Keith’s Blog: SCM Alfa Tour!

2014 marks the 60th anniversary of the Giulietta. We at SCM are considering organizing a three- to five-day tour through the remote areas of Oregon and Washington to celebrate this milestone.

I’ve driven my Alfas thousands of miles over the scenic two-lane backroads of the Pacific Northwest. I think these roads are some of the best you’ll find anywhere.

I’d like your input as we start to plan this event; Please take a moment to complete this brief Read More

Keith’s Blog: Winter and the SCM Fleet

Only one member of the SCM Fleet is truly excited about the onset of Oregon winter, with its cold days, rain and occasional snowfall. Yes, it’s the 1984 Land Rover D90 200 Tdi. It has started to act like an automotive bully in the garage, accusing the Alfas of being fair-weather pansies wrapped in designer outfits by Pininfarina and Bertone.

It’s been a busy year for our cars, with quite a few coming and going as we settled Read More

Keith’s Blog: A 36-cylinder, 5,400-hp Cruise

I was flipping through a boating magazine last year, looking for new ways to squander my wealth. I came across a small article noting that the only functioning PT boat in the world was based in Portland, and that its supporters were offering rides on the boat in exchange for a modest donation.

I did a little research  and found that PT-658 was in fact one of the final PT boats delivered, “fitted with all of the latest armaments Read More

Keith’s Blog: Knee-deep in the Big Muddy

Sometimes You Just Need a Break From Sports Cars

I arrived back in Portland from a quick two days in Maranello on Sunday, October 6. The next morning at 6 a.m., I was throwing recovery gear into the back of our trusty RHD 1984 Defender 90 200 Tdi. Snatch blocks, recovery strap, winch extender, tree strap, shackles and leather gloves were just a part of the equipment.

Then it was wheels-up for the 90-minute drive to Brown’s Camp in the Read More

Keith’s Blog: Good Times in Bad Weather

Just a week ago we were rolling along on the Colorado Grand, surrounded by millions of dollars of exquisite machinery. The past weekend was a little different.

Roger Dilts, the president of the Alfa Romeo Owners of Oregon, hosted the annual “President’s Tour,” a half-day event that sends those who love to drive down scenic two-lane Oregon roads.

The old car offerings were few – our 1967 GTV, an alloy-bodied Lancia Fulvia Zagato 1300cc, an Read More

Keith’s Blog: The Pre-Colorado Grand 300-Mile Dash

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

Keith’s Blog: The Kirkland Concours, Held at America’s Car Museum, Comes of Age

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

Keith’s Blog: Oktoberfest, Monterey Style

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

Keith’s Blog: The Afterglow of Monterey

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