris Race of 1908. We were asked by Bill Ewing, Chairman /CEO of Great Race Inc to partner with them to help with Canadian leg of the race (May 30 2008—June 14 2008) see web site for details. A special reduced entry fee had been negotiated for NAACC members.  The NAACC will have at least one fully sponsored vehicle in the race at no cost to the NAACC.


Great Race participation opportunities are being offered to all NAACC

members at a significantly reduced rate. The North American leg travels from New York to Vancouver British Columbia.  It takes place from May 30, 2008 to June 14, 2008. Please call up the Great Race web site for details.



April 2007:


The NAACC met with the Federal Minister of Environments Parliamentary Secretary, MP Mark Warawa.  We submitted a formal brief requesting that collector vehicles be exempted from further proposed emission legislation Canada-wide.  A complete statistical analysis and comprehensive set of vehicle usage figures were presented pointing out that collector vehicles are driven less than 400 miles per year on average.  It was also pointed out that modified vehicles usually surpass the required Government emission standards. This submission left no doubt that Collector Cars, Modified Vehicles, and Hot Rods are not the gross polluters as some would suggest! (As of 2018 in British Columbia and numerous other Provinces, this has been a huge success for the hobby (you) & the NAACC)


The NAACC is monitoring, Bill C32—Kyoto Accord, weekly through Hansard. This takes several hours per week. (The NAACC was successful in working with both the Federal Government, many Provincial Governments and especially the British Columbia Air Car program for over 10 years so that collector cars would not be taken off the public highways. The NAACC lobbied Federally so that the Kyoto Accord would not destroy the hobby and force our cars off the public highways. Please remember Federal Bill 241 of the late 1990’s which tried to remove all vehicles that are 1978 and older from the public highways. Eighty (80,000) thousand letters were personality delivered to Ottawa accompanied by signed petitions and many thousands of NAACC dollars  resulted in the Bill’s defeat. Many other Clubs including the SVA-O played a significant role in making Bill 241 go away. The three SVA’s in Canada SVA-O, SVA-A, SVA-BC look after provincial politics however they also help with Federal politics when asked or if they volunteer. I would urge any club that has an SVA in their province to join it. The more people that are doing the work the more effective we all become.


We are opposing proposed legislation to restrict automotive paint sales to the automotive hobbyist and general public. We are developing a program to educate and inform the consumer about the personal and environmental risks of automotive paint products and other restoration materials to insure that these products are used in a safe and environmentally responsible way.  (This NAACC lobby was successful and the Federal Government has allowed Lacquer based paint to continue to be used for repairs to older restorations. There are no provisions that restrict the use of Lacquer based paint for the collector car hobby thanks to the NAACC and support from several Provincial Clubs)



 We continue to have a very positive working relationship with Government

      Officials in the Province of Ontario.

We are sitting on a variety of Provincial committees across Canada to help shape proposed vehicle legislation and emission requirements. i.e. AirCare and the Department of Motor Vehicles (ICBC) in British Columbia.  ICBC is now chairing the BC Collector Car Club Council.  Nigel Matthews, ICBC Manager of Special Licensing, is the chairperson. The NAACC sits as a member of the Board.  (The NAACC sat on the Air Care Council until it disbanded. It played a vital role in helping to keep our collector cars on the public highways. The NAACC represented both stock and modified vehicles. It interacted with AirCare Quarterly and sometimes monthly for over 12 continuous years. In Ontario we have three Directors that deal with various concerns. Bill Armstrong, Len Langlois and Doug Greer all do a great deal for the hobby in Ontario. Chris Whillans president of SVA-O and his Board work very hard to look after the Ontario Provincial work load. In Alberta the same is true for SVA-A President James Herbert and his group. In BC the work load is shared by several groups. The SVA-BC, the NAACC and the VCCC and in past years the CCCC carried out the work jointly as a committee) The NAACC encourages memberships in all of the SVA’s. Do keep in mind that 6 Provinces do not have any type of SVA and leave all of the Provincial work in the hands of the NAACC.



We continue to support SEMA/SAN, the National Motorists Association and FIVA in Europe. (The NAACC is also supporting and now working with (ICJAG) International Chief Judges Association. This group is lead by Chairman Ed Gilbertson. It has developed a very positive approach to Concours judging and is considered by more than 30 shows Internationally as the leading authority in Concours judging.


In September of 2004 the NAACC submitted a reply to the On-Road Vehicle and Engine Emission Regulations Updating Canada’s Motorcycle Emission Standards to Align with the New U.S. Rules Regulatory Development Division Transportation Systems Branch, Environment Canada. We are monitoring the ‘NEW’ Federal news release of October 3, 2006 requesting new motorcycle emission regulations by 2010.


We have given direction to many clubs in every Province in Canada as to how to form the necessary NAACC emission committees in their respective Provinces.


We have established a comprehensive ‘Club liability’ insurance program Canada-wide. Both non registered and registered car clubs are eligible for this program. All club activities, executives and club members are covered for liability.                    
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Reliance Insurance Group is handling the policy. Lloyds of London is the major carrier.

This NAACC program has been a significant success across Canada.



We are revising our Vehicle Judging Guidelines—3rd revision, 2007. It will be released in 2009. Radial tires will be approved as acceptable for judging providing they ‘appear’ as a likeness of the original tire. (The Judging Guidelines have been revised six times since 2007.  The latest revision was completed in 2015.) These guidelines were specifically designed to help clubs carry out an organized efficient fair judging process. The NAACC and the (ICJAG) International Chief Judges Advisory Group are now working together to deal with Concours related judging. The NAACC president John Carlson sits on the ICJAG Board as the Director of Legislative Affairs.


We are establishing a set of guidelines for collector vehicle appraisals and appraisers Canada-wide. Gordon Forman, MB was the original committee chair. (The guidelines were established and maybe viewed on the NAACC website. Many current appraisers are listed)


We are expanding our safety vehicle guidelines for —2008

Chair, Bob Chambers, BC (This is an ongoing process and is discussed every year at our AGM) Alberta SVA-A and NAACC Director  James Herbert is the 2018 Chairman.


We have welcomed a number of new clubs into our membership for 2008.

Welcome to the (BCHRA) British Columbia Hot Rod Association. (Ten years later we have welcomed many new clubs. The BCHRA continues as a strong supporting member club. The club has over 300 members)  Many Clubs have joined from Alberta, SK and Ontario in 2016-2018.  Several NAACC sanctioned events have also been welcomed. The Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance is a NAACC sanctioned event. The entire NAACC Board of Directors are judges at this world class Concours. The annual NAACC AGM is held in conjunction with this Concours as well. The Cobble Beach Concours, held in Owen Sound Ontario, usually occurs the third weekend in September. It is considered by many as Canada’s finest Concours and is ranked in the top 10 in North America.


August 2018: Welcome is also extended to the NAACC first “Tuner” club which is The Timmins Tuners from Timmins Ontario. They have also joined our Insurance program to ensure their membership and executive are covered for liability.



On behalf of the Board of Directors, I thank you for your continued support.

(Ten years later the NAACC dues of $5.00 per member and the original cost of the insurance program have not gone up. The value of being a ‘member club’ helps keep our vehicles on the public highways.  The cost of membership in the NAACC is less than .42 cents per month per member.


In my view there is no reason why any car club should not be a member of the NAACC. Every Club has a responsibility to help share the load so that we can all continue to enjoy the hobby. Again, I thank you for your continued support.


John Carlson

President  & CEO

National Association of Automobile Clubs of Canada Corp.

(Saving the Hobby for our children & future generations)