Jim’s Blog: Inside World of Speed’s Car Collection

I’d heard rumors about a very special muscle car collection, hidden away in a warehouse somewhere in the Portland suburbs. About three weeks ago, I had the chance to check it out.

I got a call from World of Speed‘s PR team. Were we interested in driving 15 minutes south to Wilsonville the to see the progress they’ve made on converting their vintage 80,000 square-foot dealership into a museum? Maybe we’d like to check out their legendary collection of Read More

Jim’s Blog: Planning Ahead in Reno, and on to Monterey!

Hot August Nights is a busy event — every day, from dawn until well after dark, there are car events happening all over the Reno-Sparks area. You have to plan out your day carefully to be sure you get to everything you want to see. But even the most well-thought-out plans have a tendency of falling to pieces every once in a while, and that certainly was the case for us this year.

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Kicking Tires with Jay Leno

In a sprawling multi-warehouse complex backed up to a runway at the Burbank airport, Jay Leno’s collection of cars and motorcycles sits at the ready, fueled and charged for a cruise at a moment’s notice. After 22 years as host of The Tonight Show, Leno is in the unique position of being a car guy with it all – space, resources, and the drive to buy, restore, and use interesting pieces of automotive history. ACC recently sat down with Jay Read More

Chad’s Blog: Snakebit on the Road to Reno

Driving to Reno in a Viper. That idea separates people into two camps: “How much is this going to suck,” and “Who needs to pack? When are we leaving?” Add to that our car’s stiffer ACR package and the divide deepens a little more.

It’s not hard to guess which camp ACC Editor Jim Pickering and I fall into. In fact, it was Jim’s idea to do it in the first place. So yesterday morning we set off from Portland Read More

Jim’s Blog: Firing it Up in Reno

Virginia Street in downtown Reno is one of the main cruising strips for Hot August Nights. But each day of the event, traffic is redirected elsewhere and the road becomes a huge car show, with hundreds of vintage hot rods, muscle cars, street rods, and trucks, posed in the sun for what seems like a mile up the main drag.

Today was our first day at Hot August Nights 2014, and even though we thought we were getting an early Read More

Jim’s Blog: 500 Miles to Hot August Nights

August is just a couple of days away, and for ACC, that means it’s road trip time again. Associate Editor Chad Tyson and I are hitting the highway for Hot August Nights on Thursday, and this time we’re going in style — in our low-mile 2000 Dodge Viper ACR.

A lot of people think I’m nuts to take this car that far. When we bought it, the odometer had just clicked over to 1,700 miles. Beyond that, it has Read More

Jim’s Blog: Kicking Tires with Jay Leno

Last Tuesday, ACC Auction Editor Tony Piff and I were at the Burbank airport. It was 9 a.m. We’d just flown in from ACC HQ in Portland and were standing in the sun, waiting for a pickup at the arrivals curb. Five minutes later, around the bend comes a beautiful ’55 Buick Roadmaster and the unmistakable rumble of a big-block Chevy engine. At the wheel was none other than Jay Leno — Comedian, Tonight Show host of 22 years, all-around Read More

Jeff’s Blog: Viper Trails to Spokane, Washington

No one ever likes to hear of a family member’s death. I received news of my 95-year-old grandmother’s passing on June 9. There was to be a memorial service on June 16 in Spokane, which meant I needed to take some time away from my magazine layout and art duties here at ACC.

I didn’t really want to take my daily-driver ’99 Mustang all the way up to Spokane, so I asked publisher Keith Martin if he had any vehicles Read More

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