Keith’s Blog: I Don’t Want a $30,000 Bugeye

I’ve made the same mistake I’ve been making for 40 years. I bought a car that I wasn’t familiar with, and I didn’t have an expert examine the car. So, once again, this car is going to cost me double what I wanted to spend.

This all started out as a lark. My very first car was an Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite. I thought it could be fun to have another one — and to make it my son, Bradley’s, car.

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Keith’s Blog: Microcar Madness in Oregon

The logistics of major car shows can resemble a military operation. Restorations take years to get accomplished, and hundreds of car transporters converge at one spot to disgorge the finished products.

Tens of thousands of spectators come from all over the world, dress nattily, and spend hundreds of dollars on admission tickets, trinkets and refreshments. The winning cars are treated to confetti cannons and international acclaim.

The Great Pacific Northwest Mini Microcar Extravaganza is different.

Now in its 12th year, Read More

Keith’s Blog: Three 50-Year-Old Alfas and 1,000 Miles

We’re on the final leg of the NW Passage, a tour put on by the Oregon Region of the Porsche Club of America and sponsored by SCM. We started in Portland, Oregon, went to Leavenworth, Washington, then Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and spent the final night in Walla Walla, Washington. On Monday we headed home to Portland.

We often talk about the need to take your old cars out and just drive them. Whether they are fully restored or have just Read More

Keith’s Blog: Prepping Three Alfas for the NW Passage

I’m not really a glutton for punishment — even if my actions indicate otherwise. Getting one 49-year-old car ready for a 1,000-mile, high-speed tour is enough of a challenge; getting three ready has been an adventure.

The annual Northwest Passage tour begins this Thursday, June 9.  The Oregon Region of the Porsche Club of America masterminds this great event, and SCM is a sponsor.

This year, it’s a five-day romp that begins at Bonneville Hot Springs, 47 miles east of Read More

Keith’s Blog: No Concours Restoration for the Alfa

For those following the saga of our 1965 Alfa Giulia Spider, you’ve seen it go from a slightly disheveled but much-loved daily driver to a completely stripped shell.

It was last year that we took it to Bill Gillham, in Jefferson, Oregon, for some minor rust repairs. As he dug into the car, he found it had various serious rust issues that were not immediately apparent.

We made the decision to have him proceed and take care of its problems. Read More