Festival of Speed 2016 Mar12

Festival of Speed 20...

The first annual Windgate Ranch Festival of Speed took place on March 28th, 2009, my 24th birthday. I not only attended it, but I shot promotional photos for it and even built a website to promote it for Scuderia Southwest, the organizers of the event. The event was a hit and I haven’t...

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Cars and Coffee, March 2016 Mar05

Cars and Coffee, March 2016

For the first time in nearly a year and a half, I finally made it to the Scottsdale Cars and Coffee. It’s an event I was at at the very beginning and never missed for over three years. But as life got busy and nights got late, it became increasingly difficult to force myself out of bed before sunrise and make the 30 minute drive to Scottsdale. But, I finally made that trip again and I’m very glad I did. Not only did I see a lot of familiar faces, but also a lot of wonderful cars. When I first started going almost nine years ago, it was a small group of about 20 cars and virtually no “spectators”. I was just a handful of people taking photos and back then it was difficult NOT to see...

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The Pinnacle Portfolio: Unprecedented Private Coll...

RM Sotheby’s secures the most significant and valuable private automobile collection ever presented at auction for its Monterey, California sale in August ‘The Pinnacle Portfolio’ comprises a superlative roster of the world’s rarest and most important sports and super cars, from one of the finest Ferrari 250 LMs in existence, to a road-race hybrid 1998 McLaren F1 “The Road Going LM” Other highlights include a bookend pair of Bugatti Veyrons, and the final Enzo gifted to the late Pope John Paul II Additional feature entries to be announced in the coming weeks RM Monterey sale extended to three days, with ‘The Pinnacle Portfolio’ taking center stage on Thursday, August 13 Further information...

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More Lamborghinis at Cars and Coffee Oct05

More Lamborghinis at Cars and Coffee

While I didn’t set out with any sort of plan, I once again ended up focusing on the Lamborghinis at this month’s Cars and Coffee, just like last month. This time, instead of being the ultra rare and polarizing Lamborghini Gallardo 5-95 Zagato that drew my attention, it was four late model Lamborghinis, including a duo of rarities built to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Lamborghini Aventador LP 720-4 50° Anniversario Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-2 Lamborghini Huracán Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 I was so focused on these Lamborghinis and shooting video (more to come on that later) that I only shot a handful of photos and ended up missing quite a lot, it seems. Things like a Jaguar D-Type...

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Lamborghini Gallardo 5-95 Zagato at CnC Sep15

Lamborghini Gallardo 5-95 Zagato at CnC

It’s a given that if you show up to the monthly Scottsdale Cars and Coffee, you’re going to see some good stuff and probably a lot of it. Even on the rare days when the event is greeted by a rainy morning, there are people out there. I also generally expect something unexpected. Might be a supercar, a wild custom, an ultra-rare vintage Italian or just something I’ve never even heard of. Still, when it came to seeing the 2014 Lamborghini Gallardo 5-95 Zagato, just one of two built so far, at this weekend’s gathering, I was surprised. I was running a little late and just managed to get some shots fired off before it scurried away, but it would be an understatement to say it caught my...

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Supercar Run 5 Apr22

Supercar Run 5

It looked like a ridiculous house party. Ferraris, Lamborghinis, McLarens, Aston Martins and others overflowing into the streets and lined up bumper-to-bumper on both sides of the road. I wasn’t sure if I had the right address, as I’d just looked it up on Google and Facebook, but when I arrived at Supercars Specialists and Scottsdale, it was immediately clear I was in the right place. Years and years ago, back when the Scottsdale Exotic Car Club was still a thing and the Scottsdale Cars and Coffee was just getting started, I used to go along on exotic car drives about once a month, always taking hundreds of photos along the way. But, as the SECC dissolved and the crowds increased, the number of...

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2014 Copperstate 1000 Send-Off Apr18

2014 Copperstate 1000 Send-Off

I’ve said it here before time and time again, so I won’t prattle on repetitively too long. Bottom line: The Copperstate 1000 is one of the best vintage car events in the Valley. It’s one thing to see such an impressive range of vintage cars, including some of the best-of-the-best, at a car show and something else to see them actually being driven. And not just driven, but DRIVEN. For this reason, I always shoot in the field for a bit before camping out roadside to catch all of these amazing machines beginning their long journey. Personal favorites this year included the always impressive 1965 Lamborghini 3500 GT Zagato (my third or fourth time seeing it in person), 1948 Alfa Romeo Nardi...

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Windgate Ranch Festival of Speed 2014 Mar27

Windgate Ranch Festival of Speed 2014

A yellow Ferrari Enzo just behind a yellow Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ (400 and 112 produced, respectively). A Jaguar C-Type right next to one of its younger siblings, the XKSS (one of just 53 produced and one of just 16 produced, respectively). A brand-new SRT Viper TA and a real-deal 427 Shelby Cobra. What’s not to love? With cars like that being the norm (while actually being driven to and from the event), it’s easy to see why the annual Windgate Ranch Festival of Speed is one of a handful of Phoenix Valley shows not to be missed. Other highlights for me included a super-rare Devin painted in a brilliant gold (look for a possible photo shoot of this car on Desert-Motors.com in the future), a stunning...

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Big Batch of Random Sightings Mar18

Big Batch of Random ...

Whenever I’m running around the Phoenix Valley I always keep my eyes peeled for just anything automotive that’s even a little interesting and, if it’s interesting enough, I always try to snap a pic. Whether I’m lucky enough to have my dSLR on me or if I’m stuck...

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1967 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV Conversion Mar11

1967 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV Conversion

SV Spec. 385 hp, 3,929 cc DOHC V-12 engine, five-speed manual transaxle, front and rear upper and lower A-arms, coil springs, and anti-roll bar suspension, and four-wheel Girling disc brakes. Wheelbase: 98.4″ • The world’s first supercar; presented in stunning colors • One of only 760 Miuras built from 1967–1973 • Original mid-mounted V-12 engine with five-speed manual transaxle • Original P400 fully-upgraded to SV specification, mechanically and cosmetically • Mechanical upgrade and improvements by Bob Wallace The Lamborghini Miura is considered by many to be the world’s first supercar. Lithe, sensuous, and beautiful, it is at the same time brutal. Its sexy skin stretched over...

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Arizona Concours d’Elegance Feb06

Arizona Concours d’Elegance

When I was approached by one of the founders and organizers of the first ever Arizona Concours d’Elegance many months ago I was immediately all in. I was all in not only because Arizona has been sorely lacking an event of this caliber, but because of who it was who approached me. I knew right from the start that it was going to be a very solid event put on by true enthusiasts and that it would garner all the attention it deserved from all the people you want attentive. There are so, so many cars hidden away in the Phoenix valley and surrounding areas that unless you’re a very regular attendee to various events or lucky to know the right people, you really have no idea of just what’s out...

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Cars and Coffee, October 2013 Oct05

Cars and Coffee, October 2013

As the weather cools down and the sun comes up later, Cars and Coffee gets even better. I tend to skip most of the hottest months due to the heat, but when I finally returned this month (last time I was out there was June) it did not disappoint. Everything I saw from the months I skipped impressed me with the quantity and quality of cars despite the intense heat, but once we get to this time of year the event takes it to another level. I arrived very early at 6:30am (either 30 or 90 minutes before start time, depending on who you asked) and there were already a half dozen or so cars in the lot with new cars arriving constantly. I got there so early so that I could hop up on one of the ~16ft walls that run...

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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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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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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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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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