EURO Auto Festival

SCM Cover Award - 1956 Austin-Healey 100M owned by Peter Davis

Every gathering of car owners is different. They range from the rarified atmosphere of Pebble Beach, to the chaotic exuberance of Concorso Italiano, to the “run-what-you-brung” of a local Cars and Coffee.

I’ve been trying to get to the EURO Auto Festival for a decade. Founder and executive director Paul Ianuario and I have worked together in a variety of ways and he would always say to me, “You’ve got to come see what we’re doing here.”

This year I was Read More

From Chateaus to Lava Fields


Each August and September, the collector car world hits high gear. Everything that happens before just anticipates the explosion of activities that mark the end of summer.

Normally, this is a busy time for me — and the gang at SCM. But this year, hectic, frenetic and “my hair was on fire” seem too-mild adjectives.

My August began by driving the SCM Alfa Duetto down the Oregon and California coasts to Monterey. In the 30 Read More

Roadside Repairs to the D90

Who needs two driveshafts?

It’s been awhile since I’ve found myself on the side of the road — and on my back under a disabled classic.

When I found out that Timberline Lodge, on Oregon’s Mount Hood, was hosting an annual “Comedy Night” I thought the D90 would be the perfect rig to get me there. My co-host of “What’s My Car Worth?” on Velocity is stand-up comedian Josh Nassar. I wanted to see what his day job was like.

I’ve always welcomed Read More

The Atlanta Concours Scores with Million Dollar Maserati

Best of Show, Post-War. Elton Stephens' 1961 Maserati Frua Prototype

While 100-mph hurricane winds lashed the eastern seaboard, just 300 miles away 200 classic cars sat serenely on the 18th Fairway of the Chateau Elan Golf Course in Braselton, GA.

For the week leading up to the inaugural Atlanta Concours d’Elegance, I anxiously checked the forecast, watching as Hurricane Matthew moved inexorably north and west.

But Atlanta was spared, to the great relief of concours co-chairs Bill Wallet and Harry Krix, and the concours proceeded as scheduled.

Don Panoz is Read More

Three Cars in the Shop; Five in the Garage


The classic-car touring frenzy of August and September has come to an end. As the temperatures drop, it’s time to assess the condition of the cars in the SCM collection. We’ll perform automotive triage to decide which cars need attention right now — and which can wait their turn.

Three of the SCM cars are still off the road and in shops. Our 1965 Giulia Spider Veloce is nearing completion after a complete rotisserie restoration. Guru Bill Gillham has stripped Read More

21st Oregon Festival of Cars

2003 Lamborghini Murcielago

Great car shows don’t happen by accident.

The ingredients that go into a successful car event are similar all over the world. You need a good location, great cars and a thoughtful, hard-working team to pull it all together.

Bend, Oregon is located 162 miles south and east of Portland, Oregon. With a population of just 87,000, it might seem like an unlikely place to find more than 150 vintage and classic cars on display. But last Saturday, the driving Read More

Wallowing in Vintage Cars


I’ve been an Alfa Pig this past week, wallowing in a twin-cam world of twisting roads and five-speed gearboxes.

Last Thursday, the Alfa Romeo Owners of Oregon held their annual Red Duetto Tour. Organized by Fred and Lisa McNabb, participation is limited to long-tail Alfas (1966-69) painted red. If you own a blue Duetto, you’re out of luck.

This year there were nine long-tails on the tour, and they created a visually striking scene as we lined them up. Among Read More

Monterey Week Isn’t Just About the Money


The pundits didn’t wait for the Monterey Car Week auctions to end before weighing in with banshee-like wails of market distress.

“Saturday night auctions fail to meet 2015 levels” The Los Angeles Times headlined before the Gooding auction on Sunday.

Bloomberg weighed in on Monday, “Monterey Auctions Continue to Slide after 2014 Peak.”

“Next month, if these trends continue, Cobras will be free!” (Okay, I made that one up.)

If you Read More

An Afternoon in Sports Car Paradise

The Sprint enjoyed being exercised

For more than 20 years, enthusiast Ken Ivey and his wife Bernice have hosted an informal gathering of car fanatics at their home in Aurora, Oregon, just south of Portland.

Ken, a long-time 289 Cobra owner, recently exchanged his car for a Ferrari 246 GTS — and a completely different driving experience. I sit with Ken on the board of directors of Oregon Ballet Theater. He’s a CPA, and I find his comments about the arts and the community thoughtful Read More

Judging Steam Cars and Improbable Coachwork

Should I bring this Montreal home with me?

The French just do things differently. This is my third year as a judge at the Richard Mille Chantilly Arts & Elegance Concours d’Elegance, and it is a delight to be back.

By now I have my routine. Fly overnight from Portland on Wednesday, and arrive at Charles De Gaulle Airport early on Thursday. Check into my hotel Thursday around noon, and catch the train into Paris. Wander around — like the wide-eyed tourist I am — during the Read More

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