Keith’s Blog: How Should SCM Celebrate Its 30th Anniversary?

Next year will mark the beginning of the fourth decade of SCM.

From its humble beginnings as a two-page mimeographed Alfa Romeo Market Letter, it’s grown to a market-leading publication. It never occurred to me back then that I would be creating a job – actually a career – for myself.

I must first give thanks to all of the hard-working staff at SCM, under the leadership of Executive Editor Chester Allen and Managing Editor Jim Pickering. Along with the Read More

Keith’s Blog: Collectible or Drivable?

I read a recent article in Bloomberg about the rise in collectability of first generation Ford Broncos.

Some are now selling for over six figures.

I’ve owned first-gen Broncos (and even a Bronco II, but I don’t like to admit to it), and they are decent enough bare-bones utility vehicles. But no one has ever called them a joy to drive.

Broncos don’t handle, don’t stop, and the 302 V8 overpowers the suspension. Their off-road capabilities are about Read More

Keith’s Blog: The Fourth Annual Arizona Concours d’Elegance

I’ve been a part of the Arizona Concours d’Elegance since day one, four years ago.

I recall that first year, looking out of my hotel room onto the grass-covered splendor of the courtyard of the Arizona Biltmore. It was pitch black as the first cars entered the field. Within an hour, as the sun was rising, nearly 100 splendid motorcars were on the grass.

While it is visually stunning, the courtyard presents size limitations for the concours organizers. They Read More

Cool Runnings

We do these things to ourselves.

On purpose. It’s part of our old-car madness.

When American Car Collector contributor Michael Pierce and his wife, Linda, invited me to spend Christmas Day night with them, it became an excuse to give an old car some exercise.

They live in Carlton, OR, a bucolic town in the heart of Oregon’s Pinot Noir region. It’s about 44 miles from Portland on the main roads. But why take a four-lane highway when there are Read More

Old Cars — Unreliable Then, But Not Today

I used to carry a load of spare parts in the trunk of my car. Now I just bring a cellphone and a AAA towing card.

When I first started going on classic rallies 30 years ago, it was routine to see cars smoking, overheating and finally dying by the side of the road. There were even “Hook Awards” for the car that broke down the most often. I “won” that once in the Monte Shelton NW Classic Rally driving Read More

Bradley’s Bugeye – A Giant Lego

The pieces are coming together.

I maintain that the only way to get kids involved with our old cars is to engage them from a very early age. Old cars should just be one of the many hobbies and sports they enjoy.

In his after-school classes, my 9-year-old Bradley is taking computer coding — and learning to build rescue-bots. For him, the 1960 Bugeye Sprite is a cross between a giant Lego and a robotics project.

We paid a visit Read More

Don’t Buy a Project Car

Our old cars continue to make the transition from daily use appliances to coveted artifacts. This change raises an entirely different set of questions when it comes to deciding the quality and condition of a car you might buy.

Just buying something that runs and drives is not what we’re looking for these days.

As I’ve been looking around for my next sports car, I’ve come to some realizations. I don’t want a project car — or one with major Read More

New Year’s Resolution For Your Classic Cars

For most of us, December is not the best month to drive our classic cars. Aside from the cold, there often is snow on the ground — and many roads have been salted.

I would guess that somewhere more than 80% of our classic cars are sitting under covers in heated garages and attached to battery chargers.

Nonetheless, this is a good time to look at what classic cars bring to our lives, and how we can make even better Read More

Three Cars Calling to Me

When I start fidgeting around wondering which car I should get next, my friends call it “car knitting.”

Currently, I’ve got a tidy, tightly focused collection of Alfas, ranging from a 1958 Giulietta Sprint Veloce to a 1967 Duetto. All the cars are in fine fettle or approaching it.

The cars that have been calling out to me are an Alfa Junior Zagato, an Austin-Healey BT7 and a Porsche 356B coupe.

Here are the pluses and minuses of each:

Let’s Read More

Help Pick My Next Car

I’ve got that classic-car itch, and only you can help me scratch it.

In my column in the February issue of SCM, I wrote about the three cars that are calling to me right now. I invited subscribers to vote and comment on your choice. As a blog reader, I’d like to hear your opinion as well.

In brief, the three cars are similar in price and performance, but they are very different in concept and execution.

Alfa Junior Zagato

The Read More