It may be 45 degrees and raining outside, but there are stirrings in the SCM garage.
Last Saturday, SCM’s SEO guru Michael Cottam and his six-year-old son Benjamin joined me and five-year-old Bradley for a quick shakedown of our 1973 Volvo 1800ES and our 1972 BMW 2002tii.
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.
It’s 48 degrees and raining in Portland, so I’m looking forward to the 7th Annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance, happening February 22–24, where I’ll be Grand Marshal.
I will join Chief Judge Dr. Paul Sable, one of the founders of “The Elegance at Hershey;” Honorary Chair Mike Jackson, Chairman and CEO of AutoNation; Honorary Judge Carl Bomstead, SCM Senior Auction Analyst; Honorary Judge David Schultz, President of the Classic Car Club of America; and Honorary Judge Mark Gessler, Vice President Read More
Wouldn’t you like 680 hp under your tree this Christmas? ACC is ready for its next project, and the 1963 Dodge 440 street-legal drag car is up for sale. It sports a 500-ci 680-hp all-aluminum Hemi and runs high 10s in the quarter at 123 mph. We’ve long been fans of BringaTrailer, so we asked Randy Nonnenberg, owner of the website, to promote the car. Click here to pore over all the details, photos, videos and 90-plus comments. If Read More
By now you’re aware that SCM has more cars than it does garage slots, and that we have to trim the fleet.
Sadly, each car was specifically chosen as an excellent example of the model, and we hate to see them go.
Our 1982 633 CSi is for sale. It has just 94,000 carefully maintained miles, and I just spent $1,500 having a major service done at Boyd Motor Werks, a well-known BMW specialist shop in Portland.
We’re working on 15- and 30-second spots for SCM and American Car Collector.
I’ve found that I am so close to the subject matter (collector cars, their pricing and ways to enjoy them) that I’m not always the best guy to tell someone else why they should subscribe.
That’s where you can help out.
Can you jot down what we should tell someone about SCM (or ACC) and why they should subscribe?
We’ll send a digital copy of our exclusive Read More
There is no shortage of opinions when it comes to the cars we love and hate. After sifting through more than 150 responses to last week’s blog post, the following one, from a commenter I’ll just call GSR, stood out as the most direct, and opinionated. Do you agree with Mr. GSR?
I do, some. And I don’t, a lot. But that’s what keeps our hobby interesting. I have edited his comments for clarity.
Well, the Lotus and Boxster would be the first sacrificial lambs. They are butt-ugly and a dime a dozen. In fact they are entry-level punk cars capitalizing on legendary names.
Winter has arrived in the Pacific Northwest, which means all of our cars want to come inside to roost.
This creates a problem, as SCM has thirteen cars and nine spaces to park them in.
Even I can do that math — four cars have got to go. (American Car Collector only has two cars, so for the moment, their 1964 Chevy Nova Wagon and 700-hp 1963 Dodge 440 drag car remain off-limits.)
Of course, I have my emotional favorites, but I’m more interested in hearing what you have to say.
I’m really asking two questions here: First, which four cars would you sell? And second, which one would you sell first? And why?
Here’s the lineup, alphabetical by marque:
1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce
I recently got an email from a reader congratulating me on my status as “The World’s Fattest Man.” Now, I would be the first to admit that getting into the tux I wore to my senior prom might be a bit of a struggle, but “World’s Fattest Man?”
So I did a Google image search for “Keith Martin” and was confronted by pages and pages and pages of a very large person – also named Keith Martin! Half-naked, at that.
A year ago, SCM was named “The Best Classic Car Magazine in the World” by About.com. Just last weekend, we were honored again, this time by the prestigious Society of Automotive Historians. Each year at their annual meeting, they give the Richard and Grace Bingham Award, for “the outstanding treatment of historical topics in an automotive periodical in 2011.” We are deeply honored by this award.
The SAH, founded in 1969, is an international organization with more than 900 members. It encourages research into any aspect of automotive history, to safeguard, broaden and deepen the understanding of motorized, wheeled land transportation through the modern age and into the future.
SCM contributor John Lyons was there to receive the award, and these are the remarks he gave on behalf of publisher Keith Martin.