Author: Keith Martin

Keith’s Blog: The Ladder to Nowhere

I recall when we bought our first Land Rover Discovery. We were at a Silver Auction in Portland. My daughter Alexandra was in high school. The Disco had been entered by a local dealer known for the brilliant presentation of his inventory – sometimes referred to as “putting lipstick on […]

Back to the Basics

One year ago, my 12-year-old son Bradley and I were getting ready for a Caribbean cruise. We didn’t think twice about the flights from Portland, OR, to Chicago to Fort Lauderdale, FL. The lines at check-in didn’t faze us, nor did the wait to get through security. While short, the […]

Keith’s Blog: I Passed a Car!

The moment is indelibly ingrained in my memory bank. I was on a 140-mile tour around Mt. St. Helens in Washington state. There were 34 of us on the tour, ranging from the SCM 1965 Volvo 122S to a slew of modern big-butt Porsches. We were participating in a Drive […]

Travels with Bradley

“A journey is a person itself; no two are alike.” — John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America Buffalo, elk, coyotes and wolves. Yellowstone National Park. A 2,000-mile route. A 500-horsepower Mercedes-Benz. A 13-year-old boy just itching to get out of the house. Those were the perfect ingredients […]

Keith’s Blog: Iso Lele or Ferrari 400i?

I continue to tiptoe through the automatically equipped tulips of the collector car world. Due to our ingrained disdain for slushboxes (well-deserved, given the Jurassic technology of the most-often used three-speed Borg Warner 35 tranny), these cars can be bought at a substantial discount from their manual-shift brethren. While my […]