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
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.....
Black Swamp Rod Run – Saturday 7th January
An impromptu club outing up to the Black Swamp Rod Run resulted in 8 cars meeting up at the BP Silverdale for the run up to Mangawhai; Mike & Nicola Blythe - 1955 Pontiac Star Chief, Roger & Lola Anderson – 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air, Steve Plester – 1952 Buick Super Riviera, Rob Milligan – 1976 Pontiac Grand Safari, Dave & Sandie Roper – 1967 Mercury Cougar, Neil Roper – 1934 Ford Coupe, Peter & June Lee - 1975 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Convertible, Russell & Cindy Wilson – 1957 Pontiac Star Chief.
The run up to Mangawhai was great with minimal traffic (apart from the backlog caused by a Ford Model T just before Warkworth, who must have had 20 cars and trucks behind him) driving through picturesque rural countryside to arrive at the school meet up point around 9am. Bryan & Dallas Martin in their 1964 Chevrolet Impala were already there, as they live just down the road. The school field quickly filled up, and by the time the run commenced there were close to 200 cars raring to go.
The run took in some beautiful countryside and coastal panoramas, via Langs Beach and Waipu Cove up to Waipu town where we turned around and cruised back again to Mangawhai. The run itself was somewhat reminiscent of Americarna in Taranaki, in that there were spectators lining parts of the route waving and cheering the cars through.
The early afternoon finish was at an olive grove just past the school start point in Black Swamp Road, and what a great setting it was, with all the cars parked among the trees. There was a very large pond for swimming, along with a band providing music to rock away the afternoon, featuring our very own Paul Roper on drums. All in all it was a great way to spend a day, with fine and sunny weather, lots of previously unseen classics, and a cruise through countryside that we don’t normally drive. Just as well it was so relaxing, as some were already sweating their return to work on the Monday.
Check out the 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