The prospect of a seasoned government official being a true automotive enthusiast may initially sound contradictory. Retired from service, Keith Jackman is one such rare case. As the former Superintendent of Motor Vehicles, his name appeared on British Columbia driver’s licenses, vehicle registrations and other official documents throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s. His career previously included duties with the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) and the Abbotsford Motor License office.
By applying his knowledge, Keith has proven his personal dedication to the automotive community. His involvement with the Specialty Vehicle Association of British Columbia (SVABC) built valuable relations between our hobby and government ministers. “Keith was the man behind the scenes that was there from the beginning—offering guidance, providing advice and professional direction," says SVABC president Bob Kelly. “Whether writing a proclamation or a legal proposal, he has a total understanding of government workings and the legal language. He continues to work with me, he is my sounding board, legal advisor and friend.” As pictured above (third from right), Keith has helped spearhead the province’s proclamations designating “Collector Car Appreciation Day/Month” (CCAD) every July since 2014.
What are you currently driving?
A rare 1970 Dodge Challenger SE (Special Edition) with a beefed-up 340 engine. Ironically, it didn’t qualify for Collector license plates and insurance at first due to modifications. In 2017, we worked together on moving the Modified Collector registration age from 1958 and older up to 1974 and older.
What was your first car?
A 1930 Ford Model A that cost $75 and a 1949 MG TC followed next.
What other ride(s) have been in your collection?
A 1966 Dodge Charger that was my first Collector-plated vehicle, a restored 1928 Chevrolet coach, a 1930 Ford Model A pickup, a 1950 Cadillac limousine and a 1967 Chrysler Newport convertible.
Why is the annual CCAD celebration important?
CCAD is about people more than vehicles—our government recognizing that vehicle enthusiasts give back to the community, through charities and automotive scholarships.