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Welcome to the Pre’50 American Auto Club  --  the Pre50AAC

The Pre 50 American Auto Club is the biggest and best club in the UK catering for the lover of classic American cars, trucks and bikes. It has attained an important place in vehicle preservation in the UK, helping to increase the awareness and popularity of the classic American vehicle. The club is democratically run and controlled by all its members, governed by a detailed constitution first adopted in 1967.

The club was founded to promote interest in the older American vehicle and to assist owners by locating parts and offering advice.  

The club is open to anyone who either owns an American vehicle of any age or who supports the interests and objectives of the club but does not own an American vehicle.

Club President Alan Murphy, introduces the Pre50AAC


DVLA will accept Pre50AAC  Dating Certificates

Despite a number of members writing to their MP regarding DVLA intransigence over accepting our Dating Certificates,which resulted in us receiving written confirmation that the issue had been resolved,it appears the message has not reached all those who deal with such matters.

Today I heard that a member was told “the Pre 50 are not authorised by DVLA” and as a result will not renew his membership.

PLEASE contact me BEFORE you get in touch with DVLA to register a vehicle,otherwise you will deal with someone reading a script off a screen and who would not know what an Oldsmobile is if they fell over one.  

Luke Arnott

Hon Secretary

Our club vehicle  –  1964 Chevrolet C30 Panel Van.  

David Radcliffe-Watts has written a great article on the purchase and restoration of our club vehicle, a 1964 Chevrolet C30 panel van. You can read the story here.


Some dates for your diary.

The Pre50AAC are organising two shows in 2017:

25th June 2017 is the Bristol All American Car Show

Yate Town Football Club, Lodge Road, Yate, Bristol, BS37 7LE. 10am to 4pm.

Food/Bar/Trade Stands/raffle

Vehicle entries Car £5.00, Bikes £3.00. Pre-entry welcome.

Public admission £5.00 adults, accompanied children free.

9th July 2017 is our flagship Rally of the Giants

Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxon, OX20 1PP.

The ROG sees the largest gathering of older American vehicles including pre-war and vintage, plus many later model vehicles.

Gates open 9am with Food/Bar/Trade Stands.

Here you’ll find on line entry forms for both shows.

NEC -  Lancaster Insurance Classic Car Show.   

Super show again this year and it was great to see all the members who came along to our stand to say hello.  

This was the first time our club vehicle, the Chevy C30, had been seen in public and it had a great reception.

Thanks to all the owners who brought their vehicles along this year:  

1957 Oldsmobile Golden Rocket 88 Convertible - Paul Wells​

1959 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible - David Quigley and Alan Mclean

1964 Chevrolet C30 (Longhorn) Panel Van - Pre50AAC

1967 Ford Mustang Hardtop - Peter Mellersh

1968 Dodge Charger R/T - Craig Hadfield

See you all again at the 2017 show.

The first 50 years of the Pre50AAC.  

We have produced a 100 page collector’s book illustrated with great photos and articles which tells the story of the first fifty years of the club and the Rally of the Giants.   

See our Books page to order a copy.  

Pre50 Club Meetings in the Bristol area.  

See the news section on the Members front page for dates of our breakfast meetings through 2017.

Pre50 Club Meetings in the London area.   

Club member Farrol Goldblatt is planning to set up the occasional Pre50 club meeting in the London area.  If you are interested in following this up with Farrol, you can see his contact details in the members pages (click here).   

Club Badges

Pre50AAC chrome and enamel Grill Badges.  £16 including p&p and a fixing bracket.



If you need to get a vehicle shipped, get in touch with Golden Chariots, they’ll be able to offer you a complete package.  

Click here for the details.

Our Specialist Vehicle team are experts in finding the right insurance products for American classic cars.

We understand that finding tailored cover to provide you with all you need when you need it can be hard. So when it’s time to talk insurance, speak to people who share your passion and interest.