The Right Car for the Right Trip

The SCM Suburban

I’m just back from a visit to the High Desert Museum. Located in Bend, Oregon, about 150 miles from Portland, it’s a jewel.

It’s true to its location, the desert, and to its mission, which is to help us understand the ecosystem of Central Oregon’s high desert — and the colorful history of the area.

Last time I was in Bend was in late January of 2015, when Bradley and I Read More

Old Skills for Old Cars

The SCM Giulia Super

Last week I took the SCM Giulia Super out for an afternoon drive. There was light rain and the roads were wet — but not slick. I drove out Oregon Highway 30 towards Scappoose, and then took the turn off to Sauvie Island, a bucolic island in the Columbia River.

The highway is a gently curving two-lane road, with no elevation changes. There was little traffic.

In a recent a “Collecting Thoughts” article in the September 2016 issue of Read More

Death Waits for No One

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The email arrived on July 1, 2016. It was from my oldest and dearest friend, Bjarne Holm:

Hi Keith. Bad news on the health front. I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer early last month. My prognosis is a few months to a few years, depending on how I respond to treatment. … I’m trying to make the best of it, and the response to treatment so far is pretty good. Fortunately I have Robin, who is doing a fantastic job Read More

Taking Kids in Unsafe Old Cars

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Should we really take our kids in our old cars?

I got word last week that Chip Star’s Race Car Resurrections, the shop that has Bradley’s 1960 Bugeye, located a 3.7 rear end and was rebuilding it. Stock ratio was 4.22, and 3.9s are common. So scoring a 3.7 was a find.

However, the installation of the 3.7 rear end caused me to think about the increased cruising speed — it will now be comfortable at 65 mph instead of Read More

Hilton Head’s Complete Car Experience

Top Award Winners at Hilton Head

“I fussed around, tried to get clever and missed my chance to buy the Cobra Daytona Coupe at $4m. And I’ll never get another chance at it. ” Miles Collier was telling the attendees of the SCM Insider’s Seminar at Hilton Head about “The One That Got Away.”

This was my third time attending the Hilton Head Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance, and it continues to grow and improve.

It has become a mini-Monterey Car Week, with activities that include Read More

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

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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 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

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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

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