We’re beginning the Colorado Grand today, a four-day, 1000-mile romp through some of the most breathtaking mountains and plains in the U.S. This will be my fifth time on the Grand, and I’m looking forward to it as an escape from the ordinary, and a chance to see old friends.
What better way to get ready for the Grand than a quick dash through some undulating Oregon Read More
I’m in one of the conference rooms at LeMay — America’s Car Museum, waiting for a meeting of the marketing committee of the Board of Trustees, of which I am a member.
I’ve been involved with the museum in a variety of ways since its first public meetings over a decade ago. It has been immensely satisfying to watch the LeMay team, led by David Read More
The Monday after Monterey Classic Car Week feels like a ceasefire.
During the previous five days, over $300m cars had been hammered sold – and those are only the public transactions. (We’ll have complete coverage in the next issue of Sports Car Market.) But on Monday, all was quiet. Our favorite breakfast place in Carmel, Katy’s, was only half-full, compared to the hour-long wait the week before.
For the first time in 25 Read More
The Monday after Classic Car Week in Monterey is strangely quiet. No herds of Lamborghini Aventadors pushing their way through traffic. All the real Cobras are gone; you know if you see one today it’s a Tupperware special.
I’m staying on through Thursday, to participate in the BMW CCA annual convention, Oktoberfest. Wendie drove our tii tribute (i.e. replica) down for the event, and she and I will drive it home up Highway 1 and 101. I’ll be the Read More
It was over a year ago that we persuaded SCMer Ned Scudder to part with his beloved Turkis-colored 1972 2002 tii. And on Wednesday, Wendie is planning to drive it from Portland to Monterey.
But the path from acquisition to “in service” hasn’t been easy or short. The car was fundamentally sound, with a fresh engine and paint, comfy seats from an E30 M3 and nice Minilite mags.
But the injection was problematic. The warm-up regulator was frozen, and it Read More
In all the years I’ve had Alfas, I’ve never driven one to a National Convention held anywhere other than Portland.
When it was announced that this years’ convention would be in Santa Rosa, CA (55 miles north of San Francisco), I thought about going. When I was asked to be the emcee of the Concorso there, have a seminar on values, and emcee the banquet dinner, it was kind of ordained, don’t you think?
And then I found out Read More
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
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
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
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