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
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.....
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.....
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