Jim’s Blog: Knowing When to Say No

How do you determine when a DIY car project is just too much to handle? That’s what I’ve been wrestling with this week.

About three years ago I sold my daily driver 2001 Camaro SS and bought a 2006 Charger SRT8. I’d just had a kid, and I needed something with four doors. The Charger was a 40k-mile driver in really good shape, and the previous owner had already installed a $1k Magnaflow stainless catback system that sounded great. Over Read More

Jim’s Blog: What do you call Collectible?

I’m working on hunting down our profile cars for ACC #19 right now, and one of the things I’ve noticed from combing through recent auction sales is a lot more later-model cars offered at collector car auctions in recent months.

Don’t get me wrong — buyers have been turned on to performance cars of the ’80s and ’90s for a while now. We’ve seen 5.0 Mustangs and Grand Nationals bring decent interest and money at auction for years. But it Read More

Jim’s Blog: Show Us Your Favorite Junkyard!

Every car guy has a go-to parts place — the junkyard with a row of ’55 Chevys, or ’68 Chevelles, or ’69 Roadrunners. ACC ran a feature on our favorite junkyards in some of our early issues, and I think it’s time we do it again.

Back when I was building my ’66 Caprice, I spent almost every weekend at All American Classics up in Orchards, WA. They have a long row of ’65 and ’66 Chevy B-bodies, Read More

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.

ACC Associate Editor Chad Tyson Read More