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
NZ Warbirds/Avespec’s/Badger Cottage run Sunday April 15
The ‘Touch & Go’ is a routine trainee pilots perform when they are practicing their take-off and landing technique… and I’ll admit our run out to the NZ Warbirds Display at Ardmore on Sunday April 15th was looking pretty ‘touch & go’ for a while there too, with Auckland’s typical Autumn fickleness looking likely to rain on our parade, literally!
Nevertheless, we have not cancelled an event in years and I was determined that this was not going to be any different, despite getting drenched loading the Pontiac with the club gear on Sunday morning, before heading South, with my passengers Phil & Cindy Officer for company for the day.
Arriving early at Vector Wero, the skies had momentarily cleared as a smallish but enthusiast ensemble of members and Classics arrived for the days activities, 35 people and 9 classics and several daily drivers in total. Not too shabby considering. Unfortunately, just as we were all prepared to take a wander around the superb Vector Wero White Water facilities prior to our departure, so too did the rain arrive again, so it was coffees from the Rapids Café and a huddle uncover instead.
A short cruise out the back of South Auckland got us to Ardmore on time, and waiting to look after us at were Allan, Dave and Bob, the three volunteers from NZ Warbirds. These guys are as passionate, if not more so, about their chosen hobby as we are about our cars! After a quick Introduction to the Warbirds facility, followed by the now obligatory Health & Safety briefing, we were split into two groups and allowed free range within Hanger Two – comprising WW2 and post WW2 aircraft, many of which are still operational and used for paid flights, as well as a model Aircraft display that was simply outstanding and a credit to the modellers – and Hanger One, a newly opened display comprising WW1 and post WW1 but pre WW2 aircraft, again all of which are fully operational planes. NZ Warbirds is amazing and highly recommended.
From NZ Warbirds, we ventured further down the road to the premises of Warbirds Restorations/Avespec’s Ltd, where Shane Beckham was our host as his cousin Warren was unavailable. The feature in here was the restoration of the third WWII Mosquito aircraft that Avespecs have undertaken! The workmanship that goes into rebuilding/restoring this aircraft, and others like it that have gone before, is frankly beyond description. Just world class. After checking this out, and several other projects within the building, like the complete remanufacture of wings off a Tiger Moth and its American equivalent, again simply mind-blowing, it was back into the cars for another short but scenic drive out through rural Clevedon, arriving at the delightful Badger Cottage, home of Shane & Julia Beckham, for a well-deserved - and timely, cause we are starving by now - BBQ lunch provided by the Club.
By 2.30pm the sun had finally won over the rain and it got pleasantly warm as the members wined, dined, and chatted away the afternoon, before it was reluctantly time to depart back to our respective homes, the last of us leaving around 4pm.
A splendid day; that may not have been! And not possible without the hospitality and dedication of many, from within our Club as well as outside of our Club. Many thanks to all involved to make it happen, chalk this one up as yet another fantastic Car Club day out. Rob Milligan
Check out the awesome photos here.....
Check out this video from Fletch of Classic Restos Australia, on the Kumeu Classic & Hot Rod Festival, featuring ACCCA club members, with some great plugs for our club.
Karaka Vintage Day – 18 March 2018
Chalk that one up for sure – a club event that wasn’t wet in this somewhat fickle summer/autumn season, and although it was a little cool for the meetup at 8.30am, clear blue skies greeted the 18 club cars at BP Southern Motorway. Along with a further 4 cars who joined in from the south along the way, and Hugh Ross’s 2 car display already at the Karaka grounds, it made for one of the biggest displays of the day.
There sure was plenty to see for the mechanical enthusiast, with loads of stationary engines chugging away, old Masport mowers, restored old tools and sewing machines, vintage tractors and bulldozers. A tractor pulling contest was operating on the other side of the fields (sorry, a tractor pulling a heavy sled, not guys tugging tractors around), along with military display vehicles, Motat vehicles out for the day, and Norsemen and women in period costume fighting each other with swords and spears.
We sure did need the 2 club gazebos, first to keep the keen southerly breeze at bay, and then later to provide some much needed shade when the sun was overhead. After a few forays around the grounds, most club members seemed content to sit in the shade having a natter and lunch. There didn’t seem that many paying members of the public at the show, and it could have been deceiving due to the vastness of the grounds, but there was an awful lot of other car related events on throughout the weekend, which may have spread things out a bit.
Another very pleasant club day out for all from the looks of things, before heading home mid afternoon and tackling the horrendous Southern Motorway moving car park once again. Cheers Russell
Some photos here to see what the day was all about....
Rebel Roundup – Pukekohe Park Raceway 18 February 2018
After the big wet and cancellation of the Morrinsville Motorama the previous weekend, the Rebel Roundup at Pukekohe Park Raceway slotted in nicely to satisfy our cruising appetite. On a nice and dry but cloudy morning, 12 club cars turned up at the BP Southern Motorway meeting place, where a simple route sheet was given out to get everyone to the venue via a very picturesque route on roads not travelled by many in the group.
Upon arrival we were directed to the classic parking zone, which turned out to be just the front row of the public parking area, despite the map showing it was somewhere inside by the track. In fact it was heard several times during the day that there were more classics on display in the public car park than inside the venue where there was plenty of space. Oh well, perhaps a lesson learned for next year!
The show was mainly focussed on traditional hot rods, with a sprinkling of our era classics, along with a whole lot of stalls selling clothing, memorabilia, and some trade stalls with older style hot rod parts. There was certainly a lot to check out and see, and the ladies in our group seemed more than pleased with the dress and clothing selection.
Also throughout the day there were drag racing exhibition side by side runs on the racetrack front straight, and these were mostly leisurely looking runs to the untrained eye, but cool to watch nevertheless. There was even a series of races using very old stock cars, which were even slower still, with some of them running minus a couple of cylinders from the sound of them!
Most of our members regrouped around midday, for a very civilised picnic lunch and natter under the oak trees in the shade. Everyone had bought along lunch, refreshments, chairs and tables for the day, except for Rob, who managed to feed off everyone’s leftovers, even scoring a chair because he forgot to pack one. And he has the longest car of anyone in which to fit everything in!
The afternoon drifted by with a few of the group downing a couple of cold adult beverages, being entertained by a very loud 2 piece rockabilly group, one of which was playing on a home made guitar.
Although most of us started drifting off around mid afternoon after a long hot and sticky day, club member Allan Huljich stayed on and struck gold by winning the raffle with a cool full size retro Petrol Bowser fridge. A great day out with plenty to see for enthusiasts, although perhaps next year the organizers could put on more activities and entertainment for the $20 per person entry fee to keep the public occupied. Cheers, Russell
The day's pictures can be seen here.....
UPCOMING ACCCA EVENTS
ACCCA run to Kaiaua Hotel for fish & chip lunch. Meet at BP Papakura Service Centre, Southern Motorway from 10am to depart at 10.30. Buffet lunch price is $15 per head