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
Della-Mura Shed Raid & Roper BBQ run – 9 April 2017
You have to hand it to your ACCCA committee; another spectacular weather day selected, amongst the truly awful ones we have been experiencing this year for the run this time captained by Dave Roper. Recent club run numbers have been getting bigger and bigger, and this time was no exception with 22 cars and around 50 people turning up at Westgate for the 10.30 start time.
A tiki-tour through some beautiful rural back roads around Taupaki had us arrive at John & Robyn Della-Mura’s Kumeu Sheds opposite the Kumeu Showgrounds from the reverse direction than usual, and most parked up in a side road. The Della-Muras were in the process of transferring their memorabilia and collectables into a new store at the front of the impressive shed complex, and apologised for the untidiness, but all still looked good with plenty to see. An impressive collection of classics and hot rods were on display, some that John had imported for sale amongst his own cars.
The standard of some of these cars were stunning, especially the two ’32 Coupes that were built by Brizio in the US. John took the time to explain to the group some of the pitfalls of importing and complying/vinning vehicles, which sees the rules constantly changing and has resulted in his imported vehicle numbers dropping dramatically due to the time and expense of this process.
A quick run up the Old North Road to Helensville had us arrive at club members Paul and Jane Roper’s lifestyle block with their brand new American style combined home and workshop (for Paul’s engine building business), with truly amazing rural panoramas from their ‘aircraft carrier’ sized covered decks.
Paul gave a very informative tour and talk about high performance engine building, in his absolutely spotless workshop and sterile build room, both of which were so clean you could eat breakfast off the floor. Some of his stories about jobs done by other so called mechanic/engine builder muppets (Paul’s term) had most enthralled, and was a warning to the unwary about using unknown tradespeople.
After this the twin Webers were cranked up to feed the hungry group, with Rob & Russell wielding the tongs, ably supervised by Alex. The beef and chicken patties, along with the sausies went down a treat and vanished as soon as they were cooked. Once everyone had their fill and a natter, the afternoon was mid-way through, so most people fired up the V8’s and headed on home.
The run prize for the day of a $20 Z Energy gift card for the member who attended the run in their classic, goes to Graeme & Gwen Mackay in their 1953 Cadillac.
Have a look at the days photos here.....
Kaiaua Fish & Chip run – 19 March 2017
That clever chap, John Bercich, who organised the run down to the Bay View Hotel at Kaiaua, must have a direct line to the Chief Weather God, as the day was absolutely stunning with blue skies and sun, sun, sun! More so after the weather bomb the previous weekend flooded out so many people, properties and roads, and which affected the scheduled route down to Kaiaua. The pre-planned route via the Hunua Gorge and Falls had to be abandoned due to slips and muddy debris, but this was more than compensated for with the stunning drive down on roads that not many had driven before.
The sparkling weather sure did bring out a lot of drivers to the BP Service Centre, along with our 19 ACCCA club cars (and 1 guest, soon to join up), with around 50 people raring to go. After John’s briefing where he gave out road instructions, the convoy started up and headed away, with much snapping of camera phones from the bystanders at the BP.
The route threaded its way eastwards via some gorgeous verdant countryside, before we pulled up at the Seabird Coast visitor centre at Miranda for a squiz at the informative displays and a comfort stop. The centre is run and manned by volunteers, so good on you, those who dropped coins in the donation box. A short run up to the Bay View Hotel had us meeting up with 7 cars from ACCCA Hamilton, and lots of classic chatter before heading into the Hotel for the $15 per person buffet lunch.
And what a feast it was, with scrummy battered Blue Cod, chips, potato, green and pasta salads, along with tea and coffee to finish. Such good value, and a credit to the staff and John for setting this all up. Whilst some decided to head off home after the meal, others moved on a short way to park up in a great little reserve a few streets away, to natter away the beautiful afternoon in the sun.
The run prize of $20 for the person who attends in their classic car, goes to Grant Taylor in his 1957 Ford Fairlane Retractable.
Check out the glorious photos here.....
Galaxy of Cars - Sunday February 19th, 2017
Much as they did last year, the New Lynn Lions must have had every finger & toe crossed for their annual Galaxy of Cars event on Sunday February 19th, because despite being held two weeks later than last year, Auckland’s fickle February weather was doing its best to put a dampener on things, literally, right up till Saturday afternoon.
Despite that, 16 ACCCA members were not deterred and showed up on schedule at Western Springs College Car Park on Motions Road, where we headed off to the venue within Western Springs Speedway, at exactly 9.21am. Oddly, the College car park is usually full of other clubs as well, as it is an ideal vantage point to gather the troops together. But not this year… just us. Once all 16 of us were parked within our designated space (and some of the spare Z-Club spaces!) we erected the big red club gazebo, set the swooper flags a-swooping at either end and the Club banner over Phil & Cindy’s Mustang in the middle, then settled in for the day, which by now was threatening rain, followed by intense sunshine, cloud and high humidity! What do they say about 4 seasons in one day….
With such fine company among those members present, the day was not as long as it could have been. Everyone seemed to come and go, and come back again through the day and nestle themselves under the gazebo and snacked on various tasty morsels that Cindy Officer had baked. And also had a thoroughly enjoyable time doing it. Feck, we even managed to have a Committee meeting and put plans in place for events right the way through to July!
But the icing on the cake…. hehe….. was during the Prize giving at 2 o’clock, when our club were announced as recipients of 1st Place in the Best Presented Car Club category, winning a lovely trophy and Magnum of bubbly for our efforts! What a hoot! Another top effort from all concerned.
The event itself was a little bit of a mixed bag, as with one or two notable exceptions, there just seemed to be less of everything really. Still plenty to see, and some very, very special cars on display that also took out the top awards, and all for a very worthy charity of Child Cancer this year. But was it the weather leading up to the event? Or the proximity to the Ellerslie Concours the prior weekend, or any number of other things, I really don’t know. But are sure the New Lynn Lions were mildly disappointed with the overall turnout.
It’s still a great event for Auckland and deserves to continue to succeed and prosper and one I feel strongly we should continue to support as a Club. Bring on next year…..
Recipients of the $ 20.00 Run prize are Shane & Adith Stoneman, for providing the lounge suite out of their Chevy Suburban, for the gazebo! Rob.
Take a look at the day's photos here.....
UPCOMING ACCCA EVENTS
Run to Luxxio Luxury Detailing & Car Care (win car care products and perhaps your car chosen for demo groom). Meet at Caffeine & Classics, Smales Farm from 10am for 10.45 depart. Short run after for lunch with venue TBA