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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Upcoming: Windgate Ranch Festival of Speed 2014 Feb22

Upcoming: Windgate Ranch Festival of Speed 2014

Well, it’s almost that time again. This time next month I’ll be making my annual trip over to Windgate Ranch for the Festival of Speed, one of my very favorite events of the entire year. Since the inaugural event back in 2009 it’s never disappointed and always has a surprise or two waiting to be seen. Speaking of that, word is this year will feature a bit of an oddball… The original George Barris built Batmobile from the 1966-1968 television series (a car that last sold at Barrett-Jackson in 2013 for a whopping $4.62M). Below is a few highlights from previous years, along with links to the full galleries. Check out the following flyer or visit http://www.scuderiasw.com for more...

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1964 Jaguar XKE Seri...

265 hp, 3,781 cc inline DOHC six-cylinder engine, five-speed Tremec manual transmission, independent front suspension with semi-trailing wishbones, torsion bars, telescopic shock absorbers, anti-roll bar, independent rear suspension with lower transverse tubular links, radius rods, universally...

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Arizona Concours d’Elegance Feb06

Arizona Concours d’Elegance

When I was approached by one of the founders and organizers of the first ever Arizona Concours d’Elegance many months ago I was immediately all in. I was all in not only because Arizona has been sorely lacking an event of this caliber, but because of who it was who approached me. I knew right from the start that it was going to be a very solid event put on by true enthusiasts and that it would garner all the attention it deserved from all the people you want attentive. There are so, so many cars hidden away in the Phoenix valley and surrounding areas that unless you’re a very regular attendee to various events or lucky to know the right people, you really have no idea of just what’s out...

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2014 Scottsdale Auction Wrap-Up Jan28

2014 Scottsdale Auction Wrap-Up

2014 proved to be a great year for the annual Arizona auto auctions. Not only did total sales increase by 11% from 2013 to a staggering $249M, but the stunning ’58 Ferrari California Spyder, sold by RM Auctions, set a new Arizona sales record at $8.8M after buyer’s premium. This is a fact I take a little pride in, considering I had the honor of shooting said car for RM (along with the 9th highest seller, the Porsche 718 RS 61 Spyder) on sunny afternoon in Fountain Hills, AZ. Below is a full list of the top ten sales from all auction houses, along with their sales prices after buyer’s premium. That big jump in total sales didn’t just come from an increase in volume, either. While the...

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RM Auctions Scottsdale 2014 Jan27

RM Auctions Scottsdale 2014

For the first time in five years, I was finally able to attend RM’s annual Scottsdale auction. It is an auction that is, without question, one of the very best in the entire world and for me it was even more special as quite a number of cars I’d shot in the past year were going across the auction block. The crown jewel of the auction was this 1958 Ferrari 250 GT California LWB Spyder, which sold for a record-setting $8,800,000 and one of the many cars I had the pleasure of shooting prior to the auction (that gigantic print in the background came from said shoot). Not only was the California Spider the top sale for RM, but it was the top sale for all of the 2014 Scottsdale auctions. A bit further...

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Cars and Cigars 2013 Dec29

Cars and Cigars 2013

Cars and Cigars, hosted by Oliver Smith Jeweler, hosted their 10th annual event during late December. My first time making it out, there was a great selection of cars out there and I was happy to see my first new Viper. Definitely the best looking of all of the Vipers, in my opinion. Also nice...

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1948 MG TC Roadster

Shorrock-supercharged XPAG 1,250 cc OHV inline four-cylinder engine, SU carburetor, four-speed manual gearbox, rigid front and rear axles with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 94″ • Owned since 1948 by E. Alan Moss, founder of Moss Motors • Original engine with period Shorrock supercharger; rust-free California and Arizona car • Fascinating history; featured in several books and catalogues • Toured extensively with numerous entries in the Monterey Historics • Chassis no. TC 5473 • Engine no. XPAG.6182 • Sold for $66,000 While all classic MG sports cars are treasured by their lucky owners, this 1948 MG TC is a particularly special example with a...

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West Valley Love Nov02

West Valley Love

Of the about six and a half years of photo galleries I’ve shot and posted on my site, there’s been maybe three or four that were taken in the west side of the Phoenix Valley. For the majority of the time that I’ve lived in Arizona, I’d lived in North Scottsdale and...

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Inaugural Concours i...

Inaugural Arizona Collector Car Concours Scheduled for Feb. 15, 2014 in Fountain Hills Park Fountain Hills, Ariz. – Arizona is arguably the greatest car lover’s state in the United States. Local and informal car shows are held almost every weekend throughout the state, in shopping malls,...

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