Jim’s Blog: Is a Manual a Bonus?

Is a manual transmission a bonus when you’re shopping for American muscle?

That might seem like a dumb question — but I think the answer is changing.

There’s a certain glory that comes with winding up a big block and dumping a clutch. You can’t get that same feeling with an automatic no matter how high your converter stall speed is or how many gears you have. Automatic cars may be faster and therefore “better” today, but to a lot Read More

Jim’s Blog: Are Burnouts Burnt-Out?

We’re shipping ACC issue #49 to press this week, just before Thanksgiving, but there’s still time to chime in on ACC’s Question of the Month. This question comes to us from Steve S, and it’s a good one:

How do you feel about the ever-increasing proliferation of burnout contests at car shows? I don’t think it’s just me, an admitted old fogey, that’s becoming more and more annoyed with such a wasteful, polluting, eye-burning, inane, destructive spectacle. 

We all Read More

Jim’s Blog: Three Fords to Buy Now

Blue Oval Classics have always been popular, and certain models have always brought a lot of money at auction — special cars like the 1969-70 Boss 429, 2005-06 Ford GT and 1965 Shelby GT350 have always been hot. But what about other Ford cars and trucks that are on the upswing right now — or will be?

Here’s what I’d be looking at when jumping into the Ford market in 2020.

1. 1961-66 Ford F-Series TruckRead More

Jim’s Blog: Snapshots from SEMA 2019

SEMA’s a great place to go see what’s new in the car world, but you can’t just walk into the place off the Vegas strip. The event, while huge, is not open to the public — and that’s why I always tote a nice camera with me.

I spent three days on-site at the Las Vegas Convention Center last week, and I’ll have a complete review of my favorite new products and influential builds in the next issue of American Read More

Jim’s Blog: It’s SEMA Time!

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a blog about spotting old car trends using the weather. The SEMA show is another great way to see which older cars or trucks younger members of the car world are starting to consider cool in the old car market. That show starts today.

The Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association show in Las Vegas is where the car world comes to show off its skill in fabrication, finish, and innovation — both in Read More