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
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
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
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
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
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
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
It’s a new year, and the car season is about to get fired up in a big way.
The annual Scottsdale auctions in January — Barrett-Jackson, Gooding, RM, Bonhams, Russo and Steele, and Silver — typically offer over 2,500 cars combined. Last year saw over 2,200 of them sell for a grand total exceeding $225m. It was a record, but I don’t think the market is done moving Read More
Every issue of ACC includes five best buys — the cars our staff consider to be the best deals in each issue.
For me, one of the best parts of reading the magazine is trying to pick the cars I would have bought had I been standing among the bidders at each auction. I can’t resist doing it.
Of course, reality doesn’t always support my car fantasies. Neither does my wife. And the front seats of these cars, comfortable as Read More
Do car people like sweaters and socks as gifts for the holidays? Sure. Is that what they really want? Nope.
If you’re hunting for that perfect car-related item for the motorhead on your list, ACC is here to help. Here’s a list of five cool and useful items to consider:
A good flashlight:
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: a good flashlight is a must-have item for any car person. Most of them only have a cheapie Read More