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
Te Aroha Cruise In - Saturday 6th October.
It sure was a very early morning wake up to be at BP Papakura for 7am, but we ended up with 8 cars assembling for the cruise down to Te Aroha.
Dave and Neil Roper in their Cougar and 34 Coupe, Kerry Bramely and passengers in his Thunderbird,
Gloria Goddard and Paul Crump in his Mustang, and I was in my Olds and Peter jnr driving the C10.
The surprise of the morning was long standing club member Ron Stolker, in his rare Dodge Polara convertible, which is definitely worth a glance over, and Carl Phillips was in his Holden HQ Traffic Patrol car complete with flashing light and siren.
We all toured down State Highway 1 to Ohinewai and took the road through Tahuna to Boyd Park in Te Aroha, and met up with Judith and Trevor Righton in their Chev pickup. It was only a short drive around the corner to join the cue to get into the display in the main street. Unfortunately, after parting with our entrance fee (for a good cause) Trevor, Carl, Peter jnr and I were directed one way and the rest of the club cars told to go the other way. So our plan to group park went out the window! We had arrived in Te Aroha arround 9:15am and the streets where already 2/3rds full, but Catherine and Dave Parker were already there in their Dodge Station Wagon.
We put our banners up and did what you do at car shows, and with well over 500 vehicles turning out on a warm sunny spring day, there sure was a lot to see. New this year were stalls selling vintage and rockabilly clothing, hats, food, ice creams and drinks. Much needed in the warm weather.
There were five car and caravan combos to see, along with a line up of early to current Corvettes, and so many Classics, not only American but British, European, along the odd Japanese. Of interest was a late 90’s Toyota Classic built in the 1940s fashion, with all late model Toyota factory running gear. There were also quite a number of late model American vehicles on show, along with stock cars, vintage speedway, and a number of ratrods, which fitted in well with the sculptures on the sidewalks of Te Aroha.
A young woman on stilts would have been the ambassador of the day, obliging with photos, high fives and just making the children’s day. Around mid-afternoon it was time to pack up and head for home, fuelling up in Natea to beat the dreaded Auckland fuel tax. A big thanks to all those who chose the Club outing over watching Bathurst, and to Phil Officer for plotting the tour route.
It’s an event well worth the effort to attend if you have never been before. Peter Lee
Take a look at the day's photos here.....
Paeroa Maritime Museum – 16 September 2018
First off I would like to say thank you to all those who turned up at the meeting point at BP Papakura on the Southern Motorway. We got under way shortly after 10.00 AM, as we waited for some late starters, so they could join us in convoy instead of racing to catchup. As it so happened I kept the speed way under 100kph, in fact averaging around 90 as this was the limit via Maramarua. It was a non stop trip under cloudy conditions, with no rain, in fact it was dry all day.
This was our second visit to the museum in the last couple of years, for the paddle boat ride and a nibble. Captain Colin and his wife Gloria did a great job, and we even had a parking crew which helped out by ensuring no one got stuck. Upon arrival we soon had the first boat load of cruisers settled on board, ready to cast off. Well at that point, and with my 60 years of sailing under my belt I thought we were a goner, as one of the mooring lines wrapped itself around the starboard paddle wheel, and with a great deal of interest from club members who had some difficulty working out the solution, as it was not a nuts and bolts fix. With a bit of anti clockwise and then forward, the line was freed, much to the relief of all aboard. The first boat ride was very enjoyable, and Colin was very informative about the history of the area, as well as the past history of the paddle boat.
The others who were awaiting the second trip, meanwhile had the pleasure of visiting the wonderful maritime museum, which was even better than our previous visit as there were much better labels on the exhibits, which made it more interesting.
After an hour or so, paddleboat trip group two was eager to proceed, and once again everybody seemed to enjoy their cruise on the water. To top it all off the entry price for the day turned out to be $30 each, and not $35 as advertised, so a bonus for all.
After a good chat and exchanging yarns from the old days, the return trip home was soon under way. It was good to see Trevor and Jude come for the drive from Tauranga with grand children, who didnt catch any fish but had a great time, as we all did. The return trip used a lot more fuel as it was at a faster pace, and I think others would also have noticed movement in their fuel gauges. What the heck we all love it and enjoy the company.
Once again the Paeroa Maritime Museum Christmas light show will be on from Dec. 10-24th this year, and we will more than likely find time to go once again, as it is fantastic if any one is interested. Bigger and better is the advice we had from the organizers, as it’s the biggest light show in the country, with people coming from all over. John Bercich
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Museum Club Run Sunday August 19th 2018
Firstly I would like to thank all the Club members and their friends who attended our monthly outing. It was nice to see the weather gods had smiled upon us and granted us a clear, warm sunny morning.
Arriving, at what I thought was early at BP Papakura, only to find that Dave and Sandy Roper, Dave and Catherine Parker, Phil and Gary in their 61 Lincoln and others already there.
Over the next 45 mins Classic Cars and their owners arrived taking the total to 18 cars and one pick up. Hugh Ross joined us on the grid in his amazing hand beaten aluminium bodied AC Cobra. Unfortunately he had prior engagements to attend and did not come on the run with us.
Also present, in a car now seldom seen, was Bill and Linda Hohepa in their 51 Studebaker, which always attracts a lot of interest. A special warm welcome to our newest Club member Jason Darbyshire, 327 Chev Impala, who is onto the brownie points by bringing his Father in law Roger along. Hope to see you at many more of our events.
And all the rest which attracted much attention from the public at the stop. Rob arrived in his Pontiac and we had drivers brief, after which we all left for our drive to the Classics Museum in Hamilton.
Pretty much an uneventful tour, except for running into a bank of fog just after Pokeno, which had thankfully cleared by Hampton Downs. The original plan was to meet with members of the American Classic Car Club Waikato at Rangiriri, but they changed their tour and caught up with us at the Museum.
Because of distance and time constraints we travelled State Highway 1 to Taupiri onto Gordonton Rd to the Expressway, which took us directly to the Classics Museum. We all regrouped and parked up to enjoy the café and those who chose to go through the Museum weren’t disappointed.
An amazing collection of cars from micro cars to art deco Auburn, early British, American classic and Hot Rods. Two floors of displays, fuel bowsers, enamel tin signs, badges, toys and uniforms from days gone by. Well worth a visit if you have never been before. The café has all your coffee addiction needs and a full selection of food is available.
We were not informed that the Museum was hosting a sponsored event on the same day for a Toyota vs Nissan park up. You can appreciate the time and effort that they put into their Japanese makes, but just not for us? But we are all Petrol Heads at heart. So we were overwhelmed, number wise in vehicles but in my opinion once the Waikato cars joined ours, the display of our combined cars created a greater spectacle.
We had 16 cars tour from BP and Judith and Trevor met us in Hamilton from Tauranga in their 48 Chevy pickup. The Waikato cars totaled 13, thanks to Bill Ramsay for coordinating the meet, making 30 cars and trucks. Classics and modern American on display at Classics Museum.
After a couple of hours chatting and checking out cars it was time to depart to the Cock and Bull for lunch. Just a short tour and upon arriving, they had set aside parking for all our cars. There were some Mustang Owners Club cars already there, and with the arrival of our combined Club cars the Cock & Bull car park looked pretty impressive.
Food and refreshments were enjoyed by one and all. Thanks to Aloma for setting aside space for all of us. One by one people departed after enjoying another great Club outing. There was a little rain on the way home for some, nothing to put a dampener on an otherwise warm sunny day.
With this Club outing along with visiting the Parkers shed last month now put away, the spring/summer cruise season is arriving and you can be assured we are working hard to find new venues for us to visit.
On a personal note, thanks to Rob and to any others who have helped to make this, my first attempt at organizing a outing for our club, a resounding success. We look forward to working with the Waikato Club on more combined events too. Great to have them join us, even if they opted not to join in the actual cruise.
Lastly I am interested to hear from any members with time on their hands who may be interested in an informal midweek run (weather permitting) even if it’s just for coffee, fish and chips or a visit somewhere? Please email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Can’t promise how it will pan out but will try to make it work?
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UPCOMING ACCCA EVENTS
Sunday November 25
Run to Shine n D’ville, Helensville Museum, 98 Mill Rd. Meet at Westgate Shopping Centre from 8.30am to depart at 9
Monday December 3
ACCCA @ Nth.Shore R&C Toy Run, Vellenoweth Green, St. Heliers from 5pm
Sunday December 9
ACCCA Xmas Party, Wenderholm Regional Park, Waiwera. 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
@@@ PLEASE NOTE: The date shown in the Hot Dates page of the Cruisepaper - December 8 - is a typo, and the correct date is Sunday December 9 @@@