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
2018 Mid-Winter Christmas Luncheon
- Gulf Harbour Yacht Club June 24th
A very good start to a double-header day with a few members going for an early morning coffee/ breakfast at Smales Farm for the end-of-June Caffeine & Classics meet. In fact we were so early ourselves that we were the 3rd classic car in the car park. This is unheard of - normally the first car park is almost full by the time we usually get there around 9.30-10am. Despite the weather forecast for some late morning showers, it was a fairly fine start to the day with another strong turnout at Smales Farm.
The rain only started arriving on the drive down the Whangaparaoa Peninsula on the way to the club's mid-winter lunch venue at the fabulous Gulf Harbour Yacht Club at the very end of the marina at Gulf Harbour. However by the time we got there the rain had more or less passed through with only some very light showers to trouble us briefly.
However the wet morning forecast was probably enough to convince those with less-watertight cars to bring the daily drivers instead, but those who did bring out the classic were rewarded for their gamble with a very fine afternoon for a nice cruise back home. Only maybe 10 classic cars braved the rain forecast gauntlet and parked up in the secure marina berth holders carpark next to the yacht club where we were able to set up the clubs banner and swooper flags to show-off the club to all those nautically inclined people passing by!
The Yacht Club is a very pleasant and relaxed setting with great views overlooking all the boats at the southern end of the marina on the carpark side, and the boat ramp out to the East Coast bays on the other side. What a superb setting. The yacht club management organised a fantastic Xmas themed venue for us with lots of Xmas decorations around the room and tables, and even went to the trouble of sourcing all the way from Germany some classic car themed serviettes for the tables. Their presentation was and attention to detail was noted by all!
We started the afternoon with a pre-luncheon short trivia test to match car brands with their founders first name, which was quite challenging even for well-known brands such as Chevrolet, and downright difficult for lesser but still famous classic brands like Cord or Bugatti.
At around 12.30 the first serving of a very enjoyable buffet lunch was started with a great selection of traditional hot winter food and desserts. A nice selection of whites and reds were on the tables with the lunch, and the yacht club manned a cash bar for us as well. I have to say that this was probably one of the most enjoyable buffets I've been to so far. Obviously the yachting fraternity only settle for the best comestibles for their members!
The immaculately presented tables had us seating in groups of 8, which for the 66 members attending gave us 8 tables of 8, and this set the scene for a very competitive challenge for Rob's traditional mid-winter trivia competition after lunch.
This was a very close-fought competition this year with the usual very careful Goldilocks zone of just right hard and easy questions, and after 30 questions in three distinct categories, for a total of 60 available points, you could throw a blanket over the top 3 results with a 1st equal, and 3rd place (with only 7 members in their team) only ½ a point behind! For the first time that anyone could remember, the Quiz was settled by an off-the-cuff tie-breaker question! So in case you ever need to know it - there are 8760 hours in a 365 Day year!
Many thanks again to Rob for another fun and interesting trivia challenge. The day wrapped up around 3.45pm at the conclusion of the last of the many prizes on the day, thanks again to all our sponsors who contributed the major prizes to the club, with the uncannily lucky Allan Huljich taking home the major door prize, compliments of Petrolhead.
Many members lingered around the yacht club chatting amongst themselves before heading off for the cruise home. Many thanks again to the Gulf Harbour Yacht Club for looking after us so well and putting on a great lunch. Thanks also to the Gulf Harbour Marina management for arranging us access into the secure parking. Another great day out to help offset the mid-winter blues! - well done team & roll-on the Summer cruising weather! Merry Mid-Winter Christmas!
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Fish and Chip run to Bay View Hotel Kaiaua - 20 May
It was an awesome turnout at the BP Southern Motorway starting point on a warm and sunny Sunday morning, with around 55 people and 19 classics assembled. After the driver’s briefing we got under way on time at 10.30, and headed out in an orderly fashion through some beautiful farmland towards the mid-way stop, the Hunua Falls.
This is a delightful scenic stop over for those who had never been out that way, and although it was a little soggy under foot, most people ventured down the lower path to have a good look at the falls and managed to keep their footwear relatively dry. Prior to departure for Kaiaua, President Rob assembled the group, and snapped a photo behind the large picture frame erected by the council at the Hunua assembly point. There was a small problem with Stefan’s usually trusty Lincoln not starting in the carpark, but 2 of our resident engine guru’s in the club, Paul and Tom, got stuck in and had it repaired and on it’s way with only a short delay. Well done guys, you made a very professional pit crew, and just goes to show what great camaraderie we have in our club.
From a personal point of view, being lead car is not as simple as just going for it, as it is difficult to keep track of the cars as the fleet spreads out somewhat, so I could not give the Corvette some curry on the Paparimu straight to clear out the cobwebs as I was constantly looking back to check that all were OK. Onwards we went towards the Bay View as by 12.30, I could hear the tummies rumble (or was that the sound of numerous V8’s) so upon arrival and sorting out a parking spot, we proceeded into the hotel.
As we have experienced in the past, the buffet was superb once again, and certainly great value. After a leisurely lunch, a couple of adult refreshments, combined with great company, we ventured off in different directions, some to the Miranda hot pools, and others along the scenic costal road up to Clevedon and beyond. An essential stop on the way was the ice cream shop at Kawakawa Bay, and another good club head count, so ice cream for dessert was just what the doctor ordered to get the cruisers back home safely.
A big thanks to all who attended, and it was once again a pleasure to organize and take part in another great day out with a nice group of people and the many magnificent cars of both existing and new members. Thank you for all the compliments I have received, in case I forget to mention them next when we meet. John Bercich
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NZ Warbirds/Avespec’s/Badger Cottage run Sunday April 15
The ‘Touch & Go’ is a routine trainee pilots perform when they are practicing their take-off and landing technique… and I’ll admit our run out to the NZ Warbirds Display at Ardmore on Sunday April 15th was looking pretty ‘touch & go’ for a while there too, with Auckland’s typical Autumn fickleness looking likely to rain on our parade, literally!
Nevertheless, we have not cancelled an event in years and I was determined that this was not going to be any different, despite getting drenched loading the Pontiac with the club gear on Sunday morning, before heading South, with my passengers Phil & Cindy Officer for company for the day.
Arriving early at Vector Wero, the skies had momentarily cleared as a smallish but enthusiast ensemble of members and Classics arrived for the days activities, 35 people and 9 classics and several daily drivers in total. Not too shabby considering. Unfortunately, just as we were all prepared to take a wander around the superb Vector Wero White Water facilities prior to our departure, so too did the rain arrive again, so it was coffees from the Rapids Café and a huddle uncover instead.
A short cruise out the back of South Auckland got us to Ardmore on time, and waiting to look after us at were Allan, Dave and Bob, the three volunteers from NZ Warbirds. These guys are as passionate, if not more so, about their chosen hobby as we are about our cars! After a quick Introduction to the Warbirds facility, followed by the now obligatory Health & Safety briefing, we were split into two groups and allowed free range within Hanger Two – comprising WW2 and post WW2 aircraft, many of which are still operational and used for paid flights, as well as a model Aircraft display that was simply outstanding and a credit to the modellers – and Hanger One, a newly opened display comprising WW1 and post WW1 but pre WW2 aircraft, again all of which are fully operational planes. NZ Warbirds is amazing and highly recommended.
From NZ Warbirds, we ventured further down the road to the premises of Warbirds Restorations/Avespec’s Ltd, where Shane Beckham was our host as his cousin Warren was unavailable. The feature in here was the restoration of the third WWII Mosquito aircraft that Avespecs have undertaken! The workmanship that goes into rebuilding/restoring this aircraft, and others like it that have gone before, is frankly beyond description. Just world class. After checking this out, and several other projects within the building, like the complete remanufacture of wings off a Tiger Moth and its American equivalent, again simply mind-blowing, it was back into the cars for another short but scenic drive out through rural Clevedon, arriving at the delightful Badger Cottage, home of Shane & Julia Beckham, for a well-deserved - and timely, cause we are starving by now - BBQ lunch provided by the Club.
By 2.30pm the sun had finally won over the rain and it got pleasantly warm as the members wined, dined, and chatted away the afternoon, before it was reluctantly time to depart back to our respective homes, the last of us leaving around 4pm.
A splendid day; that may not have been! And not possible without the hospitality and dedication of many, from within our Club as well as outside of our Club. Many thanks to all involved to make it happen, chalk this one up as yet another fantastic Car Club day out. Rob Milligan
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UPCOMING ACCCA EVENTS
Shed raid to Dave & Catherine Parker's Sheds at Bombay, followed by a pizza feast supplied by the club. Meet at BP Papakura, Southern Motorway at 10am to depart 10.30
Run to Classics Museum, Frankton. Meet at Meet at BP Papakura, Southern Motorway at 9am to depart 9.30. Lunch at The Cock & Bull, Te Rapa.