SCM Blog: The Bradley GT Makes it to Monterey!

Despite Executive Editor Chester Allen’s repeated predictions of catastrophic failure, the SCM Bradley GT made it from Miami to Monterey.

The Bradley GT fought through 100-degree heat, undiagnosed electrical problems, stacks of mechanic bills and its own determination to give up at any point over its 4,000 mile journey.

The Bradley GT is now poised to tool around in Monterey, CA during Monterey Car Week.

Todd Wilson, the final driver to Monterey, reaped the benefits of all the Bradley’s professional Read More

SCM Blog: Despite Hot Weather and High Altitude, SCM’s Bradley GT Soldiers On

At the beginning of its Miami to Monterey Drive, SCM’s Bradley GT could barely go 100 miles without mechanical meltdowns. Breakdowns were constant, and we got to know — on a first-name basis — mechanics from Florida through Kansas.

The latest driver, Don Welch, drove one of the loneliest stints in the car — from Vail, CO to Las Vegas, NV. His route included one leg up to 120 miles between gas stations, with spotty cell service most of the Read More

SCM Blog: Bradley GT Makes The Midwest Checkpoint

When I was planning the Bradley route, I saw McPherson College’s restoration school as the metaphorical halfway point. Assistant professor Luke Chennell offered to give it a once-over and fix any stubborn issues with the help of the capable staff and students at the school. For a car that spends as much time breaking as it does running, I could not have hand picked a more equipped or capable location.

Luke performed an “exorcism” on the Bradley’s electrics and banished Read More

SCM’s Bradley GT Miami to Monterey Update

In the car-collecting world, we talk a lot about cars with “soul,” “honesty” and “character.” And despite not having seen the SCM Bradley GT kit car in person, I have already seen deeply into its vengeful, dark, deceptive soul.

Paul Dell’Aira was driving the Bradley all around Cincinnati without any trouble. The Bradley looked like it was moving past its problematic — and expensive — history.

So color me surprised when the damn Bradley broke down before Paul had made Read More

Update: SCM’s Bradley GT Miami to Monterey Drive

Driving a 1974 Bradley GT kit car from Miami to Monterey was never bound to go smoothly.

Our first driver, Richard Lincoln, picked the car up from an SCMer’s house in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Richard drove the car around town, fixing some little problems in the process.

The car appeared to be sound as Richard set off in the early morning to Charlotte, NC.  That all changed really fast.

Richard woke me up 3 a.m. The Bradley wasn’t running.

While Read More