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.
A very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year to all classic drivers from the American Classic Car Club Auckland
Latest ACCCA club activities
NORTH SHORE R&C CLUB TOY RUN –
5 DECEMBER 2016
If you are a regular attendee at the North Shore Rod and Custom Club Toy Run at Vellenoweth Green in St. Heliers, you will know that the weather has been a bit difficult at times in the past. It has experienced heavy down pours, fine but very cold, and showers, but this year sure was an exception.
Although showers were forecasted, with the wet stuff bucketing down out West and sprinkling over the Shore, the City bays were fine and balmy, making for a pleasant late afternoon get-together.
With the gazebo all set up, we were well supported by our members, with 13 cars in our display and over 30 people who finished off the left-overs from the previous day’s Christmas picnic. With almost zero waste at the end of the evening, it was a credit to Dave & Sandie Roper’s estimations for the Sunday/Monday combined catering exercise.
The Green steadily filled up with plenty of variety, and nobody seemed in any hurry to leave. The Salvation Army scored with a small truck filled with donated presents for underprivileged children, as well as collecting donations for their excellent charity. We packed up the gazebo and got away around 8.30pm, after wishing our fellow members for the upcoming festive season.
This was a laid back and very relaxing way to finish off what has been an outstanding year for our club, which has experienced steady growth resulting in amazing turnouts of cars on most of our outings this year. Long may it continue!
Take a look at the evenings photos here.....
SUMMERS FINALLY HERE! CHRISTMAS AT WENDERHOLM – 4 DECEMBER
After seemingly weeks of showery weather leading up to December, Summer turned itself on for our Christmas picnic at Wenderholm Regional Park, north of Orewa. Some of the committee turned up early at the park to set up the gazebos and ready the food for the mass arrival of the classics at around 11am. And what an arrival it was, with 37 classic American stunners parading through the gate to our very own picnic spot within the grounds. Visitors to the park must have thought “The Don” was about to descend with all the Yank Tanks around, as both Hibiscus Rodders and American Muscle Car Club were also present, setting up on the approach road to the beach.
With well over 100 club members, families, and guests present, it took a while for everybody to find their spot in the shade and settle down, but they were soon up again to hear President Rob give his welcome speech, before heading to the lunch buffet gazebos. And what a spread it was too, with cold ham and chicken, bacon and egg pie, all sorts of rice and salad styles - great job Dave and Sandy getting all this sorted - and there was plenty for all. No sooner had we chomped our way through all this, and then we were onto the deserts that everybody bought along to share. We don’t think anybody went home hungry from this feast!
The kids “big-dig” was next up, but unlike last year, the prize sticks were buried a little shallower. There were lots of squeals of delight as sticks were excavated, which were later swapped for presents. From here on in the programme never stopped, with the egg and spoon races for little and big (read adults) kids, egg catching contest which resulted it a number of contestants needing a hose down after, and Rob’s water balloon contest (of which the rules were never explained, but it didn’t seem to matter) which had more that a few cooled down involuntarily, welcome in the sun do doubt!
Throughout the day there were gate prize draws, some of which were from our sponsors, NZ Petrolhead, Autopaint, and Classic Cover Insurance, and the rest supplied by the club. There were a lot of prizes, and it seemed that most who attended got something, so great were the number of prezzies. The secret Santa was also well subscribed, with two whole sacks of gifts for participants to choose from.
It seemed that most attendees young and old were pretty worn out due to the sun and fun, so mid-afternoon the V8’s started to rumble, and head off home, and hopefully an early night.
Another very successful club Christmas out of the way, so we can now focus on the upcoming festive season.
The dipstick award has now found a new home, passing from Trevor and Jude Righton to Kerry Bramley. Kerry meet up at the BP Silverdale with all the other USA iron, but unbeknown to him so were the American Muscle Car Club, so when they left so did he, leaving our members behind him.
The only saving grace was that the AMCC were heading to Wenderholm also, so who knows where he would have ended up otherwise.
Check out the day's photos here.....
Cruise to Moorfields Estate Sunday November 6th 2016
My run out to Moorfields Estate on Sunday November 6th started out somewhat inauspiciously, as I confidently led about half a dozen club members – most of whom were men – straight into the women’s changing facilities at Vector Wero White Water Rafting Centre, much to the surprise of the three unfortunate young women getting into their wet suits (or out-of? We/I did not stick around to find out!)!
Thankfully, once the respective men’s and ladies toilets were correctly located and bladders attended to, we headed off back to the car park where 24 of America’s finest classic autos glistened in the morning sunshine. And then we were off! Over fifty of us in total, headed over the motorway and up the hills out of South Auckland on a delightful scenic drive to Moorfields Estate (check it out here http://www.moorfields.co.nz) at Flat Bush. After a typical parking juggle then brief introduction, hosts Steve and Sue Keys invited us into their glorious home (complete with luxurious boutique accommodation you can book for a romantic weekend with your loved one, nudge nudge, wink wink) and tempted us to morning tea, coffee and biscuits, which was nice but hard to eat and/or drink when your mouth won’t close! What a place…check out the photos in the club gallery. Words fail, seriously.
Steve and Sue even gained a Cadillac - albeit only briefly - as a result of our visit, as they generously looked after Carl and Pam Phillips’ ’64 Hard Top, which got so excited being in such illustrious company as the original Baloo Fiat Topolino drag car and a mint, NZ new ’36 Ford convertible (to name but a few gems in their collection) that it expelled most of its radiator contents all over the Keys’ courtyard and took no further part in the day!
Another lovely rural route took the majority of us all the way out to Beachlands and the formidable Formosa Auckland Country Club, where a booking for 55 at the Cascades Restaurant awaited us, for a late lunch. If only we knew how late….. !
I am not entirely sure what the problem was, as besides us there were only a handful of other guests but unfortunately several tables did have to wait quite some time for their meals. Not to worry, the food itself was excellent value, and the company, atmosphere and spectacular views across the golf course and harbour did make up for it. And the management were extremely apologetic and offered those worse affected a token discount off their meals when it came time to leave. Personally, I liked the venue a lot and would go back there a second time, for sure.
All up, another superb club outing enjoyed by many, including several new members which was great. I have said it before, and I’ll say it again, what better way to spend a Sunday in your Classic.
The run prize of the day of a $20 gift card for the person who turns up in their classic, goes to Graeme Hallam in his 1955 Plymouth Savoy. Rob Milligan
Check out photos of this amazing collection here.....
Aroha Cruise In – 1 October 2016
Well once again, just like all good politicians, we should take the exact opposite of what the weather forecasters say as being more likely to be correct! With the forecast of showers and wet afternoon weather, a smaller group of the more hardier members braved a damp and early start to the morning, with 11 classic cars leaving the BP Papakura in convoy, and another 2 meeting us down there, for a very pleasant and picturesque drive through rural Waikato, cutting across from Ohinewai through to Tahuna and into Te Aroha. The threat of rain didn't deter yet another good turnout at the Aroha Cruise In, with just as many vehicles of all different types displayed along the main street as last year. The threatened rain never materialised, and the weather turned out to be just overcast which made for a very pleasant day out.
The $10 per vehicle entry fee, which goes toward covering the costs for the closure of SH26 that passes through the main intersection in town, is good value considering the opportunity you get to wander down the middle of a main street admiring all manner of vehicles. Te Aroha also catered for the less petrolhead inclined, with a friendly village atmosphere with great cafes, open shops, and various market stalls along the footpath selling antiques, curios and memorabilia.
The Cruise In was a very well organised event with 3 different bands playing along the length of Whittaker Street, accompanied by period rock and roll dancers. Parked on the same intersection as one of the bands playing on the back of a truck, was an interesting custom built drag midget car, which was little more than a set of wheels to carry a huge drag race engine bigger than most sub-compacts, so when they fired it up it almost drowned out the band!
With all manner of different vehicles on display including as new, WIP projects, restored and customised (one could be forgiven for thinking the NZ '56/'57 Belair club had turned out in its entirety) the event is well worth the trip down to see a much wider variety of vehicles than you normally see at most car gatherings.
Spring Sunday run in the rain–
18 September 2016
A typical Auckland spring weekend with rain all day Saturday, Saturday night, and Sunday morning fronted our club run out to Rex’s memorabilia sheds at Drury. Although most members had obviously decided to spend the morning sleeping in, 11 club cars turned up at the BP Papakura, with 6 of these being classics, so well done you all.
A short run in the light rain to the foothills of Drury had us parked up at Rex’s place, in a delightful rural setting, which on a clearer day would have had a vista across the rolling green farmland of Southern Auckland.
Rex enthusiastically welcomed us to his eclectic museum, and what a treasure trove it was. Apart from his award winning MGA, an all original MGB GT, a Morris Oxford, and the first car he ever owned which was a 1929 Austin 7 with only 3000 odd miles on it, there were collections of just about anything anyone could imagine. Mechanically speaking, there were petrol cans, oil cans and dispensers, auto advertising signs, vintage workshop tools, vintage outboards (if you visit the Auckland Maritime Museum and see the display of vintage outboards there, they all used to belong to Rex before he downsized his collection).
In the adjoining shed were the mainly non-auto collections, and these covered all aspects of life in the “good old days”, from Coca Cola objects, to airline bags, prams, model aircraft, old toys all in working condition, ladies corsets and underclothing, telephones, and just plain old interesting stuff. One fascinating medical infrared machine from the 1950’s claimed to cure everything from boils to acne, piles, herpes, constipation, and anything else you could think of in between.
And the amazing thing about all these treasures, was that Rex had an interesting or amusing story for just about everything. It was a truly entertaining visit, and one that was soon over as we had to head out for lunch. A lovely drive in the now sunny afternoon out to The Village Bar & Kitchen at Patumahoe for a great lunch topped off the day. OK Spring, we’ve had enough now, bring on Summer!
The run prize of the day of a $20 gift card for the person who turns up in their classic, goes to Carl Phillips in his 1964 Cadillac Coupe de Ville.
Check out the photos here.....
UPCOMING ACCCA EVENTS
Kumeu Classic Car & Hotrod Festival. Meet at club site at Kumeu Showgrounds from 8am on first come-first in basis. Tea/coffee/BBQ available, BYO meat and chair.
Run to Morrinsville Motorama. Meet at BP Papakura Service Centre, Southern Motorway, from 7am to depart at 7.30(note $5 per car entry fee applies)
Galaxy of Cars, Western Springs. Meet Western Springs College car park, 100 Motions Road, from 9am to depart no later than 9.15