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

Keith’s Blog: A Rite of Fall

Each September, the Alfa Romeo Owners of Oregon puts on the “Red Duetto Tour.”

Hosted by Fred and Lisa McNabb, the entry requirements are simple: You must be driving a 1966-69 “longtail” Alfa spider, and it has to be red.

Before I bought my red Duetto, I recall asking Fred if I would be allowed to go on the tour if I bought a Duetto of a different color. “Yes, of course” he replied. “You would be allowed but your Read More

Keith’s Blog: Walking through Automotive History

I spent Saturday sauntering around the 43rd Annual All British Field Meet at Portland International Raceway.

More than 800 British cars were on display.

My ride out represented a mix of old and new. SCMer Dave Stewart picked me up in his lovely dark blue MGA Twin Cam, but he was wearing a Tesla jacket. His daily driver is a Tesla Model S.

This was my first time in a convertible sports car in months, and it was good to Read More

Keith’s Blog: Should You Sell Your Kid’s Car?

Last week I sold our 1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce.

I told my son Bradley, and he said, “Dad, you sold MY car.”

It’s been a tough year for his budding collection.

Earlier, we sold the eponymous Bradley GT. He didn’t mind that because, as he said on a YouTube video, “This is a terrible, terrible car.”

Not long after that we sold his 1959 Bugeye Sprite. This situation was a little tougher. He was with me when I Read More

Keith’s Blog: Why I’m Selling the Sprint

“I know Keith’s 1958 Sprint Veloce in and out, I have spent a lot of time sorting it out and a few memorable moments driving it on my test loop. I think it’s the Crown of Keith’s Alfa collection.

When he asked me which Alfa he should sell, I never imagined this would be his choice. I always figured this and the 1600 Spider Veloce would always be with him. It is a very special car, well sorted and well Read More

Keith’s Blog: The SCM 1958 Alfa Romeo Sprint Veloce “Confortevole” is about to hit Bring A Trailer!

Watch your inbox.

The SCM 1958 Sprint Veloce “Confortevole” will be on Bring A Trailer this week.

As soon as the auction goes lives, we’ll send you an email.

It seems that the entire BAT team was in Monterey last week, “watching the market unfold before their eyes.”

I can’t wait to see your comments — and bids! See you soon!

Keith’s Blog: The SCM 1958 Alfa Romeo Sprint Veloce “Confortevole” is on Bring A Trailer!

The SCM 1958 Sprint Veloce “Confortevole” is now on BAT!

This is a numbers-matching, tour-ready 1958 Alfa 750 Series Sprint Veloce “Confortevole.” It is one of 150 made.

Watch Bring A Trailer and the Avant Garde Collection. It took me 15 years to find this car and another five years to get it right.

It is fitted with a Jon Norman 1,400-cc kit and modern cams. The engine was built by Denny Pillar. It has a Rugh suspension, Read More

Keith’s Blog: A Cat Peed in My Sleeping Bag – More Tales of Rubber Chicken Racing

It was the fall of 1969. After spending a year after high school working part-time as a mechanic with Rubber Chicken Racing, I headed to Portland, OR, from San Francisco to attend Reed College.

During my first couple of weeks at Reed, there were SCCA regional races at Portland International Raceway. Team Rubber Chicken decided to make the trek north.

The team consisted of a homegrown caravan of tow vehicles and trailers. When they arrived at the Reed Campus in Read More

Keith’s Blog: More Thoughts on the SCM 1000 — From a First Timer

I’ve been driving sports cars and going on road trips since 1966.

I sometimes forget what it’s like for someone to go on a road trip in an old car. It’s sensory overload in so many ways.

In an old car, you are not passing through the landscape, you’re part of it. You smell the change as you move from forest to fields of wheat.

You feel the undulations of the road, shifting down for more power as you reach Read More