This past Sunday marked my 7th year as emcee of the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance.
In the bright morning sunshine, I looked over the 135 cars on the lawn at Ellen Browning Scripps Park, which is right on beautiful La Jolla Cove. The setting, which overlooks the beautiful Pacific Ocean, of this concours rivals that of Pebble Beach.
That same Sunday, it was 45 degrees and raining in Portland, with gusts of wind reaching 40 mph. Clearly La Jolla Read More
On April 3, 1958 — 60 years ago — our Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce rolled off the assembly line in Arese, Italy.
In the small-displacement GT category, it was one of the most sophisticated cars in the world.
The Sprint coupe was also the car that saved Alfa Romeo as it made a post-WWII transition from building large cars in small numbers to small ones in large numbers.
The SCM Sprint, s/n 1493E.06524 was sold to a dealer in Read More
The worst new car often performs better than the best old car.
To remind myself of that, I try to rent the most basic car possible when I’m on the road.
My ride for the past two weeks in Mexico has been a Hyundai Grand i10. This model doesn’t exist in the United States. The comparison tests I have found for it on the web list the Maruti Suzuki Swift as its main competitor. It is popular in Mexico, Read More
I was about 30 miles south of Twin Falls, ID, when a connecting rod broke and exploded through the side of the engine block.
I coasted silently to the side of the road in the late-afternoon sun. I was on State Highway 93 — right in the middle of nowhere.
Although this happened 50 years ago, my memory is as clear as if it occurred this morning.
I opened the hood of my 1958 MGA roadster and saw a hole Read More
Just 10 days ago, I watched as a spectacular 1929 Duesenberg J/SJ convertible and a 1963 Ferrari 250/275P were crowned as the winners of the 2018 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.
One week later, I was climbing up the side of a 1,000-year-old Mayan pyramid in Yucatan, Mexico.
Earlier that day I had explored a cave in nearby Loltun, with a human and animal history that goes back 10,000 years. There were paint handprints on the walls that were 2,500 years Read More
The 23rd Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is in the history books.
Best of Show Concours de Sport was a 1963 Ferrari 250/275 P owned by the JSL Motorsports Collection of Redwood City, CA. Best of Show Concours d’Elegance was won by a 1929 Duesenberg J/SJ convertible entered by Harry Yeaggy of Cincinnati, OH. (Video available here).
For the second year in a row, dire weather forecasts forced the organizers to move the concours from Sunday to Saturday — Read More
On Saturday, August 18, I’m driving south from Portland, OR to Monterey.
This will be my third year doing this — it took me 27 years to figure out that the perfect way to get to Monterey Car Week is in a classic car.
Every year, SCM sponsors a class of Alfas at Concorso Italiano. Two years ago it was Duettos, and we had a glorious time driving the 1967 SCM Roundtail down. Last year, it was GTVs. SCM Read More
We picked the cars we planned to profile in this issue during a routine editorial meeting last January.
Each month, Managing Editor Jim Pickering goes through recent sales, and he then presents those of interest to me, Executive Editor Chester Allen and Art Directors Dave Tomaro and Jeff Stites.
We try to have an entertaining and informative mix each month. We look for sales of significance that represent a wide spectrum of the market. Having good art to accompany the Read More
It’s been five years since I last attended the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance. It’s a different event now than it was then. On Sunday there were 220 cars on display, ranging from appetizing to stunning. Lincoln was the featured marque.
I’ll have a complete report next week.
As a part of the weekend, Wayne Carini and I led a discussion about collecting with Jay Leno and Tim Allen.
I posed this question to both Leno and Allen: “If you could Read More
The Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza was one of the great sports cars of all time. Only 189 8C 2300s of all types were built, and Gooding sold one for $11,990,000 at their 2016 Pebble Beach auction.
I wasn’t expecting to see one at the Salem Roadster Show, a gathering of hot rods and customs.
This was the 12th Annual Salem Roadster show, and I had never attended. Salem, the capital of Oregon, is about 45 miles by direct Read More