Keith’s Blog: The ABCs (Auburns, Bugattis and Corvettes) of the 2013 La Jolla Motoring Weekend

The past week was a blur of vintage cars, with Legoland, wild animals and the USS Midway aircraft carrier thrown in for good measure.

I brought the family to La Jolla last Wednesday. The professional reason for coming down was to emcee, for the third time, at the La Jolla Concours d’ Elegance. But we took advantage of the family activities in the area, and 5-year-old Read More

Keith’s Blog: The tii Light Solution — Plus My Rover Warn Winch Conundrum

I’d like to thank everyone who offered their opinions about my desire to mount Hella driving lights on my 1972 BMW 2002tii. I would say that 2/3 of you thought putting lights on the car was a mistake, and all of you were strongly opposed to drilling holes in the virgin bumpers.

However, along with the comments came some solutions. One SCMer suggested I go to the 2002 Read More

Cacti and Campari

Just weeks ago I was toodling through the Arizona desert, sneaking away from the auctions for a quick drive to Sedona in a lovely dark blue Aston Martin V8 Vantage.

I was seeking a brief respite from the ceaseless shattering of world records at the auctions being held, where one high sale after another was recorded. And it wasn’t just Gullwings and Ferrari Cal Spyders causing skyrockets — lesser cars, such as Alfa Duettos ($50,600/Gooding) and Fiat 124 Spiders Read More

Keith’s Blog: The GTV Gets To Go For a Drive

As you know, we’ve been wrestling for a few months to install a rear-seat shoulder harness in the 1967 GTV, so that we could put 5-year-old Bradley there in his booster seat.

Early on we gave up on an inertia reel, opting instead for a belt that adjusted both at the shoulder strap and the lap belt. We found the right item on Amazon, http://www.amazon.com/3-Point-Shoulder-Black-Length-Chrome/dp/B0013HWD1I/ref=pd_sim_sbs_auto_7.

We found a local restoration guru to reinforce the rear parcel shelf, Read More

Keith’s Blog: Baguettes, Shoulder Harnesses and Jalopies

See You in Paris

First, it’s not too late to call your pilots and get your Bombardier fired up for the trip to Paris. The annual SCM reception at Retromobile will be held on Wednesday, from 5:30 to 7:00. Join me, Wendie, Alex and sponsors Donald Osborne and Ed Fallon of Cave Creek Classics for a good time.

There will be a group photo at 6:15, with special SCM deluxe keychains awarded to the SCMer who traveled the farthest, the SCMer Read More

Keith’s Blog: The Arizona Auctions as a Holiday / Looking for a Duetto

This was the first time in five years I wasn’t shooting episodes of What’s My Car Worth? in Arizona (the Velocity Channel funding for the next season will be released in a few weeks). Consequently, rather than being trapped at a single auction company from 8 am to 8 pm every day, I had the chance to be a civilian and get to nearly every auction, kick tires, see friends and generally enjoy the pleasant weather.

Let’s Get On With the Next 25

I remember clearly when I decided to launch the Alfa Romeo Market Letter. It was 1988, and the market was beginning to heat up. I had recently left my day job as a manager of Ron Tonkin’s Gran Turismo in Portland, OR, where I sold Ferraris, Maseratis, Alfa Romeos and Lotuses.

I devoured the various market letters when they arrived. The patriarch of the clan was Gerald Roush’s Ferrari Market Letter, unique in its insistence that sellers list the Read More

Keith’s Blog: See You in Boca Raton

It’s 48 degrees and raining in Portland, so I’m looking forward to the 7th Annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance, happening February 22–24, where I’ll be Grand Marshal.

I will join Chief Judge Dr. Paul Sable, one of the founders of “The Elegance at Hershey;” Honorary Chair Mike Jackson, Chairman and CEO of AutoNation; Honorary Judge Carl Bomstead, SCM Senior Auction Analyst; Honorary Judge David Schultz, President of the Classic Car Club of America; and Honorary Judge Mark Gessler, Vice President Read More

It Was a Very Good Year

As this is our December issue, it’s the right time to reflect on the past 12 months, and to project forward into 2013.

Sports Car Market is by design a reflective magazine; we report on sales and events that have happened, and analyze and comment on them. Our world is large and all-inclusive, as we imagine yours is. You’ll find us at the most exclusive catalog auctions — as well as sales where decrepit trucks are sold by the pound.

What all of us at SCM — subscribers, contributors and staff — have in common is a delight in old cars, from their brilliant styling to their misguided mechanicals. We glory in their imperfections, we swap tales about how they let us down, and we believe that after reading Thor Thorson’s latest encomium about an Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 or Porsche 917/10, we have become instant experts on the subject — of course!

But SCM’s primary focus has always been the market. What’s selling, where, for how much, and why. We continue to be the only magazine that offers firsthand reports from trained analysts, with exclusive photos, chassis numbers, hands-on descriptions and informed analysis. You can expect even more in the future, as our Platinum database is revved up to accept multiple photos, videos and direct feeds from the auction houses for upcoming sales.

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