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.
Proud to be a Kiwi
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.
Toy Run – 2 December 2019
A good turnout of members resulted in 15 ACCCA club cars being displayed at the North Shore Rod and Custom annual Toy Run at Vellenoweth Green in St. Heliers. The weather wasn’t doing it’s best with north easterlies blowing in from the water, and grey scudding clouds added into the mix, resulting in a somewhat reduced number of cars parking up.
The club gazebo was up in no time, offering some shelter from the wind, and most members seemed content to hang around and natter, with occasional forays to view the cars. The club supplied pizzas were delivered by Dominos to the red tent in the reserve with no problems, and were quickly consumed by those present in next to no time, followed by the leftover Christmas picnic treats from the previous day.
Dark clouds out west and one or two small drops of damp stuff at the green probably deterred a lot of drivers from turning up, but there were still plenty of nice cars to peruse and drool over.
However, North Shore Rod and Custom Club need to take more heed of the increasing number of hoons who turn up to show off their masculinity by doing burnout and skids entering and leaving the area. The Green is surrounded by plenty of residential housing which has tolerated the usually well behaved gathering due to the charity aspect, but will soon be complaining about the goings on. With the increasingly anti-car attitude of the council, this event could well be on shaky ground in the future.
As this was the final club event for the year, there were Christmas hugs and handshakes doing the rounds, before everyone finally packed up and departed around 7.30pm. Ciao4now, Russell Wilson
Some pics to look at here.....
Which really is the only way to describe the Christmas picnic in the Park, at Wenderholm Regional Park on 1st December 2019. We all thought last year was enormous, but 2019 broke all records, with a total of 52 gleaming chrome laden American classics, along with 128 club members and guests.
If it keeps expanding like this we may have to hire the Ellerslie Showgrounds to fit everyone in, especially with the Auckland Council putting a future ban on vehicles driving onto the reserve. We will have to see if we can change their minds, but this might be like trying to push water up a hill with a sharp stick. However we will try.
The formula for the day follows previous successful Christmas picnics, with President Rob doing his usual jovial welcome, (combined with nearly falling of his perch on a picnic table), followed by lunch, the kid’s Big Dig in the sand for mystery prizes or ice blocks, then into the delicious desserts brought along by all the members to share. The major change this year was that the committee elected to have the lunch catered by Spitroast.com, with a subsidized charge for club members and immediate family, but the full cost for guests. This worked perfectly for all concerned, especially the committee and partners, who were spared the previous gruelling serve out in the hot red gazebos.
Although we ran out of some salads towards the end, there was plenty of meats available, and nobody went hungry. All comments were that the standard of food was very nice indeed, so this looks like a goer for the future.
Numerous prize draws were made throughout the day, with prizes provided by our generous supporters Classic Cover Insurance, POR15, and the main gate prize from NZ Petrolhead/Rodder.
A few hardy souls took part in the handbag throwing contest in the very hot sun, but most were content to sit around in the shade and have a natter with like minded friends and club members.
Although the day at Wenderholm was incredibly hot and sunny throughout the picnic, it just had to play up with showers on the way home across the Harbour Bridge and out West, but at least the good luck fairies were looking after us once again for our big day out.
Ciao4now, Russell Wilson
Take a look at the photos here.....
Westie Tulip Run – 17 November 2019
On a bright and sunny Sunday afternoon 13 club classics turned up at the Blockhouse Bay Reserve, preparing to do battle with a set of foreign language route directions, commonly known as Tulip instructions. Club members John and Pat Campbell organised the day’s run, and it was from John’s assurances at the start briefing that it was going to be easy as, that laid everyone’s concerns to bed.
Basically, the instructions are small diagrams of a road intersection, with a dot showing where you are approaching from, and an arrow showing which direction to turn. If the Tulip diagram doesn’t show the intersection you are approaching, then carry on until it does.
With me so far? It all sounded so simple when John explained it, but it soon turns to custard when you are actually on the road, with other cars, people and roads everywhere.
The route took us through residential New Lynn, Glen Eden and Henderson, but soon hit the beautiful West Auckland countryside of Taupaki, Kumeu, and Riverhead. The writer and his erstwhile navigator came across several other Tulipers (a new word I’ve just invented!) along the way, some even heading in different directions, but everyone got to the destination eventually in scenic Riverhead.
And what a stunning property it was, belonging to Ross and Sue Golding, with Ross being Pat Campbell’s nephew. This rural lifestyle block was up a no exit road, and was an amazing finishing venue, with the Golding’s Shed a sight to behold as it was filled with American classics of all shapes and sizes, race cars, and memorabilia. One of the race cars was Angus Fogg’s Central Muscle Car Mustang, and there were both Ross and Sue’s race Commodores (yes, Sue races one as well!)
The Tulip winners were the ones who got closest to John’s odometer reading, with a prize each for the miles and kilometers users, these being won by the team of Bill Hohepa and Linda Wills, and the author and his trusty sidekick Cindy.
A gold coin donation went toward the costs of the delicious finger food and coffee put on by the organisers and hosts, and there was plenty for all. The afternoon was spent gawking, chatting, and just generally relaxing after the mind exercises of the Tulip.
The club wishes to give sincere thanks to John and Pat for volunteering and organising the day, and Ross and Sue for their hospitality in allowing us to view and take over their property for a couple of hours.
Ciao4now, regards Russell
The photos can be seen here.....
UPCOMING ACCCA EVENTS
Saturday January 18
Kumeu Classic Car & Hot Rod Festival. Meet at club site at Kumeu Showgrounds from 8am, parking on first come-first in basis. Tea/coffee/BBQ available, BYO meat/picnic and a chair
Sunday February 9
Run to Waipu Car & Bike Show, Caledonian Park,Waipu Northland. Meet at BP Northern Motorway, Silverdale from 7.30am to depart sharp at 8
Sunday February 9
ACCCA display at Ellerslie Car Show, Ellerslie Racecourse. Limited to 6 cars which must be pre-booked with ACCCA. No entries on day. Meeting details TBA