Keith’s Blog: 22nd Annual European Auto Festival Features VW

Last Saturday I tried to give away a free subscription to SCM, but found no takers.

Volkswagen was the featured marque at the 22nd Annual European Auto Festival. A Bradley GT, which is a VW-based kit car, is arguably the most famous (or infamous) car in the SCM Collection. I offered a year of SCM free to anyone at Euro Auto Fest who could bring me a picture of their Bradley.

Of the 300 entrants and 3,000 attendees, if Read More

The Ultimate GTV is a 911

Our old cars haven’t changed in the past 30 years.

What has changed is the world around them.

In 1988, when we produced the first issue of The Alfa Romeo Market Letter on a mimeograph machine, our 1967 GTV would have been 21 years old.

Most GTVs in 1988 were just tired used cars that nobody cared about. They were complicated, with dual-overhead camshafts and Weber carburetors — and expensive to maintain.

I was buying running-and-driving GTVs for $5,000 and Read More

Keith’s Blog: Let Them Sit in Your Car

You’ve probably read the same things I have. “Kids don’t care about cars.”

That’s just not true. While young people today have many more options for social interaction than we did when growing up, they still love cars.

I recently spent a weekend with a McLaren 750S Spider. I’ll share my thoughts about driving this extraordinary and exhilarating machine with you in my column in SCM next month.

I made a point of chatting with the people that gathered around Read More

Keith’s Blog: My Old Cars Are Wearing Me Out

I take pretty good care of my old cars. I keep them in top shape. When something breaks, I try to get it fixed right away. They are stored in a climate-controlled garage at SCM World Headquarters.

Despite all this, after an active summer, they all seem to need attention at once when fall rolls around.

They nearly all need work — except the 2006 Lotus Elise and the 2001 Dodge Viper GTS. Is it a coincidence that the newest Read More

Keith’s Blog: Atlanta Concours

At 6 am, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is already bustling.

I’ve just arrived here after an hour drive from Chateau Elan Winery and Resort, where the 2nd Annual Atlanta Concours d’Elegance was held. I’m waiting for a 9:45 a.m. non-stop flight to Portland, and I finally have a chance to reflect on the past few days.

I’ve driven an SC Porsche on the “Tail of the Dragon” in Tennessee, interview famed motorsports broadcaster Bob Varsha, moderated a panel on Read More

Keith’s Blog: A 911 Joins the SCM Fleet

At 2 p.m. this past Saturday, a 2003 Porsche 911 joined the SCM fleet.

I wrote last week that the first-generation, water-cooled 911s, often called the 996, represented a good value in today’s market — and I wanted one.

They are out of favor with diehard Porsche fanatics because of their “pancake” headlights, low-horsepower (330 isn’t enough?) and troublesome intermediate bearing. Their prices are in the $15,000 – $30,000 range depending on condition and miles.

I appreciate all the links Read More

The Royal Treatment

In the September issue of SCM, I predicted that sales in Monterey would total $331 million. As the dust continues to settle, it appears I was within a few million dollars — close enough.

The current sales total, roughly $330 million, represents a slight decline from the $343m sold in 2016. However, with the addition of a few post-block sales, 2017 will be essentially on par with 2016.

Exceptional cars rule

The mood at all of the auctions was thoughtful. Read More

Keith’s Blog: Help Me Find my Next 911

A truffle hound has nothing on Robb Sass when it comes to spotting overlooked Affordable Classics. When he posted that he had just bought a very nice 911 for under $20k, my “I need one too” alarm sounded.

I sent him a message right away. He replied that very nice 1999 – 2004 911s (996 is their internal Porsche designation) can be found for under $20,000. With a determined search and motivated seller,  $15,000 is the number. These were the Read More

Keith’s Blog: What’s Next for the Bradley GT?

It was a long, improbable journey and the Bradley GT almost made it.

Nearly 4,000 miles from its starting point in Fort Lauderdale, FL, SCM’s 45-year-old kit car finally came to a halt.

It had endured the burning summer sun and torrential downpours. Its brakes, doors and ignition systems had been rebuilt en route.

It got within two miles of its initial West Coast destination, Concorso Italiano in Monterey, when it came to an ignominious halt. Simultaneously, it suffered a Read More

Keith’s Blog: Going Where Dents are Encouraged

Dust. Thick, clinging dust everywhere.

That’s a consequence of being 7th in line on a vintage Rover tour to far eastern Oregon.

Every year or so, Doug Shipman of the Oregon Chapter of the Pacific Coast Rover Club puts together a summer tour. Camping out is a part of the equation.

Our trip started in Portland. My 10-year-old son, Bradley, and I drove across Mount Hood on Highway 26 from our condo in downtown Portland. We headed 150 miles to Read More

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