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
Piha Bowls club run – 11 November 2018
Ten lovely classics and one daily driver assembled at the Falls car park in Henderson for the run to the Piha Bowling Club for a few friendly overs, which was organised by ACCCA member Greg Beech. After a bit of a natter amongst the 21 assembled members and a search for that caffeine fix by more than a few, Rob gave everyone a route map and explained a couple of the road hazards that we should be on the lookout for.
Sunday morning traffic around Henderson seemed to be horrendous, but most drivers let the classics out of the car park, and Rob’s directions soon got us out of the town. After a bit of a tiki tour through the back streets of Westieland, we were soon on the beautifully picturesque Scenic Drive heading toward Piha.
The day had dawned a bit cloudy and overcast, but as we got closer we got to Piha, the more the drizzle came down. It seemed like we had entered a different country, but it sure was a beautiful place. After parking up in front of the club, most headed into the bowling clubrooms and seemed content to natter until the weather cleared up. The members of the PBC did a superb job catering for us, with finger food to start, followed by a great BBQ complete with three different salads, and topped of with chocolate eclairs for desert. Nobody went hungry, that’s for sure.
The misty rain cleared just after midday, and a large number of us headed out to the green for a few overs. What a hoot in the first few games, with bowling balls taking off at all angles, but after a few turns most people got their eye in, and things got a bit serious. There were one or two of us who seemed to think the game was 10 pin bowling, as evidenced by the number of balls in the ditch at the end of the green.
It’s fair to say that just about everyone who had a go really enjoyed themselves, with most saying they would like to have another go sometime, so perhaps the club can put this in the future event calendar. Hmmm, what if we had a bowls trophy, and really made it something to play for!
This was a really great day out, combined with a load of fun, which sure toggled the competitive switch in a few members.
A huge thanks once again to Greg Beech for organising the day. Ciao4now, Russell
A few photos of the day's activities can be seen here.....
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
Check out the day's photos here.....
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 @@@