Record-Breaker: ’77 FJ40 Mar08

Record-Breaker: ’77 FJ40

Several years ago I shot a 1978 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser restored by Finishing Touch and auctioned by RM Auctions. It not only exceeded auction estimates, but came close to setting a record for such a vehicle. When I was again called upon by RM Auctions and tasked with shooting another FJ40 built by Finishing Touch I knew it would be another stellar truck. When was handed the keys and told to take it out for the shoot it was my first time driving an FJ and I now see the appeal even more than I did before. It was a completely different experience than more modern trucks/SUVs and it was clear that everything was there for a reason. After driving and shooting it, getting a close look at the work and attention to...

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1967 Toyota 2000GT Oct20

1967 Toyota 2000GT

My very first car was a Super White 1991 Toyota MR2 Turbo. Before I was even sixteen years old I was looking at photos of SW20s online, researching everything there was to know about them, posting on MR2 specific forums and saving every penny I had while browsing classified ads. Once I finally found and bought my car (the only MKII Turbo within hundreds of miles) I grew even more fond of MR2s (later purchasing a 1987 MR2 as well) and Toyotas in general. With that, not surprisingly, the Toyota 2000GT very quickly became one of my favorite cars. However, up until the evening I shot this particular car, I’d never had the pleasure of laying my eyes on one in the flesh. After seeing the flawless curves of...

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1978 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 Sep01

1978 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40

135 hp, 4,230 cc OHV inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission with low range and part-time AWD, semi-elliptic front and rear springs with live axle, and hydraulic front disc and rear drum brakes. Wheelbase: 90 in. • Rust-free Arizona example; recent frame-off restoration • Finished in original Freeborn Red with Cygnus White hardtop • Surely one of the best FJ40s in existence Much like the vintage Land Rover, the Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser has a devoted following all its own. Both vehicles were developed in the early-1950s and were based on the Willys M38 Jeep, which earned worldwide respect in WWII. When Toyota and Land Rover went head-to-head in the 1960s, Toyota won nearly every...

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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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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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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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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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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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