Festival of Speed 2016 Mar12

Festival of Speed 20...

The first annual Windgate Ranch Festival of Speed took place on March 28th, 2009, my 24th birthday. I not only attended it, but I shot promotional photos for it and even built a website to promote it for Scuderia Southwest, the organizers of the event. The event was a hit and I haven’t...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Cars and Coffee, October 2013 Oct05

Cars and Coffee, October 2013

As the weather cools down and the sun comes up later, Cars and Coffee gets even better. I tend to skip most of the hottest months due to the heat, but when I finally returned this month (last time I was out there was June) it did not disappoint. Everything I saw from the months I skipped impressed me with the quantity and quality of cars despite the intense heat, but once we get to this time of year the event takes it to another level. I arrived very early at 6:30am (either 30 or 90 minutes before start time, depending on who you asked) and there were already a half dozen or so cars in the lot with new cars arriving constantly. I got there so early so that I could hop up on one of the ~16ft walls that run...

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Ferrari F12 & 458 Challenge Tech Session Aug09

Ferrari F12 & 4...

Every now and then the local Ferrari Club of America chapter (FCA – Desert Region) works with the local Ferrari dealership (Scottsdale Ferrari) to put together tech events where they run down the details of the latest and greatest Ferrari(s) to hit Arizona. And, every single time, I...

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