Keith’s Blog: Broken Bradleys and Alfa Romeos – My Monterey Week

Monterey Mayhem is done for the year. Thousands of classic cars are streaming away from the Peninsula — some in trailers and some driven.

During the week, I watched RM Sothebys sell an Aston Martin DBR1 for a record-breaking $22.55m, Gooding hammer a Porsche 917K for new record of $14m and Bonhams set a record for a 1995 McLaren F1 at $15.6m.

SCM will have a complete blow-by-blow analysis in our next issue, with more information in this newsletter.

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Keith’s Blog: Just 160 Miles to Go Until Monterey

As I write this, it’s Monday morning and Day Three of this year’s journey from Portland, OR to Monterey Car Week.

Our 1967 Alfa GTV has covered over 700 miles and is packed and ready for the final leg.

My co-pilot is SCM styling and design analyst Robert Cumberford, who started this trip from his home in Saint-Geniès, France, a village about 350 miles southwest of Paris.

Traveling with someone who has spent their entire life around the giants of Read More

SCM Blog: The Bradley GT Makes it to Monterey!

Despite Executive Editor Chester Allen’s repeated predictions of catastrophic failure, the SCM Bradley GT made it from Miami to Monterey.

The Bradley GT fought through 100-degree heat, undiagnosed electrical problems, stacks of mechanic bills and its own determination to give up at any point over its 4,000 mile journey.

The Bradley GT is now poised to tool around in Monterey, CA during Monterey Car Week.

Todd Wilson, the final driver to Monterey, reaped the benefits of all the Bradley’s professional Read More

SCM Blog: Despite Hot Weather and High Altitude, SCM’s Bradley GT Soldiers On

At the beginning of its Miami to Monterey Drive, SCM’s Bradley GT could barely go 100 miles without mechanical meltdowns. Breakdowns were constant, and we got to know — on a first-name basis — mechanics from Florida through Kansas.

The latest driver, Don Welch, drove one of the loneliest stints in the car — from Vail, CO to Las Vegas, NV. His route included one leg up to 120 miles between gas stations, with spotty cell service most of the Read More

SCM Blog: Bradley GT Makes The Midwest Checkpoint

When I was planning the Bradley route, I saw McPherson College’s restoration school as the metaphorical halfway point. Assistant professor Luke Chennell offered to give it a once-over and fix any stubborn issues with the help of the capable staff and students at the school. For a car that spends as much time breaking as it does running, I could not have hand picked a more equipped or capable location.

Luke performed an “exorcism” on the Bradley’s electrics and banished Read More