CLUB COR­NER Join the club Amer­i­can Clas­sic Car Club Waikato

New Zealand Classic Car - - Club Corner -

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 grumpy­bill@xtra.co.nz.

SEND CLUB PRO­FILES AND PHO­TOS TO: CLUB COR­NER, NZCLASSICCAR, PARK­SIDE ME­DIA, PO BOX 46,020, HERNE BAY, AUCK­LAND 1147; OR BY EMAIL TO: editor@clas­s­ic­car.co.nz

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