Jim’s Blog: Ready for a Classic Car Summer?

It’s a busy time here at ACC HQ. We’re finalizing the July/August issue — our 16th edition — this week, and now that June is finally here, car show season has fired up, too. That means time’s run out on all the old car procrastinating I’ve been doing.

I always try to keep my own old stuff ready to go, with batteries charged and fuel in their tanks. And even though I only have two old cars, keeping them ready Read More

Question of the Month: Buy a finished car or complete a project car yourself?

We’re working on the July/August issue of ACC right now, which means it’s time again for our question of the month: Is it better to buy a finished car or complete a project car yourself?

A lot of classic car buyers are looking for an immediate thrill. They want to slide behind the wheel of a shiny new-to-them Camaro or Mustang and go to a car show, or a cruise-in, or just out on a Sunday drive as soon as Read More

Jim’s Blog: A Week of Mopar

This week is all about Mopar here at ACC.

Last Wednesday morning, Reliable Carriers was waiting for me when I got to the office. In the back of their big orange truck was our new 2000 Dodge Viper ACR — and while it is 14 years old, it really is still new, with only 1,700 miles on the clock. Of course, everyone on staff was there, too, ditching their desks and whatever they were supposed to be doing Read More

Jim’s Blog: Viper ACR — The Next ACC Car

ACC’s ’63 Dodge is gone, and now our ’64 Nova is, too. What does that leave us? A couple of empty parking spaces, that’s what. Well, that was the case until we made a deal on our next magazine car, which is waiting to be delivered to us now.

As I mentioned back in February, we had some specific criteria for the next car: First, it needed to be something we would want to take out and use on a Read More

Jim’s Blog: Kicking Tires at the Portland Swapmeet

I don’t need any more car parts, but I just can’t stay away from the Portland swapmeet. I go every year, and I always tell myself I’ll keep my money in my pocket. But even though I set out with a solid plan to not buy anything, I don’t usually leave empty-handed.

Portland’s spring swapmeet is made up of two events that take place just a short distance from each other. Portland International Raceway’s meet takes over that Read More

Question of the Month: What’s the best buy right now?

We’re working on the May/June 2014 issue of ACC this week, and that means it’s time again for our ACC Question of the Month:

In Scottsdale this past January, ACC hosted a seminar that focused on what we thought were the cars to buy right now. And in the last issue of ACC, we talked a little bit about our choices — cars like first-gen Mustang convertibles, Saleen Fox-body Mustangs, ’70s Chevrolet and GMC C10 pickups, and Viper GTS coupes all Read More

Jim’s Blog: Five Tips for Waking Your Muscle Car

March is finally here, which means Spring is starting to sneak into a few parts of the country. Portland has already had a few nice sunny days, and if you’re anything like me, that’s enough to make you want to pull out that muscle car that’s been in storage since September, find a straight stretch of road somewhere, and light up the tires.

But it isn’t always simple to wake up a car that’s been sitting for a while, especially Read More

Jim’s Blog: Help Pick ACC’s Next Car!

The ACC Nova has gone to a new home, and its empty parking spot at ACC HQ is starting to bother me. It’s time to fill it with something, and maybe you can help us find the right car for the job.

The criteria: ACC wants something that our staff will take out and use — work lunches, road trips, cruise-ins, maybe a trip or two to the drag strip on a Friday night, etc. It needs to be no-nonsense, Read More

Jim’s Blog: Winter Weather Classic

ACC’s all about getting out and using our classic cars. Most of the time, that means picking a sunny day and hitting the road. But for vehicles like my old ’72 K10 4×4, sunny weather cruising is only part of the fun. It was designed to be a capable usable rig in all conditions, and I’m determined to treat it that way. So this past week, I gave it its first real snow test.

Last Thursday, ACC’s hometown of Portland, Read More

Question of the Month: Will Modern Muscle Ever be as Collectible as Original Muscle?

We’re working on the March/April 2014 issue of ACC this week, and that means it’s time again for our ACC Question of the Month:

Muscle cars died a pretty horrible death in the mid-1970s, and the 1980s, aside from a few shining beacons like the Grand National, 5.0, and ZR-1, weren’t much better for performance. But muscle has come back with a vengence, with modern 400-hp Camaros, Mustangs, and Challengers again roaming the streets, just like they did back in Read More

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