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
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.
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.....
Kumeu Classic Car & Hot Rod Festival – 20 January 2018
It sure was an early start to the day, heading off from home at 7am trying to beat the traffic into the showgounds, but this year was a breeze taking only 35 minutes from home to the gates! An absolute revelation looking back on previous years traffic jams and times, so just when I thought I would be the first at the club site at 7.35, I was greeted by half a dozen club cars there already. Insomniacs?
Our site was in a similar area to previous years, but with the new traffic plan put in by the organizers, we were in an island on our own surrounded by access roads, which was great as our site wasn’t used as a thoroughfare by all and sundry. We managed to pack 23 member’s cars along with the 2 club gazebos into the space, thanks to superb traffic management by Dave Roper, who also marked out our area prior to the show opening. Without any hint of bias, our club display must surely have ranked the best on the outdoor grounds, as we were displaying such a large number of different makes and models in one area, and attracted much interest and photo taking by the public.
The show itself was similar to previous years in terms of layout and displays, although there did seem to be a lot less trade booths, and many more non-automotive tents than previous, and the swap meet area was covered with stalls and well patronised. A highlight mid-afternoon was a jet powered car which was fired up, and the resulting woomphs when he hit the throttle could be physically felt throughout the showgrounds. As you would expect the grass was scorched behind the car for about 20 meters, but no sausage sizzlers were harmed in the display, as it was well roped off.
Another highlight was the impromptu visit to our display by none other than Fletch from Shannons Classic Resto's TV out of Australia, complete with his camera. He was filming footage for one of the upcoming episodes of his TV series, and a couple of our lucky members may well find themselves and their cars featured in that episode. Well done guys and gals!
Another successful club display can now be ticked off the calendar, with the Morrinsville Motorama run to look forward to in February. Ciao4now~Russell
Take a look at the day's photos here.....
Black Swamp Rod Run Sunday January 6th, 2018
The winterless North almost lived up to its reputation on Sunday January 6th…. trouble was, the modest turnout of six members cars still had to battle through the tail end of a typical summer storm to get there! So it was no real surprise to me to see so few of our members attend our first event of 2018, because in the 2 days leading up to Sunday much of the North Island were getting hammered and for a while there was a distinct possibility the event might have to be postponed.
Nevertheless, by the 8am departure time, the Crumps (Camaro), the Huljich’s (Impala), the Blyths (Pontiac), The Ropers (Cougar), Rose Woodcock (Thunderbird) and me (Pontiac) were keen to get the run underway… well, keen to get out of the rain anyway and the BP Northern Service Centre had no power so no point hanging around there!
The cruise North proved uneventful, and the rain had eased noticeably the closer we got to the Mangawhai Domain for registrations. Which, at barely more than 100, were not unexpectedly well down on last year’s nearly 200 participants. Joining our club ranks up there were the Martins (Impala) and the Stonemans (Suburban).
It’s a slick operation this Black Swamp Run, with the organizers securing some pretty decent Sponsors (NZ Rodder/Petrolhead and Protecta Insurance, to name a couple) and the entry packs and spot prize packs were generous. So once these were distributed to the eager and appreciative entrants at the drivers briefing, we were back in our cars for the organized Cruise to Waipu and back. And it’s a classic, taking us around the spectacular coast roads through Langs Beach, Waipu Cove and Waipu itself, before heading back the same way to the Black Swamp Olive Grove at Mangawhai for the duration of the day.
Nestled in amongst the Olive Grove, all the cars looked mighty impressive, and with a huge pond for the kids, live music from the Slickbacks (featuring our very own Paul Roper on Drums) playing all afternoon, plenty of food and drinks available from various vendors and just mighty-fine company, it was an exceptionally pleasant and chilled afternoon. Even the weather had come right for the majority of the day!
Another big thumbs up for the Black Swamp Rod Run and Family Fun Day, looking forward to including this great day out on next year’s ACCCA Calendar, rain, hail or shine! Rob Milligan
Take a look at the photo gallery here.....
UPCOMING ACCCA EVENTS
ACCCA run to Karaka Vintage Day. Meet at BP Papakura Service Centre, Southern Motorway from 8.15am to depart at 8.45. Bring own food & chair
ACCCA run to Warbirds & Avspecs Ardmore, followed by BBQ at Beckham's Badger Cottage, Whitford. Meeting and time details to be advised
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