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!
NACOC takes pride in giving back to the community. Sponsorship like ours can make a major difference in the lives of physically, mentally or socially challenged children by “opening a window of possibilities without limitations.”
Come join us! Life is a highway!
We started off the new year with the idea of honouring the traditions of our club and recreating some of the social events of the early days of the clubs history. Just because our favorite rides are in hibernation for the winter does not mean we have to stay home. The first social event held in January went back to the origins of the club with a Bavarian Feast, this time held at Barb & Ernie’s Family Restaurant with approximately 20 members and or guests attending.
On February 11th one of our members offered the use of their shop to host a judging clinic to discuss, two of the car show events held throughout the summer at corvette events in western Canada and sanctioned by CCCC. The Shine and Show and Concours events were both covered with the points system, qualification system, tips for cleaning, insights on what to look for as well as recommendations for both competitors and judges of these events. A big thank you to the three members that with a combination of over 50 years of experience offered to share their knowledge. The group of 16 members were then led through a mock judging of one of the corvettes on hand in the shop. We were all treated to a wonderful pot luck meal at the nearby lake shore cabin of the host members.
February 25th Bowling at Bonnie Doon was a great success with 18 bowlers including members and guests with several spectators to cheer them on. After bowling we moved to Tony Roma's for a great meal, where 19 of us enjoyed a fabulous meal and some great conversation.
March started with our club participating in the World of Wheels at the Expo Centre, which was back in Edmonton after a 17 year absence. Our display highlighted the clubs 47 year history, our events, Rallye, Concours, Shine & Show, Slalom and our Social culture. Each of the six cars in the display won an individual award in their class and the event was well received. It was a great opportunity to share our love of the Corvette with car enthusiasts and potential new members.
April 1st NACOC members visited the Fast Track Indoor Karting facility in west Edmonton to enjoy a bit of speed and competition. Sixteen drivers tested their skills behind the wheels of the high tech go-carts. It was great to see some new drivers out this year! The competition was stiff(and not just due to the age of some of the drivers!), but in the end Patrick came away with the fastest time of the day, robbing Turtle of his title. Turtle (Gary) did maintain his standing in the top three, however, so he is still the man to watch!
After karting, the drivers and their "teams" had a late lunch at Tony Romas. Thanks to all that were able to make it. Now, we just have a bit more of a wait to get the real horsepower out, albeit with a little less bumping and grinding!
The club finished off April with a Jelly Bean Rallye, which started off with a review of the Quad C rules and instructions for rallyes. Then the fun rallye was on! 10 cars, drivers and navigators were off following the clues and answering questions. The one hour rallye was a great success, everyone returned for a chili supper with salad and deserts. Many thanks to our rallye hosts!
The weather was fantastic as the Victoria Corvette Club welcomed Corvette enthusiasts from all parts of Western Canada to the first event of 2017. Eleven NACOC members journeyed to “the island” to Victoria Glass 2017. There they participated in the Shine & Show/Concours, Rallye, and the very exciting slalom racing opportunity.
The Shine & Show / Concours was held at the Ogden Point Cruise Ship Port Terminal. NACOC members did well. Roy M. took 1st in Shine & Show C5 and Danna entered her lovely new C7 – a first event for both her and the car – and was rewarded with 3rd place. Mark and Gladys polished off 1st place – Concours C7 while Ed and Susan buffed their way to 1st in Concours C6. Tom also shone in Concours – 1st place in Custom Class.
The Rallye course was long, but very scenic. Everyone seemed to enjoy the drive, but only Tom and his navigator, Ruth Anne, came away winners here. They received 3rd place in Rallye on a tie breaker.
The Slalom event took place at the Vancouver Island Motorsports Circuit – a brand new facility just northwest of Duncan. All the drivers were excited about the track – lots of curves and elevations changes. It was a very challenging course, but not enough to shut out NACOC drivers completely. Congratulations to Roy M. for taking 1st place in Stock 4.
In between events and banquets, the venue provided lots of opportunities for other entertainment. The Harbour Towers, located in the heart of the harbor area in downtown Victoria, was a perfect spot for sightseeing. Members took advantage and strolled the area, some enjoying the Victoria Day Parade on the Monday morning. Others ventured out and toured the Butchart Gardens or did a water taxi tour. Fisherman’s Wharf was only minutes from the venue and I dare say, most probably had at least one taste of fish and chips on this weekend!
While some members left for home after the weekend event, others continued up island, taking advantage of the chance to extend the weekend into a holiday. The drive home, via Whistler and the Sea to Sky Highway (Hwy 99) was amazing! It is truly a driver’s highway!
Victoria Glass 2017 was a great kick off to the Corvette Season. Thanks to the Victoria Corvette Club for hosting this great event!
The following weekend our club was invited to participate in the Northgate Chev Performance auto show in the lot by the used car building, 16 cars and approximately 20 members joined the other cars in the lot. Coffee and a barbeque lunch was provided on site with funds raised to support Kids Kottage Foundation, and everyone entered a draw for various door prizes. It was a great day to be out with your car visiting with club members.
That same weekend some of our members ventured south to Whitefish Montana for the Big Sky Corvette Meet, it was a great event with upwards of 100 corvettes. The event had amazing meals, events and the autocross was very interesting. It was suggested that we attend as a club at next year’s event which will be held in Helena Montana.
Moving into the month of June the non-stop action for anything to do with cars, shine & shows and other events really kicked into high gear!
June 10th we ventured south to “Wet”askiwin for the annual History Roads car show at the Reynolds Museum, the weather once again provided a wet and cold venue for this year’ s event. Over twenty members and 11 cars made the soggy trip and spent most of the day inside the various buildings enjoying both the aviation and main museum.
The following weekend Classic Car Connection hosted their annual Poker run which is open to all types of cars and trucks which had another successful turnout.
44th Northland Conference June 23-25, 2017
What a wonderful weekend! The weather makers smiled on us and we enjoyed a near perfect weekend weatherwise for our 44th Northland Conference. There was enough sunshine to warm us, enough breeze to blow the skeeters away, and most mentionable, no rain!
The conference kicked off on Friday night with a complimentary lasagna buffet and registration at our host hotel – The Executive Royal Inn, Leduc. Our sponsorship committee did a great job of displaying and organizing the giveaways of all of the fabulous prize donations from our many sponsors. Everyone had a chance to test their skill with a hockey stick (a bit rusty on that) to shoot a ball into a tire target. Successful or not – everyone came away with a great prize! Thank you so much to all of our sponsors as this event would not be successful without your generous support.
Saturday’s events were centered at the hotel. The morning started in the parking lot with the Shine & Show and Concours where we were treated to coffee and muffins, a nice touch for such an early morning start. The Rallye, which took us out through some nice areas and through the town that our Rallye Master pointed out, “starts with a B and ends with a T”, began and ended in that same parking lot. (That sure looked like a hint to take the 3rd opportunity turnoff of a 4th opportunity instruction. That was close!) After the competition events were completed, the parking lot became a playground for our Tailgate Party activities. How fast can you drive your way around the cones of a slalom course blindfolded on a motorized scooter? Not as easy as you think! Did you putt the golf balls or try for a hoop shot? I hope so because if you didn’t, you missed another opportunity to get a ticket entering you in another draw. Hopefully everyone had a bit of fun, caught up with old friends, or just sat and enjoyed the sunshine in the parking lot!
Saturday’s supper kept to the Tailgate Party theme with fried chicken, boneless pork ribs, nachos, corn on the cob, and salads for supper. The room was decorated with jerseys, same as our table numbers, supporting our “Jersey Day” theme. Some great door prizes were given out on Saturday night too! Following the supper a fun filled crowd cheered on the many competitors of the valve cover racing which took us back out to a beautiful evening in the parking lot.
Sunday, at Stupid O’Clock (as someone I know would call it) we headed out to Jay’s Track for a truly fantastic day of slalom. A cup of coffee and a muffin helped fuel the day! After a short delay getting started, the racing went extremely well. In fact we were able take an extended lunch break where we were treated to a wonderful steak lunch. Everyone got in their full six runs - some even a couple fun runs - and we finished in plenty of time to head back to the hotel for soup and wraps before the awards presentation.
Thank you to all of our sponsors and to everyone (including out of town guests) that helped out. From the organizing committee to all of you that committed your time to take on tasks - you helped make this weekend another NACOC weekend to be remembered - as it has been for the past 44 years.
The month of July started a little slower with all the Canada 150 celebrations there were no NACOC planned events, however we were back in business the next weekend with our annual Poker Run. Starting in St. Albert and driving through Elk Island park where we stopped to receive the next draw of cards and on to Northern Bear Golf and Country club for supper and our next cards. We finished off at the DQ south of the Anthony Henday and 50th Street with an ice cream finish and finally cards. There was over 30 members along for the drive, the rain, the great food and of course the grand prize! Thanks to all those that attended and many thanks to the organizers who did a wonderful job of preparing the route and keeping everyone on course and off the train track.
Next was the annual croquet tournament and BBQ hosted by our President & family, where the weather was amazing, the food spectacular and plentiful and the competition for the coveted croquet trophy was considerably tamer than usual. Must have been the absents of some of the more ruthless alumni in the art of full contact croquet. With over 30 members and guests attending this year and some special appearances from past members in town visiting.
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.