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
Te Aroha Cruise In – 7 October 2017
It didn’t seem like a year since we last had to get up at the ungodly hour of 5.30am for a Club run, but fortunately the grim weather outlook and early start didn’t put off about 16 cars meeting at the BP Drury at 7am for an early morning cruise down to Te Aroha. This time we convoyed down via the very picturesque SH2 route through Ngatea where we met up with Martin in his stand-out black Camaro, and then an easy run down the very flat, smooth and straight back road through Awaiti and joining up on SH26 just north of Te Aroha. Little traffic at that time of the morning made for a very pleasurable cruise, and many commented that the back roads are actually in better condition than SH2, which allowed for a quick blast along the straights!
We were allocated our parking more or less where we were last year, but this time on the Domain side of the road, but we eventually ended up with 22 club cars (including Alex Ross’s Impala and caravan in the domain behind us) so finished up on both sides of the street this time! Again we had the biggest club turnout by far, even more than the Kaipara Classic Car Club stalwarts who commandeer the main street motel each year, this time putting their sign on the motel roof in an effort to win best Club display! Overall number of vehicles seemed to be a little down on last year, and whilst the main street was still chocka-block like before, the side streets were more deserted probably owing to the forecast.
The organisers and town put on their usual great selection of vendors, memorabilia stalls and various entertainment for the whole family, with Jim and the Beamers the outstanding band set up in a B-train trailer opposite the Hotel doing very original covers of all the greats. All the shops were open again, along with the footpath stalls and café’s doing a roaring trade all day – hard to get a table at any time! There must have been some previous negative feedback on the donation collectors, as this year they gave everyone in the car a sticker to wear identifying that they had already contributed, so that you didn’t get approached by every collector with a bucket to fill – much improved!
On display was the usual huge selection of all makes and ages of vintage and classic cars, which is what makes Te Aroha so interesting and enjoyable. It seems to change as well each time you walk up and down main street, as you see something different that either wasn’t there before or you had missed. Among the more unusual vehicles was a custom chopper with a V8 Vickers aircraft hybrid engine made from various other engine parts, which almost looked like it could have been the prototype of Judge Dredd’s Lawmaster! Whilst it had all the requisite electrical and plumbing, and a battery, it still had many people standing around scratching their heads in wonder as to whether or not it actually ran. With the speedo topping out at 800 Kilowatts, if it did run would only be good for straight lines and about 100m before the seat tried to cut through the bottom of your strides – and keep your fingers and other bits that might stick out well away from those rockers! Regardless, a true work of motoring art worthy of the best vehicle award!
Although most of the day was kind to all once again with a pleasantly calm and warm but overcast day, the rain clouds started rolling in early afternoon, and around 2pm we started getting light passing showers that resulted in a steady stream of cars leaving before the onslaught arrived! Hopefully next year we might get to cruise with the convertible top down, and get some of that famous country summer weather so that we can all enjoy a picnic lunch in the Domain whilst listening to the fantastic live bands. It’s a great day out for just $10 car entry, and all for a good cause too. The run prize of the day of a $20 Z Energy gift card for the member who turns up in their classic, goes to Steve Plester in his 1952 Buick Super Riviera Sedan.
Lots of photos here to drool over.....
MOTAT Wild Wheels – 3 September
Although it was somewhat short notice for this event, and the fact that it was Fathers’ Day, we still had a good number of cars turn up at the meeting point at Western Springs College, 12 in fact. Although to be fair, 3 club members kindly bought 2 each, which helped swell out the numbers, and 1 other joined us at our display site, bringing the total to 13.
And whilst there were no awards presented, we had more cars on display than any of the other six car clubs present, and our cars got a fine reception from the public and organizers alike. Also one of our newer members, the Campbells, had one of their military vehicles on display, a 1961 AMC Mightymite elsewhere within Motat, so overall our club was very well represented.
One thing the MOTAT event organizers hadn’t counted on was the sheer size of our American classics, and the 20 car park spaces they had allocated only just swallowed up our numbers! After a bit of toing and froing to get all the cars facing the right way for the pedestrian traffic flow, we were settled just in time for the event opening time of 10am. Our site was around the back of the complex as we were the last club to sign up, but it was a great spot for us as it was sheltered from the cool southerly, but we sure got our fair share of admirers for the cars.
A short trip on the trams had a number of us visit the aircraft hangers at MOTAT 2, which is a completely different world in itself. A chat with one of the volunteers in the hanger workshop proved most interesting, but he revealed some of the conflict the volunteers have had with the management team, which seems somewhat peevish seeing they are paid zilch. In fact they weren’t told that the Museum’s car collection was put into long term storage until they visited the display area, so that the space could be used for interactive children’s programs.
The organizers had stipulated a 4pm departure time for safety reasons, but the time went by pretty quickly as there was plenty to see and do, including a Celtic drum band which was very noisy but entertaining. Another great day out was had by all in what was mostly sunny and warm weather at the event. The run prize of the day of a $20 Z Energy gift card for the member who turns up in their classic, goes to Nicola & Robert Williams in their 1960 Chevrolet Impala.
Take a look at the day's photos here.....
Roy Sharman Shed Raid – 20 August 2017
After thunder and lightening the previous afternoon, all fingers were crossed for a fine Sunday for the run out to Waiuku to see Roy Sharman’s wondrous collections of yesteryear, but alas it was not to be.
However, showery weather definitely didn’t stop 24 club cars (including a couple of daily drivers) and 50 plus people from enjoying the day.
Roy’s collection is a sight to behold, ranging from 2 giant traction engines, a dozen or more vintage, veteran, and classic cars, telephones, number plates, and a heap of interesting stuff from a bygone era. It was difficult to take it all in, as there were so many items to see, and the amazing thing about it all was that Roy had a story about everything; the history, who owned it, what they did, and what previous owners had changed or altered. At the end of the 2 hour visit when Roy was thanked for allowing us to visit, he made the comment that his passion was researching the history of all his collection, and that is what keeps him so enthusiastic.
Among his collection were a number of real gems, but the one that stands out is a 1901 Oldsmobile, which is the oldest surviving example in the world, and the 45th ever made. It is powered by a one cylinder engine, which in the process of bringing it back to life has had a lot of parts hand made for it. It was started up for us, with only a couple of hand cranks to get it going, and it chugged away quite quietly considering it’s rudimentary engineering.
After this mind-blowing visit it was away to the Kentish Hotel in Waiuku for a buffet lunch, which at $16 per head was amazing value. Most seemed to enjoy the lunch along with a cold one, and a good natter, before heading off to fight the Southern Motorway usual Sunday afternoon traffic snarls on the way home.
The run prize of the day of a $20 Z Energy gift card for the member who turns up in their classic, goes to Steve & Sue Tregoweth in their 1966 Chevy Caprice.
Have a look at the day's photos here.....
UPCOMING ACCCA EVENTS
Mystery Run. Meet at Te Pai Park car park, Te Pai Place, Henderson, which runs between Central Park Drive and Lincoln Road from 10am, and bring a pen, paper, and plastic bag. Lunch at a mystery venue @ $20 per person.
Weekend away to BOP Mustang Club All USA Day in Mt.Maunganui. Meet BP Papakura, Southern Motorway from 9.30am to depart at 10. Club stays Baywatch Motor Inn (0800229928 bookings essential @ concession rate of $159 per night) with good offstreet parking, and close stroll to Sat.night dinner venue.
Run to Shine n D'ville at the Hellensville Museum. Meet at Westgate Shopping Centre from 8.45 to depart at 9am. Entry is $5 per car and passenger.
ACCCA Xmas Party, Wenderholm Regional Park, Wairewa. 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.