We are passionate car enthusiasts who live and breathe American classic cars, and are based in Auckland, New Zealand.
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.
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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.
ROSS BROS. CAMBRIDGE – 18 May 2019
Saturday 18th May saw a group of 22 classics and 1 daily driver, and around 50 club members and guests gather at BP Drury for a run down to Hautapu on the outskirts of Cambridge.
After the usual briefing from our illustrious president Rob and the dispensing of the run instructions, we set off in convoy on what I hoped would be an interesting drive down to Huntly, trying to stay off SH1 as much as possible. After stopping regularly to check we were all still together, it became apparent that we had lost a few along the way. No worries, as everyone knew where we were heading so I assumed people would eventually find the venue using the instructions or their phones.
By the time we stopped at Gordonton for a planned regroup we were down to about 15 cars which was a bit of a worry. Never mind, as many were busting and had to queue for the toilets and as time went by everyone who had got lost trundled in, so by the time everyone took advantage of the comfort stop, we were once again all together. We continued on along SH1B to the Hautapu Dairy Co where we regrouped before continuing on around the corner to the Ross Bros. amazing collection, where we were met and given a brief rundown on the history of the museum by our host Nelson.
This would have to be the most stunning collection of Classic and Muscle cars, along with motorbikes, earthmoving machinery, vintage fire engines, memorablia and interesting stuff that the club has ever visited. Possibly the highlight for most was the humongous yellow Komatsu Super Dozer, one of only 40 odd ever produced, with a replacement value of $5.5 million.
We were also joined there by the Waikato Mini Club, and a pimped out Rolls Royce V12 twin turbo of all things, which only added to the eye candy. After about an hour and a half of drooling at this incredible collection (even the toilets were interesting!!!) we set off in convoy for our lunch break at the beautiful Prof’s Café, which is part of The Woodlands Country Estate where our hosts once again catered to our every need by way of a set menu buffet lunch, which I trust everyone enjoyed.
As this was the first run my wife and I have ever organised I must say it was very rewarding to see the numbers attending, and gives us an insight into what our committee undertakes on a monthly basis. Thanks to everyone who attended. See you on the next run. Phil & Robyn Bourke.
PS. The run prize of the day of a POR $25 online gift voucher goes to Phil & Robyn Bourke, for their tremendous effort in organizing the run to Ross Bros. Muscle Garage.
Check out this incredible collection here (including the men's urinals).....
Waiau Pa Hop & Hedges Estate visit – Saturday 13 April 2019
A beautiful but crispy Saturday morning saw 19 classics, 1 daily driver and 40 plus people raring to go from the BP Papakura meeting point. Club member Phil Stickney very kindly organised the day, easing the load on your committee team, so off we went in convoy through what can only be described as beautiful rural countryside to the Waiau Pa Hop held at Clarks Beach.
A gold coin donation had a number of us park up in the Hop site itself right beside the beach, while the rest stopped on the verge just before the entrance. And what an absolutely stunning location it was, with the sun shining, the water sparkling, and classic cars and hot rods to ogle at.
A number of club members had never been to Clarks Beach, and were most impressed by the location and show. The show itself was somewhat small in numbers, especially when compared to some of the Auckland events, but it was very laid back, with a large number of cars not seen before which made for an interesting morning’s viewing.
Midday came around very quickly, with the temperatures warming up, so it was off on another short cruise through more stunning South Auckland rural countryside, to Hedges estate on the outskirts of Waiuku. It is hard to describe how beautiful the house and gardens are, looking over towards the Waikato landscape, and everyone was in total awe. The house and gardens are used as a wedding and function venue, and we were warmly welcomed by our hosts Fleur and Grant (who are friends and neighbours of Phil and Garry), who allowed us to park on their picture perfect lawn.
We had our lunch of sandwiches, sausage rolls, savouries and scrummy cakes in the conservatory, overlooking the lawn and our cars, before the tour of the gardens. The aviary of very colourful, but noisy birds was a highlight for some of the ladies, but the guys were more taken by the large shed with Grant’s collection of MG’s. As well as restoring the cars, Grant is a keen racer, peddling a very rapid V8 MGB on the racetrack, and is in the process of putting together a Marina circuit car also.
The afternoon was finished off with a sampling of chocolate Easter eggs filled with Baileys liqueur which were very decadent indeed, kindly supplied by our hosts. Phil performed the official club thank you to Fleur and Grant, followed by a hearty round of applause from the attendees, before everyone departed mid-afternoon.
The run prize of the day of a POR $25 online gift voucher for the members who turn up in their classic, goes to John and Pat Campbell in their 1955 Plymouth Belvedere. Ciao4now, Russell Wilson
Photos of the day's activities can be viewed here.....
Chuck’s Restoration Supplies visit – 24 March 2019
It finally had to happen, after a string of beautiful sunny days for club runs this year, Sunday morning brought a drizzly start to the day. After setting off in the somewhat heavy rain, it started clearing up closer to the city with dry roads, until arriving at the Westgate meetup where it was sloshy once again.
But that didn’t deter the forty plus members of the American Classic Car Club, who turned up with 23 wonderful American classics to brighten the day. After the usual meet up and natter, Rob welcomed everyone, including first time out new members Andrew and Raewyn in their lovely 1962 Chev Impala. The tiki tour Phil plotted took us through Hobsonville, Herald Island, and Swanson before arriving at Chucks, where we were welcomed by the Manager, Mike Rielly, who is also the newest member of the club.
We were given free rein of the premises to explore, which included the new parts store, the main warehouse with sheet metal, glass, used doors, fenders, motors, the upstairs second hand parts storage, and the MPI area where the cars and goods are inspected. Also on the premises were a number of vehicles that had been imported by Chucks for customers and for sale, which certainly attracted a lot of attention.
Although Chucks initially focussed on Tri-five Chevy parts, they have expanded out into parts for all American makes and models, and will also source and import parts that aren't available locally upon request. They are a well respected and resourced company, and this certainly showed through upon inspection of their very clean, tidy, and well organized premises.
Mike very kindly donated a $100 voucher towards parts from Chuck’s inventory, the winner being drawn from a brake drum of members details, which was won by Dave Roper.
After the visit it was off over the road to the Swanson RSA for a very lovely buffet lunch, which seemed to be enjoyed by all, ending up another very well attended club outing.
You may have noticed our newest club supporter, POR NZ’s advert on the back page of the Cruisepaper. They have very kindly supplied us some online gift vouchers to the value of $25, which we will award to a participant member after each month’s club outing. The winner for this month’s $25 online voucher is Shane and Adith Stoneman. Ciao4now, Russell Wilson
Have a look at the great selection of photos here .....
UPCOMING ACCCA EVENTS
Sunday June 30
Mid-winter Christmas Lunch & Trivia Quiz, Soljans Estate Winery, 366 State Highway 16, Kumeu from 12-4.30pm. $46 per head, and RSVP’s must be in by June 21. Optional mystery coffee cruise departing Hooton Reserve Gate 1, 14 Mills Lane, Albany at 9.30am, to arrive at Soljans before midday
Sunday 28 July
Run to Whitford Toy Museum. Meet at Vector Wero Whitewater Park, 770 Great South Road, Manukau. Arrive at 9am for tour of Park, or from 9.30 to depart at 10 for museum. $10 entry per person for Toy Museum. Buffet lunch at Formosa Country Club Whitford is Yum Char buffet at $20 per head
Sunday 18 August
Run to Kaiaua Hotel for the famous fish and chip lunch. Meet at BP Papakura, Southern Motorway from 10am to depart at 10.30 for visit to Miranda Shorebird Centre en route (donation optional). Buffet lunch is $16 per head