An E-Ticket Ride at the Best Place on Earth

If I had to sum up my trip to Monterey for the “big car week” in two words, they would be “exhilarating” and “exhausting.” And at most times, it really was a combination of the two.

It’s not like I hadn’t been before. This was actually my fourth time to Monterey in August over the past 25 years. But what made this trip entirely different was that this was my first as an SCM staffer.

This is like handing someone Read More

Alex’s Blog: Robert Brooks Discusses the 250 GTO — Exclusive!

I went to London in early July with my father, SCM Publisher Keith Martin, to attend a special anniversary dinner at Bonhams’ headquarters — and to witness the unveiling of the Ferrari 250 GTO consigned for Bonhams’ August 14-15 auction in Carmel, CA.

Last week I spoke with Bonhams Chairman Robert Brooks. Brooks discussed the historic significance of the car, why it’s being offered without reserve, and what it Read More

Alex’s Blog: The Essence of BMW Throttles Through the Generations

The Ultimate Driving Machine has been my automotive drug of choice since I turned 16. My first Bimmer was a reliable 1977 320i. Soon after, I upgraded to power steering with my Alpine White 1995 318i, which I still drive today. My love for my car is renewed every time I hear the engine turn over and start right up. (It probably has something to do with a childhood spent bump-starting stubborn Alfas.)

With my background and loyalty to the Read More

A Nimble Backroad Whale

Flying all the way from Oregon to Texas to drive a car sounds a little bit crazy, but we’re talking about BMW’s 2014 M6 Gran Coupe — on the Circuit of the Americas track near Austin.

Once I reached the track, the BMW instructor waved his arm at the array of 2014 M6 Gran Coupes lined up in the pits and uttered my favorite sentence: “Take your pick.”

And there she was, with her carbon-fiber roof, my M6, whispering promises Read More

Alex’s Blog: The Little Alfa That Could

If you ever wanted to teach your daughter how to work on engines, just send her on a 1,000-mile road trip in an old car.

Last Sunday I left Portland with my two good friends, Carly Mackie and Carolyn Corl. We cruised down Highway 101 in the Sports Car Market ‘67 Alfa Romeo Giulia Super for a two-day road trip, with the California Redwoods as our final destination. We made it to the Redwoods and back, even though the Alfa Read More

Alex’s Blog: Toto, We’re Not in Oregon Any More

Espresso bars, cigarettes and the telephone greeting “Pronto!” surrounded me. It was official: I had just stepped off the plane into Italy with the promise of driving restored classic Ferraris on the horizon. It was the quickest 48 hours of my life.

A week ago my father, publisher Keith Martin, and I received an invitation to a press conference for a vintage car restorer called Modena Classic Works. It was to be held in the Museo Casa Enzo Read More

Alex’s Blog: The Mellow Rebel

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to test drive a Hyundai Elantra GT. That car far exceeded my expectations. When its rebel sister known as the Veloster showed up in the garage, I grabbed the keys and took a long lunch, which turned into a long weekend.

For $22,100, this Hyundai comes with a 201-hp 1.6-L twin-scroll turbocharged 4-cylinder. The price tag is attractive, but before I started daydreaming about paint colors, I had to put the car Read More

The Monte Shelton NW Classic: My First TSD

I asked SCM IT Specialist Brian Baker to represent us on this weekend’s Monte Shelton Northwest Classic Rally. Brian is a true gearhead with an appreciation for all things old and automotive, but his particular area of interest is modified Japanese cars. (His daily driver is a lowered Honda CRX, and he is in the process of restoring a 280Z.) This would be his first ever TSD, and he would pilot the GTV. Here is what he Read More

Highlights From Forest Grove 2013

The SCM crew was out in force this weekend at the Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance. Publisher Keith Martin and Contributing Editor Donald Osborne returned once again to emcee the event, and ACC Contributor Ken Gross was Senior Judge. Best of Show went to a 1931 Duesenberg Model SJ owned by Tom Armstrong.

The “Vineyard Tour” on Saturday preceded the Sunday Concours.

Check out pictures of both events in the gallery below.Read More