1989 Porsche Speedster Sep09

1989 Porsche Speedst...

214 bhp, 3,165 cc SOHC horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine with Bosch digital motor fuel injection, five-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with McPherson struts, lower A-arms, coil springs, and a sway bar, independent rear suspension with semi-trailing arms, coil...

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Porsche 718 RS 61 Aug24

Porsche 718 RS 61

178 bhp, 1,600 cc flat four-cylinder engine with dual Weber carburetors, five-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension with torsion bar, coil springs, and tubular shock absorbers, and front and rear disc brakes. Wheelbase: 86.6 in. Formerly owned and raced by Bob Donner and Don Wester Finished 7th overall and 2nd in class at the 1961 12 Hours of Sebring Numerous podium finishes at SCCA and USRRC events One of just fourteen RS 61s ever constructed Brilliantly restored and ready for track action Sold for $2,750,000 To many manufacturers, motorsport victories are essential to commercial success. The adage of “race on Sunday, sell on Monday,” was never more true for Porsche during the...

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The 1836 Shoot Mar18

The 1836 Shoot

I’m not especially active on Instagram and I don’t follow a whole lot of people, however, I do follow quite a few local people who post primarily automotive photos. Not just because I like to see what kind of work other people are doing, which I do, but because it’s a great way to keep an eye on what’s going on in the Phoenix Valley. That was exactly what happened with this shoot. I heard rumblings of something pretty special coming to town for auction week 2015 and with a little hunting and hashtag clicking I came to the realization that the famous @itswhitenoise Porsche 918 Spyder was very soon going to be in the Valley. Not only that, but for several weeks I’d heard people...

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1969 Porsche 911 S ‘Soft Window’ Targa Jan17

1969 Porsche 911 S ‘Soft Window’ Targa

170 bhp, 1,991 cc, SOHC air-cooled horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine with Bosch mechanical fuel injection, five-speed manual transmission, front and rear independent suspension, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 89.4 in. Rare 1969 long-wheelbase Soft Window Targa Recaro Sport seats; rear-seat delete option Recent cosmetic restoration; exceptional mechanical condition Sold for $286,000 Friday, January 16, 2015 The Porsche 911 received its first major changes for the 1969 model year, with the most important being the lengthening of the wheelbase by 2.4 inches to improve both the handling and interior space. The wheel openings were flared slightly to accommodate wider wheels and larger tires,...

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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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RM Auctions Scottsdale 2014 Jan27

RM Auctions Scottsdale 2014

For the first time in five years, I was finally able to attend RM’s annual Scottsdale auction. It is an auction that is, without question, one of the very best in the entire world and for me it was even more special as quite a number of cars I’d shot in the past year were going across the auction block. The crown jewel of the auction was this 1958 Ferrari 250 GT California LWB Spyder, which sold for a record-setting $8,800,000 and one of the many cars I had the pleasure of shooting prior to the auction (that gigantic print in the background came from said shoot). Not only was the California Spider the top sale for RM, but it was the top sale for all of the 2014 Scottsdale auctions. A bit further...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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