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
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
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
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
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
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
The email arrived on July 1, 2016. It was from my oldest and dearest friend, Bjarne Holm:
Hi Keith. Bad news on the health front. I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer early last month. My prognosis is a few months to a few years, depending on how I respond to treatment. … I’m trying to make the best of it, and the response to treatment so far is pretty good. Fortunately I have Robin, who is doing a fantastic job Read More
Each August and September, the collector car world hits high gear. Everything that happens before just anticipates the explosion of activities that mark the end of summer.
Normally, this is a busy time for me — and the gang at SCM. But this year, hectic, frenetic and “my hair was on fire” seem too-mild adjectives.
My August began by driving the SCM Alfa Duetto down the Oregon and California coasts to Monterey. In the 30 Read More
The pundits didn’t wait for the Monterey Car Week auctions to end before weighing in with banshee-like wails of market distress.
“Saturday night auctions fail to meet 2015 levels” The Los Angeles Times headlined before the Gooding auction on Sunday.
Bloomberg weighed in on Monday, “Monterey Auctions Continue to Slide after 2014 Peak.”
“Next month, if these trends continue, Cobras will be free!” (Okay, I made that one up.)
If you Read More
Each year, this issue falls in the lull just before the great Super Bowl contest that is Monterey Car Week. Each of the auction companies on the Peninsula has its lineups set. All the seven- and eight-figure, market-defining cars have been extensively promoted and the potential bidders courted.
Within a few days after you read this, we’ll all know if this year’s totals exceed the $400m of last year (I predict they will, by at least $25m), and like a Read More