Keith’s Blog: A Ford Falcon for the SCM 1000?

Last week I explored the two-pedal options for the 2020 SCM 1000. I was looking at cars from 1974 and earlier — and under $50,000.

Among the many thoughtful responses I got were those encouraging me not to overlook the compact American cars of that era. Suggested were Ford Falcons, Chevrolet Novas and Corvairs.

You can find decent driver examples of all of these for under $25,000. They are easy to make reliable, and once they are set right they Read More

Keith’s Blog: Which Slushbox for the 2020 SCM 1000?

I’m a planner. There’s always a chance that my clutch leg won’t be fully operational time for the 2020 SCM 1000.

I plan on driving the route, so I’ve been musing about affordable, 1974-and-earlier two-pedal options.

If I had an unreasonable budget, my first two choices would be either an Iso Lele or a Maserati Ghibli coupe. Both have engines powerful enough to mask the power-and-joy-robbing characteristics of the 3-speed automatics from that era.

However, both cars are well over Read More

Keith’s Blog: SCM’s Ferrari GT4 on Bring A Trailer

SCM’s beloved 1975 Ferrari 308 GT4 is on Bring A Trailer at No Reserve!

Click here for the listing.

The auction ends Thursday at 1:35 p.m.

This is a remarkable car. I bought it from Fantasy Junction a year ago, flew down to Oakland with Bradley and drove it up the coast to Portland.

While Bradley (and my co-pilot Richard Lincoln’s dog Carrera) were a little cramped in the back seats, they made it.

This Ferrari has been documented Read More

Keith’s Blog: Order Your SCM 2019 Year in Review Today!

The team at SCM has created a perfect way for you to look back over 2019. The first-ever SCM Year in Review is hardbound and suitable for your coffee table.

It is 100 pages of never-published images and new articles about the year and the market from SCM regulars Donald Osborne, Simon Kidston, Philip Richter, Diane Brandon, Miles Collier, Thor Thorson, Prescott Kelly, Jeff Zurschmeide, Nick Jaynes, Pierre Hedary and yours truly.

This is an extremely limited edition. I will Read More

Keith’s Blog: The Inaugural Las Vegas Concours d‘Elegance

“What an amazing display of  “A-list cars.”

That was the response of Jakob Griesen, Head of the U.S. Motoring Department and Vice President of Bonhams, as he viewed the cars entered in the first annual Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance.

Arrayed on the show field at the DragonRidge Country Club, located 18 miles from downtown Las Vegas in Henderson, Nevada, were 108 important cars from museums and private collectors.

Star display cars were the 1938 Hispano-Suiza Dubonnet Xenia from the Read More

Keith’s Blog: World of Speed Motorsports Hall of Fame 2019 Inductees

The World of Speed Motorsports Museum celebrated motorsports personalities who have a connection to the Pacific Northwest on Saturday night.

I attended with SCMer Michael Pierce and World of Speed two-time summer program alumnus Bradley Martin.

Located just south of Portland in Wilsonville, Oregon, the World of Speed is a hub for car activities of all kinds.

It hosts a weekly Cars and Coffee. There is a different focus each Saturday, ranging from Porsches to Hot Rods to 4x4s.

This Read More

Keith’s Blog: A New Kind of Car Event

The celebrity-driven Lifestyle Weekend is emerging as a new wave of car events. I’m just returning from the inaugural Chattanooga Motorcar Festival, where the backdrop of downtown Chattanooga, a 1.5 mile flat-out time trial against the clock along the Tennessee River and various celebrity panels provided three full days of engagement for owners and enthusiasts.

In fact, the entire downtown area became one non-stop celebration of motorcars.

Just last week was the debut of Audrain’s Newport Concours and Read More

Keith’s Blog: “While You’re in There”

Fixing cars on the cheap never works out well.

I was in a planning meeting for the 2020 SCM 1000, and a serious question came up — how many mechanics do we need?

The 2020 SCM 1000 has a spectacular route that includes Mount St. Helens and the Oregon Coast — go to to sign up.

We were debating how many sets of mechanics to have along on the tour. In 2018, the SCM 1000’s first year, we Read More

Keith’s Blog: The Indian Reservation Alfa

There was a time in the late ‘80s when I was gainfully unemployed.

I had left my job as Sales Manager at Ron Tonkin Grand Turismo and decided to make my living buying, fixing up and selling Alfa Romeos. At that time there was no shortage of non-running but not-yet-decrepit Alfas from the ‘70s lurking in garages and fields around the Pacific Northwest.

My specialty was to run ads in the “Nickel Ads” saying something like, “Are you tired of Read More

Keith’s Blog: Sign Up for the 2020 SCM 1000

Next year’s SCM 1000 is beginning to shape up. Plans include visiting Mt. St. Helens as well as the stunning Oregon Coast — areas we haven’t explored in the previous two tours.

The dates are July 12-16, 2020. Once again, the tour will begin with participants’ cars on display in front of the Portland Art Museum in downtown Portland, just one block from the host Heathman Hotel.

One of the unique features of the SCM 1000 is its starting from Read More