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
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.
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AN ALMOST SPRING DAY OUT IN THE SUN - SUNDAY 28 AUGUST
Boy oh Boy, what a day this was. Not only was the weather perfect after a showery week preceding and what looked like pending average weather ahead, we hit it right on the button for our day out. A perfect cruising day and did we have some sights lined up.
A great collection of club cars turned out for the day with almost 30 classics meeting in front of the spanking new Vector Wero Whitewater Centre in Manukau. That was a great effort and reflects the good heart the club is in, along with the sparkling day that just added to the occasion.
Matt, one of the administrators from the Wero centre was on hand to introduce us all to the complex and he then proceeded to give us a great guided tour around showing off this multi million dollar facility. It really is a spectacular Olympic standard area for canoeing, duplicating a fast moving river with rocks and rapids. Whilst it was not up and running while we were there, it was not hard to imagine it all in action.
From here we all headed off for a run through the South Auckland countryside, via Clevedon and on to the property of Richard Balcombe-Langridge who has a very impressive collection of Rolls Royce cars. Richard had kindly made his time and his property available for the club to visit and what a stunning impression it made on everyone who saw it for the first time. He has a spectacular collection of over 25 Rolls Royces’ plus 6 Bentleys dating from the earliest through to the current models. All are in pristine condition, with a story to be told with each one, and all stored in an impressive circular multi garage format. What a collection and all of us present were fascinated by the stories he told of how they were acquired and the restoration work that had been put into them.
Still drooling but by now getting hungry, the cars moved out onto the Clevedon Whitford road for the short drive down to Whitford, where the Brickworks Café staff were waiting to feed the ravenous mob. They handled the 50 starving club members admirably with a great selection of food and refreshments. What a day, and hard to beat.
Top marks to Rob and all who put the day together.
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UPCOMING ACCCA EVENTS
Meet at Vector Wero White Water Rafting Centre (Gate 4) from 10.15am for approx. 10.45 am depart (this meeting point may change depending on White Water Rafting activities on the day – TBA) New Run Destination: Steve Keys Moorfields Estate for morning tea – eta 11am, with lunch at Formosa Golf Resort Cascade Restaurant, Beachlands $ 19/head lunch ‘Special’. RSVP’s required to Rob by no later than Wednesday November 2nd please.
Christmas Party @ Wenderholm Regional Park, Wairewa. Details TBA