With an interest in protecting fellow enthusiasts from unfair automotive laws, Dave Cook and Brian Love of the London Auto Modifiers have spearheaded local involvement with the SEMA Action Network (SAN) near London, Ontario, Canada. "At present, club President Dave Cook is bending the ear of our local governments over emission standards, testing and safety evaluations for hot rods and modified vehicles," explains Brian. The pair's interest comes as long-time car club members and representing the London Speed and Custom Show. "I'm happy to say that we are looking forward to continue working with organizations like the SAN and Hot Rod Industry Alliance for the preservation and betterment of our hobby."
With roots dating back to 1947, Brian says that London Auto Modifiers is the oldest, continuously operating hot rod club in Canada. "In the early '50s, our club was one of the leaders in Ontario to help get street racing off the streets and into a safe, controlled venue. We've remained involved with all facets of the car hobby locally and in the province of Ontario. In 1957, we started an indoor car show and—although ownership passed to our local fair association in 2006—we continue to hold an active role in the promotion and production of the show." Pictured above, prized vehicles from the club were featured guests for "London Auto Modifier night" at the weekly local cruise night.
Inspiring younger generations to become involved with the automotive hobby has also been a key focus of the club. "We encourage all of the students we see to visit our shop, see our projects and see what draws us to this hobby," adds Brian. "In 2000, we embarked on a student award program that now involves eight students from three of our local high schools and local college." Named in honor of Dave Cook's father—a founding member of the club and long-time promoter of the show—the Don Cook Memorial Awards presents each year's recipients with gift certificates to purchase tools. The program also sponsors a youth baseball team.
Glad to have you and your friends fighting the good fight in the Great White North, London Auto Modifiers!