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Monday, July 10, 2023

10:30 - 11:30am

The First-Time Attendees Gathering is a great time for (you guessed it!) first-time attendees, as well as new NACAT members, to come together to learn how best to navigate the conference, meet other instructors, and start networking and building relationships right away!


Monday, July 10, 2023


The Keynote Speaker for the 2023 NACAT Conference is *drum roll please* long-time NACAT member and supporter Al Santini!


Join us Monday, July 10th for our Opening General Session and keynote on "What I Learned During 50 Years of Teaching: A Comical Look at Situations that Shaped How I Work in Schools with Students"

Monday, July 10, 2023


The Welcome Reception is open to all attendees with a real emphasis on networking. These relationships you'll build will last you a lifetime and can be leveraged right away.


Throughout the Conference

Join us as we explore:

Kemah Boardwalk

Space Center Houston

Houston Zoo

Houston Museum of Natural Science

Helen's Garden

League City Historical District

...and more!


Tuesday, July 11, 2023


Join us as we gather for our annual BBQ and Valve Cover Races, both of which are INCLUDED in your training package/guest passes.

We definitely have a few surprises planned. Don't miss out - it will be a fun event!

See below for Valve Cover Race requirements.


Thursday, July 13, 2023


Stop by to network and enjoy our half-hour Cocktail Reception, taking place just prior to the Awards Dinner. What a wonderful way to end such a wonderful week of learning, relationship-building, and laughter.


Thursday, July 13, 2023


Join us as we celebrate those individuals achieving excellence in the automotive service industry.


Valve Cover Races


  • You must use an automotive valve cover.
  • No engines or propulsion.
  • No moving weights.
  • Wheel can be attached to the car in any manner, but must not extend beyond the front of the valve cover.
  • Nothing can extend beyond the front of the valve cover.
  • Wheel must have a non-metallic surface contacting the track.

Critical Dimensions:

  • 30 inch maximum overall car length.
  • 15 inch maximum overall car width.
  • 10 inch maximum overall car height.
  • 10 pounds maximum weight by official scales.

2023 North American Council of Automotive Teachers

5950 N Oak Trafficway, Suite 201
Gladstone, MO 64118
(816) 766-1515