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.

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