Keith’s Blog: It’s The Little Stuff That Makes You Crazy — Fettling Two Alfas

I made two round trips to Jefferson, Oregon last week.

That’s where “Hooligan Racing,” Bill Gillham’s restoration shop, is located — 63 miles south of Portland.

I’ve been taking Alfas to Gillham for over 30 years, my first being the ex-Ivan Zaremba 1967 Duetto owned by my college friend Arthur Levy.

When Arthur was deciding on a car to drive from San Francisco to law school on the East Coast, we looked at the Duetto and at a Lancia Aurelia convertible. They were both priced the same, around $2,000. Arthur Read More

Keith’s Blog: Buy – Learn – Repent – Move on

I’ve bought and sold a lot of cars over the years.

They tended to come in bunches. There was an MG period, then a Porsche period, then a Rover period and so on.

Some more-disciplined collectors have a linear approach. For example, having one car of each year of Corvette production.

That’s never appealed to me.

My guiding principal has always seemed to be, “It’s red, I’ve never owned one and I can afford it.”

What I call the “stray Read More

Keith’s Blog: The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance Raises the Bar

If location, location, location is the mantra for real estate, it’s the location, the cars and the people for car shows.

Seven years ago, when I was emcee at my first La Jolla concours, the show was called the La Jolla Motorcar Classic. It was a good event at that time, but it wasn’t quite ready to be a highly-ranked classic car event.

Under the leadership of concours chair Michael Dorvillier and his vice chair, Harry Clark, the event has Read More

Keith’s Blog: Happy 59th Birthday to the Sprint!

On April 3, 1958 my Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce rolled off the assembly line. Six days later it was sold to a dealer in Switzerland. Its history is lost from then until about 30 years ago when it was found sitting, not running and with the nose punched in, at the side of the road in Southern California. It had a “For Sale” sign in the window.

Somehow it had crossed the Atlantic to the U.S; how and why Read More

Keith’s Blog: 40 Under 40 Nominations Closing Soon

Take a moment right now and nominate people you know who are enthusiastic about old cars — and under 40 years of age.

Nominations close April 15, and we will feature the results in SCM’s October issue. Nominees can be involved in any aspect of the old car world — from buying, selling, detailing, repairing, restoring, working for auction companies and more.

We’ve been pleased with the number and quality of the nominations we’ve received so far. Take advantage of Read More

Keith’s Blog: Join The SCM Dash Across America in a Bradley GT!

SCM is inviting you on our latest madcap adventure.

As we announced in the April issue of SCM, we’ve purchased a most inconsequential old car — a Bradley GT. This mostly forgotten VW-based kit car was most notable for its gullwing doors. However, it is unlikely to be confused with a Mercedes 300SL.

The car is located in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and we’d like to see in it Monterey at Legends of the Autobahn this August.

We don’t care how Read More

Join SCM’s Bonkers Miami-to-Monterey Drive

We’ve come up with the ultimate SCM road trip. We’re combining perhaps the most insignificant collector car with the longest possible trip. Here’s your chance to become a part of it.

We’ve acquired a 1974 Bradley GT. My 9-year-old son is named Bradley; how could I resist? Think how much more interesting my choices would have been if I had named him Enzo.

We’re asking SCMers to take turns driving it across the country. The GT is currently in Miami/Fort Read More

Keith’s Blog: Amelia Island Dodges a Deluge

I was flying to Amelia Island, FL from Naples with SCM raconteur Donald Osborne when both our cell phones started firing.

It was 9 a.m. on Thursday morning, March 9. The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance was scheduled to be held the following Sunday.

Weather reports indicated that Saturday would be sunny and clear, but that a tropical rainstorm would pass over the island on Sunday.

Within 30 minutes, the concours had made the decision to move the event forward a Read More

Keith’s Blog: The Bugeye Saga Continues

The mantra of the car collector could well be “Buy, Spend, Learn, Spend, Repent, Spend, Move On.”

It’s been over a year since we bought our 1960 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite. I was looking for something that my 9-year-old son Bradley could call his first car.

After nearly a year, it’s nearly ready for us to pick up from the restorer, Chip Starr at Racecar Resurrections, when we return from Amelia Island next week.

Our year with the Bugeye is typical Read More

Keith’s Blog: The Super Goes Surfing

If you like driving on the beach, Oregon’s the state for you.

The Oregon Beach Bill, passed in 1967, established public ownership of land along the Oregon coast. This was to ensure that everyone has access to the beaches and ocean, which is not always the case in other states.

While you can’t drive on all of the beaches on the Oregon Coast, many are open to vehicles. That’s how I found myself driving the 1967 SCM Giulia Super on the Read More

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