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Scottsdale: Sacred Ground for Car Collectors

The Western Wall, Bethlehem, Mecca, and Scottsdale are all holy places. My first pilgrimage to the Arizona desert auctions converted me to a believer. My 48-hour trip was a transcendental experience—it was short but unforgettable. The auction events at Scottsdale are sprawled out and scattered across town. If you replace the ocean with desert, events […]

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Across Turkey on a Motorcycle

In 2005, the American Flyers took a motorcycle ride across Turkey. We rode the radically advanced and “all-new” 2005 BMW 1200 GS. From a historical and geographical perspective, Turkey is fascinating. It is bordered by eight countries, including Iran, Iraq, and Syria. It is flanked by large bodies of water on three sides of it—The […]

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Scottsdale 2018: Sports Car Market Insider’s Seminar

Scottsdale is the must-attend kick-off event for the collector car year. Barrett-Jackson, Gooding & Company, and RM Sotheby’s will be auctioning thousands of fine automobiles. I have been invited by Sports Car Market’s Keith Martin to participate in his Insider’s Seminar panel. I will be joined by an esteemed group of industry experts including Carl Bomstead, […]

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Beck Speedster: A Modern Analog Time Machine

“At slower speeds, the modern performance car is boring. Indeed, much of modern performance is purely ‘notional,’ good only for bragging rights. We’ve all experienced the truth of the adage, ‘It’s more fun to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slowly.’” —Miles Collier, Sports Car Market, September 2016 Dateline: Woodstock Vermont. I recently […]

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The Legendary War Wagons of Norias

“KING RANCH: The name is embroidered in the tapestry of Texas, rising from the sun-baked coastal plains in the infancy of the state itself. King Ranch is the inspiration of legends and speculation, tradition and history. Rawhide-tough through drought, Indian attacks, Civil War, and the Great Depression among other trials, King Ranch is the star of […]

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Following Fidel: Across Cuba on a Motorcycle

In April the American Flyers Motorcycle Club went to Cuba for a ten-day motorcycle adventure. Our timing was perfect given all the change that is facing new Cuba. Paradoxically, the socialist island paradise is experiencing death and a rebirth at the same time. Today Cuba is in the midst of the greatest social, economic, and political upheaval since Fidel led […]

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Collecting Thoughts: Pebble to Paris

In August, Sport Car Market publisher Keith Martin extended a back-to-back invitation for me to join him at Pebble Beach and Chantilly. All he asked in return was that I write a story comparing and contrasting these two blockbuster car shows. Last month, Turtle Garage submitted “Pebble to Paris” to the editorial staff at SCM. The article […]

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Cooperstown or Bust!

Jonathan and I have been friends since childhood. This summer he bought a gorgeous 1983 BMW R100R.  The bike was owned for years by Arthur Einstein. Arthur is an old friend, fellow American Flyer, and father of Nick Einstein (one of my oldest friends who I rode my motorcycle across America with in 2004—the road blogs from […]

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