From the Auction Desk: The Growing Online Auction World

Internet auctions allow a freedom from time and place over land auctions. It doesn’t matter where the buyers are physically located, they just need an Internet connection (and the financial wherewithal) to join the bidding — no middleman required.

Given that expanded virtual access to clients and an increased willingness among bidders to participate this way, auction houses eagerly jumped in the online pool with both feet since the United States lurched into lockdown in mid-March.

I was impressed with Read More

Keith’s Blog: It’s All About the Suspension

As we shuffle the SCM car collection, one thing has become evident.

With an old car, the most important thing you can do is make sure its suspension is in top shape.

By their nature, sports cars that are now a half-century old have not had easy lives. In addition to being driven hard, nearly every one of them has gone through owners with modest budgets and even more modest mechanical skills. So they have suffered minimalist repairs — often Read More

18: McKeel Hagerty

McKeel Hagerty is the CEO and driving force behind Hagerty, the world’s largest membership, insurance and media organization for enthusiast vehicle owners. He is an in-demand speaker on leadership and business success, and a trusted automotive voice for major print and broadcast media. McKeel is the former Board Chairman for YPO, a Read More

From the Auction Desk: Driving Into Summer

RM Sotheby’s closed their Online Only: Driving into Summer sale on Friday, May 29, and they sold some big-dollar cars.

This was one of the most anticipated sales of Spring 2020 for good reason. Cars that could pack auction rooms and headline Scottsdale or Monterey auctions were on offer at

We’re still awaiting full results as I write this, and we’ll share them with you just as soon as they’re released, but some early results provided some big Read More

Keith’s Blog: Grit at the Core

I watched a solitary jogger run down S.W. Clay Street this morning. He was wearing a mask. The streets were empty.

On this past Friday night, Portland, Oregon was filled with a cacophony of sirens and popping sounds.

Unaware of the civil unrest, I had just driven the SCM 1971 Jaguar E-type back from a dinner with John and Carlyn Draneas at their home in Wilsonville, about 20 miles south of Portland. John is SCM’s Legal Files contributor.

It was Read More

Concours Corner: 2020 Hilton Head Island Concours Canceled

The 2020 Hilton Head Island Concours & Motoring Festival, scheduled for October 23 through November 1, is canceled.

Hilton Head is now preparing to celebrate their 19th annual event from October 29 through November 7, 2021.

Organizers said this in a press release: “The health and well-being of our exhibitors, judges, attendees, sponsors, partners, suppliers, volunteers, and staff are our number one priority. Without a clear picture of how the virus will be impacting lives come October, and with no Read More

17: Max Girardo

Max Girardo is the founder of Girardo & Co where he and his talented team offer the most up-to-date and accurate market knowledge relating to the sourcing, selling and valuation of classic cars. Working one-on-one with a growing list of loyal clients, they help automotive enthusiasts and collectors source and sell vehicles, always matching the right car with the right enthusiast. Read More