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


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

Jim’s Blog – Put 700 hp in Your Garage

That’s right – the Hemi-powered Dodge 440 monster is looking for a new home. I hate to see it go, but ACC has had our fun with it and we’re ready to move on to something else. So if a 700-hp badass street/strip car is on your list this holiday season (and why wouldn’t it be?), look no further.

Make no mistake – this car is a race car fitted for street use. But the builder spent a lot of time Read More

Jim’s Blog – Question of the Month: Is it wrong to put a Chevy engine in a Ford hot rod?

Jim Pickering

We’ve all seen it hundreds of times. A 1932 Ford roadster done up in hot rod style, with big and little wheels, candy paint, tuck and roll upholstery, and a 350 Chevy V8. 

A Chevrolet 350? Wait a second. Shouldn’t your Ford hot rod be all blue oval? 

Traditionally, in the hot rod world, Bow Tie powerplants have been popular swaps over their Ford counterparts. Why? Because the small-block Chevy is cheap, effective, and simple. And hot rodders loved that Read More

Jim’s Blog – Are Classic Cars Safe for Kids?

Here’s a question I never thought I’d worry about. Is it safe to haul your kid around in your vintage car?

My daughter Katie is nearly a year old. I usually drive her around in my ’06 Charger or in my wife’s ’11 Toyota 4Runner. But every once in a while I take her out in my ’66 Caprice or my ’72 Chevy Cheyenne 4×4, and whenever I have her in either of them I wonder if I’m making Read More

Jim’s Blog – Simple underhood gremlins that ruin your day

The great thing about American cars is that they pretty much always work. Even if you let one sit for a few months, you can expect it to fire up and run without needing much of anything. But that wasn’t the experience I had this past weekend.

At ACC, we attend a lot of large-scale events, so small ones are always a fun change of pace. On Saturday, I was planning on going to a small car show at the Lake Bible Church Read More