Jim’s Blog: What’s the best way to get kids involved with cars?

We’re working on the November/December issue of ACC this week, and that means it’s time again for our ACC Question of the Month.

Today’s kids have a lot of things going on in their lives. And as a lot of older gearheads will tell you, it doesn’t seem like cars are often at the top of their to-do lists. Gas is expensive, and with social media and smart phones everywhere, today’s young people don’t need wheels to get in touch Read More

Jim’s Blog: Inside World of Speed’s Car Collection

I’d heard rumors about a very special muscle car collection, hidden away in a warehouse somewhere in the Portland suburbs. About three weeks ago, I had the chance to check it out.

I got a call from World of Speed‘s PR team. Were we interested in driving 15 minutes south to Wilsonville the to see the progress they’ve made on converting their vintage 80,000 square-foot dealership into a museum? Maybe we’d like to check out their legendary collection of Read More

Jim’s Blog: Planning Ahead in Reno, and on to Monterey!

Hot August Nights is a busy event — every day, from dawn until well after dark, there are car events happening all over the Reno-Sparks area. You have to plan out your day carefully to be sure you get to everything you want to see. But even the most well-thought-out plans have a tendency of falling to pieces every once in a while, and that certainly was the case for us this year.

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Jim’s Blog: Firing it Up in Reno

Virginia Street in downtown Reno is one of the main cruising strips for Hot August Nights. But each day of the event, traffic is redirected elsewhere and the road becomes a huge car show, with hundreds of vintage hot rods, muscle cars, street rods, and trucks, posed in the sun for what seems like a mile up the main drag.

Today was our first day at Hot August Nights 2014, and even though we thought we were getting an early Read More

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