This stuff always seems to happen by accident.
I had just finished driving the 2001 Porsche 911 Turbo to a lunch meeting in Wilsonville, OR – a suburb 19 miles south of SCM World Headquarters.
I hadn’t put many miles on the car recently. My trip log showed the last time I’d filled it with gas was nearly two months and 175 miles ago.
As I drove down the freeway, I was pleasantly reminded of what a competent, easy-to-live-with car it Read More
We’ve talked a lot about ways to get and keep young people involved with classic cars.
I believe you have to get them used to old cars while they are children, and one good way to do this is to include them in your old-car activities. Both my children, Alexandra (now 24) and Bradley (8), have been strapped into vintage sports cars nearly from birth. Bradley actually came home from the hospital at two-days-old secured in the back seat of Read More
It’s driving time again. My rotator-cuff surgery is healing well, and the surgeon has given me the okay to drive stick-shift cars. So I’ve been driving the Giulia Super for the past couple of weeks and thinking about how much I appreciate vintage cars, the mastery they require and how intuitive they are to service.
But last Sunday I was in a “luxo” mood, and I decided it was time to take the 2001 Porsche 911 Twin Turbo out for Read More
SCM Legal Files author John Draneas and his wife Carlyn hosted a Super Bowl party on Sunday at their home, about 20 miles away in Wilsonville, OR. The weather was glorious, and it was the perfect opportunity to exercise SCM’s 1967 Alfa Romeo Giulia Super.
I pulled the Super out of long-term storage and went through my routine. I checked the tires and pumped them all up to 36 psi. If I were planning a 1,000-mile road trip I might just go to 32, Read More
I’m now into the restoration of my 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider over $50,000. What I have to show for it is a completely stripped body shell, with all the rust removed and damaged panels repaired. It is ready for paint and reassembly.
As I wrote in my January “Shifting Gears” column, I have been wrestling with the competing paradigms of “don’t erase a car’s history” and “repair the damage and degradation resulting from a half-century of use.”
There is Read More
Who wouldn’t like driving a Saleen S7 or a 289 Cobra?
I had the chance to get behind the wheel of 15 top-flight collector cars during the last two weeks while I evaluated them for “What’s My Car Worth?” on Velocity.
Normally during Arizona Car Week, I spend as much time wandering from auction to auction as I do working on the television show. But this year we had to look at 30 cars from Barrett-Jackson and 15 from RM Sotheby’s. Consequently, I spent Read More
One-hundred eighty-seven miles north of the Arizona Biltmore is Meteor Crater, one mile wide and 570 feet deep. When the meteorite hit the earth, some 50,000 years ago, it impacted with an estimated force equivalent to 2½ million tons of TNT.
At 3 p.m. last Sunday, another meteor was observed — but this one’s impact was visual, not physical.
While the display of Duesenbergs at the Arizona Concours was exceptional, one car stood out — the 1935 Mormon Meteor, owned by Read More
SCM’s 1967 Volvo 122S has finally returned home after relaxing for a couple of months in the care of Swedish Relics, Volvo expert Cameron Lovre’s new shop.
I had Lovre do a few things that, strictly speaking, weren’t necessary for the car to be driven, but that were necessary for me to be able to enjoy the car.
I’ve spent more than $3,000 tweaking the driving characteristics of the Amazon.
The list includes: putting a custom bend into the shift lever so that it doesn’t Read More
Forty years ago, when I lived in a gritty section of New York City near Canal Street and Avenue of the Americas, I was happy when the cockroaches didn’t dance on my toothbrush at night. My space was so small that the refrigerator doubled as the headboard of my bed.
I couldn’t have imagined that one day, just a few blocks from my tiny studio apartment at 24 Thompson Street, I’d be looking at cars worth millions of dollars being Read More
Driving old cars turns trips into adventures. That’s exactly what happened over the New Year’s weekend when I took the SCM 1984 Land Rover Defender 90 across Mount Hood to a friend’s house near Sunriver, Oregon.
It’s about 180 miles, and in a modern car not a particularly challenging trip. However, combine sub-freezing weather conditions, snow and a 31-year-old Land Rover turbo-diesel, and you’ve turned a regular drive into an expedition.
SCM bought the Defender 90 on eBay a few years ago Read More