Cars and Coffee, March 2016 Mar05

Cars and Coffee, March 2016

For the first time in nearly a year and a half, I finally made it to the Scottsdale Cars and Coffee. It’s an event I was at at the very beginning and never missed for over three years. But as life got busy and nights got late, it became increasingly difficult to force myself out of bed before sunrise and make the 30 minute drive to Scottsdale. But, I finally made that trip again and I’m very glad I did. Not only did I see a lot of familiar faces, but also a lot of wonderful cars. When I first started going almost nine years ago, it was a small group of about 20 cars and virtually no “spectators”. I was just a handful of people taking photos and back then it was difficult NOT to see...

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Power, beauty and ra...

RM Sotheby’s presents one of only nineteen Zagato-bodied Aston Martin DB4GTs ever produced To be joined by a stunning, concours-winning 1955 Siata 208S Spider ‘Driven by Disruption’, RM Sotheby’s Manhattan sale is building to be a showcase of automotive perfection and beauty ...

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1989 Porsche Speedster Sep09

1989 Porsche Speedst...

214 bhp, 3,165 cc SOHC horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine with Bosch digital motor fuel injection, five-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with McPherson struts, lower A-arms, coil springs, and a sway bar, independent rear suspension with semi-trailing arms, coil...

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Porsche 718 RS 61 Aug24

Porsche 718 RS 61

178 bhp, 1,600 cc flat four-cylinder engine with dual Weber carburetors, five-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension with torsion bar, coil springs, and tubular shock absorbers, and front and rear disc brakes. Wheelbase: 86.6 in. Formerly owned and raced by Bob Donner and Don Wester Finished 7th overall and 2nd in class at the 1961 12 Hours of Sebring Numerous podium finishes at SCCA and USRRC events One of just fourteen RS 61s ever constructed Brilliantly restored and ready for track action Sold for $2,750,000 To many manufacturers, motorsport victories are essential to commercial success. The adage of “race on Sunday, sell on Monday,” was never more true for Porsche during the...

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RM Sotheby’s S...

· RM Sotheby’s generates highest ever total for a collector car auction: $172.9 million in sales at its flagship Monterey, California event · 1964 Ferrari 250 LM claims top sale of the 2015 Monterey Car Week at a record $17,600,000 · Pinnacle Portfolio sets new auction benchmark for a...

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1964 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Fixed Head Coupe Jul24

1964 Jaguar E-Type S...

265 hp, 3,781 cc DOHC six-cylinder engine with three SU carburetors, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with double wishbones, torsion bars, and a sway bar, independent rear suspension with coil springs, double wishbones, and a sway bar, and four-wheel hydraulic disc...

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A Legend Comes to Auction: RM Sotheby’s to P...

RM Sotheby’s secures one of the most legendary racing cars in existence: the 1953 Jaguar C-Type Works Lightweight, chassis no. XKC 052 for its flagship Monterey, California auction, August 13 – 15 The second of only three Works Lightweights built, XKC 052 finished 4th overall at 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1953 The car was later campaigned to multiple wins by Ecurie Ecosse in 1954 and driven by the who’s who of racing fame XKC 052’s upcoming sale represents the first ever offering of a Works Lightweight C-Type at public auction Additional highlights for RM’s three-day Monterey sale available for viewing in digital brochure: http://bit.ly/1CtLXDQ BLENHEIM, Ontario (24 June, 2015) – RM...

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The Pinnacle Portfolio: Unprecedented Private Coll...

RM Sotheby’s secures the most significant and valuable private automobile collection ever presented at auction for its Monterey, California sale in August ‘The Pinnacle Portfolio’ comprises a superlative roster of the world’s rarest and most important sports and super cars, from one of the finest Ferrari 250 LMs in existence, to a road-race hybrid 1998 McLaren F1 “The Road Going LM” Other highlights include a bookend pair of Bugatti Veyrons, and the final Enzo gifted to the late Pope John Paul II Additional feature entries to be announced in the coming weeks RM Monterey sale extended to three days, with ‘The Pinnacle Portfolio’ taking center stage on Thursday, August 13 Further information...

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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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The 1836 Shoot Mar18

The 1836 Shoot

I’m not especially active on Instagram and I don’t follow a whole lot of people, however, I do follow quite a few local people who post primarily automotive photos. Not just because I like to see what kind of work other people are doing, which I do, but because it’s a great way to keep an eye on what’s going on in the Phoenix Valley. That was exactly what happened with this shoot. I heard rumblings of something pretty special coming to town for auction week 2015 and with a little hunting and hashtag clicking I came to the realization that the famous @itswhitenoise Porsche 918 Spyder was very soon going to be in the Valley. Not only that, but for several weeks I’d heard people...

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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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