The 2014 collector car market has launched. Today all the bidders are gone, and the temporary tents are starting to come down. The trashcans are full of discarded promotional items, bidders’ paddles and parking passes.
The busiest guys in Arizona have to be the collector car transporters, as they load thousands of cars for their destinations in new owners’ garages.
I only caught a brief glimpse of most of the Arizona auctions, as we were shooting new episodes for “Read More
I’m sitting in a pickup truck headed west on Interstate 10, headed to the Pima Air & Space Museum. After a day fawning over the first-rate automobiles at the inaugural Arizona Concours, I expect seeing acres of mothballed F-16s to be something completely different.
Just four days ago, I went to the tony Bonhams world headquarters on New Bond Street in London for a private dinner with journalists from Europe and Robert Brooks, Philip Kantor and James Read More
It’s that time of year, when we start racking up frequent-flyer miles. We’re also buying a few more lottery tickets so that after we win we can put a Gulfstream G650 into the SCM corporate hangar. While we’re at it, we’ll buy a corporate hangar as well.
Today I’m headed to London, for a private dinner on Thursday at the new Bonhams world headquarters on New Bond Street. There will be 16 of us in attendance, including Chairman Robert Brooks and Read More
As we wait for the ball to drop in Times Square, it’s a good time to reflect on all the good, bad and insanely stupid things we’ve done in the name of car collecting this past year, and how we might become better collectors in the future.
Here are my resolutions. Let’s check back in December 2014 to see how I’ve done.
First: Never fool yourself into believing that a car needs nothing. Unless you know the restorer, the mechanic Read More
Tonight Santa circumnavigates the globe, leaving presents for young and old everywhere.
To make sure that car collectors aren’t left out of his munificence, on behalf of all of you, we’re sending this to him via SCM email express.
We’ve all been good little boy and girl collectors this year.
Therefore, we request you look favorably upon the following tiny requests.
Under our tree, please leave:
1) A Read More
The fettling of the Sprint begins
We were just outside Corbett, Oregon, driving SCM’s 1958 Giulietta Sprint at 70 mph. It was pitch black and 30 degrees outside. I reached over to twist the dash-mounted heater fan rheostat, heard a pop from the fuse block and suddenly everything was dark. Gone were the headlights, directional turn signals and of course the heater fan.
I had discovered earlier that the dash lights weren’t working, and that, probably due to a bad ground, Read More
Boar’s Head or Rovers in the Snow?
Every year I’m faced with the same difficult decision. The first weekend in December is when the Pacific Coast Rover Club has its annual Christmas run in the Tillamook State Forest, followed by a tasty dinner at hosts Paul and Pamela Petroff’s home.
It’s the same night that my alma mater Reed College (well, my first college anyway, but that’s a different story) hosts its Holiday Dinner. The highlight of the evening Read More
It was just over 14 months ago that I bought our 1958 Giulietta Sprint Veloce at Concorso Italiano.
I was attracted to it because it was a true numbers-matching Veloce. The freshly restored car had been driven to Concorso from Los Angeles and appeared to have minimal needs. It looked nearly ready for SCM “service” as it sat.
Well, that was $40,000, a near total respray and a complete drivetrain restoration ago.
Last Saturday, I drove out to the Read More
I was strolling through the Saturday Market in downtown Portland’s South Park Blocks last weekend, trying to chose between Fuji and Braeburn apples, when a gentleman walked up to me.
“I’m a long-time subscriber to SCM,” he said. “I’ve never owned a collector car, I can do some work myself and I’m ready to take the plunge. What do you recommend?”
Without question, cars today are extraordinary. The Audi A6 I drove this weekend is surprisingly quiet inside, accelerates nicely, handles superbly and has copious interior room.
It is also safer, by an exponential amount, than any of the cars in our fleet from the ’50s and ’60s.
(Here at SCM, we get two new cars a week to test and report on. You can find our thoughts on these cars in Read More