The Royal Treatment

In the September issue of SCM, I predicted that sales in Monterey would total $331 million. As the dust continues to settle, it appears I was within a few million dollars — close enough.

The current sales total, roughly $330 million, represents a slight decline from the $343m sold in 2016. However, with the addition of a few post-block sales, 2017 will be essentially on par with 2016.

Exceptional cars rule

The mood at all of the auctions was thoughtful. Read More

Two-Lane Tour de Force

2018 marks SCM’s 30th Anniversary. When we published our first issue of the Alfa Romeo Market Letter — quick-printed on blue paper — we never imagined the roller coaster ride that was ahead of us.

To celebrate this anniversary, we are going to have a five-day, 1,000-mile tour of Oregon’s best back roads. Dates are July 8 through July 13, 2018. The tour will begin and end in Portland, OR.

While many of the details are still being finalized, we Read More

Your Mission in Monterey

The confetti cannons will belch their crumpled-paper payloads around 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 20. Best of Show for the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will have been crowned.

And with that culmination of the week’s activities, hundreds of thousands of car fanatics will begin the trek home from Monterey Car Week.

While our focus is on the transactions that take place that week, there is more than buy/sell going on. Between the auctions, concours, shows, and general get-togethers, Monterey Read More

A Heads-Up on Hoods-Up

I have a pet peeve at concours. It’s owners who insist on leaving the hoods of their cars open all day long.

It’s hardly the way designers would want their cars seen.

Further, the hoods jutting upwards are a jarring contrast to the elegant setting of a concours field.

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post about this — and offered a solution:

I proposed an “SCM Hoods-Down” standard. I propose that hoods of all cars be down Read More

An Alfa is Reborn

We were crossing the Oregon High Desert at 80 mph in a 52-year-old Alfa Romeo when Bradley’s jacket blew out the window. A second earlier he had been struggling to get one arm out of a sleeve.

We were about 20 miles from Madras, OR, in a caravan of vintage Alfas. This was the Alfa Romeo Owners of Oregon’s 39th Annual Old Spider Tour. We covered 500 miles in two days on two-lane country roads. The 1965 Giulia Spider Veloce Read More

A Father’s Day Note

The 1960 Bugeye I bought for my 10-year-old son Bradley 18 months ago is finally home in the SCM garage.

When I bought this Bugeye, I accomplished two goals with one car.

First, I was paying a tribute to my own beginnings in sports cars. My first car was a Bugeye — purchased the day I turned 16 and got my license.

Although the car was only seven years old, it was thoroughly decrepit and barely worth the $30 I Read More

Join SCM’s Bonkers Miami-to-Monterey Drive

We’ve come up with the ultimate SCM road trip. We’re combining perhaps the most insignificant collector car with the longest possible trip. Here’s your chance to become a part of it.

We’ve acquired a 1974 Bradley GT. My 9-year-old son is named Bradley; how could I resist? Think how much more interesting my choices would have been if I had named him Enzo.

We’re asking SCMers to take turns driving it across the country. The GT is currently in Miami/Fort Read More

The Millennials Are Coming! Vote Today

We at SCM believe the car hobby is thriving and growing, and new generations of enthusiasts are becoming a part of it all the time. Here’s your chance to help us recognize them.

Later this year, SCM will name 40 enthusiasts under 40 years old who are making a difference in the classic car world.

We’re asking you for nominations. Candidates can be involved in restoration, detailing, aftermarket parts, buying and selling privately or through Read More

Cool Runnings

We do these things to ourselves.

On purpose. It’s part of our old-car madness.

When American Car Collector contributor Michael Pierce and his wife, Linda, invited me to spend Christmas Day night with them, it became an excuse to give an old car some exercise.

They live in Carlton, OR, a bucolic town in the heart of Oregon’s Pinot Noir region. It’s about 44 miles from Portland on the main roads. But why take a four-lane highway when there are Read More

Three Cars Calling to Me

When I start fidgeting around wondering which car I should get next, my friends call it “car knitting.”

Currently, I’ve got a tidy, tightly focused collection of Alfas, ranging from a 1958 Giulietta Sprint Veloce to a 1967 Duetto. All the cars are in fine fettle or approaching it.

The cars that have been calling out to me are an Alfa Junior Zagato, an Austin-Healey BT7 and a Porsche 356B coupe.

Here are the pluses and minuses of each:

Let’s Read More

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