CLUB CORNER Join the club American Classic Car Club Waikato
When this club was formed in 2001, members were located throughout the central North Island, and the club was known as ‘American Classic Car Club Midlands’. However at its recent AGM, it was decided to change the name to American Classic Car Club Waikato to make it clear where the club is based.
The American Classic Car Club Waikato has been set up to bring people together with a common interest and enthusiasm for US classic cars, and to provide a family environment involving the promotion, use of, and preservation of all makes, models, years, and examples of these cars.
A small committee takes care of any formalities that need to be addressed within the club, and organizes related events.
There is a wide variety of makes and models within the club — including Desoto, Cadillac, Pontiac, Dodge, Chevrolet, and Ford, to name but a few — with model years ranging from the ’50s right through to the present day.
Current membership includes 40 families, with many owning more than one American car. With such a range of vehicles, there is always some light-hearted banter between owners but, all in all, club members are a very friendly bunch to mix with. However, make a faux pas and you can expect to receive the Dipstick Award, which has a suitably designed trophy.
Each month the club organizes a run/ cruise to a place of interest for most of the members — and there are many enthusiasts all around the country who maintain all sorts of car collections and are only too willing for the club to visit.
On average, 10 to 15 cars attend most club runs, which are usually held within an hour to two from Hamilton so that everyone has an opportunity to attend without too much of a financial burden.
There’s also an annual weekend away, leaving Saturday morning and returning Sunday. In the past, club members have stayed at National Park and Whangarei — this month members will head to the Coromandel.
As well as cruises, there’s a monthly potluck dinner at a different member’s home to give everyone a chance to mix, chat, and share, and to give new members the opportunity to join in.
Join the Club If you’re interested in joining this great car club, and would like to meet likeminded American classic car enthusiasts, feel free to email the club president, Bill Ramsay, at email@example.com.