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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Six Decades of Ferra...

1954 Ferrari 750 Monza Headlines Select Offering of Italian Illuminati Walworth, Wis., Aug. 2, 2012 – Mecum Auctions will present its 4th annual Monterey Daytime Auction, Aug. 16-18, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa on Del Monte Golf course, featuring some of finest...

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Cars and Coffee, July 2012 Jul07

Cars and Coffee, July 2012

After missing June’s monthly Cars and Coffee event in Scottsdale, Arizona, I knew I had to make it out to the July’s.  Like just about every month since its creation years ago, it didn’t disappoint. Click HERE to view the FULL GALLERY (22...

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Daily Sightings Apr28

Daily Sightings

So I’ve decided to finally jump on board the Instagram train.  Have been on it for a bit now, but have been trying to use it as much as possible lately.  My intent isn’t to  use it for posting old photos or anything, but more as a way to post random daily sightings or whatever...

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Windgate Ranch Festival of Speed 2012 Apr02

Windgate Ranch Festival of Speed 2012

When spring rolls around in the Phoenix valley, there are two events I always look forward to.  The Windgate Ranch Festival of Speed, put on by Scuderia Southwest, is one of them.  I’ve been in attendance for all four years and even worked to promote the inaugural event, shooting promotional photos and designing a website, posters and other materials… so, suffice to say, it’s an event I care about.  And, with each consecutive year, the event just gets better and better.  With relatively little exposure from the media and attention from the local automotive community, it manages to gather some of the very best cars of any event of the year and lots of them. Personal highlights 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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Inaugural Penske Cars and Coffee – Scottsdale Mar26

Inaugural Penske Cars and Coffee – Scottsdal...

When I heard that  Penske Automotive Group Phoenix was putting together their own monthly Cars and Coffee event at their Penske Auto Mall (along with a sister event in Chandler the same day), I knew I had to be there.  Not only because with backing like that, it’s bound to become a quality event, but also because it’s a great location for such an event.  Being just off the 101 and at a dealership lot (purpose built to display a large quantity of cars), it’s perfect for an event where there are a lot of cars and people coming and going and a lot to see.  Doesn’t hurt that those cars are displayed in front of a first rate racing museum that is sandwiched between luxury and exotic car...

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Two New Cars and Cof...

SOCIAL MEDIA ENTHUSIAST SITE CARS AND COFFEE ONLINE ANNOUNCES TWO NEW GROUPS BASED IN ARIZONA “Penske Automotive Group to Present Dual Saturday Morning Events in Scottsdale & Chandler” SCOTTSDALE, AZ (March 19, 2010) – Penske Automotive’s Scottsdale 101 Auto Collection will be the...

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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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Cars and Coffee, February 2012 Feb05

Cars and Coffee, Feb...

For about the first three years of Cars and Coffee in Scottsdale, I didn’t miss a single event.  I was at the very first of both the now long gone event hosted by (the now long gone) Scottsdale Exotic Car Club and the still thriving event hosted Scuderia Southwest, back when it was just...

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330 GTC SOLD at Russo and Steele Feb03

330 GTC SOLD at Russ...

At Ferrari’s annual press conference in 1964, Enzo had a surprise up his sleeve; the introduction of the everyday Ferrari. Received with great fanfare, the new 330 could stand the daily stop-and-go grind, yet was still packed with the excitement that is expected of a Ferrari. Making its...

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Russo and Steele Scottsdale 2012 Jan30

Russo and Steele Scottsdale 2012

For a number of years now, I’ve been fortunate enough to be Russo and Steele’s official photographer for their annual Scottsdale auction.  Even before I was, it was always one of my favorite auctions in the valley.  It’s always had a very unique auction block with a consistently interesting mix of automobiles driving across it, leading to very exciting nights with some very special metal finding new homes.  This year was no exception and, once again, my position allowed me to have access to all of the action.  Check out some of the top sellers below, along with some of my favorite photos of the event. 1968 Chevrolet L-88 Corvette Roadster – Sold: $687,500.00 – WORLD...

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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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Russo and Steele Scottsdale 12 Pre-Auction Preview Jan16

Russo and Steele Scottsdale 12 Pre-Auction Preview

With Russo and Steele’s annual Scottsdale auction right around the corner, I took a bit of time to take a walk around, taking a few quick snapshots along the way.  Setup was still under way and many of the cars hadn’t arrived at the auction site yet, but there was still plenty to look at.  Nothing too out of the ordinary in this year’s auction from what I’ve seen so far, but it’s still looking like a very solid lineup of cars, as usual.  In addition the the countless muscle cars and American classics that everyone has come to expect in the Scottsdale auctions, there’s a very healthy sprinkling of modern and classic European cars, high-end customs and hot rods and the...

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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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AutoAnything – A Top Online Aftermarket Accessories Store Jan06

AutoAnything – A Top Online Aftermarket Acce...

For more than 30 years, AutoAnything has worked hard in becoming one of America’s fastest growing online retailers of automotive products. Founded in 1979 by Selwyn Klein, who initially began as a manufacturer and retailer of Blue Ribbon genuine seat covers and custom carpet floor mats, AutoAnything expanded its services to provide customers with unparalleled selection for all of their automotive accessory needs. The company has since maintained a steadfast commitment in providing top quality products from trusted name brands—and always at the best prices out there. And, AutoAnything’s virtual aisles are fully stocked with custom and universal products designed for protection, comfort, safety,...

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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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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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’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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