The Three Cars I Should Have Bought Last Weekend

This was my fifth year at the Auctions America sale at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center. Each time, I have been shooting episodes for “What’s My Car Worth?” – our new season begins May 12 on Velocity.

The inventory at Auctions America Fort Lauderdale is always an engaging mix of the eclectic and the commonplace — from affordable to extravagant.

Last year, I ended up falling for and purchasing a 1961 Alfa Romeo Sprint Speciale. While Read More

Hitting the Road for Spring Car Season

Bradley and I just returned from spring break in California. We saw Legoland and Universal Studios, and we even crossed the border for a car show in Tijuana. Now it’s time to hit the road again. Spring car season is here, which means I’ve got places to go and people to see.

I’m on my way to Auctions America Fort Lauderdale to shoot episodes of  “What’s My Car Worth?” The new season begins in May. Then I return to California to emcee the La Read More

Tar Pits, Concours and a Seminar at the Petersen

I can’t think of a better way to spend a nice Sunday morning than chatting with good friends about old cars.

Noted collector Bruce Meyer is a board member at the Los Angeles-based Petersen Automotive Museum, and he hosted a panel discussion there last weekend.

I was the moderator, and with me were Aaron Weiss of the San Marino Motor Classic, collector Brad Du Coing, Gooding & Company Senior Specialist David Brynan, and Bruce.

The Petersen’s Read More

1952 Pegaso Z-102 Cupola and 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Take Amelia Island Best in Show

The 21st annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is all wrapped up.

I’ve been here for 19 of the events to date, and each has been memorable.

In many ways, the Amelia Island weekend is a spring break camp for gearheads. It’s as if each year our parents bundle us off and send us to a familiar place. They know the bunkhouse where we’ll be staying (The Ritz), the various playgrounds (the lobby bar, the RM Sotheby’s, Gooding Read More

Is the Tiptronic 911 Turbo Really Just a Cayenne?

Since it first arrived in January of 2015, the SCM 2001 Porsche 911 Turbo has seen almost nonstop action.

Alexandra confiscated the car as soon as it was unloaded from the trailer that brought it up from Los Angeles, and I didn’t see it for a month. Then Bradley and I took it on a 400-mile trip to central Oregon. Following that, SCM contributors B. Mitchell Carlson and Paul Hardiman drove it on the Northwest Passage tour.

If I Read More

Trade the Porsche for a Lotus?

This stuff always seems to happen by accident.

I had just finished driving the 2001 Porsche 911 Turbo to a lunch meeting in Wilsonville, OR – a suburb 19 miles south of SCM World Headquarters.

I hadn’t put many miles on the car recently. My trip log showed the last time I’d filled it with gas was nearly two months and 175 miles ago.

As I drove down the freeway, I was pleasantly reminded of what a competent, easy-to-live-with car it Read More

The Alfa Barfmobile

We’ve talked a lot about ways to get and keep young people involved with classic cars.

I believe you have to get them used to old cars while they are children, and one good way to do this is to include them in your old-car activities. Both my children, Alexandra (now 24) and Bradley (8), have been strapped into vintage sports cars nearly from birth. Bradley actually came home from the hospital at two-days-old secured in the back seat of Read More

Alfa Super Saves Porsche 911

It’s driving time again. My rotator-cuff surgery is healing well, and the surgeon has given me the okay to drive stick-shift cars. So I’ve been driving the Giulia Super for the past couple of weeks and thinking about how much I appreciate vintage cars, the mastery they require and how intuitive they are to service.

But last Sunday I was in a “luxo” mood, and I decided it was time to take the 2001 Porsche 911 Twin Turbo out for Read More

Driving the Alfa Super on Super Sunday

SCM Legal Files author John Draneas and his wife Carlyn hosted a Super Bowl party on Sunday at their home, about 20 miles away in Wilsonville, OR. The weather was glorious, and it was the perfect opportunity to exercise SCM’s 1967 Alfa Romeo Giulia Super.

I pulled the Super out of long-term storage and went through my routine. I checked the tires and pumped them all up to 36 psi. If I were planning a 1,000-mile road trip I might just go to 32, Read More

Cobra vs. Saleen in Scottsdale

Who wouldn’t like driving a Saleen S7 or a 289 Cobra?

I had the chance to get behind the wheel of 15 top-flight collector cars during the last two weeks while I evaluated them for “What’s My Car Worth?” on Velocity.

Normally during Arizona Car Week, I spend as much time wandering from auction to auction as I do working on the television show. But this year we had to look at 30 cars from Barrett-Jackson and 15 from RM Sotheby’s. Consequently, I spent Read More