A “Three Course” Italian Evening Oct30

A “Three Cours...

I was recently invited by the Ferrari Club of America – Desert Region to a very special event, hosted by Ferrari of Scottsdale. An event they called “A ‘Three Course’ Italian Evening”, it was exactly that, a trio of mini-events, the highlight being the unveiling...

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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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Valley Sightings, Mid-October Oct20

Valley Sightings, Mi...

Renault 5 Turbo 2 Sparked by one particular spotting (Renault 5 Turbo 2), I decided to bring my camera (and sometimes cell phone camera) along on a couple different trips around the valley, to and from work, etc. over the last week or so. These are some of the random sightings I saw along the...

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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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1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427ci-435HP Tri-power Coupe, Pickett Race Car Sep03

1967 Chevrolet Corve...

Starting life as a brand new 1967 427-435HP Tri-Power Coupe, this Corvette was immediately converted to an SCCA A/Production racer by owner Dr. Bill Geen.  Greg Pickett then joined together with Dr. Geen to form the Picket Racing Team.  They raced in numerous events, including Trans Am and...

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1973 Porsche 911 RSR IROC Race Car Sep02

1973 Porsche 911 RSR IROC Race Car

In 1973, the IROC (International Race of Champions) series was created by Penske Racing and fifteen identically prepared Porsche 911 RSR race cars were built to compete in it. A faithful recreation of the George Follmer IROC Porsche #4 (finishing fourth at the season finale Daytona race in 1974), this car received a full bare body restoration with no expenses spared and all of the very best of Porsche engineering. And, as a testament to the quality and accuracy of the build, the dash has been signed by George Follmer himself at the Portland Historics. View all 21 photos of this car in the gallery,...

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1972 De Tomaso Pantera Aug28

1972 De Tomaso Pante...

I had the opportunity to do a photo shoot with this Concours level 1972 De Tomaso Pantera and, honestly, out of the countless Panteras I’ve seen in person, this is certainly in the top ten, if not the top three.  More subtle than so many Panteras you see, it is everything I’d...

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The 21st Annual Copperstate 1000 Apr10

The 21st Annual Copperstate 1000

Every year, the Copperstate 1000 brings out the best of the best, and this year’s event was no exception. Previous years have played host to some of my personal favorites… Ferrari 250 Californias, BMW 507s, Zagatos, XKSSs and much more. It’s one thing to see cars of this caliber displayed like sculptures at a car show or rolling slowly across an auction block swarmed by a crowd of buyers, sellers and spectators, but it’s an entirely different thing to see them bursting by at full throttle in all their glory. This year, Zagato bodied cars and red open-top racers made a strong presence and definitely caught my eye. Check out the full gallery from this year’s launch as well as shots...

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Windgate Ranch Festival of Speed 2011 Mar26

Windgate Ranch Festi...

“A showcase of some of the greatest sports cars, racecars, and classics from around the world.” Once again, a phenomenal event with truly top-tier cars and a very friendly atmosphere, just as it has been the past two years. From day one it quickly became an event to watch and one...

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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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mag.Desert-Motors.co...

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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SEMA Show 2008 Nov10

SEMA Show 2008

My first time out to SEMA and I sincerely hope it won’t be my last.  And I know it’s almost a cliche to say it, but there’s just so much to see that even all day for several days doesn’t seem like nearly enough time to really check out everything.  Always exciting to...

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Veyrons in the Valley Nov01

Veyrons in the Valle...

At long last a Bugatti Veyron has made it’s way to the Phoenix valley. Two, actually, and oddly both arrived within the same week. On November first, Scottsdale Bentley at the Scottsdale 101 Auto Collection received a dark green and black Veryon and only a few days later, a privately...

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1962 Ferrari 250 GTO at Cars and Coffee Oct04

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO at Cars and Coffee

While a large number of rare and beautiful cars made their way out to to the October’s Scuderia Southwest Cars and Coffee, a stunning blue ’62 Ferrari 250 GTO (serial number 3387) was without a doubt the star of the show. It’s the second GTO produced and was raced at Sebring in March of ’62 where it placed second over all and first in GT with Phil Hill and Oliver Gendebien behind the wheel. It later raced at Le Mans in June of ’62 and then went on to race in NART and by a privateer after that and is one of very few GTOs raced as a factory team car. It’s been repainted a number of times since it was built and received a number of minor cosmetic changes at those times, but...

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The Griffin Has Landed Sep08

The Griffin Has Land...

Evolution MotorSportsrecently partnered with Gumpert Sportswagenmanufaktur GmbH as their US market final assembly and Performance Validation center for the Gumpert Apollo. After final assembly and performance evaluation, the cars are shipped to European Touch in Huntington Beach California,...

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Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Aug30

Chevrolet Corvette Z...

2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 spotted at the Scottsdale Pavilions Car Show.Driven by a GM employee and wearing a Michigan manufacturer plate, this 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 was most certainly in the area to be put through it’s paces at GM’s Proving Grounds in Mesa, Arizona.  The...

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Technical Knockout! Jun21

Technical Knockout!

A Stunning Trio of Late Production Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxers The Ferrari Boxer first appeared at the 1971 Turin Motor Show with the introduction of the 365 GT4 BB. Designed as a competitor to Lamborghini’s Miura, it didn’t actually hit production until two years later, in 1973. Enzo Ferrari had long been a champion of the midengined layout, but was afraid buyers couldn’t handle such cars. That thinking changed in the late-sixties. Though never officially a Ferrari, the midengined Dino was an undeniable success and helped pave the way for what is now considered a staple in the exotic community, the midengined Ferrari road car. The Berlinetta Boxer was the first of these cars. Though the...

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Better Late Than Never Jun09

Better Late Than Nev...

With all of the regular weekly, monthly, annual and oddball events, it seems that there’s always something going on somewhere in the valley. Between all of those events, photo shoots, trackdays and everything else it’s hard to keep up with it all and I often get behind when it...

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Numerous New Shoots May31

Numerous New Shoots

1994 Ferrari 512 TR The Ferrari 512TR is greatly reworked and improved compared to the earlier Testarossa to the point in which it is almost an entirely new car. With the 512TR the engine’s output has been increased to 423hp (~ 37-47hp more than the earlier Testarossa) through higher compression pistons, Nikasil cylinder liners, larger intake valves, a revised intake system, Bosch engine management and a revised exhaust system. This particular 512TR’s output has been further increased with a Capristo Level 3 exhaust. The 512TR’s handling has been greatly improved when compared to the Testarossa by repositioning the engine and gearbox along with lower profile tires, revised shocks and quicker...

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Vivid Racing Subaru WRX Mar12

Vivid Racing Subaru ...

Given Vivid Racing‘s history with Subaru WRXs, it comes as no surprise that they’d have a 2008 WRX in their possession and heavily customized before many had even seen a stock one in person. They were so quick to modify it that they had to fabricate many of their own parts,...

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Not Something You See Every Day Feb17

Not Something You See Every Day

A Showcase of The Weird and Wild in Scottsdale, Arizona. Over the past couple years I’ve been attending local automotive events increasingly frequently and along the way I’ve seen and photographed quite a few cars and bikes that just make you scratch your head. Whether it’s “why?” or “how?” or just “huh?” one thing is certain, these things are unique. Vans and buses are a very popular subject for the weird and wild and often great for a laugh. This “1932 Ford Anniversary bus” recently sold at Barrett-Jackson for $130,000 and features a 454 big block, 871 blower, 14″ front brakes, 20×16″ rear wheels amongst other over-the-top...

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