Jim’s Blog: Hot Rods on the Streets of Reno

Yesterday morning’s car show outside our hotel caught us by surprise. Today, we were ready for it.

We walked about a mile up the Reno strip this morning, which was lined with cars on both sides. Again, everything from vintage hot rods to restored American muscle was well-represented, as well as some oddball entries, like a handful of vintage fire trucks and a Ford Falcon that had been shortened and narrowed into a highboy roadster.

By far my favorite of Read More

Jim’s Blog: Smoking Tires and Bent Sheet Metal

Get a big enough group of car guys together and eventually some of them are going to want to race. It’s just in our DNA. The people who put on Hot August Nights know this, and they feed that need for speed at the Nugget’s west parking lot in Sparks. There, a sixteenth of a mile course is set out for participants to see who really has the baddest machine in the area.

A bunch of cars battled for those Read More

Jim’s Blog: A City of Cars

After a good night’s sleep, this morning’s plan was set: Grab something to eat and head up to B&T Specialty’s Reno auction, which is not a Hot August Nights event, but is taking place just a few miles from the heart of the city. Chad and I had an assignment to cover cars for ACC, and we wanted to get there early enough to take pictures and talk to sellers before the auction really got underway.

Of course, Hot August Read More

Jim’s Blog – Checking in with the ACC Garage

Car season is now in full swing, and when ACC’s staff has had time away from working on the magazine, we’ve been hard at work buttoning up a few items with our own cars to get ready for the next few months of car shows, cruise ins, and road trips. Here’s what we’ve been up to:

ACC’s 1964 Chevrolet Nova wagon was fully restored about two years ago, so it’s Read More

Jim’s Blog: Big Money – The Most Expensive American Cars Sold at Auction

Summer sets the stage for some of the biggest collector car auctions of the year, and those auctions tend to bring some really high-end cars to market. And when those cars sell, they tend to bring big dollars as well.

Here’s a list of the top five American cars ever sold at auction, sourced from the ACC Premium Database. There are hundreds of Read More

Jim’s Blog – The Five Coolest Screen Machines

We’re deep in production of ACC #10 this week – it’s set to ship to the press in early June. One of this issue’s profiles is of a well-known star car from the silver screen. Which one is it? I’m not giving it away here – you’ll just have to wait to see. 

Of course, since ACC’s staff is made up of a bunch of car nuts, this profile prompted us to Read More

Jim’s Blog – See Your Car Featured in ACC!

ACC’s all-new Your Cars section takes a look at the cars our readers own and drive – it’s a place to show off what you’ve bought, describe what you’ve done with it, and detail what you’re planning to do with it down the road. And we’re looking for submissions from our subscribers. If you’ve always wanted to see your car in the pages of ACC, here’s your chance!

Send us 200 words or less on your car, Read More

Jim’s Blog – Hunting for Time in a Drag Car

Everybody has a goal when it comes to their collector cars. I’ve decided that the goal for my ’66 Caprice street/strip car is getting it into the 11s in the quarter mile. 

I’ve talked about this before. When is the hunt for more speed going one step too far? But I’ve decided that I should be able to speed the car up without taking away any of its drivability. And I should be able Read More

Jim’s Blog – Five Last-Minute Car Guy Gifts

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Christmas shopping for car people can be tough, especially when you only have a few days left before the big day. But there are a lot of great gift ideas out there, and you don’t have to spend a lot to make a gearhead happy. Here are a couple of last-minute automotive gift ideas for under $100 each.  

1. A nice tire gauge. Something like this Moroso unit for $41.95 at Summit Racing would be perfect Read More

Jim’s Blog – What’s the best winter snow rig?

It doesn’t snow much in Portland, OR. But when December rolls around each year, I always start watching the forecast a little more closely.

When the white stuff does start falling, the town more or less shuts down. We don’t salt the roads, and there aren’t many snow plows. Plus, Portland is a hilly place, so anything slicker than rain causes all kinds of trouble. Think minivans in ditches, abandoned city buses blocking four lanes of traffic, and round-the-clock team coverage on every TV news Read More

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