Alex is a retired vintage-car dealer and former Mercedes-Benz restorer. His vintage racing mounts include a Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, a 190SL and a Lotus. Alex lives in Kittery Point, ME, and continues to exercise various old cars on road trips, often while doing appraisals.
Brian wrote his first auction report for Old Cars Weekly in 1990 and has contributed his colorful commentary in Sports Car Market since 1998. His work appears regularly in Kelley Blue Book, and also in a handful of marque-specific publications. Carlson shuns what he calls “single-marque tunnel vision” and takes great pride in his “vehicular diversity.” He attends about two dozen auctions per year, but he broke away to roar around Oregon with Paul Hardiman in SCM’s Dodge Viper and Porsche 911 Turbo in the 2015 Northwest Passage.
Carl has been writing for SCM for 19 years. His first article appeared in the February 1997 issue, and at least one of his articles has appeared in every issue since. When he’s not writing, he serves as a National Director for the Classic Car Club of America and tends to his extensive collection of automobilia. He has been a judge at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance for the past 20 years, and he also judges at Amelia Island and other major concours. An extensive number of collector cars have passed through his garage, and a 1947 Cadillac 62 Series convertible and a 1968 Intermeccanica Italia are current residents.
Colin is the founder of Colin’s Classic Automobiles in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as well as SCM’s resident American car expert. His fascination with cars began at an early age, and according to him, he never grew out of it—nor does he wish to. Colin regularly appears on television, and he is the author of the books: “Million-Dollar Muscle Cars” and the “Complete Book of Shelby Automobiles.” A hands-on guy, Comer maintains an impressive collection of his own and is an avid vintage racer. He is a regular contributor to both Sports Car Market and American Car Collector magazines.
Chester came to SCM after 17 years as a reporter, editor and columnist at several newspapers in Washington and Oregon. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. His earliest memories include sitting in the family’s Chrysler convertible and draining the battery while repeatedly pushing the button to raise and lower the top. An avid fly angler, he wrote outdoor columns for The Olympian newspaper for seven years, and he is completing a book about flyfishing for sea-run cutthroat trout. At the green age of 22, he drove his employer’s 1973 Ferrari 246 Dino from San Diego to Malibu. It was a long, nerve-wracking drive, but there was a golden moment when a beautiful woman handed him a slip of paper at a Pacific Coast Highway stoplight. He never made the call, but it’s something to think about on long drives.
Chip has been writing to an international audience on both new and collector automobiles for more than a decade. He is the owner of a well-known vintage parts business catering to owners of the classic SAAB automobile. His handful of eclectic cars and motorcycles keeps him very busy, as he owns not just quirky veteran Swedes, but a rather broad selection ranging from unusual American machines to the odd modern sports car.
Dale started his love of cars by collecting Hot Wheels as a child. His first car was a dead 1970 Dodge Challenger 440 R/T, acquired for the princely sum of $500. He’s been buying, selling, restoring, collecting and otherwise obsessing over classic cars ever since. Dale serves as the voice of Auctions America as well as Tom Mack and Carlisle Auctions. He also serves as a Contributor and Senior Auction Analyst for SCM and ACC. Dale’s collection includes a 1966 Sunbeam Tiger, a “Mister Norm’s” 1970 Dodge Challenger 440 R/T and an ultra-rare 1940 Plymouth convertible (to name a few). When he’s not immersed in the world of classic cars, Dale applies his talents as a seasoned marketing and advertising consultant.
David teaches photography and design at the Art Institute of Portland. As an aviation historian, he has worked for the Evergreen Aviation Museum, Seattle’s Museum of Flight, and Pearson Field in Vancouver, Washington. In 1992, he published a collection of aviation photography and videos in the CD-ROM “Jets and Props.” Brunn has flown in dozens of warbirds, including a Boeing B-17, Ford Trimotor, Stinson Gullwing, and a German WWII Ju-52 transport. He has visited the major aviation battlefields of World Wars I and II, including the crash site of the Red Baron in France, and while exploring the islands of Palau, he found a Japanese Zero in the jungle, still standing on its landing gear.
Ed caught the sports car bug in high school in the early 1970s when he bought a rusty Triumph TR3A that promptly seized its motor. His primary interest is Italian sports cars, but he also has an Amilcar CGS and had a Bugatti Brescia, both from 1925. He completed the 2004 Mille Miglia in the Amilcar, and took 3rd place at Pebble Beach in 2009 with the Bugatti. He vintage-rallies a Lancia Aurelia GT, and he’s won the Monte Shelton NW Classic Motor Rally five times since 1990. Godshalk is restoring a Cisitalia 202 “Corsa” coupe, driven by Taruffi in the 1948 Targa Florio, and a D46 monoposto once owned by Harry Schell. He runs the web site Cisitalia.net.
Gary is also Editor in Chief of The Star, the magazine for the Mercedes-Benz Club of America. He has been active for many years in the Austin-Healey Club USA and is co-author of MBI’s best-selling Austin-Healey Restoration Guide, as well as editor of the Austin-Healey Magazine. An avid vintage race driver, he ran his 1960 MGA in three Monterey Historics, four Wine Country Classics, and the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. He is the author of Motoring: Getting the Maximum from Your New Mini, a comprehensive guide to the new MINI Cooper, available through Amazon.com.
Gordon still remembers the day his uncle brought home a red 1936 Auburn convertible coupe after the Korean War. He had never seen such a beautiful car, and it hardwired him into an old car buff from that day forward. He started a company in 1967 that became very successful, and his daily driver was a 1947 Oldsmobile “8” sedanette. He still owns that car, but it’s now fully restored. He has served as National Head Judge for the Classic Car Club of America, has judged Duesenbergs at Pebble Beach for nearly 30 years, vintage raced, and driven in all the usual rallies. Retiring 20 years ago, he now plays with cars. His oldest collector car is a 1916 Pierce-Arrow and his newest is a 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB. His latest purchase is a 1955 Studebaker Speedster and his favorite car is whatever he’s driving.
Geoff is a recovered English Ford Cortina addict. He and his wife currently feed and groom a spring green 1969 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 and an amaranth violet 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 coupe. He got his gearhead start as a lackey at two Porsche dealerships. He then signed on as a mechanic on the 1997 Panama-Alaska vintage rally. A hopeless cruiser of eBay and Craigslist, his regular contributions to SCM include Fresh Meat and selections from eBay Motors.
Jack started writing a column about cars called “Riding the Rods” for a monthly youth center newsletter at age 15. At 16, he modified his 1951 Ford Country Club coupe into a trophy-winning mild custom for shows and drag racing. After graduate school, he pursued road racing in a Formula Vee, earning an SCCA National Competition License in 1967. A Lotus 61MX and a Lola 328-based C sports racer followed. Street machines have included two E-type Jags and five Corvettes. Tockston is a retired Air Force officer who has held managerial positions at Fiat, Ford and Mercedes-Benz dealerships. His wife, Judi, has endured his encyclopedic car commentary for 49 years.
Jay has been a muscle, hot rod, and custom guy since Hot Wheels first hit the shelves in 1968. He has since owned a succession of Shelby Mustangs, a Pontiac GTO Judge, and various flathead-powered early Fords. Currently, his garage holds a 1932 Ford 3-window coupe and a 1956 DeSoto Hardtop. For over a decade, Fitzhugh has been a Senior Contributing Writer for The Rodder’s Journal, where he has published well over 20 story chapters on the evolution of hot rodding from the late 1940s through the ’60s. He has received both Gold and Silver Moto Awards for his writing and photography from the International Automotive Media Competition and is a member of the Motor Press Guild.
Jerome is a lifelong gearhead whose best memories have always been linked to cars. At age 17, his first mistress was an Italian in the form of a 1971 Lancia Fulvia, followed by more costly Europeans, represented today by a 1961 Ferrari 250 GTE. His first engine rebuild was the 350-ci small-block in his 1970 Buick Skylark, which he acquired during a seven-year stint in New York City. Now based in Paris, Hardy enjoys the sheer size of his Mercury Grand Marquis Colony Park wagon and the unwashed 1939 Packard Super Eight he purchased in Portland, OR, and now wheels around Paris.
Jim grew up in a small neighborhood of car guys, so the bug bit him early, and rides in his neighbor’s over-powered street rods sealed the deal for good. His first car was a ’66 Caprice with a big-block Chevy—a car which landed him his first job as a mechanic after high school and through college, got him into drag racing, and much to the distress of his wife Kristina, caused his recent home search to take a full year—the Caprice is 19 feet long and gets parked inside. In addition to the Caprice, also maintains a 1972 Chevrolet K10 4x4 and a 2006 Dodge Charger SRT8.
Jim wrote for the 356 Registry and SCM for over a decade, was a Contributing Editor for Porsche Panorama (the magazine of the Porsche Club of America), and wrote for Excellence and the Porsche Market Letter. He has written two popular books on vintage Porsches: Buying, Driving, and Enjoying the Porsche 356; and Buying, Driving, and Enjoying the Early Porsche 911. He owns about 20 vintage Porsches, which he attempts to keep on the road through all kinds of weather. He is a clinical professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he teaches a popular course on strategy. He actively races his family’s 41-foot sailboat with his two boys on Lake Michigan.
Jeff grew up in an automotive family in rural southern Michigan. His grandfather owned a Ford dealership in the 1940s, and his father started an automotive manufacturing business with his high school friend in 1958. Lane spent countless hours in the family garage, and by the time he was ten he was helping his dad restore a 1954 MG TF. At age twelve, his father gave him a disassembled TF for Christmas; four years and many hours in the garage later, Lane took his driver’s test behind its wheel. Now director of the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, he spends his hours searching for unique cars to add to the collection.
John holds degrees in engineering and operations research from the University of California-Berkeley, New York University, and Johns Hopkins. He vintage raced a Ferrari TdF for 13 years and has been restoring old cars for nearly 50 years. He owned the Atlanta Ferrari-Maserati dealership, FAF, for 17 years. He’s always had an affinity for obscure American cars, and in high school, he drove a 1936 Packard convertible coupe, followed by a 1949 Olds Holiday hardtop that got him through college. Today his garage includes 11 cars, including a Top Flight 1960 Corvette he’s owned since day one, a 1957 T-Bird, and several vintage Ferraris. His automotive library contains over 5,000 magazines and books and 1,800 auction catalogs. He has contributed to SCM since 1996.
John practices law in the Portland, OR, suburb of Lake Oswego, where he focuses on tax and estate planning, business organizations and transactions, and representation of collector-car owners. He is a past president of the Oregon region of the Porsche Club of America and served as the chairman of the PCA’s 2006 parade. His collection includes two Porsches, a Ferrari, an Alfa, a Lotus, a BMW daily driver, a John Deere tractor — and one increasingly famous Jaguar E-type. This month’s “You Write, We Read” on p. 20 is full of SCMer advice on whether Draneas should restore his Jag.
John is the product of the 1960s SoCal car and bike culture and has been screwing around with Ducati motorcycles since he was 16. An interest in cars, bikes and boats saw him simultaneously owning a twin-cam Lotus Europa and Kaiser Special, NSU Super Max and Ducati 750 GT motorbikes, and a mahogany Chris-Craft runabout. After leaving his job as Road Test Editor at Cycle magazine, he had a short-lived career in marine biology before becoming Associate Editor at Automobile and then Editor of Corvette Quarterly, GM’s official journal for Corvette. He’s American Car Collector magazine’s Corvette Market columnist and a regular contributor to Sports Car Market.
One of John's first cars was a Mercedes 300Sc roadster. He’s been hard to please ever since, and has owned memorable cars from makes as varied as Studebaker and Ferrari, plus a bunch more Mercedes. In each case, he sold for more than he paid. Like most car enthusiasts, this was not his goal, but he’s not complaining, and he turned his experiences into a book, Make Money Owning Your Car (And Enjoy Every Minute). After discovering he liked words as much as cars, he began publishing the SL Market Letters (SLML), which has been rolling along for 27 years now. Olson has self-published three additional books; the latest, The SL Experience, is one of Amazon.com’s best-selling Mercedes books of this decade.
Julius was born in Berlin and studied economics in Frankfurt. In 1994, he started the company EB Club, which specialized in handbuilt Bugatti models. While still at university in 1998, Kruta began working for VW, following its acquisition of the Bugatti brand, as the marque historian and consultant. Having completed a thesis on Bugatti, he began his career as a marketing assistant at Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. and in 2003 became Bugatti’s Head of Tradition. He has been a regular judge at Pebble Beach for the last seven years and is the author or co-author of several books on the marque, including The Bugatti Type 57S, Bugatti eine Renngeschichte von 1920–1939, and Bugatti: From Milan to Molsheim.
Jeff is a lifelong automobile enthusiast with a penchant for sports and racing cars. He has raced SCCA, local circle track, and stage rally as a co-driver. He makes his living as a freelance automotive journalist and is the author of six books on automotive topics. As a rule, he practices catch-and-release fishing when it comes to collectible automobiles, trying to leave each one in better condition than he found it. Enduring passions include his MGA and Austin Mini, and his 1969 Corvette. He recently purchased a 1920 Ford Model T Touring because “you just have to have one of these once in your life.”
Ken has been an auto writer for 38+ years, and his work has appeared in Playboy, AutoWeek, Hemispheres, The Rodder’s Journal, Street Rodder and Hot Rod Magazine. He wrote the award-winning TV series “Behind the Headlights,” and his books include Hot Rods and Custom Cars, Los Angeles and the Dry Lakes: The Early Years, Art of the Hot Rod, Hot Rod Milestones and The Allure of the Automobile. He was curator of the “Allure of the Automobile” exhibit at the Portland Art Museum during the summer of 2011. He was director of the Los Angeles-based Petersen Automotive Museum and has judged at Pebble Beach for 20 years.
Michael came home from the maternity ward in a custom, Candy Apple Red ’55 Chevy, and it’s been cars, cars, cars, ever since. Eclectic fare, from full classics to current exotics, always filled the family garage. After a stint as the commercial director of an auto racing team, Leven became a professional winemaker, a craft he practices to this day. He regularly drives his MB 280SL, and recently recommissioned a W123 Mercedes for his teenage sons, saying, “It’s perfect: slow, safe and indestructible.” His mission is to find a Gypsy Red ’55 Nomad like the one his grandfather bought new.
Michael is a Ferrari historian and broker with over three decades in the business. He operated a 30-man Ferrari crash repair and restoration shop for over two decades. He has a passion for racing and has competed in the Mazda Pro Series, Trans-Am, IMSA GTO, and IMSA Camel Lite, and has three drives in the 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring. His regular column, “Sheehan Speaks,” has been a part of SCM since 1993, and this month, on p. 38, he takes us to a Brunei prince’s compound that holds hundreds of decaying, melting exotic sports cars.
Miles is a retired business executive, practicing artist, investor, philanthropist and noted authority on vintage automobiles. He nurtured his interest in art at Yale University, where he received a B.A. in Painting. When family business intervened, he received an MBA from Columbia University. He retired as Managing Partner of Collier Enterprises in 1995 and returned to painting, which he does professionally. Collier maintains a significant automobile collection in Naples, FL. He recently hosted one of his prestigious symposiums on automobile connoisseurship.
Mark knows his way around a keyboard as well as a road course. He traded a 25-year career in newspaper journalism, with senior editor positions in Los Angeles, San Jose and Portland, OR, for the chance to manage Portland International Raceway in 2000. It was a case of moving from one love affair to another, driven by his love of racing nurtured as a teen turned loose at Riverside Raceway. He went into newspapers out of college as a way to get involved in racing, deciding a press pass was the fastest way to the front of the grid. He regularly reviews motorsports books for SCM, and he’s always in search of the elusive pony in the pile.
Norm is a lifelong car enthusiast with a particular affinity for small, odd things. His first microcar was a 1957 Berkeley S328, and he currently owns a 1935 Morgan F2, 1958 FriskySport, and 1967 Reliant Regal. For over two decades, his columns and features on collector cars have appeared in magazines, newspapers and websites across North America and Britain. Mort has written many books about collector vehicles, including Micro Trucks and American Woodies 1928–1953. He lives in Wellington, Ontario, and has owned and operated an independent collector-vehicle appraisal company since 1992.
Paul grew up in England and has been riding, driving (and mostly writing about) cars and motorcycles since 1958, when he bought a 1939 James Autocycle for $5. He’s written for daily newspapers and magazines for 40 years, including the Chicago Tribune and New York Times, and has owned upwards of 200 cars and 30 motorcycles, most of which survived to be sold. His daily driver is a 1984 Cadillac Seville in Palomino Firemist, but on sunny days you’ll find him grinning over the windshield of a 1968 Siata Spring.
Paul is descended from engineers and horse thieves, so he naturally gravitated toward the old-car marketplace and still finds fascination in the simpler things in life: looking for spot-weld dimples under an E-type tail, or counting the head-studs on a supposed Mini-Cooper engine. His motoring heroes are Roger Clark, Burt Levy, Henry Royce and Smokey Yunick — and all he wants for next Christmas is an Alvis Stalwart complete with picnic table in the back and a lake big enough to play in.
Pierre is a Mercedes-Benz über-enthusiast. When Pierre is not turning wrenches on vintage Mercedes-Benz cars at his eponymous repair shop, he enjoys driving his own Mercedes classics. These include (but are not limited to) a 1972 280SE 4.5, a 1970 280SL and a 1985 300CD. Pierre also serves as a technical adviser to the Mercedes-Benz club of America.
Prescott bought his first Porsche, a 1964 356SC coupe, in early July 1967, just before starting his first job. The next weekend he bought a refrigerator — thereby establishing priorities for life. He has owned many Porsches and is a Contributing Editor for Porsche Panorama, where he concentrates on arcane corners of Porsche history, writes the regular “356 Collectibles” and “MarketWatch” columns for the 356 Registry Magazine, and contributes to Excellence and the Journal of the Society of Automotive Historians.
Ray addiction to anything with a motor started when his father bought him his first mini bike at age 11. In high school, he worked as an apprentice mechanic at Armando’s Foreign Sport Car in Youngstown, Ohio. He escaped Cleveland in 1978 and moved to California, where he worked as a lead technician at Sun Datsun in Whittier, and later as a Jaguar mechanic at California Coventry in Costa Mesa. He soon moved to Doctor Jaguar and eventually bought the business. Nierlich’s first Jag was an E-type, and his love affair with (mostly British) cars continues to this day. He also tinkers with English motorcycles from time to time. Nierlich sold Doctor Jaguar in 2006 and semi-retired to Salinas, California, where he has a hobby shop to play with his collection of cars and motorcycles.
Rob was pre-ordained to accumulate strange collector cars after early exposure to his dad’s 1959 Hillman Minx. Sass served as Assistant Attorney General for the state of Missouri and then as a partner in a St. Louis law firm before deciding his billable hours requirement terminally interfered with his old car affliction. His stable of affordable classics has included a TVR 280i, a Triumph TR 250, an early Porsche 911S, and a Daimler SP250. He currently owns a 1965 E-type coupe and a 1981 Porsche 911SC.
Robert has pursued parallel career paths for more than 50 years, first as a car designer, then as a writer specializing in design. The first car made to his sketches — a one-off known as the Parkinson Jaguar Special, which is still vintage-racing — was done when he was 15 years old. At 19, he was a General Motors designer, working chiefly on Corvettes, and he had been published in national magazines. From 1958 onward, he has been an independent designer, working for major car manufacturers in Europe and the U.S. and for small-volume specialists. He taught transportation design at the Art Center College of Design, is the editorialist for Italy’s Auto & Design magazine, and has written a popular car design column for Automobile Magazine for 25 years.
Reid is editor-publisher of Healey Marque magazine, the official publication of the Austin-Healey Club of America (www.healeyclub.org). His interest in cars began when he taught himself to drive a stick in a hand-me-down 1962 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider. Wanting more power than the Alfa’s 1300 could provide, he bought a Healey 3000 and fell down that slippery slope of affection for British cars. Currently the owner of two 1956 Healeys — a 100M and a 100 with the Le Mans Kit — his affliction also includes non-British dalliances. He is also Chairman of the Columbia Gorge Classic Rally (www.columbiagorgemgaclub.org). He makes his home in Portland, OR.
Simon is from an old British motor-racing family. He started his career at Coys, leaving to co-found Bonhams Europe in Geneva. Over the next decade, he staged high-profile auctions around the world, branching out on his own in 2006 to found Kidston SA, a consultancy responsible for some of the larger deals you rarely hear about. Simon also judges at Pebble Beach and is “the voice” of the Villa d’Este Concours and the Mille Miglia.
Cars have been the thing since his earliest years, and he still owns enough Tyco electric track to reconstruct the Nürburgring. Unlike most gearheads, he didn’t get his first car until age 24—a completely un-sporty, un- collectible 1980 Volvo, which he cherished on the snowy roads of Montana. He spends his days immersed in the two great joys of his life—words and cars—and reckons there is no better job out there. He lives with his wife Shannon in Portland, Oregon. They are expecting their first child in April.
Steve taught high school auto shop before moving to Atlanta, GA, where his love of sports cars led him to FAF Motorcars, the former Ferrari dealer where he served as General Manager and Vice President. He has been a self-proclaimed “one-trick pony,” coveting the Ferrari marque. He has been involved in concours judging for over 25 years and is a member of the IAC/PFA, an international committee overseeing high-level Ferrari concours judging. He is chief judge of the Celebration Exotic Car Show in Celebration, FL.
Steve started to love of cars when he was 5 years old and sitting on the front porch with his father, who could tell what type of car was coming by the location of the headlights. He discovered road racing at Riverside Raceway, and crewed on a couple of Porsche pro teams in the 1980s. He became a fan of BMWs after driving a 2002 in 1971, and he has owned many since then, including a 1989 M3, a 1972 3.0 CS and an E91 wagon. He is the current Executive Vice President of the BMW Car Club of America and has been an Instructor in their high-performance driving program for 15 years.
Stephen is the president and owner of Aston Martin of New England / Lotus Motorsports Inc. in Waltham, MA, although for the most part, vintage European cars are where his heart is. His need to over-indulge in vintage European cars of the 1950s and 1960s inevitably leads to coveting one more car. Recent garage inhabitants include a Porsche 356A Speedster and 356A European coupe, Ferrari 275 GTS and 246GT, BMW 2002 and a Hudson Hornet. HIs vintage-Porsche-driving wife, Amanda, tolerates this all nicely.
Thomas has contributed hundreds of texts and photographs to automotive publications over the last 25 years. Interests in architecture and design, history, and engineering combine with talents as a writer and photographer to produce stories that reveal the soul of an automobile, or the people that create, collect, or race them. Glatch has contributed stories to all the major Corvette, Mustang, muscle car, and Mopar magazines. His large-format photographs are frequently in Collectible Automobile magazine and have been used in a number of books and calendars. He works full-time for a Fortune 500 corporation as a data- and systems-analyst.
Thor grew up in northern Iowa. His father bought a red Jag XK 150 in the late 1950s, and that was all it took; he has been in love with sports cars , racing cars and the associated adrenaline rush ever since. He has vintage raced for more than 20 years, the bulk of them spent behind the wheel of a blue Elva 7. When he’s not racing, he is president of Vintage Racing Motors Inc., a collector-car dealer and vintage-racing support company based in Redmond, WA. His knowledge runs the full spectrum of vintage racing, and he has put that expertise to good use for SCM since 2003.
He is the Associate Editor at Car and Driver magazine, where he writes the regular “Up Front” column. In the past few years, Quiroga has fed his growing adrenaline addiction by entering the EyeRock 500—a race for blind drivers and sighted co-drivers. He has competed in several failed efforts to win the 24 Hours of LeMons, an endurance race for $500 cars, and recently he raced an Oldsmobile diesel across America.
Tony has long trumpeted the virtues of collecting Japanese cars. His daily driver is a 1970 Toyota Hilux — the one with the turn signals on top of the fenders. His popular “Rising Sun” column keeps a pulse on the J-tin market.
Toby was born in England where his enthusiasm for fine automobiles started at a young age, preparing his father’s Aston DB 2/4 for concours events, and later using it in hill climbs. He moved to France 25 years ago, and after a couple of years working for the Aston Martin importer, became a classic car broker, mainly for Ferrari. Living in France awakened an interest in the great French marques, and a long learning curve began. Over the years, Toby has discovered some great cars sleeping in France ranging from a Ferrari Daytona Competition to a Talbot Teardrop. Toby now lives on the small island of Malta, where he helps organize races and shows for the thriving classic car community.