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

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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1936 Delage D6-70 Mi...

90 bhp, 2,729 cc six-cylinder engine with an inverted Solex carburetor, Cotal four-speed electromagnetic transmission, independent front suspension and live rear axle with transverse leaf springs in the front and rear, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 124 in. Known history...

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Big Batch of Random Sightings Mar18

Big Batch of Random ...

Whenever I’m running around the Phoenix Valley I always keep my eyes peeled for just anything automotive that’s even a little interesting and, if it’s interesting enough, I always try to snap a pic. Whether I’m lucky enough to have my dSLR on me or if I’m stuck...

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1967 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV Conversion

SV Spec. 385 hp, 3,929 cc DOHC V-12 engine, five-speed manual transaxle, front and rear upper and lower A-arms, coil springs, and anti-roll bar suspension, and four-wheel Girling disc brakes. Wheelbase: 98.4″ • The world’s first supercar; presented in stunning colors • One of only 760 Miuras built from 1967–1973 • Original mid-mounted V-12 engine with five-speed manual transaxle • Original P400 fully-upgraded to SV specification, mechanically and cosmetically • Mechanical upgrade and improvements by Bob Wallace The Lamborghini Miura is considered by many to be the world’s first supercar. Lithe, sensuous, and beautiful, it is at the same time brutal. Its sexy skin stretched over...

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Record-Breaker: ’77 FJ40

Several years ago I shot a 1978 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser restored by Finishing Touch and auctioned by RM Auctions. It not only exceeded auction estimates, but came close to setting a record for such a vehicle. When I was again called upon by RM Auctions and tasked with shooting another FJ40 built by Finishing Touch I knew it would be another stellar truck. When was handed the keys and told to take it out for the shoot it was my first time driving an FJ and I now see the appeal even more than I did before. It was a completely different experience than more modern trucks/SUVs and it was clear that everything was there for a reason. After driving and shooting it, getting a close look at the work and attention to...

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