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Monday, July 22, 2024

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 22, 2024


The Keynote Speaker for the 2024 NACAT Conference is *drum roll please* long-time presenter and NACAT supporter, Dave Macholz


Join us Monday, July 22 for our Opening General Session and keynote on "Embracing Technological Change in Automotive Education."

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Friday, July 26th to Sunday, July 28th


The transition to electric vehicles creates a unique challenge for secondary and post-secondary automotive technology programs and instructors. This three-day event will explore these new technologies and provide educators the knowledge and skills to take these programs from planning through implementation.

This dynamic program alternates classroom and hands-on instruction for a fast-paced, deep dive into EV instruction. Each experience is designed with educators in mind and will provide learning activities and resources for implementation at your school.

*NACAT Conference Attendees will receive a special discount. Add this session to receive more information

Tuesday, July 23, 2024


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

Get ready to unleash your inner racer and join us for the most exhilarating event of the year: the Annual Valve Cover Races!

Whether you're a seasoned racer or a first-time participant, there's a place for everyone on the track. So, dust off those racing gloves, polish up those wheels, and prepare to make history as you race against the best and brightest in the industry.

Worried about traveling with your valve cover car? Ask someone local to bring one, make one, or ship it to the hotel!

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.

NACAT Welcome Reception:

Monday, July 22, 2024 | 6:00-7:00pm

Included in Conference Package, the Welcome Reception is open to all attendees with a real emphasis on networking. The Welcome Reception will be hosted by DSM Precision Manufacturing this year.

Transportation provided, only if you confirm during your registration.

DSM Precision Manufacturing 2024 Welcome Reception Tour.

Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at DSM's state-of-the-art machining and racing headquarters? We are excited to give you a peek behind the curtain with a private tour of our facility. Your group will tour the DSM Precision Manufacturing machine and fabrication shops, get a front seat view of the motorsports manufacturing process and see the race pits of various NHRA teams!

Tour will last approximately 30 minutes – participants must be US citizens and will be required to complete a background check and sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement.

You're invited to discover the world-renowned Toyota Production System!

July 26, 2024 | 8:30AM-1:00PM (Friday after conclusion of NACAT conference)

When you sign up with NACAT, you'll be a part of a personalized Toyota customer visit offering a tour behind the scenes of the facility and observe how Toyota became the #1 selling forklift.

There will be a limit of 25 people. Transportation not provided.

Full detailed schedule below:

  • 8:30   Arrival at Toyota Materials Handling (5559 Inwood Drive Columbus, IN 47201)
  • 8:45    Showroom Overview
  • 9:00     Theater Presentation – This is Toyota – Toyota Production System and History Overview
  • 10:00   History Wall and Plant Tour
  • 11:30   Tour Conclusion – Guest may leave and we will provide a box lunch or…
  • 11:45 – 12:30/1:00?  Open working lunch and Q&A – Guest departures as needed

Sign up information can be found on Conference Registration!

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Monday, July 22, 2024


The "Families of NACAT Gathering" event is an opportunity for NACAT conference attendees to meet with each other before the conference Opening General Session. With it's monumental 50th anniversary conference, NACAT is proud to have impacted so many individuals and families over the last 50 years and wishes to honor these families with fun and leisure environment to meet and reconnect.

Coachman Restaurant and Lounge:

Wednesday, July 24, 2024 | 6:00pm-

6112 Cambridge Way, Plainfield, IN 64168

Join fellow NACAT members and conference attendees at the Coachman Restaurant and Lounge for a fun Wednesday evening. The Coachman Restaurant is a full-service restaurant and bar with an appetizing lineup of meal options and drink selections.

Transportation and dinner is not provided. See website for more details.

The Coachmen Restaurant


Google Maps Link

2024 North American Council of Automotive Teachers

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