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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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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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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