1960 Facel Vega HK500 Jul24

1960 Facel Vega HK50...

Facel founder Jean Daninos’ first-generation Facel Vega was unquestionably an automobile steeped in the grand routier tradition, spiritual heir to the prewar greatness of Delage and Delahaye. It was also a commendable effort for a new manufacturer. Intended as a big and brawny Routes...

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Mustang Super Cobra Jet Jul21

Mustang Super Cobra Jet

2012 Ford Mustang Super Cobra Jet #40/50 produced Painted in Performance White Super Stock Ford Racing/Whipple 4.0L Supercharger Option C2 Automatic Transmission Low 9 Second to High 8 Second 1/4 Mile Times ENGINE Displacement & type: 5.4L V8 Block: Production 5.4L aluminum block Heads: Ford GT heads, 4-valves per cylinder Induction: Super Stock Option: Ford Racing/Whipple 4.0L Supercharger; Stock Option: 2.3L Ford Racing/TVS Supercharger Camshafts Custom grind: – Ford Racing proprietary Crankshaft: Forged Rods: Manley H-beam Pistons: Mahle forged, Ford Racing spec Headers: 304 stainless primary tubes with 321 stainless collector Inlet pipe: Ford Racing Cobra Jet Throttle body Cobra Jet oval...

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1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Jul14

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet ‘A’ Coachwork by Sindelfingen Chassis no. 169396 • 5.4-liter supercharged inline eight-cylinder • Four-speed manual transmission • Servo-assisted hydraulic brakes • Delightful patina • Two long-term owners • One of 83 540K Cabriolet ‘A’ built Together with its predecessor the 500K, the magnificent Mercedes-Benz 540K was arguably the most noteworthy production model offered by the Stuttgart firm during the 1930s. A development of the 500K, whose independently suspended chassis it shared, the 540K was powered by a 5.4-liter supercharged straight-eight engine. The 540K was one of the first models developed under Mercedes’ new chief...

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Scottsdale Pavilions, June 15th 2013 Jun15

Scottsdale Pavilions, June 15th 2013

Well, after over three and a half years of passing on the weekly Scottsdale Pavilions car show, I finally made my way back out there. I used to be a very, very regular attendee, always snapping away. For several years I made it almost every week but have found it more difficult to make it out and while the turnout was a little thin due to the heat, I was still very pleased with what I saw. Highlights included a nice Nissan GTR, McLaren MP4-12C, a pair of wild street-legal rock crawlers and others. Once the temps cool down a bit, I’ll definitely be back out there again and will try to make it a more regular occurrence once again. Click HERE to view the FULL GALLERY (28 Photos) Click HERE to view past...

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’59 Buick LeSabre Convertible Jun07

’59 Buick LeSabre Convertible

When it comes to cars, nothing says “America” quite like fins and chrome and this pristine 1959 Buick LeSabre Convertible has both in spades. With some of the largest rear fins in any production car and with one of the meanest faces, the LeSabre is the up there with the finest of the Jet Age. This particular example comes in the incredibly rare combo of a convertible with a three-speed manual transmission (less than 2% of ’59 LeSabres came in this combination). The previous owners of this car were so obsessive that they actually tracked the mileage for every fill-up on the back of the license plate and that kind of incredible care extends to every nut, bolt and stitch of the car. Click...

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Monster Jun03

Monster

While Vivid Racing has had their hands on just about everything from Lamborghinis and Porsches to Vipers and Corvettes to Maybachs and Audis, they’re probably best known for their heavily modified and show stopping Japanese cars.  They’ve built some of North America’s most recognized...

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Cars and Coffee, June 2013 Jun01

Cars and Coffee, Jun...

Despite the intense June heat (a high of about 110*f…) and early start time (mornings and I aren’t great friends), I managed to make it out to Cars and Coffee yet again. Despite those previous remarks, the turn out was still enormous, as usual. One of the highlights for me was...

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The Lone Gun May27

The Lone Gun

Ask people what they think about the term “kit car” and they usually conjure up images of rebodied Fieros with their ill proportioned, poorly fitted replica body panels, and anemic engines shrouded under a plastic cover with “V12” stamped onto it.  They’re little more than phony show pieces, and even then they’re not going to be winning many shows anytime soon.  This is certainly not the case with ALL kit cars, but there are plenty. With such stigma surrounding the term I hesitate to call the Grabercars La Bala a “kit car” despite it currently being on the market in both turnkey and kit form.  Maybe we should call it a “Component” car. No matter the...

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Straight Six, Round Top May25

Straight Six, Round Top

1954: Sports Illustrated publishes its first issue, Bill Haley and the Comets top the record charts, Grace Kelly and Marlon Brando take home Oscars, Marilyn Monroe weds Joe DiMaggio, gas tops more 20 cents a gallon and the Chevrolet Corvette enters its second year of production.  It’s almost hard to fathom given the more than half century lifespan and now iconic status of the Corvette, but its second year of production was dangerously close to being its final year of production. The first Corvettes were hand assembled and thus, limited to a production run of just 300 cars, all Polo White over Sportsman Red interiors.  In December of 1953, production was moved from Flint, Michigan to a dedicated assembly...

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’27 Type 37A May14

’27 Type 37A

A tremendously successful and popular little car, the Type 37 was introduced as a durable and easy to work on racer to supplement Bugatti`s sophisticated and complex Grand Prix cars. Type 37s were successful in the Voiturette class (under 1500cc), and their 1496cc plain bearing coil ignition...

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1959 BMW 503 May08

1959 BMW 503

Following the end of the First World War, German production of aircraft engines and related parts seen as means to start another war ceased by the terms of the Armistice, formalized by the infamous Versailles Treaty. The company consequently shifted to motorcycle production by 1923 once the...

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Cars and Coffee, May 2013 May04

Cars and Coffee, May 2013

This month’s Scuderia Southwest Cars and Coffee was not only one of the largest I’ve ever experienced in my six years of attending the event, but also one of the best when it came to modern exotics. Not only was there the always stunning Enzo and Carrera GT in attendance, but an astonishing purple Lexus LFA (my first time seeing one outside the walls of a dealership). Unfortunately I wasn’t able to stick around to hear it in action (its exhaust note is one of the car’s most appealing features to me), but seeing it in daylight side-by-side just made me like it even more. It may not be the most beautiful car in the world, but every single curve is so clearly function focused that I...

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’59 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Convertible May02

’59 Oldsmobile...

Chassis no. 599K04120 *394ci, 315hp Rocket V8 *4-barrel carburetor*Freshly restored *The rarest of GM’s 1959 convertibles *A fantastic example of GM’s “Linear Look” It was inconceivable that the Harley Earl/General Motors juggernaut could be knocked off its pedestal,...

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Vivid Racing Mitsubishi Evo X Apr20

Vivid Racing Mitsubishi Evo X

Many years ago I was hired to shoot a car for Vivid Racing for a couple magazines. This ’08 Mitsubishi Evo X was that car and it is still one of my favorite shoots. We took the car all the way out to Miami, Arizona and I’ve always wanted to take another car out there since then. There were endless photo opportunities and the contrast of the car and environment is something I still haven’t found anywhere else. On top of that, there was some pretty spectacular natural desert landscape along the way, too. Click HERE to view the FULL GALLERY (46...

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Cars & Coffee Apr14

Cars & Coffee

Across the nation, there’s a shift happening in automotive events.  While there are still a large number of annual events that draw huge numbers, smaller, more casual events are increasing in popularity drastically.  And the appeal of such events is clear.  Most occur with much more...

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The 23rd Copperstate 1000, 2013 Apr07

The 23rd Copperstate 1000, 2013

Without question, the Men’s Arts Council of Phoenix Art Museum Copperstate 1000 departure from Tempe Diablo Stadium is my favorite Phoenix Valley automotive event every single year. Unfortunately for me, this year it was also an event that I showed up late to… FORTUNATELY, I did manage to catch almost all the cars as they buzzed by on their way towards their 1,000 mile journey throughout the Southwest. The lineup of cars never disappoints and it’s always great to see such incredible machine not in a museum, but being driven and being driven hard. Click HERE to view the FULL...

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Cars and Coffee, April 2013 Apr06

Cars and Coffee, Apr...

It’s that time, once again, for Scuderia Southwest’s Cars and Coffee. I was able to attend this month (something that has been far too uncommon), however, I arrived very late. Fortunately, there were still a number of high-quality cars and motorcycles hanging around so there was...

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Windgate Ranch Festival of Speed 2013 Mar23

Windgate Ranch Festival of Speed 2013

Each year there are a few events that stand out and I feel I can’t miss. The Windgate Ranch Festival of Speed is one of those events. I shot the promotional photos and built the website for for the very first Festival of Speed years ago and haven’t missed it since. I always expect good things, but each year it just gets better and better and this year was no exception. If Enzos and Aventadors and Veyrons weren’t enough, there was no shortage of what I really love seeing out at these events, stunning classic cars. A Jaguar D-Type, Jaguar XK-SS, Ferrari 500 TR, Ferrari 750 Monza, Lister and others were just a small portion of the amazing classic cars out there. Click HERE to view the...

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From Bid Sheets to Streets: TV and Film’s Most Iconic Cars Jan12

From Bid Sheets to S...

With the original Batmobile set to hit the auction block at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in 2013, we’ve selected some of the greatest television and film icons ever sold. Will this caped crusader’s dream car smash sales records, or will it finally meet its match with the auction...

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Cars and Coffee, September 2012 Dec15

Cars and Coffee, Sep...

Well, a little late to add these photos, but the September 2012 Scuderia Southwest Cars and Coffee had an amazing turnout, as usual. Far too nice of a turnout to not post more photos. While I love Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing in stripped down form and always enjoy seeing an Alfa Romeo...

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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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