1955 300SL Gullwing Coupe Dec10

1955 300SL Gullwing Coupe

Probably no other car in the post-war era was more important to any manufacturer than the Mercedes-Benz 300SL “Gullwing” coupes. Born and raised on the race track where greats like Juan Manual Fangio, Sir Stirling Moss and Phil Hill took these cars to victory after victory, they represented a new era of progress in West Germany and for the company represented by the tri-star and the Laurel. In October 1955, this stunning example rolled off the assembly line in Germany and was placed on a boat bound for the port of New York where it was delivered to its first owner. While the car was enjoyed, it was never mis-treated, accumulating about 65,000 miles before ending up in the hands of well known restorer...

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So Good, It’s On A Stamp Dec07

So Good, It’s On A Stamp

1953 Chevrolet Corvette ‘Noland Adams’ The 1953 Corvette was designed by the very talented Harley Earl, Chevrolet’s chief designer. GM listened to the demands of the GI’s that returned from Europe wanting an American sports car. Production was limited to only 300 units the first year so selling the entire production of the entirely new model was not a problem. The first Corvette reached the end of the assembly line on June 30, 1953. The first 53’ Corvettes were all built by hand, in the back of a customer delivery garage in Flint Michigan. Chevrolet made it clear the new Corvette would only be available to high profile executives and people of power and influence. An example is John Wayne...

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1969 Chevrolet Camaro Pro-Touring Roadster Dec02

1969 Chevrolet Camaro Pro-Touring Roadster

1969 all custom pro-touring roadster Camaro, saddled to a complete Art Morrison rolling chassis with Wilwood brakes and coil-over shocks. The power plant is a BRE blown EFI 540cid that will produce 800HP / 1200 ft-lbs of torque to the rear wheels. That power will transfer through a custom built TCI transmission with overdrive from Gear Vendors. The control of this monster is through a one-off custom steering wheel mounted to an Ididit steering column, transferring direction through Borgeson’s stainless steel U-joints & column shaft. This entire package rolls on custom 19” Boze alloys wrapped in Michelin’s Pilot sport tires up front and 20” X 12” rear rims wrapped in wide 335’s. The interior...

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1954 Jaguar XK120 Roadster Nov16

1954 Jaguar XK120 Ro...

Left Hand Drive (US export model) Has a factory installed plaque on dash indicating this car is replica of a successful racing model. Color: BRG (green) with green wire wheels Restored in France by A. Lefevre Co to original “like new” condition in 1994. Body #7073 in excellent...

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1954 Jaguar XK120 SE Roadster Nov06

1954 Jaguar XK120 SE Roadster

The XK-120 was launched in roadster form at the 1948 London Motor Show as a test bed and show car for the new Jaguar XK engine. It caused a sensation, which persuaded Jaguar founder and design boss William Lyons to put it into production. The “120” in its name refers to its 120 mph to speed (faster with the windscreen removed), which made the XK-120 the world’s fastest standard production car at the time of its launch. The XK-120 has an extensive racing history including the high-speed runs at Jabeke in Belgium in 1949 and Ian Appleyard’s rally success with factory roadster NUB 120 in the early 1950’s. There was also an all XK-120 race in England in 1951 and XK-120’s competed in the U.S. well...

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1969 Chevrolet Dick Harrell ‘Super Camaro’ 427 Sep10

1969 Chevrolet Dick ...

This very-rare Dick Harrell ‘Super Camaro’ was a 396 cubic-inch, 375 horsepower car that was ordered by Dick Harrell and Fred Gibb Chevrolet. It was then converted to a 427 short block. Only 10 of these were built with a Super Camaro package and this is one of only two in this...

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70 Hemi ‘Cuda Convertible Mar31

70 Hemi ‘Cuda ...

Several years ago I was tasked with shooting a very special car out in the Midwest.  Even during the short flight over I wasn’t completely certain what I was shooting and it wasn’t until arriving at the garage that morning that I knew the subject of shoot was this beautiful white...

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1992 Ferrari 348 TB Through Three Lenses Mar14

1992 Ferrari 348 TB Through Three Lenses

At February’s Scuderia Southwest Cars and Coffee I was lucky enough to be invited by a friend and fellow photographer to tag along and shoot an incredible 2012 Lamborghini Aventador.  March’s event rolled around and I was able to setup a similar situation, but with a little twist.  Otis Blank told me he was on his way up from Tuscon for Cars and Coffee and I knew Ashwin Gupta, who helped setup and also shot the Aventador, was very likely to be at the event as well, I began looking for cars to shoot.  My friend John was kind enough to take his beautiful 1992 Ferrari 348 TB to a couple locations for us to shoot, which was a long time coming.  I’ve known John for years, I’ve seen him...

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One Bull, 700 Horses – Lamborghini Aventador Feb12

One Bull, 700 Horses – Lamborghini Aventador

With most of the photo shoots that I do, they are planned well in advance, usually months, and the car is usually one I’ve been eying even longer.  But, every now and then, I just find myself in the right place at the right time.  Or, know the right people and see them at the right time.  That is the case with this particular photo shoot, this stunning Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4.  I was out at Cars and Coffee when a friend and fellow photographer approached me and told me that they were heading out to shoot the car and asked if I would like to tag along.  Of course, I leapt at the opportunity and the photos that follow are the result. Click HERE to view the FULL GALLERY (14...

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Lexus LFA Jan21

Lexus LFA

I’ve been following the LFA project since the very first concept was introduced way back in 2005 and, unlike many, I’ve been a staunch supporter for the six year development.  My first car was a ’91 Toyota MR2 Turbo and my first car in Arizona was an ’87 Toyota MR2. ...

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2008 Volkswagen Golf R32 Jan14

2008 Volkswagen Golf...

Years ago, I had the privilege to shoot a spectacular silver 1971 Dino 246 GT.  It was one of my first real, full photo shoots and photos that went on to be used in multiple books, amongst other things.  So when the owner of that Dino approached me about shooting another car, I was more than...

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1994 Toyota Supra Nov15

1994 Toyota Supra

The Mk.IV Supra is one of the most beloved cars Toyota has ever built. Its combination of looks and extreme performance capability make it an undeniably impressive vehicle and when offered the opportunity to shoot one of these legends, there was no way I was going to say “no”, even if I am more into European cars myself. Powered by the famous 2JZ engine, this particular Supra is putting down over 500 horsepower. Having ridden in it, I can tell you that it’s definitely no slouch. This Supra is less car, more rocket ship. Here is the engine mod list for the curious among you: -Custom Precision 63mm with .68 A/R -HPF turbo blanket -XS manifold, braced -Custom downpipe -HorsepowerFreaks three...

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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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2005 Lotus Elise Oct31

2005 Lotus Elise

I’d like to use my first post here as an opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Otis Blank and I will serving as a contributor here at Desert-Motors. I, like Patrick, am a (primarily) automotive photographer located in Arizona. I plan to post the best of my photoshoots and event coverage photos as they happen here. My collective work can be seen here at my personal website. I recently was lucky enough to do a photoshoot with one of my all time favorite cars, the Lotus Elise. I love unapologetically focused cars like this that sacrifice almost nothing in the name of achieving ultimate driving performance. The fact that it looks great is also a bonus. This particular Elise has custom stripes running...

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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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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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