Author: Keith Martin

Keith’s Blog: Strange Times

It’s an odd time to be talking about classic cars. Our whole world has been turned upside down in a matter of weeks. We are holding our collective breath, waiting to find out what is going to happen next. But, in fact, many service and restoration shops are open. People […]

Keith’s Blog: Stay Home and Plan

We are in uncharted waters. No one can predict what the next weeks or month will bring. It’s a time of uncertainty for all of us. I suggest we all use this quiet time to chart out the next decade with our cars. Look at all the activities you are […]

Keith’s Blog: Why I Didn’t Buy an RX-7

There was a first-gen Mazda RX-7 on Bring A Trailer recently. It had only 16,000 miles, a rare automatic transmission — and was located fewer than 15 miles from SCM World Headquarters in Portland, OR. I’ve always been attracted to these cars. Their lines are period-interesting, and the rotary engine […]

Keith’s Blog: Drive and Save

Every mile I drive the SCM Volvo 122S, I save myself money. There are two rules after you acquire a car that never change: First, do what it takes to make the car safe to drive. Second, put 500 miles on it before you do anything else. When you get […]

Keith’s Blog: Jaguar or Mercedes?

My adventures with the 1965 Volvo 122S continue. I am thoroughly enjoying being back behind the wheel of a vintage vehicle. The joy of driving a classic sports car reminds me of why I started SCM 32 years ago. It also reminds me of how many stories you readers have […]

Two-Pedal Mettle

I broke “The Draneas Rules.” Again. Our “Legal Files” columnist, John Draneas, constantly says that you should never buy a car without an inspection — and you should never send money to someone you don’t know (for a refresher, see this month’s column on p. 48). After willfully and intentionally […]

Keith’s Blog: Upgrading Your Cars

When the SCM 1965 Volvo 122S automatic arrived last week, SCMer Dean Koehler arrived to inspect the car. Dean is the founder and the self-appointed Volvocrat of the PDX Round Fender Volvo Club. He’s also the iron-fisted content arbiter of the PDX Volvos FB page. As he walked around “ELF” […]