Tilting at Windmills with “Sports Car Market”

Tilting at Windmills – me, the law,  and SCM

I wrote some time ago of my affection for “Sports Car Market” magazine. SCM (as it is known to its own self-referenced ‘in crowd’), covers car auctions, primarily of the sort of cars that appear on my “lottery” list.  I.E., not cars I’m ever likely to purchase. 

They also have monthly articles on individual cars of historic note, on what is going on with E-Bay finds, on automobilia, and assorted other related topics. An expensive guilty pleasure, but one chock full of information, and a small fraction of that is of use to me.

A favorite monthly column is written by Portland attorney John Draneas, and is called “Legal Files.”  His articles are always fascinating, and some of them have been useful to me in pondering issues such as waivers for the club rides I lead, etc.

Two months ago his column dealt with the practice of creating an LLC in the state of Montana for a relatively small sum, allowing an individual to register collector cars in Montana and avoid paying both state and local sales and usage taxes. I found this to be outrageous and immoral, and sent an e-mail detailing my opposition.  I got no response and assumed that was that.  I filed the letter and an explanation on this web site and moved on with my life…


To my great surprise, Mr. Draneas quotes my letter in the September of 2012 issue just out, and then spends 80% of his column space on an extremely erudite defense of his position.  Any time you quote both Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes and Judge Learned Hand, you qualify as “erudite.” 

However the brilliance of his response, and it is spectacular, he omits any reference to the sections of my article for which he has no worthwhile defense. If you can’t defend – ignore. I am sure that is taught in law school, or political science.  Are they now considered to be the same major, I wonder?

I have to be pleased that he took the time to both cite my letter in its entirety and defend his position with his considerable array of intellectual and writing skills.  At the end of the day, however… he’s still wrong! 

Since I do not wish to type out his response, you’ll have to buy or borrow a copy if you wish to delve further.  Cheers!

Copyright 2012                                               David Preston

About david

I am a 73 year old motorsports nut who lives in Snohomish, Washington. After a 31 year career as an English teacher, I segued into a self-created job in the motorsports business. Now retired, I was involved in customer relations for Ride West BMW in Seattle, after almost 10 years of similar work for the Cycle Barn MotorSports Group. I own, at the current time, a Triumph Rocket 3 (2020) and a 2016 Ford Focus ST. What else would you like to know?
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