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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
The pieces are coming together.
I maintain that the only way to get kids involved with our old cars is to engage them from a very early age. Old cars should just be one of the many hobbies and sports they enjoy.
In his after-school classes, my 9-year-old Bradley is taking computer coding — and learning to build rescue-bots. For him, the 1960 Bugeye Sprite is a cross between a giant Lego and a robotics project.
We paid a visit Read More