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
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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Cruise to Chris Hornblow’s Shed
Sunday July 17th 2016
Planning a Club Run in the middle of Winter is fraught at the best of times, not only because of Auckland’s typically fickle climate, but also simply because of the number of other events and ‘things’ to do’, either with your Classic’s or without.
And Dave Roper’s Wild Westie Run on Sunday July 17th was no exception. Whilst we did anticipate a more moderate turnout, because of several of the above factors (!), when I showed up in the Trust Stadium Carpark meeting point in the morning I was greeted with a pleasant selection of 11 Club Cars, several daily drivers and numerous members all eager to see where Dave’s run would take us. No police convoy though, despite the presence of Carl Phillips replica MOT HQ Holden Kingswood police car! And before you ask…yes, I am aware that a Holden is not American! Carl had, perhaps wisely, left the Cadillac at home, due to the weather.
Of course, right on que as Dave was about to have his driver’s brief, the heavens opened albeit briefly – again – so we all made a bee-line to under the Trust Stadium Façade…. Only for some to discover that owing to a quirk in the design, it directed most of the water directly onto those standing below!
Briefing done, we headed to our respective vehicles…well all except me who headed to Mike and Nicola Blyth’s gorgeous 55 Pontiac as they kindly offered to spare me the relative embarrassment of having to take something Korean to an American Classic Car Club Cruise! Thanks guys, genuinely appreciated J.
As it was Dave’s cruise, he was lead car out of the car park…well at least that was the theory. I am unclear how it happened, but by the time we had convoyed through into the heart of Henderson and out the other side, several participants had got ahead of his Cougar, but not to worry, as his route instructions were nice and concise so nobody got lost this time.
As we ambled and wallowed our way further out west, the route took us through some very pretty parts of West Auckland along through the aptly named Scenic Drive and the Waitakere Ranges. Honestly, I know it is a bit Cliché, but it really is another world out West. If you have never taken the time to drive out through the ranges, do so, it is simply stunning….. mostly damp, as it happens…..but simply stunning nevertheless!
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UPCOMING ACCCA EVENTS
Club run to Aroha Cruise In, Te Aroha. Meet at BP Papakura Service Centre, Southern Motorway from 7am to depart at 7.30.
Club run to North Shore Vintage CC swap meet at Albany. Meet at Poenamo Hotel car park, 31 Northcote Road, Hillcrest from 8am to depart at 8.30.
Christmas Party @ Wenderholm Regional Park, Wairewa. Details TBA