The Noisy Gemballa Mirage GT Mar24

The Noisy Gemballa Mirage GT

While a the 1836 shoot, a somewhat expected and somewhat notorious guest showed up, the blue and yellow Gemballa Mirage GT owned by Ben Chen (@8bc8 on various social media sites). Now, personally I’m not wild about what Gemballa and similar tuners do to these supercars and, the vast majority of the time, feel like their modifications are detrimental, but it’s hard to argue with the sound this car makes. Here’s a short clip of the Gemballa Mirage GT accelerating up a hill in Arizona and the Audi R8 that follows close behind only helps illustrate how intense that exhaust note really...

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1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Kar Kraft Trans Am Feb10

1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Kar Kraft Trans Am

460 hp, 302 cu. in. OHV V-8 engine with a Holley four-barrel carburetor, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with upper A-arms, lower transverse arms with drag struts, coil springs, tube shocks, and an anti-roll bar, rear live axle suspension with multi-leaf springs, upper trailing arms, Watts link, and an anti-roll bar, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 108 in. The final Kar Kraft Bud Moore Boss 302 Trans Am racer Completed under the supervision of Bud Moore and sons to 1971 BME specifications Certificate of Authenticity signed by Bud Moore Eligible for HSR/SVRA events and a FIA Historic Technical Passport TRANS AM’S GREATEST YEAR “The 1970 season was the year that all of...

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1969 Porsche 911 S ‘Soft Window’ Targa Jan17

1969 Porsche 911 S ‘Soft Window’ Targa

170 bhp, 1,991 cc, SOHC air-cooled horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine with Bosch mechanical fuel injection, five-speed manual transmission, front and rear independent suspension, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 89.4 in. Rare 1969 long-wheelbase Soft Window Targa Recaro Sport seats; rear-seat delete option Recent cosmetic restoration; exceptional mechanical condition Sold for $286,000 Friday, January 16, 2015 The Porsche 911 received its first major changes for the 1969 model year, with the most important being the lengthening of the wheelbase by 2.4 inches to improve both the handling and interior space. The wheel openings were flared slightly to accommodate wider wheels and larger tires,...

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Heatstroke – 1968 Dodge Charger Oct24

Heatstroke – 1...

To many people, the term “muscle car” and the Dodge Charger are synonymous and in particular, the late ‘60s models. At its Chicago unveiling, the ‘68 Charger was labeled as having “jet-age aerodynamic styling” by then Dodge GM Robert B. McCurry and was a dramatic styling departure...

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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...

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Deutsch Dämon – Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM AMG Oct03

Deutsch Dämon – 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 5-95 Zagato at CnC

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. Might be a supercar, a wild custom, an ultra-rare vintage Italian or just something I’ve never even heard of. Still, when it came to seeing the 2014 Lamborghini Gallardo 5-95 Zagato, just one of two built so far, at this weekend’s gathering, I was surprised. I was running a little late and just managed to get some shots fired off before it scurried away, but it would be an understatement to say it caught my...

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Noble M12 GTO-3R Sep04

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 May27

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 Donohue May08

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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