Beware the Jabberwock

Way, way back in 1968, I suddenly found myself in a hospital bed.

I was 7 years old, and my tonsils had to come out — right now. It was an emergency.

I was forced to put on a smock that tied in the back. The room was cold, and I could hear the hospital P.A. echoing outside my room.

“Dr. Stern, calling Dr. Stern….”

After a while, my parents left me in the care of a nurse. Then she Read More

A Young Man and His Old Cars

At 6 years old, J.R. Amantea got hooked on cars — his first solo restoration was on his Power Wheels Jeep. At age 8, he helped his dad restore a Corvette. NCRS judging documents were his reading of choice during middle school. He was an NCRS judge at age 12. After college, he embarked on a career in finance, but cars kept calling. He started his business, GT Motor Cars, in 2014, and he’s now a fixture in the collector-car Read More

A Fast Life — and Career — With Porsche

Few of us get a clear vision of the future when we’re 9 years old, but that happened to Ray Shaffer when he spotted a Porsche 356 in a garage. Porsche has been part of Shaffer’s life for a long time, and now, at age 49, he’s living the dream as Porsche Classic’s market development manager. Shaffer now dreams of owning the Straßenversion of the Porsche 911 GT1. He’s also this month’s SCM Interview:

Everyone knows you as one of Read More

Going for the Bliss

So, imagine being 32 years old and spending most of your time immersed in great cars, seeing the greatest cars on the planet — and driving them every now and then. Jealous? Yeah, we are too. But Gooding & Company Car Specialist Angus Dykman chose to follow his bliss, and he sounds pretty happy. He’s also this month’s SCM Interview:

You’re a car specialist at Gooding & Company. What does that mean, and what do you do?

My most important Read More

Training for the Future

Amanda Gutierrez didn’t grow up in the old-car world. But she, as vice president of McPherson College’s famous Historic Automotive Restoration program, now helps guide the future of the next generation of car restorers, historians and scholars. McPherson awards bachelor’s degrees in car restoration. SCM first met Amanda at Pebble Beach a few years ago, and she often shows up at major concours. She doesn’t bring a car to show off — she brings students to see the future. She’s Read More

Breaking News: Mecum to Offer One-Owner 427 Cobra and 275 GTB/4 at Monterey

SCM has learned that Mecum Auctions will put a one-owner 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 roadster over the Monterey block on Saturday, August 14. This car is from the estate of the late Karl “Fritz” Schiffmayer.

Schiffmayer bought the car new in 1966 from Jack Loftus Ford in Hinsdale, IL.

Another one of Schiffmayer’s favorite cars, a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4, will go over the block on the same day.

Mecum’s Monterey auction starts with car previews on Thursday, August 12. Read More

Gooding Puts 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza and 1995 McLaren F1 on Monterey Block

Gooding & Company, the official auction house of the esteemed Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, is thrilled to announce two exceptional collector supercars that will be offered at its upcoming Pebble Beach Auctions. The 1947 Italian Championship-winning 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza and a California-registered 1995 McLaren F1 will proudly drive over Gooding & Company’s auction stage as premier offerings at the Sunday Auction on August 15, 2010, which commences at 6 p.m. at the Pebble Read More