Jim’s Blog: ACC Heads to SEMA

Every year, the automotive aftermarket gets together in Las Vegas to show off its latest and greatest products and show cars. It’s a one-of-a-kind event, closed off to the general public and yet still well-known by most in the car community. This is where annual styling trends are set, where influential new products make their debut, and where the industry gets together — all in one place — to show off skill and look at what’s to come in the Read More

Jim’s Blog: I Want a Model T

Wanting a Model T in this day and age doesn’t really make much sense. But who says car people have to be reasonable?

Here’s the thing: I drive a comfortable, connected, safe, brand-new GMC truck every day. It’s perfectly suited to life in the real world — the world full of cell phones, cup holders, and distracted driving. But when it comes to just having fun, I don’t think there’s a way to beat a good Model T.

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Drive ’em Because You Can

For me, Monterey Car Week started off with a bang. That bang was the sound of my brand-new Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, on loan from FCA for a review in ACC, getting punched in the rear bumper by a Honda CR-V in stop-and-go freeway traffic somewhere outside San Jose. I’d been in California for maybe an hour.

Nobody was hurt, and the damage was minor — just a few wrinkles in the Hellcat’s otherwise pristine purple bumper cover. The other Read More

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