One thousand miles and two thousand great conversations.

The second annual SCM 1000 is now a part of the magazine’s history.

Last week, 82 enthusiasts in 42 cars drove 1,000 miles in four days. They explored nooks and crannies of Oregon that are well off the beaten path.

However, as spectacular as the cars and the roads were, even better was the camaraderie that developed among the participants.

A new feature this year — and unique to our tour — was a series of  “Conversations with Collectors.” They were hosted by SCM contributing editor Donald Osborne and featured SCM contributors Miles Collier and Steve Serio. Just 45 minutes in length, they were presented to packed rooms on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

Joining the discussion about “The Future of the Hobby” were Amanda Gutierrez and Abigayle Morgan from MacPherson College. They were driving a 1965 Porsche 356C. A generous donation from Bill Sheffler made their participation possible.

The discussions were free flowing and wide ranging.

Long after the amazing cars and roads have been lost to memory, the discussions I had and the friendships I made and renewed will remain the most important part of those four days.

Registration for the 2020 SCM 1000 will open August 1 at  Dates are Sunday, July 12 through Friday, July 17, 2020. The SCM 1000 is limited to just 40 cars, 1973 and earlier, or by application. Preference next year will be given to the cars of England and of Piero Rivolta (to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the marque). The route will feature the Oregon Coast.

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