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.
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.....
Waipu Car & Bike Show Sunday February 10th, 2019
I had not planned, initially at least, to take my Pontiac up to Waipu for the Waipu Car & Bike Show, on Sunday February 10th, 2019, but my circumstances changed earlier that week. I had some annual leave owing, so booked myself some digs at Langs Beach and headed North on Saturday afternoon, planning on two nights stay.
The drive up was uneventful, the roads relatively quiet considering, and the weather was drop-dead gorgeous! And show day Sunday dawned just the same, for the 11km drive from Langs Beach to Waipu to the Domain Showgrounds, where I soon discovered Pete & June Lee had already beaten me there… no surprise considering I didn’t even know they were going!
This was my first time at this Show and I was impressed, seriously impressed. The variety of vehicles and bikes on display was simply outstanding. At its peak, the organizers estimated over 700 vehicles on display! And the organisation appeared to be very good indeed, as was the venue. There was plenty of Trade-type stands and decent food vendors to keep the adults amused whilst they weren’t wandering around the show paddock, and the kids had a bouncy castle and motorized buggies to keep them suitably amused.
Not long after the excellent mid-afternoon prize-giving, the domain began to empty out as the majority either headed home or, like me, opted to take the Monday off to stay another day in the district. And I have to say, it is a genuinely pretty coast with impressive beaches and superb scenery. Just watch those rogue waves if you venture around the rocks .... iphones are no more salt-water proof than any other phone, I can attest!
Personally, I would like to see this event as an official Club outing next year, perhaps dare I suggest instead of the similar, but uniquely different Black Swamp run… or maybe as well as, who knows! There are worse ways to spend a Sunday, that’s for certain!
Check out heaps of photos of the Waipu Car Show here..... Rob Milligan
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.....
UPCOMING ACCCA EVENTS
Sunday March 24
Run to Chucks Restoration Supplies Swanson for tour of premises. Meet at Westgate Shopping Centre by Starbucks western side carpark from 9.15am to depart at 9.45. Lunch at Swanson RSA @ $20.50 per person
Saturday April 13
Run to Waiau Pa Hop, Clarks Beach. Meet at BP Southern Motorway, Papakura from 9am to depart at 9.30. Short cruise after to Hedges Estate for tour and classy catered picnic lunch @ $18 per person
Saturday May 18
Shed raid to the Ross Brother’s classic car collection in Cambridge. Meet at BP Southern Motorway, Papakura from 8am to depart at 8.30. Gold coin donation entry. Lunch at Woodlands Homestead Cafe, Taupiri
Sunday June 23
ACCCA Mid-Winter Christmas lunch. Details TBA