Keith’s Blog: Looking Back and Looking Forward

SCM’s 30th Anniversary year is now complete.

And we are well on our way to celebrate our 31st year.

At the end of the year, I like to reflect on how fortunate we are to be able to have old cars in our lives.

More important than the cars and the tours and the events are the people.

The enthusiasts I have met over the past three decades have enriched my life immeasurably.

Old car fanatics have a great sense Read More

Keith’s Blog: SCM Executive Editor Chester Allen Remembers Christmas in 1967

SCM Executive Editor is taking over my blog for the Christmas holiday. He’s sharing a memory of his mother — and a sensational Matchbox garbage truck — from Christmas 1967:

I carry 57 years of Christmas memories around in my head — including the first time I ever kissed a girl — but the one I remember best is the oldest.

It was 1967, and I was a 6-year-old with a horrible allergy to grass pollen. We lived in the Read More

Keith’s Blog: What’s Going on in the SCM Garage?

As the year comes to a close, this is a good time to survey the SCM fleet.

Compared to years past, there is very little heavy lifting going on.

The only car sidelined with engine issues is our 1996 Autozam AZ-1. We blew the head gasket on the Autozam on the way to Monterey. It appears that the speed governor (set to about 60 mph) was removed from it, and that the engine boost had been turned up. I’ve learned Read More

Keith’s Blog: Taking the Wrong Fork in the Trail

Fun with an element of danger — that’s a forest run in a vintage Land Rover.

On Saturday afternoon, I got separated from the other 20 Rovers in my Caravan. I came to a fork in the road and had to make a decision. I made the wrong one.

Every year, the Pacific Coast Rover Club hosts a Christmas tour in Tillamook Forest. We meet in Banks, which is 25 miles west of Portland, OR, on State Highway 6.

It’s Read More

Keith’s Blog: I Didn’t Mean to Dent the Ferrari

It was a hectic day. I had just picked up the Bertone 308 GT4 from Matt Crandall at Avant-Garde Collection. Its throttle had been sticking, which made driving in rush-hour traffic more exciting that I wanted it to be.

Matt’s ace mechanic Chris Smith attended to it quickly. It turned out to be a combination of throttle linkages that needed lubricating and poorly attached carpet balling up under the gas pedal. Cocoa mats are on the way.

A friend Read More