And That’s Where It All Started
… with an ad in the Edmonton Journal on April 4, 1970. Wednesday night was chosen for the first meeting because Stedelbauer was open every night until 9pm, except Wednesdays. The Wednesday night meeting tradition continues to this day. Unfortunately Stedelbauer no longer exists – but WE do, matured 40 plus years and still setting the pace!
One of the club's first events was a Scavenger Hunt and Bavarian Feast held at the Students Union Building, U of A Campus on August 8. The cost was $7.00 per couple and that included everything. Event prices may have changed somewhat over 40 plus years and so may have some of our members, but our enthusiasm for the legendary Corvette sports car has not.
In 1974 the Canadian Council of Corvette Clubs (CCCC - now Quad C), Western Region, was formed with considerable input from our Northern Alberta Corvette Owner’s Club (NACOC) membership. It was not surprising then, that in 1975 NACOC was chosen to host the first CCCC Annual Convention with slalom racing at Speedway Park, two socials at the Oilfield Technical Society Park and door prizes for everyone! Edmonton’s Mayor was even flown in by helicopter to the Saturday evening BBQ and awards presentation. NACOC has regularly hosted the Quad C Conventions since the Club's inception. In the years when NACOC was not hosting this Convention we were hosting our own very successful Northland Corvette Conference, which just happens to be the oldest annual Corvette meet in Canada.
Like the Corvettes we admire, NACOC oozes history and tradition. Our regular meeting raffle stems from the summer of 1970 when an enterprising member with some imagination suggested that the beer left over from the first road trip to Alberta Beach be raffled off at the Wednesday meeting using the profits to subsidize room rent. Our Club's competition events have continued to focus on Corvette’s own tradition of performance on the slalom track, of excellence at the Concours d’Elegance and of versatility at a road rally.
Tradition applies socially too. We get together and have fun, both in and out of our Corvettes. Today our list of annual events includes the year end awards banquet, Christmas party, croquet tournament, spring bust-out, and of course, our Northland Corvette Conference. In addition to our regular meetings, during the summer months our members take to the road for a monthly "ice cream run". This is replaced by a coffee meet in the winter months when our Corvettes are all safely tucked away from the ice and snow. Although not always held annually, members have also enjoyed theme parties, garage sales, cruises, technical sessions, road trips, poker runs, parades, hay rides, mall shows, scavenger hunts, and even garage parties. In addition, the Club has organized and held several charity event fund raisers, giving back to the community.
The Club takes pride in the fact that distinguished honorary members include the late Elfi and Zora Arkus Duntov (acknowledged ‘Father of the Corvette’), Dick Guldstrand (‘Mr. Corvette’ himself) and Reeves Callaway, Mike and Laurie Yager (Mid Ameriaca Motoworks). These legends were treated to our NACOC hospitality right here in Edmonton.
Showcasing Our Corvettes
Our Club showcases a wide variety of Corvettes. Members’ Corvettes range from the earliest ‘solid axles’ built up to 1962, to Corvettes right off a show room floor. Some are modified, some are stock; some are restored and some are drivers. If your interest is a resto-mod, an L89, a Sting Ray, the original LT-1, a ZZ 4, a big block, a 2000 km Silver Anniversary Pace Car, other anniversary years, a Z06 , a Bloomington Survivor, or even the brand new C7 … drop by and maybe we can show you one!
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Happy new year and welcome to the 2018 NACOC events journal. We started off the new year trying to stay warm and not thinking of our cars safely tucked away until spring. In the spirit of competition that resulted from the Christmas party video game challenge, it was decided that Iain and Tom would host two rounds of racing each, one on the video game the other on a slot car track. The winner of the four rounds of competition would be crowned the NACOC 400 Champion!
January round 1 at Iain’s was attended by seven members willing to risk it all on the video game for a chance to hoist the NACOC 400 trophy. Roy was the first round winner with a skill full mastering of the Laguna Seca speedway. Then the real fun started with some practice races with controls functions of the cars shut off. The results were some great laughs, and one very sad corvette that end up upside down!
February brought in the was a return to Boonie Doon Bowling Lanes, a great time was had by all 19 members/guests that attended, it was noted by more than one that father time has reduced some of the games scores. All that was soon forgotten as we moved over to Tony Roma’s for a great meal and of course stories past events and plans for the future.
Round 2 of the NACOC 400 held at Tom’s brought out more competitors with the field rounding out to nine and the racing was on the famous slot car track. Competition was close right down to the final race with Earl taking the checkered flag. There were some fun runs after which resulted in some track modifications that should make the final event even more interesting.
Members of NACOC warmed up the season this past month at Fast Track Indoor Karting where a dozen of our people climbed into the karts to try to take the checkered flag on Saturday, April 14th. After three, thirteen to fourteen lap races and using the fastest single lap time, Turtle (aka Gary Boyd) again emerged victorious with the fastest time of the day to regain his title held in 2016. Way to go Gary and thanks for helping us out to keep the saying, “Old Guys Rule” alive. Iain Cameron took second (placing some pretty bold moves on the inexperienced!) and Adriano Bossio, holding strong throughout, placed third overall. Special mention goes to Melissa Stelter, the only female who was brave enough to get out there and challenge “the boys” on the track. After the racing everyone – spectators and competitors alike - headed over to Tony Roma’s where a few more joined us for supper and a bit of “ribbing”. I think everyone agreed that it is high time for spring to arrive so that we can get the real rubber on the road!
The month of April saw the completion of the NACOC 400 with “GRZH0PR” schooling the rest of the competitors in both video and slot car racing by taking the overall event in a close head to head racing off for the final. Our cars finally appeared from beneath the covers to join us in our adventures as the weather straightened out and stopped snowing.
May started with the return of the Jelly Bean Rallye, once again hosted by Mark and Gladys who not only set up the rallye but also provided a wonderful chili supper with all the fixings. The next weekend a few of the club members attended the Annual Classic Car Connection Poker Run, a great day for a drive and the stakes were high with a huge attendance the poker pot was a large. Next up was the first ice cream run, attendance was poor due to bad weather and preparation for Long weekend event in Kelowna. NACOC had a very good attendance in Kelowna, with nine cars and 18 members/spouses at the event. The club did well in all the events with our only waxer to win in Class for Concours, three of the top five finishers in Rallye were NACOC member teams and with only 6 racers, four placed 1st and 2nd in their classes. The Quad C Year End Awards were handed out at, with NACOC once again showed very well in the results.
June started with Reynold’s History Road car show and for the first time in three years the sun was shining when we pulled in to prepare for the day. There were showers after the breakfast and throughout the morning but by afternoon the sun was back out. The numbers were down a bit but with seven cars, it was still a good showing. Next weekend was the Northgate GM car show, with 21 cars it was a great turn out and the best part was the antique ice cream maker that David brought. Not a single person had two helpings! To follow the show, we were invited out to Lake Isle for a BBQ and boat ride provided by Iain and Tammy, Great food always seems to be a part of our outings. The next weekend was the annual NACOC Poker Rallye, thirteen cars enjoyed a beautiful drive around the country side highlighted with a great meal at the Seba Beach Golf course and of course the final card draw at the St. Albert DQ. Congratulations to the winners.
July began with the Prince George Conference, attendance was down in general and our club on had only two cars make the trip. For the second year the rain dampened the Shine & Show and Concours events. It cleared enough gave everyone a break for the Rallye and fun runs at the Quesnel go-kart track. The Sunday races at the airport were only interrupted by a brief shower. Our NACOC members take home some awards, first place in Concours for class, first and third in Rallye and three third places in class for racing. Our next event was hosted by Lakewood Chev to celebrate the release of their first ZR1 we were asked to put on a display of all the generations of Corvettes. With over 25 cars we did have the generation covered it was a great turnout even with the rain that tried to dampen our spirits. The next big weekend saw our members split up to cover more events with several heading to the Cold Lake Air show which was also celebrating both the 65th anniversary of corvettes. While some others travelled to Calgary for the Double Slalom held there.
August began with the 45th Northland Corvette Conference hosted by NACOC. Even through the rain shower we managed to get the Shine & Show and Concours events judged and Rallye participants off on their great adventure. Rig Hand Distillery hosted a series of tours then a BBQ supper before getting us back to the hotel for Valve Cover Racing. Sunday was a great day at Edmonton International Raceway that held our Double Slalom event it was a new experience for most of the racers to take on a banked oval track but the set up worked great. We went back to Executive Royal Hotel for the awards banquet and to close out a great weekend. Rockn’ August was up next with a very determined group that struggled through the smoke, rain and cool temperatures to bring out 17 cars. We then headed over to a BBQ hosted by Mike & Nancy who once again fed us well and we enjoyed the great company of many of our members. Endless Summer Car Show was once again attended by 10 of our cars with over fifteen of our members participating or just coming by to see the all the cars.
Oh, how the weather in September was something we’ll all remember!
Five of our members travelled to the fair city of Regina for the year end Convention. They managed to bring home some hardware from the event. Jim arranged a night out at the Hardware Grill, the meal was enjoyed by those who attended. The weather stepped up and aside from the ice cream run featured a mix of snow and rain through most of the month. Delaying the Croquet tournament until late October.
October started off with more of the same weather that September treated us to limiting the use of our cars and seeing some of them retired for the winter. However, the sun gods returned in the middle of the month, allowing the croquet tournament to finally be hosted by Ann & Blair. The 17 members were treated to an interesting course and then some discussions about the rules as a late change seemed to help the host to victory! All is fair in croquet! With a new executive taking over after the AGM we look forward to the next year when the cars return to the asphalt.
November is time for the Awards Banquet, everyone dresses up in their finest to enjoy a great meal, the year in review and of course the NACOC year-end awards. We were also treated to a Blind Silent Auction with proceeds going to Santa’s Anonymous.
Compliments of Darwin Mulligan Photography
The following shots are a few captured by one of our NACOC members, Darwin Mulligan. Some were taken during the National Corvette Caravan in August of 2014, the 20th Anniversary of the National Corvette Museum and Grand Opening of the Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Others were taken right here in Alberta.