Car and motorbike clubs are a feature of most Kiwi communities, with convoys of the same vehicles (or different vehicles of the same vintage or country of origin) a common sight on our highways. Bluebridge ferries provide a vital link between clubs north and south. Because no amount of excess baggage will get your car on the plane!
American Car Club (Canterbury)
Formed in the 1970s, the ACCC is a coming together of lovers of the types of vehicles you used to see on Happy Days. Or the movie Grease. Chevys, GMs and Fords are the name of the game here. The club holds regular rallies and events which takes their ‘yank tanks’ all over the South Island and beyond. Every car buff needs a good shed and their regular ‘Shed and Burgers’ event gives members a chance to check out someone else’s shed. And eat burgers. Vroom!
The Ulysses Club is a worldwide network of motorcycle loving older people. Their club motto is ‘Grow old disgracefully’ and the club certainly shatters the stereotype of frail old folk carefully guiding their mobility scooter along the pavement. With 29 branches spread throughout New Zealand, this club for bike lovers over 40 holds regular rallies and interclub meets. If you’re more comfortable in leathers than a cardy and slippers, check them out.
Auckland Mini Car Club
Not all auto clubs are about size, grunt and speed – Mini clubs are more for appreciators of the cute and compact. The Auckland Mini Car Club is one of about a dozen in New Zealand dedicated to the iconic Mini. They hold inter-club sprints, rallies and their event calendar culminates with the National Mini Meet at Labour weekend. You can even use their website to book Minis for your wedding transport. Cute!
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