Raising the SCM Family

I’ve raised a family of three over the past 30 years.

They include my daughter, Alexandra, 26, my son Bradley, 10, and Sports Car Market, which is nearly full-grown at 30.

Just as I’ve watched Alex and Bradley mature and develop, I’ve seen SCM go from a little black-and-white newsletter that we printed on our own presses to a magazine now on the newsstand at Grand Central Station.

In 1988, I never imagined that I’d be writing about SCM in Read More

Keith’s Blog: Bob Lutz Says Driving a Car is on the Way Out

I’ve known Bob Lutz (“Maximum Bob”) for more than 20 years. I served on his long-range planning committee when he was at General Motors.

I’ve also been on several new car launches and several classic car events with him.

His motto: “Often wrong, but never in doubt.”

That approach is evident in his article about the “Death of the Individual Motor Car” which was published in Automotive News.

While I disagree with his overall conclusions, there is much that Read More

Keith’s Blog: 500 Classics Come to Hilton Head

This was my fourth year at the Hilton Head Concours d’Elegance, at Hilton Head, SC.  Each year, it continues to develop and grow in size and quality.

Hilton Head now resides comfortably in the top tier of vintage car events.

It’s more than just a car show. The official name of the weeklong happening is the Hilton Head International Motoring Festival. It encompasses vintage racing, tours, a hangar party, and two car shows on the weekend: the Car Club Read More

Keith’s Blog: Keith Martin, Car Schlepper

It’s been a busy week at SCM World Headquarters. Oregon is having its annual days of fall sunshine, with temperatures in the mid-70s. The leaves are turning and it’s a perfect time to enjoy sports cars.

It’s also great weather to run them back and forth to repair shops. The 1967 went to Nasko for a new master cylinder, provided by Jon Norman at Alfa Parts. The Bradley GT was back at Always V-Dub to figure out why, Read More

Keith’s Blog: 22nd Annual European Auto Festival Features VW

Last Saturday I tried to give away a free subscription to SCM, but found no takers.

Volkswagen was the featured marque at the 22nd Annual European Auto Festival. A Bradley GT, which is a VW-based kit car, is arguably the most famous (or infamous) car in the SCM Collection. I offered a year of SCM free to anyone at Euro Auto Fest who could bring me a picture of their Bradley.

Of the 300 entrants and 3,000 attendees, if Read More

The Ultimate GTV is a 911

Our old cars haven’t changed in the past 30 years.

What has changed is the world around them.

In 1988, when we produced the first issue of The Alfa Romeo Market Letter on a mimeograph machine, our 1967 GTV would have been 21 years old.

Most GTVs in 1988 were just tired used cars that nobody cared about. They were complicated, with dual-overhead camshafts and Weber carburetors — and expensive to maintain.

I was buying running-and-driving GTVs for $5,000 and Read More

Keith’s Blog: Let Them Sit in Your Car

You’ve probably read the same things I have. “Kids don’t care about cars.”

That’s just not true. While young people today have many more options for social interaction than we did when growing up, they still love cars.

I recently spent a weekend with a McLaren 750S Spider. I’ll share my thoughts about driving this extraordinary and exhilarating machine with you in my column in SCM next month.

I made a point of chatting with the people that gathered around Read More

Keith’s Blog: My Old Cars Are Wearing Me Out

I take pretty good care of my old cars. I keep them in top shape. When something breaks, I try to get it fixed right away. They are stored in a climate-controlled garage at SCM World Headquarters.

Despite all this, after an active summer, they all seem to need attention at once when fall rolls around.

They nearly all need work — except the 2006 Lotus Elise and the 2001 Dodge Viper GTS. Is it a coincidence that the newest Read More

Keith’s Blog: Atlanta Concours

At 6 am, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is already bustling.

I’ve just arrived here after an hour drive from Chateau Elan Winery and Resort, where the 2nd Annual Atlanta Concours d’Elegance was held. I’m waiting for a 9:45 a.m. non-stop flight to Portland, and I finally have a chance to reflect on the past few days.

I’ve driven an SC Porsche on the “Tail of the Dragon” in Tennessee, interview famed motorsports broadcaster Bob Varsha, moderated a panel on Read More

Keith’s Blog: A 911 Joins the SCM Fleet

At 2 p.m. this past Saturday, a 2003 Porsche 911 joined the SCM fleet.

I wrote last week that the first-generation, water-cooled 911s, often called the 996, represented a good value in today’s market — and I wanted one.

They are out of favor with diehard Porsche fanatics because of their “pancake” headlights, low-horsepower (330 isn’t enough?) and troublesome intermediate bearing. Their prices are in the $15,000 – $30,000 range depending on condition and miles.

I appreciate all the links Read More

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