Keith’s Blog: More Thoughts on the SCM 1000 — From a First Timer

I’ve been driving sports cars and going on road trips since 1966.

I sometimes forget what it’s like for someone to go on a road trip in an old car. It’s sensory overload in so many ways.

In an old car, you are not passing through the landscape, you’re part of it. You smell the change as you move from forest to fields of wheat.

You feel the undulations of the road, shifting down for more power as you reach Read More

Keith’s Blog: The Second SCM 1000 is History!

One thousand miles and two thousand great conversations.

The second annual SCM 1000 is now a part of the magazine’s history.

Last week, 82 enthusiasts in 42 cars drove 1,000 miles in four days. They explored nooks and crannies of Oregon that are well off the beaten path.

However, as spectacular as the cars and the roads were, even better was the camaraderie that developed among the participants.

A new feature this year — and unique to our tour — Read More

Keith’s Blog: The SCM 1000 is Underway!

The SCM 1000 kicked off on Sunday after with a Cars in the Park Event at the Portland Art Museum.

Tour participants showed off their cars to Portland’s many vintage car enthusiasts. Portlanders are used to SCM parking flights of amazing cars outside of the Portland Art Museum. We started the first-ever SCM Tour outside the Museum last summer.

The weather was perfect, and everyone got a chance to make new friends and learn more about a lot of great Read More

Keith’s Blog: Alex, the Spitfire and the BMW 2002

Alex, my daughter, and I had a pleasant Saturday planned in July of 2007.

At that time, Rob Sass was head of Business Development for SCM. As you probably know, Rob buys cars like the rest of us buy socks. Given my proclivity for accidental purchases, we were a dangerous pair.

There is a small all-British swap meet each spring in Portland. At it, Rob had come across a big-bumper Triumph Spitfire 1500, circa 1976-80. Orange over black, it was Read More

Keith’s Blog: Four Coupes and Three Garage Spaces

I’ve got a dilemma. Due to my profligate purchasing of Alfas, I now have more cars than I have spaces at SCM World Headquarters.

Something has to go.

I was counting cars the other night (a favorite hobby of mine), and realized I have four Alfas coupes and a 4-door sedan — plus two convertibles.

Since I can only drive one car at a time, perhaps one of the coupes could go.

I have built all four to my preferred Read More