ELEMENTAL – Ultima GTR

Despite considerable renown in certain automotive circles, the Ultima GTR is relatively unknown to most. Taking the GTR to car shows or out for a Sunday cruise results in many puzzled looks and baffling guesses as to exactly what it is. But that unknown factor doesn’t stop people from gawking and, in fact, adds to it. Even just taking it out to the grocery store for milk, people reacting with waves, thumbs-ups and cameras out of car windows is the norm. Be it Ferrari, Lamborghini or otherwise next to the Ultima, the Ultima is getting most of the attention. Out on the street juxtaposed to a sea of mundane, gray sedans and SUVs, the GTR looks more like a spaceship than a car. Like it doesn’t belong and...

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Three Simple Tips to Better Car Photos

While part natural ability, photography, like many things, is largely knowledge and persistence. In this case, natural ability is the photographer’s artistic vision and eye: their ability to look at objects and a scene and compose them in a way that is interesting and appealing. While lucky few are born with this ability, fortunately for the rest of us, most of it can be learned and much of it comes with experience. However, compositional understanding isn’t the only important knowledge for a photographer. Understanding how the camera’s settings, the environment’s lighting and any number of other things will affect a shot is equally important. The other most important part of the puzzle is...

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Paragon – Acura NSX

When Japanese cars first started landing on U.S. soil, they were little more than cheap, economical cars that existed to get you where you needed to go and little else. Useful, but boring. Until the introduction of the Datsun 240Z and Toyota 2000GT, Japanese cars didn’t even register on the sports car market, let alone compete in it. It took years for these now classics to fight their way to recognition, but even after these cars, their successors and other Japanese offerings gained clout and became some of the premier options for high performance motoring, there was still something missing: The Japanese supercar. Enter our dashing protagonist. Going by the numbers, the NSX is far off current supercar...

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New Desert-Motors Magazine site launched, along with the latest issue of the magazine. Check it out online absolutely free at http://mag.desert-motors.com. View and download the latest issue, featuring a 700+hp 1994 Acura NSX, rare 2003 Aston Martin DB AR1, 1994 Bimota DB2, period correct...

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ONE – 2003 Aston Martin DB AR1

Of all things in the automotive world, coachbuilders hold a special place in my heart.  Unlike major automobile manufacturers who have to focus on an entire vehicle from the first technical drawing to the last bolt, a coachbuilder is focused solely on the physical appearance of the vehicle.  They take one of the most elementary requirements of an automobile and elevate it to an art form. Dating back several centuries, the art of coachbuilding has sadly changed and faded greatly from its heyday in the early 20th century.  With the advent of unibody construction, mass production and everything-under-one-roof business models, coachbuilding in the traditional sense has become increasingly less financially...

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Presenting: Desert-Motors Magazine

The premier issue of Desert-Motors Magazine is now online. Download it, check it out, spread the word and let us know what you think!  This debut issue features a heavily modified 1968 Dodge Charger, an extremely rare bubble top 1954 Chevrolet Corvette, the 2009 Vivid Racing Nissan GT-R, 2010 Ferrari California, the Grabercars La Bala Prototype, an article on the always impressive Scuderia Southwest Cars & Coffee, Nissan Cubes at Scottsdale Pavilions, Desert-Motors.com User Photos, a Guess the Car challenge and more…...

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