Keith’s Blog: Kids, Dogs, Mud and Diesels

Early Saturday morning in the pouring rain, I was chugging up the Cedar Tree trail in Oregon Tillamook National Forest.

I wasn’t wondering why a manual-transmission-equipped late-model Ferrari brings such a premium at auction. I wasn’t figuring out how to source the FISPA fuel regulator I need for my Giulietta Sprint Speciale. Installing studded snow tires on the SCM Suburban wasn’t on my mind.

Instead, I was drinking in the glorious feeling of off-roading in the forest with 19 other Read More

February 2018 Cover Poll: Cast Your Vote Now!

Our Art Director, David Tomaro, has created three possible cover concepts, and we’d like to know which one is your favorite. It should all take less than a minute, and your answers help determine the content of our magazine. Voting ends December 13, at Midnight PST. If you have any additional thoughts about SCM, regarding either the print magazine or our electronic newsletter, please post them in the comments section below.

Keith’s Blog: The D90 Heads to Timberline Lodge

It’s horses for courses when it comes to old cars.

A modern SUV could travel easily on Interstate highways at 75 mph — and plow through snow and scramble up dirt roads. But where’s the fun in that?

Part of what makes old cars so appealing is their lack of competence. They require our skill set to make them work properly. This is why I drove SCM’s 33-year-old RHD Land Rover D90 turbo diesel 64 miles to Oregon’s Mount Hood Read More

Keith’s Blog: Bradley’s First Drive

It’s a rite of passage that we’ve all experienced.

The first time we were behind the wheel of a car, started the engine and actually drove the machine.

For most of us, that moment is lost to time and captured only by our memories.

However, it today’s world of smart phones with video cameras, nothing goes unrecorded.

Bradley’s first drive was posted to Facebook for others to see within minutes of his accomplishing it. His glorious moment has been Read More

Keith’s Blog: Bob Lutz Says Driving a Car is on the Way Out

I’ve known Bob Lutz (“Maximum Bob”) for more than 20 years. I served on his long-range planning committee when he was at General Motors.

I’ve also been on several new car launches and several classic car events with him.

His motto: “Often wrong, but never in doubt.”

That approach is evident in his article about the “Death of the Individual Motor Car” which was published in Automotive News.

While I disagree with his overall conclusions, there is much that Read More

January 2018 Cover Poll: Cast Your Vote Now!

In honor of SCM’s 30th anniversary, and in a nod to our visual history, artist Nicolas Hunziker (www.nicolashunziker.com, www.shophunziker.com) has created three wonderful art covers for the January issue, depicting an Alfa Romeo TZ-1, a Ferrari 250 GTO and a McLaren F1. SCM’s last art cover was in September 2003. It should all take less than a minute, and your answers help determine the content of our magazine. Voting ends November 9, at Midnight PST. If you have Read More