July 11th, 2020

Randy Wells | Director of Photography | Writer | Car and Automotive Photographer | Seattle and Santa Barbara

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A widely recognized, award-winning travel and automotive photographer, Randy Wells offers his best images, films, and essays at his main website here:

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July 11th, 2020

PETROLICIOUS FOR SALE

Afshin Behnia, founder of the popular car site Petrolicious, has stepped down as CEO and says the site is for sale after posting controversial remarks on the Internet.

I never approached them for work, based on their rates, but I did enjoy some of the car stories they published. Hopefully the site continues and the new owners can find a way to enlist the best automotive photojournalists and filmmakers. I’d be honored to be a part of it.

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July 6th, 2020

TED FIELD AND DANNY ONGAIS
Taking the Long Road Home with a Porsche RSR

Article by Randy Wells, Photos by Randy Wells and Others

Forty-Five years ago Porsche’s RSR was the hot ticket for car racing. Of course, joining in the fun has always been easier if you are an heir to one of America’s famous family fortunes.

Our never-before-published story covers the famous 1975 RSR and Ted Field, who was born to Marshall Field IV, a part of the department store dynasty that created a world of affluence for his family.

Field was only 12 years old when his father passed away in Chicago. After moving to Alaska with his mother, the young Field decided California was where he wanted to be. So what do you do when you’re wealthy, single, 21, and living in southern California? Find yourself a Porsche of course – but not just any Porsche. More

July 3rd, 2020

HAVE A SAFE 4TH OF JULY

This candid photograph of an American veteran (and a cat hiding under the truck) was made along Route 66 in Seligman, Arizona with a digital Leica M and a 50mm lens. Thanks to all our military personnel, past and present, for their sacrifice in the name of independence.

June 29th, 2020

Posted in Photography Blog by Randy Wells

HAPPY NATIONAL CAMERA DAY

Here’s my first camera, a Kodak Brownie Fiesta. I think I was 10 years old when I received it as a gift from my parents for Christmas.

June 26th, 2020

Posted in Photography Blog, Travel Blog, Video / Film Blog by Randy Wells

THE ENDLESS SUMMER

Bruce Brown made his classic surf movie, The Endless Summer, 60 years ago while filming two surfers, Mike Hynson and Robert August. Over two summers he followed them on a surfing trip around the world in search of the perfect wave. His landmark film debuted in 1964.

For many, summer 2020 will likely feel like an endless one for dissimilar reasons. Here’s a website you should consider becoming familiar with, if you are planning travel outside of your state or county:

Covid-19 Tracker

June 21st, 2020

Posted in Photography Blog, Porsche Blog by Randy Wells

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY

(Photo: Porsche AG)

June 20th, 2020

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June 17th, 2020

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June 11th, 2020

PORSCHE’S FIRST OVERALL VICTORY AT LE MANS & HANS MEZGER

The 1970 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans took place 50 years ago on June 13 and 14. Porsche had won first in class before, but their 1970 victory was their first overall Le Mans win.

They would go on to conquer the event more times than any other manufacturer. The late Hans Mezger was instrumental in that first victory and many others.

R.I.P. Hans Mezger, age 90, who passed away today. Hans was one of the most important engine designers ever. His first project was to work on the valve train of the Luhrmann-Designed 356 Carrera engine for Porsche – not an easy task. Over the next 35 years, he took part in the design of the first Porsche 911 engine, the Porsche turbocharged engines, and became the leader of the famed Porsche Race Engine Department. More

June 5th, 2020

Posted in Photography Blog, Porsche Blog, Travel Blog by Randy Wells

CAR CAMPING

I’ve had my Porsche Cayenne loaded with camping gear since the stay-at-home orders were enacted.

Like any American, I love my freedom, so it hasn’t been easy for the past two months. I’ll be posting pastoral photos on my website from where I have recently traveled now that WA state is opening up. Here’s one:

June 2nd, 2020

Posted in Photography Blog, Porsche Blog, Travel Blog by Randy Wells

SO FAR I HAVE NOT BEEN REPLACED BY A ROBOT

Here’s proof.

What a sad day in American history.

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May 28th, 2020

Posted in Tunes / Vinyl Blog by Randy Wells

HIGHER THAN THE WORLD

Van Morrison has reached more heights than any songwriter I’ve known since his debut in 1963. Perhaps no song has touched me more than the lead track of his 1983 album Inarticulate Speech of Heart. It’s his most underrated album and a hymn that has probably saved my life.

Play it again Van.

May 25th, 2020

THIS IS THE MEMORIAL DAY I’M TRYING TO FORGET

On May 22, National Road Trip Day, I decided to drive around the neighborhood, picking up some groceries and the mail. I also added a hundred new road trip images to the website, once i got home – while praying for better days ahead.

Hopefully, this pandemic is peaking and will begin to pass. Still, it has made existing problems all the more apparent. The incompetence and sheer selfishness exhibited by many has made the nation that our veterans sacrificed their lives for look pathetic. On the flip side, what happens next could serve as a once-in-a-multi-generational chance to build a better future. More

May 20th, 2020

Posted in Photography Blog, Travel Blog by Randy Wells

TRANSIT LOUNGE

Right now, for someone who has traveled the world, it feels like home is some kind of semi-permanent transit lounge where you patiently wait for your ship to come in.

Until then, here’s an inspirational list available from Far & Wide that highlights the best towns in the world to visit – when it’s safe to travel:

Far & Wide

May 17th, 2020

Posted in Tunes / Vinyl Blog by Randy Wells

LIFE’S GOOD (Until The End Of The World)

Thanks to Lou Reed and Wim Wenders for this soundtrack and film.

Update 7/6/20: R.I.P. Rick Cordero