Meteor Strikes the 2016 Arizona Concours

One-hundred eighty-seven miles north of the Arizona Biltmore is Meteor Crater, one mile wide and 570 feet deep. When the meteorite hit the earth, some 50,000 years ago, it impacted with an estimated force equivalent to 2½ million tons of TNT.

At 3 p.m. last Sunday, another meteor was observed — but this one’s impact was visual, not physical.

While the display of Duesenbergs at the Arizona Concours was exceptional, one car stood out — the 1935 Mormon Meteor, owned by Read More

How Perfect Should the Volvo Amazon Be?

SCM’s 1967 Volvo 122S has finally returned home after relaxing for a couple of months in the care of Swedish Relics, Volvo expert Cameron Lovre’s new shop.

I had Lovre do a few things that, strictly speaking, weren’t necessary for the car to be driven, but that were necessary for me to be able to enjoy the car.

I’ve spent more than $3,000 tweaking the driving characteristics of the Amazon.

The list includes: putting a custom bend into the shift lever so that it doesn’t Read More

March 2016 Cover Poll

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 Saturday, January 16, 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.

The Drive Home

Three vintage cars departed LeMay — America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, WA on December 27 and immediately headed into multiple winter snow storms. The 1957 Chevrolet Nomad, the ‘61 Chrysler 300G and the ‘66 Ford Mustang — all in shiny red — were on a 2,900-mile road trip that would take them across America to Detroit. The trio would finish their trek with a grand drive down historic Woodward Avenue to open the North American International Auto Show.

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Across Mount Hood in a Vintage Rover

Driving old cars turns trips into adventures. That’s exactly what happened over the New Year’s weekend when I took the SCM 1984 Land Rover Defender 90 across Mount Hood to a friend’s house near Sunriver, Oregon.

It’s about 180 miles, and in a modern car not a particularly challenging trip. However, combine sub-freezing weather conditions, snow and a 31-year-old Land Rover turbo-diesel, and you’ve turned a regular drive into an expedition.

SCM bought the Defender 90 on eBay a few years ago Read More

What My Cars Want For the Holidays: Part 2

Last week I shared what the 1958 Alfa Romeo Sprint Veloce, 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider Veloce1984 Land Rover D901967 Volvo Amazon2000 Dodge Viper GTS ACR and 2001 Porsche 911 Turbo had on their wish lists.

Here’s what the rest of the gang asked for:

From your 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale: I’m your sexiest car, and I know I’ll be a favorite once I’m back on the road. Just like my buddy the Giulia Spider Veloce, I just want Read More

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