Early Amer­i­can Car Club

Classic Driver - - FEATURES -

The Early Amer­i­can Car Club was started 40 years ago and caters for all Amer­i­can ve­hi­cles from 1932 to 1970.

The club was ini­tially started by a group of 15 en­thu­si­asts with the fo­cus on pre­serv­ing US ve­hi­cles, as at the time hot rod­ding of these cars was be­com­ing pop­u­lar.

The club caters for all Amer­i­can ve­hi­cles and cur­rently they range from a 1931 Stude­baker Pres­i­dent which is a spe­cial in­ter­est ve­hi­cle, to a 1970 Dodge Charger. The makes and mod­els of club ve­hi­cles are di­verse and in­clude Buicks, Chevs, Chryslers, Hud­sons, Fords, Pon­ti­acs and in fact most man­u­fac­tur­ers. En­thu­si­asts with ve­hi­cles out­side these years are wel­come to join the club as as­so­ciate mem­bers and are in­cluded in all club events.

Club meet­ings are held on the first Tues­day of the month in Welling­ton, the meet­ings are well at­tended and fol­lowed by a light sup­per.

Club runs are held monthly and at times are held in con­junc­tion with other events such as Amer­i­can Car day at Tren­tham and South­wards open day.

The club has around 100 mem­bers spread be­tween Tau­ranga and Nel­son and with a cur­rent sub­scrip­tion of only $45.00, mem­ber­ship is grow­ing.

The club’s mag­a­zine ti­tled Amer­i­can Iron is cir­cu­lated to mem­bers monthly and fea­tures meet­ing in­for­ma­tion, past event sto­ries, up­com­ing event in­for­ma­tion and a raft of other items.

The car club also has a web­site – earlyamer­i­can­car­club.org.nz – which con­tains profiles on club ve­hi­cles and club in­for­ma­tion. A num­ber of the foun­da­tion mem­bers are still ac­tive within the club and in most cases still with their orig­i­nal ve­hi­cles. Even though there are a greater num­ber of later model cars in the club, the mix­ture of 1930 ve­hi­cles through to the 70s is great to see.

The old­est club mem­ber is in his 80s and there are fam­i­lies with younger chil­dren in­volved, which augers well for the fu­ture of the club.

Over Labour weekend the club un­der­takes a road trip which in the past few years has in­cluded West­port, Ro­torua, Napier and Motueka. These trips are well pa­tro­n­ised and are al­ways a lot of fun.

The fo­cus of the club is on driv­ing and en­joy­ing the ve­hi­cles and less about tech­ni­cal­i­ties and ap­pear­ance of the ve­hi­cles. There is great fel­low­ship among mem­bers which is ev­i­dent by the grow­ing mem­ber­ship and par­tic­i­pa­tion in club events.

Club cars at Master­ton club’s 40th last year

Ted Lock­yer on left our old­est mem­ber in his early 80s still driv­ing his Chev to club events.

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