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

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

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

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

Jim’s Blog — On to Arizona!

Here we go: a week of auctions, over 2,500 cars for sale, and thousands of bidders and spectators. It’s Arizona time, and as you read this, the ACC team is on our way to the Valley of the Sun to cover this year’s events as they happen.

Arizona is one of my favorite trips of the year. I’ve been going for almost a decade now, and leaving behind winter for a week is great — and the cars that always Read More

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