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

Keith’s Blog: The ABCs (Auburns, Bugattis and Corvettes) of the 2013 La Jolla Motoring Weekend

The past week was a blur of vintage cars, with Legoland, wild animals and the USS Midway aircraft carrier thrown in for good measure.

I brought the family to La Jolla last Wednesday. The professional reason for coming down was to emcee, for the third time, at the La Jolla Concours d’ Elegance. But we took advantage of the family activities in the area, and 5-year-old Read More

Keith’s Blog: The tii Light Solution — Plus My Rover Warn Winch Conundrum

I’d like to thank everyone who offered their opinions about my desire to mount Hella driving lights on my 1972 BMW 2002tii. I would say that 2/3 of you thought putting lights on the car was a mistake, and all of you were strongly opposed to drilling holes in the virgin bumpers.

However, along with the comments came some solutions. One SCMer suggested I go to the 2002 Read More

Keith’s Blog: The GTV Gets To Go For a Drive

As you know, we’ve been wrestling for a few months to install a rear-seat shoulder harness in the 1967 GTV, so that we could put 5-year-old Bradley there in his booster seat.

Early on we gave up on an inertia reel, opting instead for a belt that adjusted both at the shoulder strap and the lap belt. We found the right item on Amazon, http://www.amazon.com/3-Point-Shoulder-Black-Length-Chrome/dp/B0013HWD1I/ref=pd_sim_sbs_auto_7.

We found a local restoration guru to reinforce the rear parcel shelf, Read More

Keith’s Blog: Baguettes, Shoulder Harnesses and Jalopies

See You in Paris

First, it’s not too late to call your pilots and get your Bombardier fired up for the trip to Paris. The annual SCM reception at Retromobile will be held on Wednesday, from 5:30 to 7:00. Join me, Wendie, Alex and sponsors Donald Osborne and Ed Fallon of Cave Creek Classics for a good time.

There will be a group photo at 6:15, with special SCM deluxe keychains awarded to the SCMer who traveled the farthest, the SCMer Read More

Keith’s Blog: The Arizona Auctions as a Holiday / Looking for a Duetto

This was the first time in five years I wasn’t shooting episodes of What’s My Car Worth? in Arizona (the Velocity Channel funding for the next season will be released in a few weeks). Consequently, rather than being trapped at a single auction company from 8 am to 8 pm every day, I had the chance to be a civilian and get to nearly every auction, kick tires, see friends and generally enjoy the pleasant weather.