Jim’s Blog: Sights of SEMA 2018

With over a million square feet of automotive parts and accessories to see, SEMA is not something you can really do in a day and a half.

But I did. Or at least I tried to. And when I wasn’t meeting with people in the industry, I was shooting images of some of the interesting things I saw while I was on-site. 

Here are some of my favorite images from this year’s event.

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Jim’s Blog: It’s SEMA Time

This week is one of my favorite weeks of the year — it’s SEMA time in Las Vegas.

SEMA is where the automotive aftermarket comes together to show off what it’s been working on for the past 12 months. This is where the newest trends in both new and old cars take hold, and it’s the best place on earth for a car builder who’s looking for the latest and greatest in carburetors, fuel injection, suspension, brakes, tires, wheels, tools, Read More

Jim’s Blog: Garage Upgrades

This past August, my wife and I bought a new house and moved across town. Distance-wise to AC HQ, it’s not much of a change from where I was before. But the new place has more room everywhere for my family — including in my garage.

Yes, I’m the happy new owner of a place with a three-car garage. I’ve spent the last month or so bringing that space up to standard for a car guy, as the people who Read More

A Modified Future

Ispent some quality wheel time in ACC’s ’66 Mustang this month, and it’s a great driver — there’s something special about a car that’s never been blown apart from new. Cars like this just feel more complete.

That X-factor is something that’s hard to describe, but if you’ve ever restored a car and found that your shiny, perfect classic isn’t really a car anymore when it’s done, but rather is a collection of parts that fit together into the shape Read More

Jim’s Blog: Do you use your old car?

A few weeks back, I was driving my ’66 Chevrolet home from the ACC office and sitting in traffic. A guy in a minivan pulled up next to me, rolled down his window, and started asking me all about the car. 

Now this isn’t really much of a story for those of us who use our cars regularly, but it stood out for me at the time. Why? Because it had been a while since I’d last had a Read More

Jim’s Blog: When Will Ford Trucks Have Their Day?

Classic trucks, specifically half-tons built between 1967 and 1972, are still hot in today’s market. But it seems that not all trucks were created equal.

The run-up in prices over the last five years has in large part been due to the popularity of GM’s truck twins in the aftermarket. Now that’s not to say that there are no valuable Fords out there, because that isn’t true. But when we’re talking models in general, and overall averages, Ford’s light duty Read More

Jim’s Blog: Sights of Monterey

Monterey Car Week is a whirlwind of events, auctions, and car person fun. This year was my 10th Monterey, and after all these years, the one thing I’ve learned is that it doesn’t really matter where you go and what you do — if you’re a car person, just being in the area and wandering around town is an adventure in car spotting. No pricey tickets or exclusive memberships required. Of course, if you want to see everything, you’ll have Read More

Jim’s Blog: Gearing Up for Monterey

One of the biggest weeks of the collector car year is here — from six high-end collector car auctions to concours, shows, and vintage races, Monterey’s got it all. 

Monterey certainly sets a tone for the year, as it brings in collectors from around the globe to bid on some very expensive and rare machinery. Will this year’s results break records? I expect they will, but how much is anyone’s guess. We’ll just have to wait to see.

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Old Look, Modern Grip

If you drive your classic car often, chances are you’ve had a few close calls in modern traffic. A lot of today’s commuters don’t realize that classic cars from the 1950s and 1960s don’t handle and stop as well as today’s cars.

The drum brakes that were industry standard for most of the 1960s work fine in ideal conditions — but in today’s world, where drivers are more disconnected from their own driving than ever before, that old setup is Read More

A New World

Last summer, I spent a week of quality time under the hood of my ’66 Caprice. I was installing Holley’s Terminator EFI system while most of ACC’s staff was in Monterey, CA, for the Pebble Beach auctions. Normally I’m there, too, but this time was different. I was staring down the ultimate of all deadlines: a soon-to-be-delivered new daughter. As such, my wife put her foot down: No leaving the state.

So through the heat of one week in August, Read More