Jim’s Blog: Great Gifts for a Car Person

The holiday season is here, and that means it’s time to hunt down a good gift for the car person on your list. That’s sometimes pretty tough, especially when the person you’re shopping for seems to already have everything. I’ve got several people just like that on my list this year, and it got me thinking: what’s the best gift for the car person who doesn’t appear to need anything? Here are three ideas:

1. New, crisp screwdrivers

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Jim’s Blog: Three Cars to Watch

It’s November, which means the new year is going to be here before we know it. With it come the annual Arizona auctions, which kick off the collector car market each year in a big way. What cars are going to see increases this year? We’ll have to wait and see, but in the meantime, here are three models I think you should watch going into 2019.

Tri-Five Chevrolet

These cars have been the bread and butter of the American Read More

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

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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Jim’s Blog: What’s In Store for Modern Muscle?

Every year, Detroit pumps out more and more nasty modern muscle cars, from ZL1 Camaros through Hellcats, Demons, and GT500s. But how will these cars’ values stack up to the values of their vintage counterparts in the future? 

That’s a tough question. There’s no good answer. But how they’re treated now is a pretty good indication of how they’ll be treated later. These cars are already bringing good money at auction, and a bunch of them have been stored Read More