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.
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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.
Kumeu Hot Rod & Classic Car Festival – 18 January 2020
The day dawned with clear blue skies and when the sun came out it was a stunning day for the annual Kumeu sojourn. Even the traffic getting into the showgrounds was faster flowing and lighter than in the past, with only a 5 minute entry time for a change.
The ACCCA club display was once again ably set out by Dave Roper several days prior, and our display area was quite visibly larger than last year. We finished up with 22 club cars at the peak, and could have fitted more in the enlarged space, but it was nice not to have to sardine them in for once.
What can you say about the Kumeu Classic Car & Hot Rod Festival that hasn’t been said year after year? It was hot, dry and very dusty for a start which generally echoes every other year for the Saturday event the club frequents, but it seems very much “same old, same old” in that there are no new attractions to drag the public in.
And this seemed to be reflected in the attendance on the day, with only about half the centre field dust bowl filled with cars early mid-afternoon, and large blank areas where the club displays usually are. The number of people wandering around also seemed well down on past events, so it will be interesting to see some official figures. The display sheds were also a mixed bag, with several “seen before” vehicles displayed, and some large empty spaces evident. However, the swap meet sites were well filled, and there were many bargain hunters searching for that elusive treasure. Among them were our very own President Rob, who chanced upon a couple of Escort brake calipers that just happened to fit his other passion vehicles, the Hillman Avengers. Ever seen a pig in the proverbial before?
All in all, it was another great club social occasion, with members coming and going throughout the day, or taking in the gazebo shade to have a natter and set the world right once again. Ciao4now, Russell Wilson
Photos can be viewed here.....
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.....
UPCOMING ACCCA EVENTS
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