Keith’s Blog: A Rite of Fall

Each September, the Alfa Romeo Owners of Oregon puts on the “Red Duetto Tour.”

Hosted by Fred and Lisa McNabb, the entry requirements are simple: You must be driving a 1966-69 “longtail” Alfa spider, and it has to be red.

Before I bought my red Duetto, I recall asking Fred if I would be allowed to go on the tour if I bought a Duetto of a different color. “Yes, of course” he replied. “You would be allowed but your Read More

Keith’s Blog: Walking through Automotive History

I spent Saturday sauntering around the 43rd Annual All British Field Meet at Portland International Raceway.

More than 800 British cars were on display.

My ride out represented a mix of old and new. SCMer Dave Stewart picked me up in his lovely dark blue MGA Twin Cam, but he was wearing a Tesla jacket. His daily driver is a Tesla Model S.

This was my first time in a convertible sports car in months, and it was good to Read More

Keith’s Blog: Should You Sell Your Kid’s Car?

Last week I sold our 1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce.

I told my son Bradley, and he said, “Dad, you sold MY car.”

It’s been a tough year for his budding collection.

Earlier, we sold the eponymous Bradley GT. He didn’t mind that because, as he said on a YouTube video, “This is a terrible, terrible car.”

Not long after that we sold his 1959 Bugeye Sprite. This situation was a little tougher. He was with me when I Read More

Keith’s Blog: Why I’m Selling the Sprint

“I know Keith’s 1958 Sprint Veloce in and out, I have spent a lot of time sorting it out and a few memorable moments driving it on my test loop. I think it’s the Crown of Keith’s Alfa collection.

When he asked me which Alfa he should sell, I never imagined this would be his choice. I always figured this and the 1600 Spider Veloce would always be with him. It is a very special car, well sorted and well Read More

Conducting the SCM 1000

Steven Harris was a modern-day Herbert von Karajan, conducting the Bridal Chorus from Wagner’s “Lohengrin” in downtown Baker City, OR. Two by two, he brought forward and arranged the multi-colored array of Porsches outside the Geiser Grand Hotel, which is located on the historic Oregon Trail.

Harris, a noted Porsche collector and New York City-based architect, arranged the front row of 911s the way an artist works with his palette. A vibrant green 1974 Carrera RS 3.0 was his contribution.

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Keith’s Blog: The SCM 1958 Alfa Romeo Sprint Veloce “Confortevole” is about to hit Bring A Trailer!

Watch your inbox.

The SCM 1958 Sprint Veloce “Confortevole” will be on Bring A Trailer this week.

As soon as the auction goes lives, we’ll send you an email.

It seems that the entire BAT team was in Monterey last week, “watching the market unfold before their eyes.”

I can’t wait to see your comments — and bids! See you soon!

Keith’s Blog: The SCM 1958 Alfa Romeo Sprint Veloce “Confortevole” is on Bring A Trailer!

The SCM 1958 Sprint Veloce “Confortevole” is now on BAT!

This is a numbers-matching, tour-ready 1958 Alfa 750 Series Sprint Veloce “Confortevole.” It is one of 150 made.

Watch Bring A Trailer and the Avant Garde Collection. It took me 15 years to find this car and another five years to get it right.

It is fitted with a Jon Norman 1,400-cc kit and modern cams. The engine was built by Denny Pillar. It has a Rugh suspension, Read More

Keith’s Blog: A Cat Peed in My Sleeping Bag – More Tales of Rubber Chicken Racing

It was the fall of 1969. After spending a year after high school working part-time as a mechanic with Rubber Chicken Racing, I headed to Portland, OR, from San Francisco to attend Reed College.

During my first couple of weeks at Reed, there were SCCA regional races at Portland International Raceway. Team Rubber Chicken decided to make the trek north.

The team consisted of a homegrown caravan of tow vehicles and trailers. When they arrived at the Reed Campus in Read More

Keith’s Blog: More Thoughts on the SCM 1000 — From a First Timer

I’ve been driving sports cars and going on road trips since 1966.

I sometimes forget what it’s like for someone to go on a road trip in an old car. It’s sensory overload in so many ways.

In an old car, you are not passing through the landscape, you’re part of it. You smell the change as you move from forest to fields of wheat.

You feel the undulations of the road, shifting down for more power as you reach Read More

Keith’s Blog: The Second SCM 1000 is History!

One thousand miles and two thousand great conversations.

The second annual SCM 1000 is now a part of the magazine’s history.

Last week, 82 enthusiasts in 42 cars drove 1,000 miles in four days. They explored nooks and crannies of Oregon that are well off the beaten path.

However, as spectacular as the cars and the roads were, even better was the camaraderie that developed among the participants.

A new feature this year — and unique to our tour — Read More