Welcome to Our World of American Classic Cars
We are passionate car enthusiasts who live and breathe American classic cars.
Our mission in life is to provide an environment for other like minded car aficionados to savour and enjoy their American classics, without the rules and restrictions that seem to dog other areas of everyday lives.
If you are an American classic car owner who feels the same as we do, we invite you to take a small journey through our site to see if this sounds like you. If you like what you see, and want to be involved, then send in a membership application.
The only hard and fast condition of membership is that prospective members must own an American classic car that is over 25 years old at the time of joining, which must be of historical interest.
PLEASE NOTE: American Classic Car Club members are unable to provide classic vehicles for events such as weddings, birthdays, family outings etc, as our members are not licenced to do so.
Thank you for your understanding.
Latest ACCCA club activities
Galaxy of Cars - Sunday February 19th, 2017
Much as they did last year, the New Lynn Lions must have had every finger & toe crossed for their annual Galaxy of Cars event on Sunday February 19th, because despite being held two weeks later than last year, Auckland’s fickle February weather was doing its best to put a dampener on things, literally, right up till Saturday afternoon.
Despite that, 16 ACCCA members were not deterred and showed up on schedule at Western Springs College Car Park on Motions Road, where we headed off to the venue within Western Springs Speedway, at exactly 9.21am. Oddly, the College car park is usually full of other clubs as well, as it is an ideal vantage point to gather the troops together. But not this year… just us. Once all 16 of us were parked within our designated space (and some of the spare Z-Club spaces!) we erected the big red club gazebo, set the swooper flags a-swooping at either end and the Club banner over Phil & Cindy’s Mustang in the middle, then settled in for the day, which by now was threatening rain, followed by intense sunshine, cloud and high humidity! What do they say about 4 seasons in one day….
With such fine company among those members present, the day was not as long as it could have been. Everyone seemed to come and go, and come back again through the day and nestle themselves under the gazebo and snacked on various tasty morsels that Cindy Officer had baked. And also had a thoroughly enjoyable time doing it. Feck, we even managed to have a Committee meeting and put plans in place for events right the way through to July!
But the icing on the cake…. hehe….. was during the Prize giving at 2 o’clock, when our club were announced as recipients of 1st Place in the Best Presented Car Club category, winning a lovely trophy and Magnum of bubbly for our efforts! What a hoot! Another top effort from all concerned.
The event itself was a little bit of a mixed bag, as with one or two notable exceptions, there just seemed to be less of everything really. Still plenty to see, and some very, very special cars on display that also took out the top awards, and all for a very worthy charity of Child Cancer this year. But was it the weather leading up to the event? Or the proximity to the Ellerslie Concours the prior weekend, or any number of other things, I really don’t know. But are sure the New Lynn Lions were mildly disappointed with the overall turnout.
It’s still a great event for Auckland and deserves to continue to succeed and prosper and one I feel strongly we should continue to support as a Club. Bring on next year…..
Recipients of the $ 20.00 Run prize are Shane & Adith Stoneman, for providing the lounge suite out of their Chevy Suburban, for the gazebo! Rob.
Take a look at the day's photos here.....
Morrinsville Motorama –
12 February 2017
Another early morning start for a club run had us meeting up at the BP Service Centre Papakura at a start time of 7.30am for the run down to Morrinsville. The temperature at Papakura felt more like Autumn than Summer, and from the top of the Bombays mist could be seen in the valleys, signalling a premature end to our somewhat changeable Summer season.
However, this didn’t stop the 13 classic vehicles and their passengers (including 2 guests who are likely to join up in the near future), from heading off south. A great drive with not much traffic saw us travel through Huntly to take a couple of lefts at Taupiri and Gordonton, through some very picturesque countryside, before arriving just after 9am at the Morrinsville Polo Grounds for the show.
After a quick set up of the Club banner, swooper flags, and gazebo, it was off to check out the swap meet which had the usual mix of auto, homeware, and collectibles, but as we were a couple of hours late for the 7am start, most of the bargains must have gone! However Trevor Righton found a couple of T shirts with pictures of his Chevy pickup on the front, so he manfully had his own fashion show and paraded his abs for all to see.
Four other ACCCA members also attended the Motorama off their own bat, so it was a good turnout for the club, which had one of the better displays (in our humble opinion of course). The weather during the show was pretty ho-hum, ranging from cloudy and cool, with patches of sun, to dark damp looking cloud, but it didn’t spit until a shower on the way home. Most participants started to leave after the prize giving at 1pm, so we packed up all our gear mid-afternoon and headed off home as well, to battle the Sunday afternoon traffic chaos on the Southern Motorway.
A great day out at a different location, with lots of new cars to see, meant another successful club run under our belts. The run prize of the day of a $20 gift card for the person who turns up in their classic, goes to Paul Crumpe and his son Jeffrey in their 1967 Ford Mustang.
Take a look at the day's photos here.....
Kumeu Classic Car & Hot Rod Festival – 21 January 17
It sure was an early start for Kumeu, heading away from home at about 6.45am, so as to arrive at the Club’s designated site and get set up before the bulk of members arrived. The usual traffic snarl up from the Soljan’s Restaurant roundabout was on again, but this time it only took 20 minutes to get to the show entrance at the Kumeu Showgrounds, rather than the 60 it has taken in the past. This seemed to be because of a much improved entrance process, whereby classics and rods with only a driver, which meant free entry, were hearded down one lane straight through, and those with multiple passengers went in the other. Hooray, common sense finally!
Arriving at the site which Dave had roped off on the previous day, there were already several members parked up, so it didn’t take long to get the gazebos, hot water and therefore coffees all up and running. The final total of member’s cars (and Alan’s army truck) in our corral numbered 24, so it was a good turnout from ACCCA, a fact commented on during the day that it was the best club display seen at the show.
But it certainly didn’t feel like Summer though, with the early morning temperatures akin more to Autumn, before it started to warm up, and with no wind which was a blessing. That didn’t last long though, as throughout the day the wind picked up to such an extent that we had to take down the club banner which threatened to take off with Shane’s Fairlane attached. We also made the decision to pack away the gazebos mid-afternoon, as they were also threatening to take flight.
The show itself was packed, with the whole infield parking area chock full of Americarna, along with more swap sites seen for a number of years, even taking over some of the area previously reserved for clubs. The main display shed, previously the domain of the best American classics and rods, included last years winning Volksrod, a lace painted Rolls Royce, a caravan, and an unfinished bare metal Falcon, amongst the more usual cars. Times, they are a changing! The next shed was full of custom bikes, some of which were absolutely stunning works of art. This was followed by unfinished projects, and the airbrushing artists at work, which always seems to attract the biggest audiences.
The new Kumeu management setup seems to be working well, attracting what seemed to be a record number of trade display and sales tents which looked busy all the time. The car drop from two massive cranes also created great excitement, and the ground pounding thump could be heard throughout the showgrounds. All in all this years festival was a great day out, with plenty to see and do, so the future of NZ’s largest classic and hot rod show looks to be in good hands, and long may it continue.
Check out the day's photos here.....
UPCOMING ACCCA EVENTS
Galaxy of Cars, Western Springs. Meet Western Springs College car park, 100 Motions Road, from 9am to depart no later than 9.15