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
MOTAT Wild Wheels – 3 September
Although it was somewhat short notice for this event, and the fact that it was Fathers’ Day, we still had a good number of cars turn up at the meeting point at Western Springs College, 12 in fact. Although to be fair, 3 club members kindly bought 2 each, which helped swell out the numbers, and 1 other joined us at our display site, bringing the total to 13.
And whilst there were no awards presented, we had more cars on display than any of the other six car clubs present, and our cars got a fine reception from the public and organizers alike. Also one of our newer members, the Campbells, had one of their military vehicles on display, a 1961 AMC Mightymite elsewhere within Motat, so overall our club was very well represented.
One thing the MOTAT event organizers hadn’t counted on was the sheer size of our American classics, and the 20 car park spaces they had allocated only just swallowed up our numbers! After a bit of toing and froing to get all the cars facing the right way for the pedestrian traffic flow, we were settled just in time for the event opening time of 10am. Our site was around the back of the complex as we were the last club to sign up, but it was a great spot for us as it was sheltered from the cool southerly, but we sure got our fair share of admirers for the cars.
A short trip on the trams had a number of us visit the aircraft hangers at MOTAT 2, which is a completely different world in itself. A chat with one of the volunteers in the hanger workshop proved most interesting, but he revealed some of the conflict the volunteers have had with the management team, which seems somewhat peevish seeing they are paid zilch. In fact they weren’t told that the Museum’s car collection was put into long term storage until they visited the display area, so that the space could be used for interactive children’s programs.
The organizers had stipulated a 4pm departure time for safety reasons, but the time went by pretty quickly as there was plenty to see and do, including a Celtic drum band which was very noisy but entertaining. Another great day out was had by all in what was mostly sunny and warm weather at the event. The run prize of the day of a $20 Z Energy gift card for the member who turns up in their classic, goes to Nicola & Robert Williams in their 1960 Chevrolet Impala.
Take a look at the day's photos here.....
Roy Sharman Shed Raid – 20 August 2017
After thunder and lightening the previous afternoon, all fingers were crossed for a fine Sunday for the run out to Waiuku to see Roy Sharman’s wondrous collections of yesteryear, but alas it was not to be.
However, showery weather definitely didn’t stop 24 club cars (including a couple of daily drivers) and 50 plus people from enjoying the day.
Roy’s collection is a sight to behold, ranging from 2 giant traction engines, a dozen or more vintage, veteran, and classic cars, telephones, number plates, and a heap of interesting stuff from a bygone era. It was difficult to take it all in, as there were so many items to see, and the amazing thing about it all was that Roy had a story about everything; the history, who owned it, what they did, and what previous owners had changed or altered. At the end of the 2 hour visit when Roy was thanked for allowing us to visit, he made the comment that his passion was researching the history of all his collection, and that is what keeps him so enthusiastic.
Among his collection were a number of real gems, but the one that stands out is a 1901 Oldsmobile, which is the oldest surviving example in the world, and the 45th ever made. It is powered by a one cylinder engine, which in the process of bringing it back to life has had a lot of parts hand made for it. It was started up for us, with only a couple of hand cranks to get it going, and it chugged away quite quietly considering it’s rudimentary engineering.
After this mind-blowing visit it was away to the Kentish Hotel in Waiuku for a buffet lunch, which at $16 per head was amazing value. Most seemed to enjoy the lunch along with a cold one, and a good natter, before heading off to fight the Southern Motorway usual Sunday afternoon traffic snarls on the way home.
The run prize of the day of a $20 Z Energy gift card for the member who turns up in their classic, goes to Steve & Sue Tregoweth in their 1966 Chevy Caprice.
Have a look at the day's photos here.....
2 Sheds in One Day! 23 July 2017
Whenever John Bercich organises a club outing it inevitably turns out to be a great day that somehow manages to carry its own assurance of classic car-friendly weather, and this time proved to be no exception for most.
Despite an unintended clash in dates with the CRC Speedshow also on that weekend, we still had a very good turnout for the middle of winter, with 23 classics and 4 daily’s meeting at Wero Whitewater Park for a brief cruise to view a private car collection at the old Ti Papa Equestrian Centre in Whitford, said to be the largest indoor arena in NZ. What was described as a big collection of cars in a large shed, the term "shed" turned to be somewhat inadequate to describe how a large eclectic collection of cars could look so sparse in such a large building.
At first glance inside what must be the ultimate car shed - hanger would be a better description - it looked like there were only a few cars inside, but once you walked in the first 20 or so metres it soon became apparent that this building is truly humungous when you are inside it, and that there were in fact dozens of cars inside that were just so spread out it made the building look half empty! It was difficult to take it all in with such a big collection of various mid to late model German cars, a large variety of USA steel of various ages and states of restoration ranging from project-start to completely restored. A couple of classic Aussie Chargers, Steve Keys old 64 Ford Thunderbolt 427 drag car, and a few Jags including two E type restorations in progress, and an immaculate NZ army truck that Alan Huljich would surely have coveted. Quite astounding really; never seen anything like it and probably never will again.
Many thanks to Grahame for the kind opportunity to view his impressive collection, shed-envy is surely the word! After nearly 2 hours of admiring the large variety of different cars we embarked on a leisurely cruise back out to the Formosa Country Club where John had organised a very nice $20 buffet lunch for us that was a great value hot winter meal, a big improvement on our previous visit there!
And just when you though the day couldn’t get any better, how’s this for a complete out of the blue pièce de résistance that is bound to arouse envy in those who were unable to make it on Sunday; whilst we were eating lunch, a once in a lifetime opportunity was offered to us by Alan Drinkrow who was at Formosa and saw all our cars there and approached us to come and visit his hitherto inaccessible private car collection at Pine Harbour that day. Well, you could have bowled us over when Rob told us about this (he still looked quite stunned himself) and it took only a few milliseconds of deliberation to unanimously decide to convoy down to Pine Harbour straight after lunch. Some of you will recognise this showroom as the glass-fronted showroom on the corner of the marina-entrance intersection at Pine Harbour that one could only previously leave greasy handprints and drool marks on the windows whilst ogling the cars on display inside.
And what a spectacular collection it is, with a small number of very rare and immaculately presented classic cars from various countries, a number of historical racing cars including Jack Brabham's Cooper Climax that Bruce McLaren won his first Grand Prix at Sebring in 1959, to a collection of rare racing motorcycles and Ivan Mauger’s speedway bikes. I’m sure I speak for all those member who were fortunate enough to be invited to view Alan's collection will join with me in expressing our sincere thanks for his very gracious invite to us to come down, very much appreciated thanks Alan. I didn't even mind getting wet coming back up the motorway on the way home!
The run prize of $20 for the person who attends in their classic car, goes to Stefan Roberts in his 1965 Lincoln Continental.
Many photos of this wonderful day out here.....
UPCOMING ACCCA EVENTS
Run to Aroha Cruise In, Te Aroha. Meet at BP Papakura Service Centre, Southern Motorway from 7am to depart at 7.30.
Mystery Run. Meet at The Trusts Arena car park, 65-67 Central Park Drive, Henderson at 10.15am, and bring a pen, paper, and plastic bag.
Weekend away to BOP Mustang Club All USA Day in Mt.Maunganui. Meet BP Papakura, Southern Motorway from 9.30am to depart at 10. Club stays Baywatch Motor Inn (0800229928 bookings essential @ concession rate of $159 per night) with good offstreet parking, and close stroll to Sat.night dinner venue.
ACCCA Xmas Party, Wenderholm Regional Park, Wairewa. Meet at BP Northern Motorway, Silverdale from 10am to depart at 10.30.Bring a desert to share and a chair, and the club will provide the rest.