Keith’s Blog: Join The SCM Dash Across America in a Bradley GT!

SCM is inviting you on our latest madcap adventure.

As we announced in the April issue of SCM, we’ve purchased a most inconsequential old car — a Bradley GT. This mostly forgotten VW-based kit car was most notable for its gullwing doors. However, it is unlikely to be confused with a Mercedes 300SL.

The car is located in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and we’d like to see in it Monterey at Legends of the Autobahn this August.

We don’t care how Read More

Keith’s Blog: Amelia Island Dodges a Deluge

I was flying to Amelia Island, FL from Naples with SCM raconteur Donald Osborne when both our cell phones started firing.

It was 9 a.m. on Thursday morning, March 9. The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance was scheduled to be held the following Sunday.

Weather reports indicated that Saturday would be sunny and clear, but that a tropical rainstorm would pass over the island on Sunday.

Within 30 minutes, the concours had made the decision to move the event forward a Read More

Keith’s Blog: The Bugeye Saga Continues

The mantra of the car collector could well be “Buy, Spend, Learn, Spend, Repent, Spend, Move On.”

It’s been over a year since we bought our 1960 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite. I was looking for something that my 9-year-old son Bradley could call his first car.

After nearly a year, it’s nearly ready for us to pick up from the restorer, Chip Starr at Racecar Resurrections, when we return from Amelia Island next week.

Our year with the Bugeye is typical Read More

Keith’s Blog: The Super Goes Surfing

If you like driving on the beach, Oregon’s the state for you.

The Oregon Beach Bill, passed in 1967, established public ownership of land along the Oregon coast. This was to ensure that everyone has access to the beaches and ocean, which is not always the case in other states.

While you can’t drive on all of the beaches on the Oregon Coast, many are open to vehicles. That’s how I found myself driving the 1967 SCM Giulia Super on the Read More

Keith’s Blog: The Spider Veloce – Show it or Drive it?

For the past 18 months, I’ve blathered on about how I’d drive my 1965 Giulia Spider Veloce once the restoration was finished. It wasn’t going to be a garage queen. After all, it’s just a used car that’s been with my family for many years. The restoration simply marks a new chapter in its life.

But now reality strikes. The total bill for paint, bodywork and chrome was just over $130,000 — which is a lot of money no matter Read More

Keith’s Blog: Happy 50th Birthday to the Super

“Are you ready for your and my Super’s 50th on Monday?”

Andrew Watry, keeper of the Alfa Romeo Berlina Register sent me that note last weekend.

An aficionado of Alfas with four doors, Andrew helped me locate the SCM Super a few years ago.

According to the Alfa Romeo Documentation Center, our Super was born on February 13, 1967. It was sold two days later, on February 15th, to Alfa Romeo Inc. of Newark, New Jersey.

It’s chassis Read More

Keith’s Blog: How Should SCM Celebrate Its 30th Anniversary?

Next year will mark the beginning of the fourth decade of SCM.

From its humble beginnings as a two-page mimeographed Alfa Romeo Market Letter, it’s grown to a market-leading publication. It never occurred to me back then that I would be creating a job – actually a career – for myself.

I must first give thanks to all of the hard-working staff at SCM, under the leadership of Executive Editor Chester Allen and Managing Editor Jim Pickering. Along with the Read More

Keith’s Blog: Collectible or Drivable?

I read a recent article in Bloomberg about the rise in collectability of first generation Ford Broncos.

Some are now selling for over six figures.

I’ve owned first-gen Broncos (and even a Bronco II, but I don’t like to admit to it), and they are decent enough bare-bones utility vehicles. But no one has ever called them a joy to drive.

Broncos don’t handle, don’t stop, and the 302 V8 overpowers the suspension. Their off-road capabilities are about Read More

Keith’s Blog: The Fourth Annual Arizona Concours d’Elegance

I’ve been a part of the Arizona Concours d’Elegance since day one, four years ago.

I recall that first year, looking out of my hotel room onto the grass-covered splendor of the courtyard of the Arizona Biltmore. It was pitch black as the first cars entered the field. Within an hour, as the sun was rising, nearly 100 splendid motorcars were on the grass.

While it is visually stunning, the courtyard presents size limitations for the concours organizers. They Read More

Old Cars — Unreliable Then, But Not Today

I used to carry a load of spare parts in the trunk of my car. Now I just bring a cellphone and a AAA towing card.

When I first started going on classic rallies 30 years ago, it was routine to see cars smoking, overheating and finally dying by the side of the road. There were even “Hook Awards” for the car that broke down the most often. I “won” that once in the Monte Shelton NW Classic Rally driving Read More

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