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

Keith’s Blog: Prepping Three Alfas for the NW Passage

I’m not really a glutton for punishment — even if my actions indicate otherwise. Getting one 49-year-old car ready for a 1,000-mile, high-speed tour is enough of a challenge; getting three ready has been an adventure.

The annual Northwest Passage tour begins this Thursday, June 9.  The Oregon Region of the Porsche Club of America masterminds this great event, and SCM is a sponsor.

This year, it’s a five-day romp that begins at Bonneville Hot Springs, 47 miles east of Read More

Keith’s Blog: No Concours Restoration for the Alfa

For those following the saga of our 1965 Alfa Giulia Spider, you’ve seen it go from a slightly disheveled but much-loved daily driver to a completely stripped shell.

It was last year that we took it to Bill Gillham, in Jefferson, Oregon, for some minor rust repairs. As he dug into the car, he found it had various serious rust issues that were not immediately apparent.

We made the decision to have him proceed and take care of its problems. Read More

Saying Goodbye to the Amazon

It was two years ago that we watched our 1967 Volvo 122S arrive on a car hauler from Madison, WI. And now we’re going to watch it leave.

Owning the Amazon has been a delightful and enlightening experience. It was a good car when it arrived (unlike so many of the cars that I acquire), and we spent two years making it even better.

We took it on tours, to cars and coffees, to Volvo club meetings and more. Wherever Read More

You Can Go Home Again

As you read this, the 2006 Lotus Elise that we sold in May of 2013 is in a car transporter and headed from Connecticut back to SCM World Headquarters in Portland, OR.

We first drove an Elise in 2009; Legal Files contributor John Draneas has one. We were entranced. Weighing just 1,984 pounds, and propelled by a 190-horsepower, 1.8-liter Toyota engine with a Yamaha-tuned cylinder head, the Elise was very quick indeed. The spartan — yet purposeful — interior made Read More