Pit Stop and Inde Motorsports Ranch BBQ Oct06

Pit Stop and Inde Mo...

This month, following Cars and Coffee, Pit Stop Auto Detailing and Inde Motorsports Ranch hosted their first ever Driver’s Meeting, Encore and BBQ. Just a short drive up Scottsdale Road at Pit Stop’s detailing and storage facility, when I got there the burgers were grilling and the...

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More Lamborghinis at Cars and Coffee Oct05

More Lamborghinis at Cars and Coffee

While I didn’t set out with any sort of plan, I once again ended up focusing on the Lamborghinis at this month’s Cars and Coffee, just like last month. This time, instead of being the ultra rare and polarizing Lamborghini Gallardo 5-95 Zagato that drew my attention, it was four late model Lamborghinis, including a duo of rarities built to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Lamborghini Aventador LP 720-4 50° Anniversario Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-2 Lamborghini Huracán Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 I was so focused on these Lamborghinis and shooting video (more to come on that later) that I only shot a handful of photos and ended up missing quite a lot, it seems. Things like a Jaguar D-Type and a...

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Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM AMG

Supercharged 5.4L V8, 582hp, 590lb-ft, two seats, carbon fiber interior, four-point harnesses,  200mph, 1.35g lateral acceleration, 14.2″ rotors with 6-pot calipers, 100 examples produced (with only five in the States)… When you read a list like that, “silver Mercedes-Benz CLK” probably isn’t the first thing that pops into your mind. You wouldn’t be alone. My experience with the Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM AMG was short. Much shorter than I would’ve liked, unfortunately. But it was also a unique experience. This particular CLK DTM AMG was trailing behind me in my 1967 AMC Rambler American on our way to the shoot. Suddenly, the Rambler sputtered and rolled into the left...

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The Event Calendar Returns! Oct01

The Event Calendar R...

After a long hiatus, the Desert-Motors.com Events Calendar has returned. This calendar will feature various automotive events in the Phoenix valley and surrounding areas and if you’d like to be featured, send an email to contact@desert-motors.com. With so many events out there,...

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Lamborghini Gallardo 5-95 Zagato at CnC Sep15

Lamborghini Gallardo...

It’s a given that if you show up to the monthly Scottsdale Cars and Coffee, you’re going to see some good stuff and probably a lot of it. Even on the rare days when the event is greeted by a rainy morning, there are people out there. I also generally expect something unexpected....

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Noble M12 GTO-3R

Typically speaking, I’m pretty familiar with whatever I’m shooting on any given day. I may not know all the exact technical figures and specifics, but I have ballpark numbers in my head and have a pretty good idea what the car is all about. That really wasn’t the case with this Noble M12 GTO-3R. I was well aware of Noble and had seen a handful of them, including this particular car, out at various events over the years, but when it came to those exacts, I was pretty clueless. All I really knew was they were sure-footed and quick. Very quick. My first attempt to shoot this car was cancelled unexpectedly at the last minute. I’m always disappointed when a shoot doesn’t pan out, but...

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Things are a little weirder out west… Aug15

Things are a little ...

… and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I’ve only been out to the Glendale Cruise-In at Mixteca (held every Friday and Saturday night) twice now but both times I’ve seen more than a handful of unique cars and trucks unlike anything I’d seen before or since. This...

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Woah. RM to Auction Ultra-Rare ’64 Ferrari i...

LOOKS, RARITY, PERFORMANCE: THE ULTIMATE CONNOISSEUR’S FERRARI, 275 GTB/C SPECIALE HEADLINES RM AUCTIONS’ FLAGSHIP MONTEREY SALE Photo Credit: Darin Schnabel ©2014 Courtesy of RM Auctions RM Auctions offers the first of only three 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciales, chassis 06701, at its flagship Monterey, California sale, August 15-16 With its two sibling cars unlikely to ever become available, 06701’s offering is a historic and unrepeatable opportunity to acquire one of the world’s most important automobiles Exceptional 275 GTB/C Speciale leads a unparalleled selection of 120 blue-chip automobiles at RM’s highly anticipated Monterey sale Complete digital catalogue available online at...

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458 Speciale in the Valley Jun01

458 Speciale in the ...

Late last week Scottsdale Ferrari hosted the FCA – Desert Region and various other guests to check out the first Ferrari 458 Speciale to land in the valley. Fortunately, I also got the invite. Unfortunately, I also got there very late after the sun set. On top of that, to make a long...

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1963 Apollo 3500 GT

I’m going to be honest here, I can’t tell you anything about the Apollo 3500 GT that you can’t learn by simply checking it out its Wikipedia article or by Googling it. All I can really add is that this particular example is the only one I’ve ever seen and until its owners showed it to me, I wasn’t even aware of the car’s existence and, like all of their cars (eg. this Bubbletop Corvette and this ’33 Ford Coupe), it was restored by them and absolutely flawless. I had the pleasure of seeing out at a local event days after its completion, was invited to shoot it shortly after that and have seen it a number of times since. If I have things my way, it won’t be the...

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AMC Javelin SST Mark...

As the “Pony Car Wars” raged on the race tracks of the Trans Am the need arose to homologate (or legalize) the new Javelin’s special features for the 1970 season. In a shrewd move, AMC intced the most successful team of the ’68 season, Rodger Penske and Mark Donohue to...

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Supercar Run 5 Apr22

Supercar Run 5

It looked like a ridiculous house party. Ferraris, Lamborghinis, McLarens, Aston Martins and others overflowing into the streets and lined up bumper-to-bumper on both sides of the road. I wasn’t sure if I had the right address, as I’d just looked it up on Google and Facebook, but when I arrived at Supercars Specialists and Scottsdale, it was immediately clear I was in the right place. Years and years ago, back when the Scottsdale Exotic Car Club was still a thing and the Scottsdale Cars and Coffee was just getting started, I used to go along on exotic car drives about once a month, always taking hundreds of photos along the way. But, as the SECC dissolved and the crowds increased, the number of...

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2014 Copperstate 1000 Send-Off Apr18

2014 Copperstate 1000 Send-Off

I’ve said it here before time and time again, so I won’t prattle on repetitively too long. Bottom line: The Copperstate 1000 is one of the best vintage car events in the Valley. It’s one thing to see such an impressive range of vintage cars, including some of the best-of-the-best, at a car show and something else to see them actually being driven. And not just driven, but DRIVEN. For this reason, I always shoot in the field for a bit before camping out roadside to catch all of these amazing machines beginning their long journey. Personal favorites this year included the always impressive 1965 Lamborghini 3500 GT Zagato (my third or fourth time seeing it in person), 1948 Alfa Romeo Nardi...

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A Quick Look Back: November 9th, 2013 Apr10

A Quick Look Back: November 9th, 2013

With the plethora of automotive events that go on in the Phoenix Valley, it’s not unusual for me attend an event, fill up a memory card or two and then do nothing with the photos due to getting caught up with other events, shoots or something else. I especially tend to do this when multiple events fall on the same day, like the Paradise Valley Veterans Appreciation Vintage Car Show and Deafening Horsepower Charity Car Show did back in early November. So every now and then, I realize I have these photos piled up in the corners of my hard drives and start digging through them. Paradise Valley Veterans Appreciation Vintage Car Show 2013 Always one of my favorite events of the year, this small, quiet event...

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1973 Ford Mustang Co...

1973 was the end of an era for Ford Motor Company. Ever since their humble beginnings in 1903, there was always a Ford that was available as a convertible – or at least with a soft top. That run ended on July 15, 1973, when an all white Mercury Cougar XR-7 drove off the assembly line as...

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1958 Mercedes-Benz 3...

175 bhp, 2,996 cc overhead-cam fuel-injected inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, rear swing axles with coil springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 114.25 in. • The great Mercedes luxury car of the...

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Windgate Ranch Festival of Speed 2014 Mar27

Windgate Ranch Festival of Speed 2014

A yellow Ferrari Enzo just behind a yellow Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ (400 and 112 produced, respectively). A Jaguar C-Type right next to one of its younger siblings, the XKSS (one of just 53 produced and one of just 16 produced, respectively). A brand-new SRT Viper TA and a real-deal 427 Shelby Cobra. What’s not to love? With cars like that being the norm (while actually being driven to and from the event), it’s easy to see why the annual Windgate Ranch Festival of Speed is one of a handful of Phoenix Valley shows not to be missed. Other highlights for me included a super-rare Devin painted in a brilliant gold (look for a possible photo shoot of this car on Desert-Motors.com in the future), a stunning...

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