ACC Blog: A Practical Driver Ruined

People wreck cars every day, but we never talk about how a car can wreck a person.

Here’s the deal:

I recently found myself behind the wheel of a 2012 Ford Mustang GT, and in the beginning, I wasn’t too happy. First, the Grabber Blue paint looked garish and loud under the noon sun. Second, I was driving the car about 250 miles from Portland, Oregon to a gathering of fly fishing fanatics – a nerdfest – just Read More

The American Muscle of Amelia Island

Chad Tyson

The Amelia Island auctions are known to the collector car community as the East Coast version of Pebble Beach in August – meaning that they, along with the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, bring out some of the rarest and most expensive cars seen annually. Bidders and concours attendees fly in from across the U.S. and abroad for these events each year, and the auctions have been steadily growing in size and in total 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

Should you upgrade your vintage muscle car?

1965 Mustang - Enrique Landa

The ACC Question: Should you upgrade your vintage muscle car with modern wheels, tires, suspension and brakes in the name of performance and safety, or is that just a modern fad that will die out? Do you keep your car as stock as possible to be true to how they were in their heyday? Which do you think should be worth more in the market today?

Mike Daley

Lots of thoughts on this subject. Unless you have one of those Read More

Hack and Splice: Fixing the Worst Wiring Jobs

I don’t know many car guys who like to work on wiring. Especially wiring that’s been hacked on over the years.

But your muscle car is now pushing 50, and past owners added and removed all kinds of accessories back when these cars were daily drivers. Things like that CB radio, or that bitchin’ 8-track player, or even trailer pigtails to tow a boat. Maybe they upgraded to a one-wire alternator, or put in a late-model Read More

It’s Arizona Auction Time

Tony Piff

There are hundreds of classic car auctions in the U.S. every year, but to those of us who keep a close eye on classic car values, several week-long events stand out from the rest. Arizona auction week, with six sales pushing close to 3,000 cars, is one of the largest events of the year, and that makes it a great barometer of how the market is doing.

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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