This Week’s Classic Mystery Photo

After being discharged from the RAF, Frank Whittle relieved his boredom by tinkering with a recovered secret Messerschmitt prototype. In the process, he invented drag racing, the “rail”, the flame paint job, and [Michael May and Jim Hall notwithstanding] became the first to mount a wing on a groundbound vehicle.” — Paul Nieman

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Keith’s Blog: New Year’s Resolutions For a Car Collector

As we wait for the ball to drop in Times Square, it’s a good time to reflect on all the good, bad and insanely stupid things we’ve done in the name of car collecting this past year, and how we might become better collectors in the future.

Here are my resolutions. Let’s check back in December 2014 to see how I’ve done.

First: Never fool yourself into believing that a car needs nothing. Unless you know the restorer, the mechanic Read More

Keith’s Blog: Up on the Rooftop 1-2-3, an SWB is Waiting for Me!

Tonight Santa circumnavigates the globe, leaving presents for young and old everywhere.

To make sure that car collectors aren’t left out of his munificence, on behalf of all of you, we’re sending this to him via SCM email express.

Dear Santa:

We’ve all been good little boy and girl collectors this year.

Therefore, we request you look favorably upon the following tiny requests.

Under our tree, please leave:

1) A Read More

Keith’s Blog: We Don’t Have Headlights!

The fettling of the Sprint begins

We were just outside Corbett, Oregon, driving SCM’s 1958 Giulietta Sprint at 70 mph. It was pitch black and 30 degrees outside. I reached over to twist the dash-mounted heater fan rheostat, heard a pop from the fuse block and suddenly everything was dark. Gone were the headlights, directional turn signals and of course the heater fan.

I had discovered earlier that the dash lights weren’t working, and that, probably due to a bad ground, Read More

Keith’s Blog: Boar’s Head or Rovers in the Snow?

Boar’s Head or Rovers in the Snow?

Every year I’m faced with the same difficult decision. The first weekend in December is when the Pacific Coast Rover Club has its annual Christmas run in the Tillamook State Forest, followed by a tasty dinner at hosts Paul and Pamela Petroff’s home.

It’s the same night that my alma mater Reed College (well, my first college anyway, but that’s a different story) hosts its Holiday Dinner. The highlight of the evening Read More