Welcome to the AACNW!
Based in the North West of England, the AACNW is growing stronger each year with American vehicle enthusiasts who commonly enjoy the workmanship, the soul and passion of American vehicles.
It is a family car club so it is open to all visitors of all interests of American vehicles, whether you are from the North West of England or any other place in the world.
Founded in 1981
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July 19, 2013, 12:33:11 PM by gibbs | Views: 1167 | Comments: 0
Something Special: Highlighting the History of Limited-Edition Corvettes
[Car & Driver] compiled a list highlighting special-edition Vettes, starting with the 1978 Silver Anniversary paint option. Which one would you like to park in your collection?
1978 Silver Anniversary Edition
This year marked the Vette’s 25th birthday, and Chevrolet marked the occasion with 15,000 or so Silver Anniversary editions. The recipient of the first two-tone paint scheme offered in more than 15 years, the car also got aluminum wheels and ‘sport’ exterior mirrors. The package cost just under $800.
1978 Indy 500 Pace Car Replica
The Corvette paced the Indy 500 for the first time this year, and Chevy marked the occasion with a limited-edition Pace Car Replica model. It included a two-tone paint scheme with red detail striping, mirror-tinted T-tops, and special VIN numbers. Chevy had initially planned to produce 300 as a nod to the production run of the original ’53 model, but the automaker gave way to demand and some 6500 were produced.
1982 Collector’s Edition
The ’82 Collector’s Edition was the first Corvette to crest $20,000. For that money, buyers got a silver and beige paint scheme and interior treatment, decals inside and out, removable glass roof panels, and commemorative aluminum wheels.
1993 40th Anniversary Edition
Chevrolet celebrated the Corvette’s 40th birthday with an appearance package for both coupes and convertibles. Ruby Red was applied to both interior and exterior, 40th Anniversary emblems replaced the Vette’s standard fare, and bespoke center caps were added as well.
1995 Indy 500 Pace Car Replica
Five-hundred and twenty-seven Corvette Indy 500 Pace Car Replicas were built, all convertibles, although none featured the Speedway-mandated roll bar and fairing seen on the real-deal pace car above. All came in Dark Purple Metallic with Arctic White trim, and featured a white leather interior, a white softtop, and special Indy 500 graphics.
1996 Collector’s Edition
A Sebring Silver paint scheme with Collector’s Edition decals, silver-painted 17-inch aluminum wheels, along with “Collector’s Edition” embroidery were all that set this limited-run Corvette apart.
1996 Grand Sport
The second batch of Grand Sports was 200 times larger than the first—1000 if you’re keeping score at home. Powered by the stronger, 330-hp LT4 V-8, the ’96 Grand Sport was finished in Admiral Blue with a white stripe running down the center of the car and red hash marks on the driver’s side front fender. Black-painted 17-inch aluminum wheels sat in front of black-painted brake calipers; flared fenders provided shelter for the rolling stock on coupes, although convertibles did without the body mods. Interior color choices were limited to black or black with red details, but all featured “Grand Sport” embroidery on their perforated leather seats.
1998 Indy 500 Pace Car Replica
By 1998, the signature purple hue had a name: Pace Car Purple. It was slathered on this special-edition convertible, which came with a leather interior trimmed in black and yellow and rolled on yellow-painted wheels. The requisite Indy 500 graphics were applied, too. We recommend not staring at this image for too long lest you burn out your eyes—it’s like some sort of incredibly dated sun.
2003 50th Anniversary Package
For the Corvette’s 50th birthday, Chevy painted a batch of coupes and convertibles in Xirallic Crystal—that’s burgundy if you don’t speak GM’s color palette—and fitted them with champagne-painted aluminum wheels and a beige interior treatment. The 50th Anniversary Corvettes also came standard with Magnetic Ride Control.
2004 Commemorative Edition
Created to send off the C5, the Commemorative edition nods to the C5-R’s success at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The exterior was painted Le Mans Blue, and Z06 verisons featured silver and red accent detailing, a carbon-fiber hood, and small lettering within the classic Vette emblems that read, “Commemorative 24:00 Heures Du Mans 2 GTS Wins.” Non-Z06 Commemoratives got the Le Mans Blue finish and “Commemorative” embroidery in headrests, but no direct Le Mans shout-outs.
2007 Z06 Ron Fellows Championship Edition
To commemorate Ron Fellows’s ALMS GT1 championship, Chevrolet produced an Arctic White Z06 featuring red and silver accent pieces. This scheme, as well as the maple leaf incorporated in the car’s graphics, is a nod to Fellows’s Canadian heritage. The Fellows Championship Edition Vette also featured 20-inch chrome wheels, a lip spoiler, a “Corvette” windshield banner, a red interior treatment, and Fellows’s signature on the armrest.
2007 Indy 500 Pace Car Replica
For the car’s ninth Indy 500 pace-car appearance, Chevrolet offered another Pace Car Replica, which was available only with a black ragtop and Atomic Orange paint. Orange also trimmed the engine cover and the interior. Indy 500 logos were applied to the doors and embroidered on the headrests, natch.
2008 Victory Edition
The Corvette’s racing heritage isn’t lost on Chevrolet’s European arm, and this Victory Edition Corvette was made available on the Continent for the 2008 model year. Available in black or Velocity Yellow Tintcoat, the car also wore five-spoke aluminum wheels finished in Competition Gray (18 inches up front, 19 out back) and a body-colored lip spoiler. The interior was finished in black and yellow, with yellow contrast stitching, carbon-look trim accents, and a numbered Victory Edition badge.
2008 427 Limited Edition Z06
To pay homage to a legendary engine, this special edition—powered by the 7.0-liter LS7, which technically displaces 428 cubic inches, but we digress—featured “427” badging on the hood and embroidery on the floor mats. The rest of what separates the 427 Limited Edition from regular Z06s included Crystal Red Tintcoat paint, a black hood stripe, unique wheels, and a body-colored spoiler. Just 427 were made available to North American customers, but a further 78 were produced for global consumption.
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2009 GT1 Championship Edition
Because releasing a special edition named for the driver who won you an ALMS GT1 championship two years ago isn’t enough, it was decided that there would be a GT1 Championship Edition Corvette. This would celebrate the Corvette’s 70 victories and eight class championships. This package was available on regular and Z06-spec Corvettes, although it provided no performance upgrades. The C6.R race car’s instantly recognizable Velocity Yellow was one available finish, with a black exterior also on offer. “GT1” emblems could be found on the black-and-yellow seats, the instrument panel, and the armrest. A unique VIN sequence and a carbon-and-black engine cover finished the package.
2009 Competition Edition
European markets received the Competition Edition Corvette to celebrate yet another season of Corvette involvement in motorsports. To that end, Chevrolet claimed that the Competition Corvette bore subtle resemblance to the C6.R and excluded many options in the name of weight savings. The Competition was set apart from plebeian Continental Corvettes by the Z06′s lip spoiler, Competition Gray five-spoke aluminum wheels, and a specific black exterior finish.
2011 Z06 Carbon Limited Edition
One of the truly special editions in Corvette-dom, Chevrolet offered to Z06 Carbon for two reasons: One, to meet demand for a middle ground between the Z06 and the ZR1. And two, to celebrate 50 years since the brand’s first involvement in Le Mans. This Z06 made use of the ZR1’s 15-inch carbon-ceramic brakes, adjustable magnetorheological shocks, and 19-inch wheels up front and 20-inchers out back. The “Carbon” portion of the name is no gimmick, either, as the ZR1-inspired hood, rocker extensions, front splitter, and roof panel all are rendered in the lightweight weave. To keep this car special—Chevrolet offered the vast majority of these performance goodies in two option packages—it received a Z06 Carbon emblem on the steering wheel, doorsills, and headrests; and was available in only Inferno Orange and Supersonic Blue. The production run was capped at 500 units.
2012 Centennial Edition
A hundred years of Chevrolet yielded the Centennial edition, which turned out to be not much more than an appearance package. Available exclusively in Carbon Flash Metallic, this special-edition Vette featured matte-black decals and red trim applied to the 19- and 20-inch black wheels, brake calipers, and interior stitching. It did add magnetorheological shocks to those Vettes that weren’t so equipped, as well as the performance mods gifted to the previous year’s Z06 Carbon Edition.
2013 60th Anniversary Package
Launched at the same time as the 427 convertible—which was basically a Z06 without a roof—this was a special-order pack available for all 2013 Vettes. Goodies included white paint and a blue interior, optional blue striping (that continued in fabric on the roofs of convertible models!), and a plethora of anniversary logos. Both this package and the 427 honored the end of the C6 generation.
2014 C7 Stingray Premiere Edition
The first special-edition C7, the Premiere Edition will be limited to a production run of 500 units. Those will be identifiable by the Laguna Blue exterior treatment and the brown faux suede interior, as well as the Stingray emblems applied to the center caps and doorsills. The car also makes use of an exposed carbon-fiber roof, and comes complete with special Premiere Edition luggage by Thule.
Article credit: Car & Driver Blog
June 12, 2013, 11:40:41 AM by gibbs | Views: 1223 | Comments: 0
No, that isn't a run-of-the-mill 1969 Mustang coupé someone decided to craft into a poor Mach 1 replica with GT350 rocker stripes. It is a legit Shelby GT350, just not the one sold in the United States. It's the one sold in Mexico.
The Mexican Shelbys were the brainchild of Eduardo Vélazquez. When in 1965 Ford of Mexico started manufacturing its own version of the Ford Mustang, Vélazquez teamed up with Carroll Shelby to act as a supplier of performance parts, aimed at converting regular Mustangs into GT350s. Shelby de Mexico was born.
But that's pretty much the US GT350, you're probably thinking. Well, demand increased, and both Shelby and Vélazquez agreed to create an actual dealership GT350 model based off the Mexican Mustang. Since the Mexican Mustang was only available as a coupé, the fastback and convertible models were discarded from the beginning. The only engine available was the 302ci straight from Ford's Mexican factories, giving it 315 HP. A total of 169 were sold in 1967 plus 203 more in 1968.
In 1969 the GT350 Mexico finally gained the iconic Shelby tailights. Unlike the US GT350 and GT500, it retained the 1969 Mustang's front end looks. Vélazquez sold 306 during that year, one of them being a special racing model commissioned by himself, and fitted with a 377ci motor capable of 450 HP at 7000 RPM. This was far more powerful than the ordinary 302, and dominated touring car racing in Mexico during 1969 and 1970.
In 1970, no Mexican Shelbys were built. The model would return for the following year as the GT351, although it had close to zero Shelby hardware. As the name indicates, it was powered by a stock 351ci V8, again made in Mexico. Production estimates are of 250 units for that year.
At the end of 1971, Shelby was out of business. The last Mexican Shelbys built were a 300 car run based off the Ford Maverick. Similarly to the GT351, there was no performance addition, nor actual Shelby hardware. These 300 cars marked the end of what was arguably the most interesting of all the Latin American classic cars.
Article credit: Opposite Lock at Jalopnik
April 02, 2013, 08:52:23 PM by gibbs | Views: 1459 | Comments: 3
Well it's February and I'm still here??
Which means we are at the start of a brand new season, and yours truly has been given the honor of leading this great club of ours for another year.
By now I believe you know we do not have a dictatorship or business ethos, but a friendly car club. With hopefully NO Bollitics! Run professionally to the best of our abilities for all its members, so with your help and input we can make our club and hobby even better.
Let's hope that late blast of arctic weather is the last of the white stuff we hove to endure for a while. Snow before Christmas just odds to the festivities, but January onwards it's a pain in the you know what? Trudging through four foot drifts to polish bumpers or under bonnet detailing in a sub zero garage makes Eastenders look like a good option? To have a carport is an option; a garage is luxury to some of you who toil away on driveways! Brrrrrrr...hats off to you brave souls. I did tricks like that in my late teens early twenties, new clutch in my Zodiac estate up on ramps in driveway with only a hand lamp for warmth, and gearbox balanced on chest; you prayed the spigot shaft aligned up FIRST time! LOL. Thankfully it's improved a little for my sons.
As this season gathers pace, there seems to be a shed load of new shows and councils wanting us to attend their show or event. This can be both good and bad depending on your finances? Good if you're on a restricted budget and need to stay local, but bad as it dilutes support where dates clash and established shows that have stayed true to our hobby could suffer and at what cost. Where possible we will Endeavour to have the club stand at some of these smaller events, and rest assured your committee with marquee will be at the big events, be it Americana International or Woodvale drop by and say "hi what's new?"
Enjoy the coming season and safe driving,
April 02, 2013, 08:16:29 PM by gibbs | Views: 1073 | Comments: 0
Here we are folks at the start of a brand new year and hopefully you're doing better with your 2013 resolutions than I am. All it took was one click... and all was lost! I will Just have to come out and admit I am an eBayer.
Hopefully you ore starting 2013 in good health, and your pockets ore not too deflated. Thankfully the days are starting to get longer, and before we know it show season will be upon us! If you have not already sent off for your Americana International passes, best advice Is to do so ASAP. As usual the club has exclusive use of the paddock area for those camping, or lording it in your RV or tourer.
The show calendar seems to get ever fuller, with new events popping up all over. One advantage of this is if the old fuel tank is a bit low hopefully you'll hove a choice to which event you care to attend. One thing that we ask you to do is apply for those free passes well in advance, by nature these shows have strict number control due to the dreaded HEALTH and Safety brigade.
As usual we will strive to make this season as enjoyable and varied as ever, be it show and shine, or a bit of quarter mile action, there will be something to join in on.
This early on we are still finalising details on some events, so for any late news or short notice requests check out your club's website and Facebook page; but no doubt Tommy G will drop you an email....please make sure if you have one to pass it on to us.
Well folks, that's it for now, don't forget your AGM on 20th January, please try to make it if you are free it will be great to see you all. This will be where you can also collect your next meg. and be in with a chance of winning the cash draw on the day.
Hope to catch you out and about! Safe driving dear friends,
January 24, 2013, 10:18:34 PM by gibbs | Views: 1547 | Comments: 0
Summer returned with a bang today on the 28th October in spite of the clocks going back and giving us an extra hour in the pit, Rain. rain and more rain was the order of the day. To avoid the costs that the council had wanted from the club to have a sectioned off area of the public car park, Sue had decided that a workable option was to arrive early and park up in a quieter part of the car park which tended to fill up later. This worked well in the main, although it meant someone being on hand to politely ask any privateers to leave the bays required for the booked in cars, This did work well and we were able to set up a group of all American vehicles adjacent the bowling alley. Chiquito's still supplied their welcome brew and Sue gave each of the arrivals a chit to order any meals that they were having at the restaurant later. This seemed to work well as waiting for meals ad hoc could sometimes delay the start of the cruise at the end in the day. There were a couple of cancellations due to personal reasons and Bernie came in the Chev instead of his Ford convertible. The bowling fraternity entered the building and spent just over an hour hurling the balls about before meeting up again with the rest of us wimps in Chiq's. The rain which had been light to heavy earlier was now little more than steady, with the odd break in between. Having eaten it was time for the short cruise through the town centre followed by the dispersal and journey home. All in all then, apart from the rain, it was another successful get together for the members to enjoy whilst awaiting the start of next years shows. As you can see it is now important than important to let Sue know if you will be attending. To avoid the council costs she needs to have numbers to enable her to decide where on the car park she needs to attempt to keep clear for the vehicles that she is expecting. This Sunday worked fine due to the weather restricting shoppers turning out early. As Christmas approaches it is obviously going to get much busier.
The next Bowling is on November 25 and there will he no bowling in December. Sorry for the lack of Pictures. I hadn't taken my underwater camera with me! See you on 25th,