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
Pizza @ the Parkers Shed raid Sunday July 29th 2018
Dave Roper plotted a delightful cruise route for our July 29th run down to the Parkers, for a Pizza lunch on behalf of the Club. Starting from our usual BP Southern Service Centre meeting place, no less than 21 Classics and two daily’s (containing almost fifty of us in total) headed south to Drury in reasonably mild weather conditions, a welcome respite from recent shite to be fair, before heading west toward Pukekohe.
Several side roads later we were again heading south through some positively delightful scenic rural South Auckland roads, before another left turn had us heading back toward the Southern Motorway at the Bombays. Dave & Catherine’s spectacular property was not far away and before we knew it, Catherine was ushering our convoy into their driveway. Actually, both driveways, as the spill-over had to park up at the house.
As expected, nothing was any trouble for these two loyal members of the ACCCA and their immaculate property and private car collection and barns was a treat for all in attendance, with many ‘first-timers’ here just wandering around in total awe of what they were experiencing, such is the shear awesomeness of the place!
By about 12.45pm the local Pukekohe Pizza Hut delivery driver copped an eyeful of all of our glorious cars and was momentarily lost for words… I bet it was as much a treat to him as the 30 pizza’s and half a dozen garlic bread sticks was for us, as everyone sauntered up to the mezzanine and deck for lunch. Tea and coffee was welcomed, as were Catherines home-made cookies for afterwards (there would have been muffins too, had Phil reminded Cindy to bring them… but nobody reminded Phil so they stayed on the North Shore!).
After lunch and a hearty thank you to our hosts, no one appeared in any hurry to leave, with much banter among members and still more things to look at, up at the other sheds – the more ‘work-in-progress’ vehicles.
All in all, one can’t argue that any visit to Dave & Catherine’s is always special, and todays run was no exception. By three o-clock, the heavens opened and most got to drive away in a quite the weather bomb, but even that did not dampen the enthusiasm for today’s run. It was just an inconvenience.
Big thanks again to Dave & Catherine Parker, and also to Dave Roper for organising such a brilliant event for us all to enjoy. Thanks for coming!
Check out these superb photos from the Pizza run here....
2018 Mid-Winter Christmas Luncheon
- Gulf Harbour Yacht Club June 24th
A very good start to a double-header day with a few members going for an early morning coffee/ breakfast at Smales Farm for the end-of-June Caffeine & Classics meet. In fact we were so early ourselves that we were the 3rd classic car in the car park. This is unheard of - normally the first car park is almost full by the time we usually get there around 9.30-10am. Despite the weather forecast for some late morning showers, it was a fairly fine start to the day with another strong turnout at Smales Farm.
The rain only started arriving on the drive down the Whangaparaoa Peninsula on the way to the club's mid-winter lunch venue at the fabulous Gulf Harbour Yacht Club at the very end of the marina at Gulf Harbour. However by the time we got there the rain had more or less passed through with only some very light showers to trouble us briefly.
However the wet morning forecast was probably enough to convince those with less-watertight cars to bring the daily drivers instead, but those who did bring out the classic were rewarded for their gamble with a very fine afternoon for a nice cruise back home. Only maybe 10 classic cars braved the rain forecast gauntlet and parked up in the secure marina berth holders carpark next to the yacht club where we were able to set up the clubs banner and swooper flags to show-off the club to all those nautically inclined people passing by!
The Yacht Club is a very pleasant and relaxed setting with great views overlooking all the boats at the southern end of the marina on the carpark side, and the boat ramp out to the East Coast bays on the other side. What a superb setting. The yacht club management organised a fantastic Xmas themed venue for us with lots of Xmas decorations around the room and tables, and even went to the trouble of sourcing all the way from Germany some classic car themed serviettes for the tables. Their presentation was and attention to detail was noted by all!
We started the afternoon with a pre-luncheon short trivia test to match car brands with their founders first name, which was quite challenging even for well-known brands such as Chevrolet, and downright difficult for lesser but still famous classic brands like Cord or Bugatti.
At around 12.30 the first serving of a very enjoyable buffet lunch was started with a great selection of traditional hot winter food and desserts. A nice selection of whites and reds were on the tables with the lunch, and the yacht club manned a cash bar for us as well. I have to say that this was probably one of the most enjoyable buffets I've been to so far. Obviously the yachting fraternity only settle for the best comestibles for their members!
The immaculately presented tables had us seating in groups of 8, which for the 66 members attending gave us 8 tables of 8, and this set the scene for a very competitive challenge for Rob's traditional mid-winter trivia competition after lunch.
This was a very close-fought competition this year with the usual very careful Goldilocks zone of just right hard and easy questions, and after 30 questions in three distinct categories, for a total of 60 available points, you could throw a blanket over the top 3 results with a 1st equal, and 3rd place (with only 7 members in their team) only ½ a point behind! For the first time that anyone could remember, the Quiz was settled by an off-the-cuff tie-breaker question! So in case you ever need to know it - there are 8760 hours in a 365 Day year!
Many thanks again to Rob for another fun and interesting trivia challenge. The day wrapped up around 3.45pm at the conclusion of the last of the many prizes on the day, thanks again to all our sponsors who contributed the major prizes to the club, with the uncannily lucky Allan Huljich taking home the major door prize, compliments of Petrolhead.
Many members lingered around the yacht club chatting amongst themselves before heading off for the cruise home. Many thanks again to the Gulf Harbour Yacht Club for looking after us so well and putting on a great lunch. Thanks also to the Gulf Harbour Marina management for arranging us access into the secure parking. Another great day out to help offset the mid-winter blues! - well done team & roll-on the Summer cruising weather! Merry Mid-Winter Christmas!
Check out the photos from the day here.....
Fish and Chip run to Bay View Hotel Kaiaua - 20 May
It was an awesome turnout at the BP Southern Motorway starting point on a warm and sunny Sunday morning, with around 55 people and 19 classics assembled. After the driver’s briefing we got under way on time at 10.30, and headed out in an orderly fashion through some beautiful farmland towards the mid-way stop, the Hunua Falls.
This is a delightful scenic stop over for those who had never been out that way, and although it was a little soggy under foot, most people ventured down the lower path to have a good look at the falls and managed to keep their footwear relatively dry. Prior to departure for Kaiaua, President Rob assembled the group, and snapped a photo behind the large picture frame erected by the council at the Hunua assembly point. There was a small problem with Stefan’s usually trusty Lincoln not starting in the carpark, but 2 of our resident engine guru’s in the club, Paul and Tom, got stuck in and had it repaired and on it’s way with only a short delay. Well done guys, you made a very professional pit crew, and just goes to show what great camaraderie we have in our club.
From a personal point of view, being lead car is not as simple as just going for it, as it is difficult to keep track of the cars as the fleet spreads out somewhat, so I could not give the Corvette some curry on the Paparimu straight to clear out the cobwebs as I was constantly looking back to check that all were OK. Onwards we went towards the Bay View as by 12.30, I could hear the tummies rumble (or was that the sound of numerous V8’s) so upon arrival and sorting out a parking spot, we proceeded into the hotel.
As we have experienced in the past, the buffet was superb once again, and certainly great value. After a leisurely lunch, a couple of adult refreshments, combined with great company, we ventured off in different directions, some to the Miranda hot pools, and others along the scenic costal road up to Clevedon and beyond. An essential stop on the way was the ice cream shop at Kawakawa Bay, and another good club head count, so ice cream for dessert was just what the doctor ordered to get the cruisers back home safely.
A big thanks to all who attended, and it was once again a pleasure to organize and take part in another great day out with a nice group of people and the many magnificent cars of both existing and new members. Thank you for all the compliments I have received, in case I forget to mention them next when we meet. John Bercich
Take a look at the awesome photos here.....
UPCOMING ACCCA EVENTS
Sunday August 19th
Run to Classics Museum, Frankton. Meet at BP Southern Service Centre Papakura, at 9am to depart 9.30pm. Special $ 10.00/head museum entry for Club Members. We are hopefully meeting up with members of the Waikato American Classic Car Club at Rangiriri, so we can all tour down in convoy and Lunch together at The Cock & Bull, Te Rapa, after an hour or so wandering around the museum.
Sunday September 16th
Awesome day out planned at the Paeroa Maritime Museum, including the historic paddleboat tour up the Waihou River and lunch, all for a very reasonable $35.00/head. Meeting place will be our usual BP Southern Service Centre Papakura - meet and depart times still to be determined as there is that thing called the tide that needs to be considered too!