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.
Karaka Vintage Day – 18 March 2018
Chalk that one up for sure – a club event that wasn’t wet in this somewhat fickle summer/autumn season, and although it was a little cool for the meetup at 8.30am, clear blue skies greeted the 18 club cars at BP Southern Motorway. Along with a further 4 cars who joined in from the south along the way, and Hugh Ross’s 2 car display already at the Karaka grounds, it made for one of the biggest displays of the day.
There sure was plenty to see for the mechanical enthusiast, with loads of stationary engines chugging away, old Masport mowers, restored old tools and sewing machines, vintage tractors and bulldozers. A tractor pulling contest was operating on the other side of the fields (sorry, a tractor pulling a heavy sled, not guys tugging tractors around), along with military display vehicles, Motat vehicles out for the day, and Norsemen and women in period costume fighting each other with swords and spears.
We sure did need the 2 club gazebos, first to keep the keen southerly breeze at bay, and then later to provide some much needed shade when the sun was overhead. After a few forays around the grounds, most club members seemed content to sit in the shade having a natter and lunch. There didn’t seem that many paying members of the public at the show, and it could have been deceiving due to the vastness of the grounds, but there was an awful lot of other car related events on throughout the weekend, which may have spread things out a bit.
Another very pleasant club day out for all from the looks of things, before heading home mid afternoon and tackling the horrendous Southern Motorway moving car park once again. Cheers Russell
Some photos here to see what the day was all about....
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.....
UPCOMING ACCCA EVENTS
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