Keith’s Blog: The SCM 1000 is Underway!

The SCM 1000 kicked off on Sunday after with a Cars in the Park Event at the Portland Art Museum.

Tour participants showed off their cars to Portland’s many vintage car enthusiasts. Portlanders are used to SCM parking flights of amazing cars outside of the Portland Art Museum. We started the first-ever SCM Tour outside the Museum last summer.

The weather was perfect, and everyone got a chance to make new friends and learn more about a lot of great Read More

Keith’s Blog: Alex, the Spitfire and the BMW 2002

Alex, my daughter, and I had a pleasant Saturday planned in July of 2007.

At that time, Rob Sass was head of Business Development for SCM. As you probably know, Rob buys cars like the rest of us buy socks. Given my proclivity for accidental purchases, we were a dangerous pair.

There is a small all-British swap meet each spring in Portland. At it, Rob had come across a big-bumper Triumph Spitfire 1500, circa 1976-80. Orange over black, it was Read More

Keith’s Blog: Four Coupes and Three Garage Spaces

I’ve got a dilemma. Due to my profligate purchasing of Alfas, I now have more cars than I have spaces at SCM World Headquarters.

Something has to go.

I was counting cars the other night (a favorite hobby of mine), and realized I have four Alfas coupes and a 4-door sedan — plus two convertibles.

Since I can only drive one car at a time, perhaps one of the coupes could go.

I have built all four to my preferred Read More

Keith’s Blog: Buying the GTV

Eight years ago, on June 18, 2011, I was sitting in my office cleaning off my desk.

I was about to throw away a three-month old copy of the local Alfa Romeo Club Newsletter, “Alfa Bits.”

An ad for a Daytona Blue 1967 GTV caught my attention. It had a 1750 engine and an upgraded Rugh suspension. I knew the car instantly.

The seller was local Alfa engineering legend Dave Rugh. The price was $18,000. It didn’t say “firm,” but Read More

Keith’s Blog: 10 Years with Land Rovers

According to my notes, on June 18, 2009 — 10 years ago — I bought a 1973 Land Rover Series III 88.

The crude-but-entertaining 88 was the beginning of our exploration of the world of Rovers.

The Rover saga started with the 2009 annual Porsche Northwest Passage 1,000-mile tour. I was driving our 2002 Boxster S.

At the final dinner, the owner of the Rover came up to me and said, “I’m thinking of selling our Land Rover, and John Read More