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.
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.....
Kool in the Kaimai's Saturday 5th October
This year’s Te Aroha Cruise-In saw a 50% price increase to enter, as well as a newly implemented club-parking scheme where if you wanted to park in a group the club had to pay a fee to register, and then each member attending had to pre-register for the reserved parking by an earlier cut-off date. Phew…
We decided not to opt-for the reserved club parking, but instead just go down a little earlier and see if we could find a large enough spot to all park together anyway. When you combine the early start with the current price of petrol, and the bleak weather outlook, this may have been why only 7 classics turned up at the BP motorway in Papakura at 7am for a fast convoy straight down SH27 to Te Aroha.
Judith Righton absconded with the keys to the Chev whilst Trev is laid up from his 2-wheeled altercation and met us down there as, as did Frank & Jan McIsaac in their Mercury. Phil and Gary ran late so had to pedal the Town Car a bit faster to catch up with the convoy, but did an admirable job as they arrived at the gate just as we were parking!
Things improved from there though, as we were early enough that, for once, there were no queues at all at the gate and we drove straight up to the lady who obligingly relieved us of our $15 per car, and directed us up to the main drag on Whittaker St. Our luck continued to hold out when we told the guy directing traffic that there was only 9 of us, and he pointed across the main drag to one whole side of Lawrence St that was still completely empty and said you can all park there, so we did and took up that whole side of the closed-off block between Whittaker and Church streets as well – parked together, swooper flag up, mission accomplished! The Parkers and the Bloxhams where already there and had parked in the main street, so altogether we had 11 members cars there, which is not too bad a turnout was all things considered.
Well, our next surprise after we parked and got out of the cars, and hence one homonym of the article title; it was an absolutely freezing cold wind blowing in from the West. Ask Herr Leader who it was who came down without a jacket and had to scrounge one, lucky Pete always carries a spare! Mind you, Herr Author wore shorts and had to seek refuge in the shops until it warmed up! Luckily the rain held off until mid-afternoon, and it stayed patchy cloudy and warmed up enough to wander around the streets up until around 2pm when a light drizzle started off and on. Luckily the Town Car is big enough that we could all huddle inside out of the rain.
It was good to see that the extra cost and weather has made no difference to the popularity and attendance of this event, as it was as big and well frequented as any previous years with all manner of cars all jammed in for the usual entire length of Whittaker St, and side streets. More than one member observed that there seemed to be a larger proliferation of vans this year, including some very Kool panel vans with the obligatory airbrush artwork on the canopy and windows. Many decked out with ultra-plush interiors too which would make for very cosy and comfy overnight camping out. Also noteworthy were the many cars that some of us have not seen before so that was an added bonus too.
I have to say, that despite the extra entry cost and petrol consumed, it’s still a relatively inexpensive great day out because it’s a well organised event, there is lots to see and do with many of the shops open, and an abundance of market stalls selling all sorts of things, various live bands, rock’n’roll dancing competitions in period dress, prizes galore, and a variety of food vendors to get you through the day.
Overall, something for the whole family with many things to see and do, even if you weren’t that into looking at cars! And a good run for the old girls – 4 wheeled that is! By the way, fantastic seafood chowder and wedges at Austin’s cafe in the centre of town!
And as for the other part of the homonym, how Kool is this (particularly if you are a Green Day fan): you could have bought Billie Joe’s personal Chev Greenbrier van he used whenever he went surfing in California! Complete with surfboard, autographed dash, and a Green Day CD in the stereo with a gigantic dual sub-woofer box in the back to bang your head to whilst cruising in Koolness!
I thought Billie-Joe would have painted it green though...
More photos from this cool event here...
Ross Tebb's Shed Raid Sunday 22nd September 2019
All manner of monthly run records were broken leading up to and on the morning of, our shed raid out to Ross Tebb's fantastic property out the back of Dairy Flat, on Sunday September 22nd 2019. I knew it was going to be bigger than a really big thing, by the numbers, prior to the day. But it’s only when you see so many cars and sooo many people at the designated meeting point, being Wooton’s Reserve Car Park in Albany that Carl Philips had nominated for ‘his’ run, did the reality – and enormity – sink in!
When I arrived- fashionably late(ish) as is my forte - I was greeted to a sight of well over 30 classics – closer to 35 actually, and almost 80 people, rearing to head off. And was I proud? Too bloody right I was! Honestly, that’s why I and my committee organize these sorts of events… the shear satisfaction of seeing so many of our members supporting what we do… it’s a huge buzz! And I know for a fact that Carl, the designated organizer of the day, was a little overwhelmed by the response! So well done all who came along.
Carl’s well executed route took us on a well thought out, interesting and pleasantly compact rural drive thru Albany Village out to Coatesville, then out the back and almost to Dairy Flat, before we completely blocked the road out front of Ross Tebbs residence, whilst everyone made their way into and found a place to park within these palatial grounds. Honestly, I never thought I see the day whereby we almost needed Traffic Management just to get us into a venue, such was the que lined up waiting to get in!
The tail-enders, like myself, even managed to miss Ross’s welcoming chat, as by the time we were all parked up that bit was done and dusted and we were then free to wander around within his GTDF (that’s Garage to Die For… J). He had even fired up the BBQ for a welcome morning hotdog treat. Awesome.
As for the collection itself, whilst certainly not the largest you’ll ever see, his cars were all exceptional, high-end examples that expressed his varied tastes perfectly. From a couple of modern high-end Euro’s from Aston Martin and Lamborghini, to his more traditional resto-rods including – as you do – two 57 Chev’s, a 2-door and a four door, both hardtops and just gorgeous, plus a 32 Ford Coupe, a 34 Ford Coupe and a 40 Ford pickup – his favorite of the fleet. I can understand why. To see so many of our cars, parked literally all over every spare piece of concrete or bitumen driveway, out the front of this enormous shed, was really quite special. And after maybe 90 minutes or so, the logistics of getting everyone out began, after we thanked Ross for his hospitality and said our goodbyes.
More delightfully rural cruising had us venture northwest through sleepy Waitoki, then out to the fabulous Wainui Golf Club, another venue new to the ACCCA, were we all relaxed over a divine buffet lunch by the Golf Club catering staff, plus liquid refreshments, taking in the fantastic golf course views in what was frankly, a beautifully fine spring day. What a venue, and so fitting to end our run there.
Big thanks again to Carl Philips for organizing this spectacle of a Club event, faultless to a tee. And thanks for coming!
Rob Milligan. Check out the days photos here...
UPCOMING ACCCA EVENTS
Sunday December 1
Xmas Picnic, Wenderholm Regional Park, Waiwera. Meet at BP Northern Motorway, Silverdale from 10am to depart 10.30. Main meal is being catered this year (menu TBA) therefore charges apply as follows; Members - $10 per person, Non-members/guests $30 per person, kids under 5 free. Bring a dessert to share and a chair, and the club will provide tea, coffee, soft drinks, and water
Monday December 2
North Shore Rob & Custom Toy Run, Vellenoweth Green, St. Heliers from 5pm. Club gazebo will be there, so bring a kid's present and a chair