Keith’s Blog: The 2013 Northwest Passage – Following a GTV for 1,111 Miles

The 2013 edition of the local Porsche Club tour, Northwest Passage, took place this past weekend.

SCM, Chubb Collector Car Insurance and Sunset Porsche-Audi were the sponsors. We invited two good friends from L.A., Mark Berns and Jaime Gesundheit, to join us and offered them our 1967 GTV.

As they are both deeply immersed in the world of collectible Corvettes, we thought a weekend spent cruising in 46-year-old Italian car powered by 108 cubic inches (the GTV has Read More

Keith’s Blog: It’s Road Trip Time

One of my favorite sounds this time of year is the door to the SCM under-office garage opening and closing. Most often, it means that one of the SCM cars is either heading to the shop or returning, getting ready for the tours ahead.

For instance, this morning Subscriptions Manager Rich Coparanis drove the 1965 Giulia Spider Veloce to one of our favorite shops, Nasko’s, in Southeast Portland. Nasko has been servicing this Alfa for nearly 30 years and treats Read More

Keith’s Blog: LeMay, One Year Later

I’ve been involved with LeMay — America’s Car Museum in a variety of ways over the past decade, from casual observer to board member. Under the leadership of President and CEO David Madeira, fundraisers generated over $85m, the museum was built, and a year ago last weekend, it opened to the public.

This is cause for great celebration. There is no other automotive museum of this scale in the Pacific Northwest, and I don’t know how far you would Read More

Keith’s (and Tony’s) Blog: A Long Lunch Break With the SCM Gang

This week it’s really Tony’s Tale. I decided a couple of weeks ago that it would be good to exercise some of the SCM fleet, specifically the four-doors we have in the basement. As I was busy being the hovering “mother hen” and shepherding the gerbils down the freeway, I asked Tony to be both scribe and photographer for the day.

Here are his thoughts, and the responses he got when he queried the gang who Read More

Keith’s Blog: The Status of the SCM Garage

There’s been a lot of change in the SCM garage the past few months, and all of it for the good.

In the recent past, we’ve been sampling cars that have always intrigued us, to see if they had staying power once they were daily drivers.

I’ll be the first to admit that collector-car hot buttons are intensely personal, like choices in wine or which sports teams you choose to follow. Duckling imprinting has a lot Read More

Keith’s Blog: Yellow Jackets and Birdcages at Keels and Wheels

I’ll take memories of two personalities away from this year’s Keels and Wheels: Roy Rogers, for his ownership and on-screen promotion of the diminutive Yellow Jacket boats, which were a featured marque at this year’s concours; and Al Unser, Jr. who was the Grand Marshal, and whom I had the opportunity to interview three times during the course of the weekend.

Keels and Wheels is the real deal. It’s been around for nearly two Read More

Keith’s Blog: No to the Mini, Yes to an Amazon?

Here’s a quick update on the SCM fleet. The 1989 Range Rover Classic is going to a subscriber in California – he’s looking forward to using the Rangie to haul some vintage motorcycles from Idaho to The Quail.

No luck on an Alfa Giulia Super yet, although I’ve had several sent my way. As with all old cars, price ultimately determines the acceptible level of imperfection. If a car has been poorly color-changed, but the price Read More

Keith’s Blog: Publisher Martin Tries to Buy a “Third Nipple” Collector Car

I was at the Silver Auction here in Portland this weekend. I enjoy Silver Auctions — they are low-key, they always have a few interesting cars, and most of the bidding is at a level where I can be a player — unlike in Monterey, where anything under $1m is really just collector car fodder.

I told Wendie I would only be gone for an hour. (She told Read More