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
BOP Mustang Club All USA Day – 19 November 2017
After a week of reviewing long range weather forecasts, the fine weather eventually predicted made the decision to go ahead with the bi-annual club run a done deal. However, most members weren’t convinced, as only 5 cars turned up at the (very cold) BP meeting point to head South. Tom & Karen Taylor in their 1956 Chrysler Windsor Coupe, new members Frank & Jan McIsaac - 1964 Mercury Monterey, Kerry Bramley & granddaughter Capri – 1962 Ford Thunderbird, Russell & Cindy Wilson – 1957 Pontiac Star Chief, and Peter Lee in his 1968 Chevy C10 Wellside who was joining us just for some of the run down.
A break halfway saw us stop at Waihi for lunch in a great old pub, followed by a gawk at the big hole in the ground, complete with a massive rock fall on the north side of the old mine. Peter said farewell at this point and headed off back to Auckland, while the rest of the bunch continued on. On arrival at Mt. Maunganui we caught up with Graeme and Gwen Mackay at the motel, who were spending a few days there on holiday. The same grey skies as Auckland greeted us, along with very, very strong winds. These had whipped up huge swells crashing around the base of the Mount walk, which made the channel extremely rough for ships crossing through to the port.
None of this showed much promise for the weather, and sure enough by evening the rain started (remember the previously mentioned fine forecast) making our walk down to the restaurant somewhat damp. This is an “all you can eat Chinese buffet” which offers great value at $25 per head, or for those of us lucky enough to have a Gold Card, $21. Great value for everyone, and some of our group sure made the most of it, with seconds and even thirds, along with desert. The rain continued through the night, and into the next morning, the day of the show at the Classic Flyers Museum at Tauranga Airport. By set off time at 9.30 it started to ease, so off we went to meet up with Kerry and Frank who were staying at different motels along the road. Unfortunately for Frank, his Mercury Monterey experienced starter problems on the road outside Kerry’s motel, which none present could rectify, so we had to leave him while he called for roadside assistance.
The rain stopped and the sun came out as we drove into the venue, and it stayed mainly fine for the rest of the day, apart from the occasional light sprinkle. Wahoo, about time! There was a great turnout of vehicles, obviously a lot of Mustangs as it’s their show, but it’s good to see different cars that aren’t seen in Auckland. Kerry was drafted into the Thunderbird display, along with club member Dave Bonsall who lives in the area in his 1965 Thunderbird, and Trevor & Jude Righton who also live there turned up in their 1948 Chevy Thriftmaster pickup to join the meagre ACCCA display of 3.
However, that didn’t stop the club from taking out some great awards, with Tom & Karen taking 1st prize for the best Survivor (original), and Trevor & Jude also getting 1st in the Commercial category.
They each got a nice trophy, along with a goody bag full of neat stuff, and from the mile-wide grins on all their faces, it wasn’t hard to tell they were really chuffed. The show wound up at this point, so we all said our goodbyes after a great weekend away despite the weather, except for poor old Frank and Jan who had to stay another day to get the Mercury repaired. The run prize of the day (or consolation in this case) of a $20 Z Energy gift card for the member who turns up in their classic, goes to Frank and Jan McIsaac.
Take a look at the display here.....
WESTIE MYSTERY RUN - A run with a bit of everything! 29 October 2017
At last it looked like the cruising weather had finally arrived, with a smaller but enthusiastic turnout of 6 classics and one daily driver to accept Greg & Julie Dietsch's mystery cruise challenge. Starting off from the Te Pai Park carpark at 10.30am, the run coincided nicely with the Caffeine & Classics being moved out to Westgate that morning to make way for the Auckland Marathon, so an added bonus was getting an impromptu car show with the many classics cruising around out West. The run took us on a very pleasant 55km route through the back-roads to Swanson and Waitakeri, Taupaki, through the scenic Riverhead forest up to Waimauku, and back down the main highway cutting across to Don Buck Rd and down into Swanson finishing at the RSA for another really splendiferous luncheon; that RSA really puts on a great feed.
Each driver was given a set of questionnaire forms, and whilst at first glance some of the clues looked rather cryptic, it soon became obvious that one only had to drive and keep the eyes open, reading the clues carefully of course, and the answers would appear right before you! There were a number of occasions where you thought you must have missed a clue, given up and driven round the corner to find the answer right there in front of you! Quite a few times the co-pilot was accused of not reading far enough ahead, or told that you must've missed that one, only to shortly find out that you hadn't actually arrived at the location of the answer yet! That damned tree-hut case in point!, and hopefully there weren't too many strained marital relationships and disagreements en-route! It's definitely an advantage to have a fleet of observers with you on this type of run.
Spare a thought for poor old Rob who was as busy as a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest, having to steer with one hand and write down the answers with the other - he must have looked like a high speed version of the game at the Easter show with the clown head oscillating back and forth waiting for you to drop the ping pong ball in its mouth!
With there being two questions about what type of ice-cream was being sold at two of the clue places, one car thought there must be bonus points in the offering if some of the aforementioned icecream was sampled, what with the weather finally being warm enough to require some cool refreshments anyway. Alas, whilst the real-strawberry ice creams were most enjoyable, they were not quite worthy of bonus points. However, bonus points were added if you brought back a piece of flax and something interesting, although those who couldn't or forgot to find their flax on the run were saved with a quick raid of the flax bush in the carpark of the Swanson RSA finish line. That should save groundskeeper Willie a job later on!
A number of raffle prizes were won from the tickets collected at key points along the route, with all the prizes generously donated by Greg and Julie. First prize went to Alexis and Steve, who not only scored the most points with 56 out of the maximum 60, but also brought back an old Buick radio centre console as their interest item, only just picked up that morning and still in the car. A worthy mention of another interesting item that many saw on the way past, but couldn't fit in the car, was the sign at the Plantarama garden centre in Fred Taylor Drive, who with some sheer creative advertising genius were promoting what was clearly an over-abundance of pots in stock, as per the photo in the gallery.
Many thanks to Greg & Julie from all those who came out on the day, for spending a lot of time and effort in organising a clever, fun and interesting day out with just the right mix of things to do and see, with the questions being in that Goldilocks zone of being neither too hard nor too easy, and which hopefully will become a regular annual 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 Greg & Julie Dietsch, who, along with organising the run, also manned a checkpoint in their 1966 Ford Fairlane. Phil Officer
The day's photos can be viewed here.....
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.....
UPCOMING ACCCA EVENTS
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.