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
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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Mid-winter Christmas Lunch –
26 June 2016
After last years great mid-winter Christmas lunch at The Howick Club, it was decided that the venue offered us everything that we needed so back we went. This year proved to be totally opposite to last, when we had to rope in friends to meet the 50 threshold that negated the club paying a venue hire. With the large number of new members we have seen join since then, we had no problem meeting the criteria and in fact had to close off the RSVP’s a couple of days earlier as we had passed the room maximum of 80.
Any regular mid-winter Xmas attendee will know that we follow a tried and true formulae of good food with a few wines, interspersed with spot prize draws, along with Rob’s World Famous quiz, and a lot of laughter and frivolity.
The general opinion was that the standard of food was great Xmas fare – roast potatoes, ham on the bone, curry & rice, battered fish, salads, followed by Xmas pudd & custard, pavlova, and fruit salad. Hopefully everybody had their fill, with a few going back for seconds, but there was plenty for everyone.
Rob’s World Famous quiz once again proved to be as controversial and entertaining as ever, with much discussion over his interpretation of general knowledge or otherwise.
Finally after a very short period of stewardship, the dipstick award has now passed from Trevor Righton to Mike Blythe, who was seen by everyone emerging from the ladies toilet after the lunch, right behind and in the middle of Rob’s dissertation on the merits of his quiz. Mike lamely tried to blame it on leaving his glasses behind, but nobody believed that for one minute.
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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.
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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.
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UPCOMING ACCCA EVENTS
Run to Mid West Street Rods’ breakfast, Mitre 10 Mega, Westgate, from 8.30-10.30am, followed by rural Westy cruise to a TBA lunch venue. Meeting place and time to be advised via website and email.