Valley Sightings, December Dec29

Valley Sightings, December

Local Motors Rally Fighter Over the past couple months I’ve been trying to keep more of an eye out for random car sightings at times when I may be able to snap a quick shot.  Sometimes it takes a bit of looking, but other times they drive right up to me and are pretty damn hard to miss.  That was the case with this Local Motors Rally Fighter.  While I have seen a different Rally Fighter out at a couple of events, seeing one randomly on the street is a completely different experience.  Without question it has as much road presence as just about anything else I’ve ever seen out and about.  Interesting seeing such a big, burly car with a license plate filling up at the gas station.  How do you...

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Best of the Rest Dec15

Best of the Rest

Like just about anyone else that’s into cars and photography, I tend to kill time throughout the day by browsing various automotive sites.  With so many great photographers and websites out there, there’s no shortage of amazing automotive photos online.  This post is a collection...

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SEMA Show 2011 – Photography by Vince Estep Nov17

SEMA Show 2011 – Photography by Vince Estep

Photography by Vince Estep As I mentioned in a previous post, I haven’t been to SEMA in years, but fortunately, my buddy and fellow photographer was out there this year and was willing to share all of his photos with Desert-Motors.com.  Here are a few samples of his photos from the show.  Be sure to check out ALL of his photos at the link below… and it is a lot, at 138 photos total. Click HERE to view the FULL GALLERY (138...

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’65 Shelby Cobra 427 Prototype at Russo and Steele Nov08

’65 Shelby Cob...

Doing various photography work for Russo and Steele, one of the premiere automobile auctions in the country, I get to be around and photograph a large number of amazing cars.  A perfect example of that is this very special ’65 Shelby Cobra 427 I recently shot for their upcoming...

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Cars and Coffee, November 2011 Nov06

Cars and Coffee, November 2011

Of all the automotive events in the Phoenix valley, Scuderia Southwest’s Cars and Coffee event has long been one of my very favorites. I was there for the very first one and didn’t miss a month for years. However, that’s changed for me and it’s been increasingly difficult to make the drive down to Scottsdale for the Saturday morning gathering. So whenever I’m able to make it out, I’m excited. But, when the weather is prime for photography, I’m even more excited. The cars never fail to disappoint and you’ll always find plenty of passionate owners and enthusiasts more than happy to talk about all things automotive. Check out the links below to see my photos from...

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SEMA Show 2011 Nov03

SEMA Show 2011

Photos courtesy Vince Estep. Unfortunately, I haven’t had a chance to make it out to the SEMA show in Las Vegas since 2008.  FORTUNATELY, this year I was lucky enough to have a good friend and fellow photographer, Vince Estep, share his photos with Desert-Motors.com.  He was there with Daystar, an Arizona-based aftermarket company focused primarily on off road vehicles and while the heavily modified Jeep in their booth was certainly impressive, this bright yellow and black Challenger surely drew a lot of attention.  Built by by Chrysler’s underground vehicle division, it’s powered by an all aluminum 426 Hemi V8 (supposedly one of only seven in existence) mated to a Viper six-speed...

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Something Wicked This Way Comes… Oct31

Something Wicked This Way Comes…

For Halloween this year, I present a small automotive treat.  When I realized I knew the owners of each of these cars, I knew what had to be done and I knew exactly how I wanted to do it. With nearly identical color scheme and a very similar concept and approach, this Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera and Porsche 911 GT3 RS seemed like a natural match. Both amped up and stripped down versions of more common and more tame base cars, they’re the evil twins of the automotive world and unabashedly aggressive in both visually and mechanically. Click HERE to view the FULL GALLERY (14...

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A “Three Course” Italian Evening Oct30

A “Three Cours...

I was recently invited by the Ferrari Club of America – Desert Region to a very special event, hosted by Ferrari of Scottsdale. An event they called “A ‘Three Course’ Italian Evening”, it was exactly that, a trio of mini-events, the highlight being the unveiling...

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AVENTADOR! AVENTADOR! Oct22

AVENTADOR! AVENTADOR!

While out and about with my camera, I happened to swing by the local Lamborghini dealership and to my surprise, I saw this brilliant white bull through the dealership windows.  While I did know that at least one Aventador had been in town for nearly two months now, this was my first time seeing one and… wow.  I liked it in photos, but like so many things, you really have to see it in person to fully appreciate it.  Finished in matte “Bianco” white (a fourteen THOUSAND dollar option) it was absolutely stunning.  I always feel like white is a telling color for a car.  It can either make it look like an appliance or a work of art and in the case of this particular Lamborghini, it makes it...

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Valley Sightings, Mid-October Oct20

Valley Sightings, Mi...

Renault 5 Turbo 2 Sparked by one particular spotting (Renault 5 Turbo 2), I decided to bring my camera (and sometimes cell phone camera) along on a couple different trips around the valley, to and from work, etc. over the last week or so. These are some of the random sightings I saw along the...

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1955 Buick Super Convertible Oct12

1955 Buick Super Con...

This 1955 Buick Super Convertible, presented in Dover White over Victoria Blue is, in my opinion, a perfect example of American cars at their best.  With bold styling and personality in spades,  it’s everything modern automobiles aren’t. View the full gallery (15 photos)...

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1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427ci-435HP Tri-power Coupe, Pickett Race Car Sep03

1967 Chevrolet Corve...

Starting life as a brand new 1967 427-435HP Tri-Power Coupe, this Corvette was immediately converted to an SCCA A/Production racer by owner Dr. Bill Geen.  Greg Pickett then joined together with Dr. Geen to form the Picket Racing Team.  They raced in numerous events, including Trans Am and...

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1973 Porsche 911 RSR IROC Race Car Sep02

1973 Porsche 911 RSR IROC Race Car

In 1973, the IROC (International Race of Champions) series was created by Penske Racing and fifteen identically prepared Porsche 911 RSR race cars were built to compete in it. A faithful recreation of the George Follmer IROC Porsche #4 (finishing fourth at the season finale Daytona race in 1974), this car received a full bare body restoration with no expenses spared and all of the very best of Porsche engineering. And, as a testament to the quality and accuracy of the build, the dash has been signed by George Follmer himself at the Portland Historics. View all 21 photos of this car in the gallery,...

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1972 De Tomaso Pantera Aug28

1972 De Tomaso Pante...

I had the opportunity to do a photo shoot with this Concours level 1972 De Tomaso Pantera and, honestly, out of the countless Panteras I’ve seen in person, this is certainly in the top ten, if not the top three.  More subtle than so many Panteras you see, it is everything I’d...

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The 21st Annual Copperstate 1000 Apr10

The 21st Annual Copperstate 1000

Every year, the Copperstate 1000 brings out the best of the best, and this year’s event was no exception. Previous years have played host to some of my personal favorites… Ferrari 250 Californias, BMW 507s, Zagatos, XKSSs and much more. It’s one thing to see cars of this caliber displayed like sculptures at a car show or rolling slowly across an auction block swarmed by a crowd of buyers, sellers and spectators, but it’s an entirely different thing to see them bursting by at full throttle in all their glory. This year, Zagato bodied cars and red open-top racers made a strong presence and definitely caught my eye. Check out the full gallery from this year’s launch as well as shots...

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Windgate Ranch Festival of Speed 2011 Mar26

Windgate Ranch Festi...

“A showcase of some of the greatest sports cars, racecars, and classics from around the world.” Once again, a phenomenal event with truly top-tier cars and a very friendly atmosphere, just as it has been the past two years. From day one it quickly became an event to watch and one...

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