Keith’s Blog: More Thoughts on the SCM 1000 — From a First Timer

I’ve been driving sports cars and going on road trips since 1966.

I sometimes forget what it’s like for someone to go on a road trip in an old car. It’s sensory overload in so many ways.

In an old car, you are not passing through the landscape, you’re part of it. You smell the change as you move from forest to fields of wheat.

You feel the undulations of the road, shifting down for more power as you reach a hill, then upshifting to coast down the other side.

Paul O’Brien, of Collier AutoMedia, has captured the essence of what it’s like to be a stranger in a strange land on the SCM 1000. He rode with Miles Collier in the 1965 Porsche 356 that Miles bought new when he was in high school.

For those of who are experienced road trippers, we marvel at the roads and people that are new to us.

For first-timers, their 50-year-old sports cars are time travel machines that take them back to an era before the Interstate Highway system, when 60 mph was fast enough.

Here’s Paul’s story about this year’s event.

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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