A Concours Comes of Age

 Concours d’Elegance is just a fancy name for a fancy car show with fancy awards.

Whether it’s the weekly Beaches Cruisin’, which draws 1,500 vintage cars and thousands of gearheads every Wednesday all summer long in Portland, or the rarified air that surrounds the multi-million-dollar cars at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance — car shows are about owners who enjoy preparing and putting their cars on display and spectators who enjoy gazing at them.

I’ve just had my first visit Read More

Keith’s Blog: New Year’s Resolutions For a Car Collector

As we wait for the ball to drop in Times Square, it’s a good time to reflect on all the good, bad and insanely stupid things we’ve done in the name of car collecting this past year, and how we might become better collectors in the future.

Here are my resolutions. Let’s check back in December 2014 to see how I’ve done.

First: Never fool yourself into believing that a car needs nothing. Unless you know the restorer, the mechanic Read More

Keith’s Blog: Up on the Rooftop 1-2-3, an SWB is Waiting for Me!

Tonight Santa circumnavigates the globe, leaving presents for young and old everywhere.

To make sure that car collectors aren’t left out of his munificence, on behalf of all of you, we’re sending this to him via SCM email express.

Dear Santa:

We’ve all been good little boy and girl collectors this year.

Therefore, we request you look favorably upon the following tiny requests.

Under our tree, please leave:

1) A Read More

Keith’s Blog: We Don’t Have Headlights!

The fettling of the Sprint begins

We were just outside Corbett, Oregon, driving SCM’s 1958 Giulietta Sprint at 70 mph. It was pitch black and 30 degrees outside. I reached over to twist the dash-mounted heater fan rheostat, heard a pop from the fuse block and suddenly everything was dark. Gone were the headlights, directional turn signals and of course the heater fan.

I had discovered earlier that the dash lights weren’t working, and that, probably due to a bad ground, Read More

Keith’s Blog: Boar’s Head or Rovers in the Snow?

Boar’s Head or Rovers in the Snow?

Every year I’m faced with the same difficult decision. The first weekend in December is when the Pacific Coast Rover Club has its annual Christmas run in the Tillamook State Forest, followed by a tasty dinner at hosts Paul and Pamela Petroff’s home.

It’s the same night that my alma mater Reed College (well, my first college anyway, but that’s a different story) hosts its Holiday Dinner. The highlight of the evening Read More

Keith’s Blog: Let the Fettling Begin!

It was just over 14 months ago that I bought our 1958 Giulietta Sprint Veloce at Concorso Italiano.

I was attracted to it because it was a true numbers-matching Veloce. The freshly restored car had been driven to Concorso from Los Angeles and appeared to have minimal needs. It looked nearly ready for SCM “service” as it sat.

Well, that was $40,000, a near total respray and a complete drivetrain restoration ago.

Last Saturday, I drove out to the Read More

36 Hours in Modena

The invitation came on a Monday, from Luigi Orlandini of Canossa Events Srl.

“Would you like to spend two days in Modena, learning about the restoration program Modena Classic Works, tour both Ferrari museums and drive some classic Ferraris on the Modena Circuit? The event starts this Friday, so you would have to leave from Portland on Thursday. You would be back in Portland Sunday morning.

“And we’d like your daughter, Alex, to come as well, as we have enjoyed Read More

Keith’s Blog: Picking the Right Collector Car

I was strolling through the Saturday Market in downtown Portland’s South Park Blocks last weekend, trying to chose between Fuji and Braeburn apples, when a gentleman walked up to me.

“I’m a long-time subscriber to SCM,” he said. “I’ve never owned a collector car, I can do some work myself and I’m ready to take the plunge. What do you recommend?”

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Keith’s Blog: The Essence of Old

Without question, cars today are extraordinary. The Audi A6 I drove this weekend is surprisingly quiet inside, accelerates nicely, handles superbly and has copious interior room.

It is also safer, by an exponential amount, than any of the cars in our fleet from the ’50s and ’60s.

(Here at SCM, we get two new cars a week to test and report on. You can find our thoughts on these cars in Read More

Keith’s Blog: SCM Alfa Tour!

2014 marks the 60th anniversary of the Giulietta. We at SCM are considering organizing a three- to five-day tour through the remote areas of Oregon and Washington to celebrate this milestone.

I’ve driven my Alfas thousands of miles over the scenic two-lane backroads of the Pacific Northwest. I think these roads are some of the best you’ll find anywhere.

I’d like your input as we start to plan this event; Please take a moment to complete this brief Read More

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