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
Roy Sharman Shed Raid – 20 August 2017
After thunder and lightening the previous afternoon, all fingers were crossed for a fine Sunday for the run out to Waiuku to see Roy Sharman’s wondrous collections of yesteryear, but alas it was not to be.
However, showery weather definitely didn’t stop 24 club cars (including a couple of daily drivers) and 50 plus people from enjoying the day.
Roy’s collection is a sight to behold, ranging from 2 giant traction engines, a dozen or more vintage, veteran, and classic cars, telephones, number plates, and a heap of interesting stuff from a bygone era. It was difficult to take it all in, as there were so many items to see, and the amazing thing about it all was that Roy had a story about everything; the history, who owned it, what they did, and what previous owners had changed or altered. At the end of the 2 hour visit when Roy was thanked for allowing us to visit, he made the comment that his passion was researching the history of all his collection, and that is what keeps him so enthusiastic.
Among his collection were a number of real gems, but the one that stands out is a 1901 Oldsmobile, which is the oldest surviving example in the world, and the 45th ever made. It is powered by a one cylinder engine, which in the process of bringing it back to life has had a lot of parts hand made for it. It was started up for us, with only a couple of hand cranks to get it going, and it chugged away quite quietly considering it’s rudimentary engineering.
After this mind-blowing visit it was away to the Kentish Hotel in Waiuku for a buffet lunch, which at $16 per head was amazing value. Most seemed to enjoy the lunch along with a cold one, and a good natter, before heading off to fight the Southern Motorway usual Sunday afternoon traffic snarls on the way home.
The run prize of the day of a $20 Z Energy gift card for the member who turns up in their classic, goes to Steve & Sue Tregoweth in their 1966 Chevy Caprice.
Have a look at the day's photos here.....
2 Sheds in One Day! 23 July 2017
Whenever John Bercich organises a club outing it inevitably turns out to be a great day that somehow manages to carry its own assurance of classic car-friendly weather, and this time proved to be no exception for most.
Despite an unintended clash in dates with the CRC Speedshow also on that weekend, we still had a very good turnout for the middle of winter, with 23 classics and 4 daily’s meeting at Wero Whitewater Park for a brief cruise to view a private car collection at the old Ti Papa Equestrian Centre in Whitford, said to be the largest indoor arena in NZ. What was described as a big collection of cars in a large shed, the term "shed" turned to be somewhat inadequate to describe how a large eclectic collection of cars could look so sparse in such a large building.
At first glance inside what must be the ultimate car shed - hanger would be a better description - it looked like there were only a few cars inside, but once you walked in the first 20 or so metres it soon became apparent that this building is truly humungous when you are inside it, and that there were in fact dozens of cars inside that were just so spread out it made the building look half empty! It was difficult to take it all in with such a big collection of various mid to late model German cars, a large variety of USA steel of various ages and states of restoration ranging from project-start to completely restored. A couple of classic Aussie Chargers, Steve Keys old 64 Ford Thunderbolt 427 drag car, and a few Jags including two E type restorations in progress, and an immaculate NZ army truck that Alan Huljich would surely have coveted. Quite astounding really; never seen anything like it and probably never will again.
Many thanks to Grahame for the kind opportunity to view his impressive collection, shed-envy is surely the word! After nearly 2 hours of admiring the large variety of different cars we embarked on a leisurely cruise back out to the Formosa Country Club where John had organised a very nice $20 buffet lunch for us that was a great value hot winter meal, a big improvement on our previous visit there!
And just when you though the day couldn’t get any better, how’s this for a complete out of the blue pièce de résistance that is bound to arouse envy in those who were unable to make it on Sunday; whilst we were eating lunch, a once in a lifetime opportunity was offered to us by Alan Drinkrow who was at Formosa and saw all our cars there and approached us to come and visit his hitherto inaccessible private car collection at Pine Harbour that day. Well, you could have bowled us over when Rob told us about this (he still looked quite stunned himself) and it took only a few milliseconds of deliberation to unanimously decide to convoy down to Pine Harbour straight after lunch. Some of you will recognise this showroom as the glass-fronted showroom on the corner of the marina-entrance intersection at Pine Harbour that one could only previously leave greasy handprints and drool marks on the windows whilst ogling the cars on display inside.
And what a spectacular collection it is, with a small number of very rare and immaculately presented classic cars from various countries, a number of historical racing cars including Jack Brabham's Cooper Climax that Bruce McLaren won his first Grand Prix at Sebring in 1959, to a collection of rare racing motorcycles and Ivan Mauger’s speedway bikes. I’m sure I speak for all those member who were fortunate enough to be invited to view Alan's collection will join with me in expressing our sincere thanks for his very gracious invite to us to come down, very much appreciated thanks Alan. I didn't even mind getting wet coming back up the motorway on the way home!
The run prize of $20 for the person who attends in their classic car, goes to Stefan Roberts in his 1965 Lincoln Continental.
Many photos of this wonderful day out here.....
21st Anniversary/Mid-winter Christmas Lunch - 25 June 2017
Much organisation went into our big 21st Anniversary/Mid-Winter Christmas function on Sunday 25th June 2017, with everyone on the committee playing some sort of role, or having some input into the event, both prior to and during the event. It was a huge effort that paid off handsomely on the day.
In the end, we had 93 people attend, from 95 confirmed, a simply unreal turnout and surely one of the biggest, if not the biggest, in the Club’s 21 years history? That level of support from our members is what keeps us doing what we do, and a huge thank you to you all.
The car park at Soljans Estate Winery started to fill up with Classics from about 11.30am on the day, and by mid-day there were over 30 of our finest all parked up out front in full view of the public from SH16. With our swooper flag flying in the not inconsiderable breeze, it was quite the spectacle. So much so as it happens, that we even got a new member from it as a result! Superb.
Welcome aboard Paul & Ruth Barr, we look forward to meeting you guys at a future run!
On their way indoors, everyone received a little special anniversary present, a wonderfully detailed and enameled 1996-2017 Anniversary key ring as they were greeted by members of the committee. Once seated at their tables, the festivities started in earnest after a little welcome spiel by me, then one by one the tables were called for the main course Christmas themed buffet. And it was divine.
After lunch, it was time to introduce our special guest for the day, Bill Hohepa, who entertained and amused us all for the next 40 minutes, with “tails” from his fishing shows of the past and also his more recent and current endeavors, the fantastic local series called ‘Low Gear’ on Channel 83, Face TV.
A wonderfully natural speaker, completely in his element, we could have listened and laughed with Bill for hours, but there were awards to hand out!
As well as the cool key rings, Russell Wilson had also arranged for some specially etched ACCCA 21st Anniversary Wine Glass sets, which were awarded to all members present that had been with the Car Club continuously for ten or more years. We have 27 members that fit that criteria and 18 of them were present on the Sunday. There would have been 19, but health issues got in the way for poor Tony & Diane Cobb, on the morning of the event. Thankfully, after 5 hours at Waitakere Hospital, Diane was deemed well enough to return home. I reckon she just got herself too excited in anticipation…. !
After more hilarity and prize draws – such as the award for longest serving member present on the day, which went to Bruce Miller who joined the Club in March 1999! His prize was generously donated by Petrolhead Magazine. Desserts beckoned and everyone tucked into their sweets, then organized themselves into teams for the final component of the day, the Trivia Quiz! Whilst I tried not to make it too difficult, the classic car letter scramble proved quite tricky, as it happens, even our guest speaker Bill struggled….. quite the surprise considering it was his car! The quiz was eventually won by the ‘Rusty Nuts’, with each team member receiving a gift voucher for their efforts.
All up, just a fantastic day and what a way to reflect on the 21 years the Club has been going. It has taken many dedicated people over those years, multiple changes in hierarchy and members, and yet here we are 21 years later from the humble beginnings as a result of an ad placed in a local paper, still going strong…arguably stronger than ever. So pat yourselves on the back folks, we couldn’t have done it without you and it was a huge honor for me to host this event.
Cheers - Rob Milligan
Check out photos of the day's frivolity in the Gallery.
UPCOMING ACCCA EVENTS
Display at MOTAT "Wild Wheels" Father's Day car show, Western Springs. Meet at Western Springs College car park, 100 Motions Road, from 9am to depart no later than 9.20. MOTAT safety requirements say all cars must stay until 4pm, but as we are parked by gate, this may be altered. Free entry for driver and passenger.