When It’s Time To Drive a Boring Car

I was driving home from a holiday dinner last week on Sauvie’s Island, about 15 miles from downtown Portland. The country road I was on was unlit, two-lane and winding. It was raining, but not heavily.

The road presented no challenges to the modern car I was driving. Cocooned by the touch-screen nav system, the heated seats, automatic climate control and powerful high beams, I motored along above the 45 mph speed limit and didn’t think much about the actual Read More

Artcurial Unveils Huge Barn-Find Collection for Rétromobile 2015 Auction

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Includes Long-Lost Ferrari California Spyder

A huge automotive archeological treasure trove — including a Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder — will star at Artcurial’s Rétromobile auction on February 6, 2015.

Likened by some to the famed “reserve collection” of the brothers Schlumpf, this barn-find hoard includes cars ranging from humble Amilcars, Citroëns and an Innocenti to grand routiers such as a Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux, a number of Delahaye 135s, a Talbot Lago T26 Saoutchik cabriolet delivered to King Read More

Car Club Survival Tips: Part 2

I was at the Oregon Region Porsche Club holiday dinner recently, and several members came up to talk about my November 11 column, Tips for Car Club Survival, concerning things that car clubs might consider to help them survive and grow as we move deeper into the 21st century.

Our new world is not particularly automobile-friendly, as we have so many options now for entertainment and socialization. How then do we keep old car clubs relevant?

In my column, Read More

1,000 Miles of Patagonia in a Jaguar E-type — The 2014 Argentine Millas

I’ve just completed the 1,000-mile Monte Carlo-style rally held every year in Argentina. The Argentine Millas brings together old-car enthusiasts for three long days of challenging roads and timed legs that are measured to 1/100 of a second.

My co-pilot was Round-Fender Volvo Club leader Dean Koehler, recently retired from Alaska Airlines and who is also an ex-Navy carrier pilot.

The flight path is not a direct one. We left Portland around noon on Monday, went through Houston Read More

Alfa 4C: The Right Car for the Right Time?

I’ve been around Alfas for a long time.

When I was at Ron Tonkin Grand Turismo in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, the Alfas we were selling were the Milano, the 164 and the beloved-but-aged Spider.

At that time, corporate Alfa had, in its infinite wisdom, decided that since Americans bought a lot of four-door sedans equipped with automatics, they would send four-door automatic sedans to the U.S. They were sure buyers would snap them up in Read More