Welcome to Our World of American Classic Cars
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.
Latest ACCCA club activities
Rebel Roundup Rocks – 16 February 2019
An early start on a fine Saturday morning saw 14 cars depart the Papakura BP Southern Motorway for a picturesque cruise through the South Auckland countryside, where we met up with 3 more club members at the Betty Bean mobile coffee stop just south of Tuakau for the morning caffeine fix.
There was a small car display on there already, but our arrival boosted the numbers considerably, eliciting plenty of interest from the attendees. After a half hour or so of nattering, looking and slurping coffee, our convoy headed on out to Pukekohe Park Raceway, for the day’s big event.
After setting up the club banner and swooper flags marking out the club cars in the car park, it was off to tour the sights inside the Raceway itself. There were innumerable stalls selling T shirts, clothing, hats, memorabilia, alongside tattooing, model cars, and all manner of things nostalgia themed to see, but the drawcard was the large number of traditional hot rods, with plenty of rat rods scattered in between. The term rat rod is a bit of a misnomer, as some of these machines had as much work put into them as the top dollar shiny rods.
Spread throughout the day were demonstration 1/8th mile drags on the front straight of the racetrack, along with lap after lap of Central Muscle Cars racing beside Historic Touring Cars, which really caught the attention of the crowd. Some of the dices between these muscle/touring cars was very exciting to watch, and although it was not an actual race as such, there was some committed but very respectful driving by some of the racers. The highlight was a duel between a very rapid C2 Corvette Stingray and an orange Camaro ( driven by famous racers Johnny Riley and Dennis Marwood) which saw the Camaro twice spin out on Turn 3 just before the turn onto the back straight.
Most of the club group got back together at lunchtime for a picnic and a chinwag in the shade of the oak trees by the carpark, which provided some relief from the hot sun. Then it was back to the stalls and cars for more looksee, before the day finally drew to a close around 4pm after the entry prize draw of a beer bowser come petrol pump.
The Rebel Roundup really turned it on for the crowds, with lots to see and do throughout the event, making for a very entertaining day out in the Pukekohe sunshine. The organizers’ recipe for a low key traditional/retro gathering hits just the right spot, and long may it continue. Ciao4now, Russell Wilson
Lots of photos here to check out.....
2019 Intermarque Concours de Elegance – Ellerslie 10 February 2019
What a relief it was to see the sun rising over the horizon in the wee early hours of Sunday morning and thinking back to 2018 when this same show was totally washed out, along with many other car activities on that weekend last year.
The Club wasn’t planning a display at this year’s show when I enquired and so I thought that here was an opportunity, with Club approval, to put a couple of matching Car and Caravan combos on display and so I made contact with the organisers and they were pleased with my planned display.
Caravans have never been a part of any a club display at the Concours event, so the first time is always a bit of ‘testing the waters’!
From the experience that I’ve had with Marjory, our Lilliput Gazelle, and all the Ooo’s and AAH’s and miles of smiles, the car/caravan combos do bring a lot of enjoyment to people and their memories of summers spent at the beach when they were kids. The display this year at Ellerslie was certainly more of the same. I asked Robert and Nicola Williams if they would like to display their 12.5’ Lilliput Special with me and they were happy to do so.
Muster time was 8am in the car park to hand out the entry ticket but I was beaten to the draw as the Williamson’s had arrive a bit earlier than anticipated. We found our spot and after a bit of manoeuvring the set up began. I should add at this point that I also had the Morris 1300 on display in the Survivors Class, where she (Lucy) was awarded 3rd Place.
After about 15 minutes Robert and Nicola were ready and about an hour later so was I. Setting up the display really is like moving house!
A fun day was had, with the help of a glass or two of Rose and we look forward to the next time with maybe the Lilliput Club putting on a show. Alex Ross
The club display vehicles can be viewed here.....
Kumeu Classic Car & Hot Rod Festival – 19 January 2019
Once again it was an early morning rise, with the alarm doing it’s thing at 5.30am, to get up and running early to set up the club site for the big day out. Not much traffic out in central Auckland at 7 in the morning, so things looked promising for a straight cruise through to the Kumeu showgrounds.
Uh oh, spoke too soon, as just past Soljans roundabout the traffic was stopped, so a quick U turn and a run around the back detour saw no trouble getting there at all.
Dave Roper had done a sterling job in selecting our site this year, marking out the area with the club poles and rope. When given the choice by the organiser, Dave selected the biggest one he could find, that had an access road on all sides so that we couldn’t be boxed in like last year.
At 7.45 there were already half a dozen member’s cars parked up on the site, beavering away assembling gazebos, BBQ, hot water, drinks and food. And then the club cars started arriving, very ably directed by Dave to park facing out around the site perimeter, finishing up with a total of 29 classics on display.
The Kumeu show itself seemed somewhat subdued, judging from the amount of people wandering around, especially on Route 66, although the “bull ring” central car park was packed by mid morning.
The display sheds also didn’t seem to be the dazzling displays of the past, with even a few of the vehicles being of the unfinished or barn find type. The trade display tents were also well down on past years, with some notable absences, which was a bit disconcerting, as you normally don’t find them all together anywhere but Kumeu.
A big crowd pleaser was the jet car, which did some almighty blasts of flame, burning the grass for quite a few metres behind it, along with the chest thumping impacts every time it pulsed. Very entertaining indeed.
With the weather being sunny and stiflingly hot, most club members gravitated to the gazebo shade throughout the day, with many short expeditions to view cars and swap meet sites. Peter Lee very ably volunteered to man the club BBQ, cooking up sausages and onions for the crowd, which kept the hunger pangs at bay.
Comments from club members indicated they had another very enjoyable Kumeu gathering, chewing the fat, and solving the problems of the world, yet again. Ciao4now, Russell Wilson
Some great classic car photos can be seen here.....
UPCOMING ACCCA EVENTS
Saturday February 16
Run to Rebel Roundup, Pukekohe Park Raceway. Meet at BP Southern Motorway, Papakura from 8am to depart at 8.30. Admission $20