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
Kaiaua Fish & Chip run – Sunday 15 May 2016
After a fairly wet Saturday evening, Sunday dawned a bit cloudy but promising a fine day for the fish and chip lunch run that John Bercich organised to the Seabird Coast at Kaiaua.
A W E S O M E is the only way to describe the turnout at the BP Service Centre on the Southern Motorway, with 22 fine American classics and around 60 people, a large number of which were new members. President Rob did his welcome speech before John handed out the run instructions, and then we were away in convoy via some beautiful countryside to the first stop at the Hunua Falls.
After a wander up the path to the falls, and some repairs to Rob’s Pontiac with a big hammer (a whack on the starter motor), we were off again on our way to the Bay View Hotel at Kaiaua for lunch. This proved to be a popular place for a Sunday drive, with the carpark occupied by a number of Lotus 7/Fraser type sports cars, along with the usual motorbike riders.
Just as well that John had pre-booked our fish and chip lunch then, and what a feast it was for only $15 a head, which was described by some as the best battered fish eaten in years. The grassed area at the back of the hotel is dotted with tables and umbrellas, and club members quickly settled themselves in to soak up the late Autumn sun and have a natter. What better way is there to spend a relaxing Sunday afternoon?
The dipstick award has finally been passed on from Chris Thompson to Trevor and Jude Righton, for misleading a number of other cars to the Hunua Falls, with a left turn when the upper case typed instructions clearly said TURN RIGHT (however these others also weren’t reading their instructions either). To ease any bruised feelings they may have, Trevor and Jude in their 1948 Chevrolet Thriftmaster pickup also take out the run prize of a $20 gift voucher.
Check out the day's photos here.....
Crosby Motorcycles Matakana Cruise April 17th 2016
Isn’t it quite odd, that on one of the wettest, most miserable early Autumn Auckland Sundays, we managed to get one of our best turnouts yet so far this year, for our Club run to the iconic Graeme Crosby Motorcycles in Matakana!
But we did, and what a turnout it was too, with over forty people, and something like 19 classic cars, including several new cars and several new members as well, assembled at the BP Northern Service Centre before the run commenced. So wet it was that the drivers briefing had to be held inside the MacDonalds Restaurant area, much to the amusement of the general public.
The route I’d prepared earlier took us North, off the motorway at the northern end of Orewa so we did not have to duck through the Johnston Hill Tunnels and have the hassle of that frankly daft $ 2.30 toll. Once at Warkworth, the convoy headed northeast through Matakana itself, to the delight of the surprising number of people shopping and enjoying the several cafes there, and arrived about 6km further on to the sprawling rural property of Crosby Motorcycles. Remarkably, all of us fitted within his driveway with relative ease, and what a sight it was too. Even the man himself, who was sheltering in his workshop door, was suitably impressed!
After a quick intro, I ran around in the rain to take the majority of the photos that are already on the Website gallery for you all to enjoy, whilst Graeme quickly got on with telling the attentive audience what Crosby Motorcycles was all about; how it came about and with that, it lead onto some of the past achievements of this thoroughly likeable and exceptionally gifted man.
Read more here.....
Karaka Vintage Day 20th March
The bi-annual Karaka Vintage Day hosted by the Karaka Historical Society, along with the Vintage Engine Restorers club from Auckland again put on their “not to be missed” show south of Auckland to a great crowd. It is a fascinating event to visit and holds great interest for any mechanical enthusiast young or old. That is not to say that classic and vintage cars are not there in force, but pre war vehicles dominate and there is a strong UK car influence.
The usual squeeze at first is to get positions but once everyone was in place and the marquee was up everybody was out and about to take in the show.
It is not only cars that make the day at Karaka. There is always the strong contingent of stationary engines with their dedicated club members. Old pumping engines thumping away along with a host of most unusual contraptions hissing and heaving away on the grass. Vintage Masport mowers were again represented with an impressive array of old equipment from milking machines to rotary mowers that were manufactured over the last 100 years. A number of wartime vehicles were on display including Bren gun carriers and the GMC dual rear axle truck sporting a revolving gun carriage, that was put to good use firing blank shots at the attacking Harvards. The aerobatics and mock air battles added a lively touch to the day.
A sturdy bunch of Celtic warriors and their families were set up in tents displaying the crafts of long ago along with traditional warfare dress. Then if you had any energy left there was still the vintage tractors to look at in the adjoining paddock.
There is a great museum on site demonstrating the history of the area including farming equipment as well as stories of local families going way back into the 18 hundreds.
The day, after threatening showers, turned out to be pretty reasonable although a bit grey at times but it was again a great show with loads of families turning out to see all the action. The day was capped off with a procession of the exhibiting vehicles.
A great muster from our club with around 16 cars including a visitor from the Thunderbird club.
It was a superb show, well run and with tons to see and do and with lots of live action. If you missed out, unfortunately you’ll have to wait two more years to see it again.
The run prize for the day of a $20 gift voucher went to David and Catherine Parker.
Check out the day's photos here.....
New Lynn Lions Galaxy of Cars 6th February 2016
Sunday February 6th saw no less than 13 Club members’ cars and one guest show up for our annual display as part of the Galaxy of Cars event, held at Western Springs Stadium. This year’s fund-raising charity was Foster Hope.
This number was quite unexpected, as the weather leading up to the event and the Saturday before in particular was ummm… let’s just say “less than conducive” to holding a Classic Car Display!
Also, being Waitangi weekend, there were ample other things to do including the Leadfoot Festival in Hahei. Spare a thought for the poor Nissan Z Car Club, who were behind our display. They only managed two members and one of them came up from Hamilton for it!
Thankfully, other than the odd rogue shower, Sunday was actually rather good and our attending members enjoyed the welcome shade offered by the Club Marquee as the day got hotter and hotter. Several new members took the opportunity to use this event as their first and display their cars with us and most welcome they were too!
Most of us spent the day trawling alternatively between the busy swap meet area and the ample display areas, often several times! There was certainly plenty to see, despite some ‘regulars’ I spoke to suggesting numbers where down a little from previous years. And that may well have been the case, as certainly the venue could have accommodated plenty more vehicles. But the variety was never in question, with over 20 Car Clubs present.
As usual, our Club display proved popular to the members of the public, with a steady flow of admirers wandering in and around all of our cars. And it was a good selection too, but alas no awards for our efforts this time L. The Best Club Display, deservedly, went to the NI Model A Club (those same mad-caps that joined us at the Beckhams last year!) whom went to great lengths, including most attired in period clothes!
All in all, a really pleasant and relaxing day - which I will admit I enjoyed much more than I thought I would – amongst friends and cars. Nothing at all wrong with that!
The run prize for the day of a $20 gift voucher went to Colin & Maureen Faith in their 1966 Lincoln Continental.
Check out the day's photos here.....
Kumeu Classic Car & Hot Rod Festival – 16 January 2016
After a mid-week forecast of showers for the Saturday of the festival, the day couldn’t have turned out nicer, being hot and sunny for the whole day. It didn’t look that way on arrival at Kumeu township at 7.30am though, as the town was blanketed in fog, but this soon burnt off.
There were half a dozen member’s cars already there to help set up the club gear, and by just after 8 all was ready for the influx. And what a turnout it was with 21 cars squeezing into our allocated spot, along with a number of others seen scattered around the ground. The club gazebos turned out to be the magic spot to get out of the sun, as it was just about full any time throughout the day, as members came and went on various expeditions in the grounds.
Around midday the infield parking area was packed, and seemed to be the fullest it had been for many a year. There was an amazing selection of vehicles to ogle at here, and the standard of some of these rides had to be seen to be appreciated. There was some discussion amongst members that the number of top notch show shed cars did seem to match the standard of previous years, but the all steel ’34 Coupe of our very own Neil Roper stood out as a wonderful example of a timeless hot rod.
A show from a smoke trailing aerobatic plane kept the crowd in awe after the lunch break, along with many start ups of drag cars throughout the day to tingle the ear drums. With the sun beating down throughout the day, many members seemed happy to spend the afternoon chatting and relaxing under the gazebos in the shade. The day turned out to be another awesome club get-together, and the number of members that attended showed that the new arrangement of meeting at the club site as members arrived is working really well.
The run prize for the day of a $20 gift voucher went to Bill Tweed who bought his 2 vehicles along for the day, his 1949 Buick 70 Roadmaster and 1948 Chrysler New Yorker convertible.
Check out the day's photos here.....
UPCOMING ACCCA EVENTS
Mid-winter Christmas Luncheon at the Howick Club Botany, 107 Botany Road, Botany Downs. $30 per head, and runs from 11am to 3pm. RSVP's by June 17 please.