BMWs in the Alps, Concours on Lake Como, A Rolls-Royce to Goodwood

Saturday and Sunday were spent at the Villa d’Este concours, an intimate event with only 51 cars in the featured classes. I had the chance to chat with many SCMers, and the combination of historic Italian architecture and classic cars was fitting. Sunday featured micro-cars and motorcycles, and included a tribute to the 40th anniversary of event sponsor BMW’s M cars.

That afternoon, the second leg of the adventure began, as we set out in a new Series II Rolls Royce Phantom coupe from Como to Goodwood, England. At $360,000, we expected opulence and excellence and were not disappointed.

Now, a week later, it’s back to reality, back to my family and my office in Portland, where we’re putting the final touches on SCM August. Sometimes it’s as if I never left – except for the memories and photos.

Keith Martin

Keith Martin has been involved with the collector car hobby for more than 30 years. As a writer, publisher, television commentator and enthusiast, he is constantly on the go, meeting collectors and getting involved in their activities throughout the world. He is the founder and publisher of the monthly Sports Car Market, now in its 33rd year. Keith has written for the New York Times, Automobile, AutoWeek, Road & Track and other publications, is an emcee for numerous concours, and had his own show, “What’s My Car Worth,” shown on Velocity. He has received many honors, including the Lee Iacocca Award, the Edward Herrman Award, was inducted into the Concorso Italiano Hall of Fame and more. He is on the boards of directors of The LeMay Museum and Oregon Ballet Theater, and was formerly the chair of the board of the Meguiar's Award.

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