Jim’s Blog: Yes I’m a car addict. No it’s not a problem

I took a week of vacation in early August, but it wasn’t to go someplace sunny to sip on umbrella drinks. Instead, the week was spent in my dad’s garage, finally wiring and firing his 1968 Camaro.

We built the engine back in 2003 or so — a de-stroked 454 with a huge cam — and making it run was the final major piece of nearly-complete Camaro project. Cranking it over meant wiring the whole car with a new Painless Read More

Jim’s Blog: See ACC in Monterey!

One week, six auctions, and over 1,500 cars for sale. That’s Monterey Car Week’s auction lineup in a nutshell. Last year’s events saw just shy of $400m in combined totals, and car people from all over the world will be focused on the peninsula next week to see what’s in store for the market for 2016. 

 

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Jim’s Blog: The Next Big Thing?

The Monterey auctions are done, with $395m in total sales this year. And out of all of the high-end events and multi-million dollar cars that sold, one of the trends I noticed was increased interest in later-model supercars, such as the Ferrari Testarossa, Lamborghini Countach and Porsche 930. 

 

I’ve always looked at Monterey as one of several annual market Read More

Jim’s Blog: On to California!

Monterey Car Week is here — one of the biggest events on the American auction calendar. Today through Sunday night, over 1,200 high-end classic cars will cross the auction blocks of seven different auction houses, all set up in different spots on the Monterey peninsula. But the big news isn’t how many cars will be offered, but instead how much money, in total, those cars will bring — last year saw 822 cars sell for $464m, with an average sales 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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