The Northwest Classic Rally is for Those Who Love to Drive

28 years ago, Sports Car Market (then the Alfa Romeo Market Letter) was a sponsor of the first Monte Shelton Northwest Classic Rally.

Along with magazine co-founder Cindy Banzer, I drove a 1965 Giulia Sprint Speciale. We completed the 600-plus mile route without breaking down — and didn’t finish last, which made the event a success for us.

Unusual among classic rallies, the NWC is a fairly rigorous TSD (time-speed-distance event), with multiple checkpoints and strict scoring. There are Read More

Should I Switch to Porsche 356s from Alfas?

While driving with Miles Collier in the Northwest Passage tour, we had a discussion about 4-cylinder Alfas versus Porsche 356s.

Miles felt that a well-sorted 356C would be every bit as delightful as one of the 105-series Alfas (1967 GTV, Duetto and Super) we were driving.

I’ve driven a few properly-prepared 356Bs and Cs, and I do find them pleasant. They are nimble and hold a line well through the turns, have enough power and brake adequately. I’m not fluent Read More

Why We Do the Things We Do

According to Jerry Tilley, captain of the Aleutian Ballad, a crab boat featured in TV’s “The Deadliest Catch,” the scene in which a 60-foot rogue wave catches his 107-foot boat broadsides and flips it onto its beam end is one of the most-watched excerpts of the hit show on YouTube, with more than 1.45 million views.

Yes, the captain and crew do it for the money — a $1 million payday is not unusual for a good haul — but Read More

100 Miles in Four Old Cars on the Forest Grove Vineyard Tour!

Most concours weekends now incorporate some sort of driving event. Driving allows participants to enjoy the mechanical aspects of their cars — something that really isn’t a part of concours event.

Participation in a tour often serves as a tiebreaker in concours judging. If two cars have an identical scores (which is possible but unusual), the car that participated in the tour is awarded the “Best of Class” trophy.

This is done to recognize that an owner has done more Read More

Forest Grove Concours this Weekend!

There’s something special about a car event that happens in your own backyard. No planes to catch, no bags to pack. You get a chance to see a lot of local friends.

And, best of all, you can pull a few cars out of the garage to enjoy with your friends — without having to perform any extensive prep work.

This weekend is the 43rd Annual Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance, held on the campus of Pacific University in Forest Read More

The SCM Fleet takes Shape

There have been many cars in the SCM Garage over the years, and most go on to new homes — while a select few are members of the family.

For example, the 2001 Porsche 911 Turbo that we’ve enjoyed for almost two years has found a new home with ACC contributor — and Corvette expert — Michael Pierce.

The guided missile from Stuttgart is sitting comfortably between Pierce’s 1967 427/435 Corvette and his 1967 Corvette 327 Convertible in Lynndale Blue. Read More

Keith’s Blog: I Don’t Want a $30,000 Bugeye

I’ve made the same mistake I’ve been making for 40 years. I bought a car that I wasn’t familiar with, and I didn’t have an expert examine the car. So, once again, this car is going to cost me double what I wanted to spend.

This all started out as a lark. My very first car was an Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite. I thought it could be fun to have another one — and to make it my son, Bradley’s, car.

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Keith’s Blog: Microcar Madness in Oregon

The logistics of major car shows can resemble a military operation. Restorations take years to get accomplished, and hundreds of car transporters converge at one spot to disgorge the finished products.

Tens of thousands of spectators come from all over the world, dress nattily, and spend hundreds of dollars on admission tickets, trinkets and refreshments. The winning cars are treated to confetti cannons and international acclaim.

The Great Pacific Northwest Mini Microcar Extravaganza is different.

Now in its 12th year, Read More

Mind If We Gawk?

It was just three months ago when, in this column, I pompously and piously pronounced that I would never again drive at excess speeds on a public highway. I referred to the 140 mph I had averaged testing the Ford GT in 2006.

Two days later the call from Lamborghini came, asking if I would like an extended test of a Huracán. I sensed that my newly-found resolve was going to be tested.

The successor to the wildly successful Gallardo, Read More

Keith’s Blog: Three 50-Year-Old Alfas and 1,000 Miles

We’re on the final leg of the NW Passage, a tour put on by the Oregon Region of the Porsche Club of America and sponsored by SCM. We started in Portland, Oregon, went to Leavenworth, Washington, then Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and spent the final night in Walla Walla, Washington. On Monday we headed home to Portland.

We often talk about the need to take your old cars out and just drive them. Whether they are fully restored or have just Read More