Keith’s Blog: In the Amazon, to the Galapagos and On The Road

I practiced shooting poison-tipped darts with a blowgun in the Amazon rain forest yesterday.

The monkeys have nothing to fear from my aim.

It was a bucket-list thing, taking my son Bradley to an eco lodge in the Amazon (La Selva) and then to the Galapagos Islands.

Our trip here came on the heels of another bucket-list experience, hosting SCM’s first 1000-mile rally for classic cars.

There will be a full report on SCM 30 in the December issue. But Read More

Keith’s Blog: The SCM Autozam Can Be Yours in Monterey!

Can you think of a more attention-getting car to have in Monterey than a gullwing?

You could spend $1.4 million for a Mercedes. Or you could pay $17,000 for the 1992 SCM Autozam AZ-1.

This is the first year it is legal to import this car into the United States.

The Autozam joined the SCM collection a few months ago, and we will drive it down the Pacific Coast from Portland to Monterey for Car Week.

We’d like it to Read More

Keith’s Blog: The SCM Week — Big Alfas, a Tour and a Concours

A 1939 Alfa built by Ferrari captured Best of Show at the 46th Annual Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance on Sunday.

The concours is held on the tree-shaded lawn of the campus of Pacific University, 20 miles from Portland in Forest Grove. SCM Editor-at-Large Donald Osborne and I shared emcee duties for the sixth year.

With our current schedules, this is the only event Donald and I get to work together, and I thoroughly enjoy our camaraderie.

SCM and ACC have Read More

Keith’s Blog: SCM 30th Anniversary Tour Cars at “The Shape of Speed”

The 45 cars — and their driving teams — on SCM’s 30th Anniversary Tour are now roaming 1,000 miles of scenic Oregon backroads.

I’m along for the ride, and life is great.

The Tour started on Sunday afternoon, when the drivers brought their cars to a public display outside of the Portland Art Museum. The display was part of the museum’s “The Shape of Speed: Streamlined Automobiles and Motorcycles: 1930-1942” exhibit. The exhibit will continue through September 15. The Portland Read More

Keith’s Blog: Dinging the Lotus Elise

The nose of SCM’s 2006 Lotus Elise made a sharp cracking sound when it hit the parking lot divider. Suddenly everyone was looking my way.

There were 50 or so Porsches scattered around, with owners busily attaching their event stickers to the sides of their cars.

This was the 20th Annual Northwest Passage Tour, presented by the Oregon Region of the Porsche Club of America. SCM has been a sponsor for ten of the years, and I’ve driven on eight Read More

Keith’s Blog: Four Questions Before You Buy

Those of us who are addicted to old cars have daily opportunities to add to our collections. Whether it is an online auction, an ad in a club magazine — or simply a friend who has decided it’s time to sell — the temptation is there.

As an inveterate car hoarder, I’ve learned to ask myself a few questions before I pull the trigger:

First, am I ready for the agony of adding a car to the collection?

By now, Read More

Keith’s Blog: Half a Century with Alfas

Last weekend, the Alfa Romeo Owners of Oregon celebrated its 50th anniversary.

The four days were chock full of activities, mostly thanks to Lisa McNabb, the energizer bunny of the club.

I first joined the club in 1969, when I came to Reed College. Over the years, it has been my support group as I have dealt with my hopeless addiction to and infatuation with the cars of Alfa Romeo.

On Friday, ex-GTA racer Stu Moss organized a 200-mile tour Read More

Keith’s Blog: 6,000 Miles in Six Alfas

Covering 1,000 miles in a 50-year-old car can be a daunting challenge.

For SCM30, coming up in early July, SCM will have all six of its Alfas entered. In all, they will be covering 6,000 miles. What could possibly go wrong?

SCM30 (our 30th anniversary tour) is in part a fundraiser for the Portland Art Museum. To that end, we made four of our Alfas available to those coming from out of state. For a $5,000 donation made to Read More

Keith’s Blog: The Bugeye or the 911 — Which Car for a Road Trip?

SCM’s 30th Anniversary Tour is fast approaching, so it’s time to test and finalize the route.

The route master is Neil d’Autremont of Sidedraught City. He’s given me the instructions for the last section of the final day. By freeway, it’s about a 100-mile stretch.

I’ve been planning to take the 1960 Bugeye on the scouting expedition. My plan is to head to Astoria, on the Oregon Coast, then down to Newport, then over to Sweet Home. It’s about Read More