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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Chad’s Blog: Snakebit on the Road to Reno

Driving to Reno in a Viper. That idea separates people into two camps: “How much is this going to suck,” and “Who needs to pack? When are we leaving?” Add to that our car’s stiffer ACR package and the divide deepens a little more.

It’s not hard to guess which camp ACC Editor Jim Pickering and I fall into. In fact, it was Jim’s idea to do it in the first place. So yesterday morning we set off from Portland Read More

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

Jeff’s Blog: Viper Trails to Spokane, Washington

No one ever likes to hear of a family member’s death. I received news of my 95-year-old grandmother’s passing on June 9. There was to be a memorial service on June 16 in Spokane, which meant I needed to take some time away from my magazine layout and art duties here at ACC.

I didn’t really want to take my daily-driver ’99 Mustang all the way up to Spokane, so I asked publisher Keith Martin if he had any vehicles Read More

Chad’s Blog: Parts Problems

Last September I attempted a month-long road trip in my ’67 Impala sport sedan. I was derailed twice, less than 30 miles outside of town each time, by sticking rear brakes. How bad was the problem? I blew up a tire the first time, came home on the hook, and rebuilt my brakes — all new shoes, drums, and springs. The second time? They stuck again and I split a rear drum in two from the heat. That’s two tow Read More