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

Question of the Month: What’s the best buy right now?

We’re working on the May/June 2014 issue of ACC this week, and that means it’s time again for our ACC Question of the Month:

In Scottsdale this past January, ACC hosted a seminar that focused on what we thought were the cars to buy right now. And in the last issue of ACC, we talked a little bit about our choices — cars like first-gen Mustang convertibles, Saleen Fox-body Mustangs, ’70s Chevrolet and GMC C10 pickups, and Viper GTS coupes all 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

Question of the Month: Will Modern Muscle Ever be as Collectible as Original Muscle?

We’re working on the March/April 2014 issue of ACC this week, and that means it’s time again for our ACC Question of the Month:

Muscle cars died a pretty horrible death in the mid-1970s, and the 1980s, aside from a few shining beacons like the Grand National, 5.0, and ZR-1, weren’t much better for performance. But muscle has come back with a vengence, with modern 400-hp Camaros, Mustangs, and Challengers again roaming the streets, just like they did back in 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

Jim’s Blog — Here Comes Scottsdale!

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

Jim’s Blog: The Best Buys of 2013

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

Jim’s Blog — Holiday Gifts for the Car Person on your List

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

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