My 2003 Dream Garage: Part Two

Yesterday, I shared my first dream collection — The ’03 Dream Garage.

Here are the reasons — rational and irrational — why I picked each one:

Ford Focus SVT — I know it is rare to find any sort praise for the first-gen Focus, but the SVT (2002–04) was the only performance variant of this economy car. An exclusive 6-speed combined with a 2.0-liter Inline 4-cylinder pumping out 170 horsepower make this hot hatchback a lot of fun to Read More

My 2003 Dream Garage

I know it. You’re probably thinking what kind of an idiot wants a collection of cars from 2003?

Well, what kind of idiot buys cars that jump out on the auction block? What kind of idiot goes after just one make of car? What kind of idiot goes after cars of a certain time?

It’s all just different flavors of the same disease that unites us — collecting cars.

So, why 2003 in particular?

Well, a specific year is a Read More

Keith’s Blog: I Almost Bought a Junior Z

Online auctions have transformed the collector car world. In a matter of minutes — in your own office — you go from contemplating a quiet lunch to posting a $35,000 bid.

I was editing the next issue of American Car Collector last Friday when a text message popped up on my phone.

“BaT Auction Alert: 1970 Alfa Romeo Junior Zagato 1300 is ending in 1 hour. http://bringatrailer.com/listing/1970-alfa-romeo-junior-z/

Bidding was under $30,000 at that point, and I peg these as Read More

Keith’s Blog: Put Those Hoods Down!

Owners who leave the hoods open on their cars for the entire day are my car-show pet peeve.

Two weeks ago, while I was emcee of Keels & Wheels in Texas, I mentioned this to the organizer, Bob Fuller. He said, “It drives me crazy too. I spend all day going around asking people to shut their hoods.”

I was at a very small regional car show this past weekend — the Clark Lumber Annual Car Show and Barbecue — Read More

Keith’s Blog: What to Do When the Wipers Stop? 300 Miles in a Bugeye Sprite

We were traveling at 70 mph in a torrential downpour. Interstate 84, which runs through Oregon’s scenic Columbia River Gorge, was a nightmare of high winds and large pools of standing water.

It was not the weather I would have chosen to take Bradley’s 1960 Bugeye Sprite on its inaugural road trip.

There comes a moment of truth with any old car when you actually put it on the road. In this case, it was participating in the Austin-Healey Northwest Read More

Keith’s Blog: Wooden Boats and Gleaming Cars — Keels & Wheels Turns 22

“We expect to donate $100,000 to charity this year,” Bob Fuller said to me this past weekend at the 22nd Annual Keels & Wheels concours.

In its 22 years, Keels & Wheels has raised over $1.6m for various children’s charities, the foremost being Boys and Girls Harbor.

According to Glen R. Royal, mayor of Seabrook, TX, this money has changed the lives of many children in the greater Houston area.

Seabrook, Texas is an unlikely place for a concours. Read More