Canada News: Pioneering Recognition

A legend of Vancouver motorsports, John Carlson, is honored by the Greater Vancouver Motorsports Pioneer Society.

Long-time classic car restorer, appraiser and show judge John Carlson was inducted into the Greater Vancouver Motorsport Pioneers Society on October 9th.

The current list of 165 GVMPS inductees reads like a who’s who of major contributors influencing the region’s motorsports scene.From historic hot rod and custom cars to drag racing and land speed, sports car and road racing, oval racing, motorcycling, boat racing, and now “Collectors and Restoration,” a new category for 2010.

Carlson, who has been passionate about historic vehicles for more than 40 years, was recognized in the newly-established category. Carlson is a former high school shop teacher who single-handedly  built and showed several cars, including a 1940 Ford Tudor and a 1952 Oldsmobile club coupe that he used as a daily driver from 1960 to 1964. One of his most significant projects was the restoration of a stock 1929 Ford Model A Tudor sedan. He showed the car at all major ISCA West Coast shows—Vancouver, Victoria, Seattle, Tacoma, Yakama, Portland, San Francisco and others—and eventually claimed three national championships.

Carlson is a past National President of the Vintage Car Club of Canada (VCCC). He is now serving his 10th term as President of the National Association of Automobile Clubs of Canada Corporation (NAACC). In addition to serving as chief judge for many prestigious, international events, Carlson is also a political advocate who has spent a lifetime working behind the scenes to improve and protect the interests of historic vehicle enthusiasts over the past four decades.