October 25th, 2014

Randy Wells | Automotive Writer & Photographer

Posted in Tunes/Music, Video/Film by Randy Wells

REMEMBERING JACK BRUCE AND CREAM

Jack Bruce passed away today at age 71. He was a founding member of the influential British psychedelic power rock trio Cream – along with Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton. In the two short years they played together (1966-1968), Bruce sang and co-wrote most of Cream’s singles, including the hits “Sunshine of Your Love”, “White Room”, and “I Feel Free”. Many consider him one of the greatest bass players of all time. Cream was the world’s first successful supergroup – a group that foreshadowed Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath.

(Photographer: Unknown)

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October 21st, 2014

Posted in Photography, Porsche, Racing/Auto by Randy Wells

BELLEVUE CAR STUDIO GETS A MAKEOVER

The car studio space I moved into near Seattle has recently undergone a major upgrade. In addition to adding the option of either a black or white background, a 30 foot square white silk fabric has been mounted to the ceiling to reduce any unwanted reflections.

With seamless on the floor and 4000 watts of light either bounced off or through the silk, a uniform presentation has been created. The results are beautiful and will continue to just get better, making it one of the best auto salons in Washington state.

My sincere thanks goes to Chris Powell for allowing me the space in which to photograph cars. Thanks also to Glazer’s Camera, Bruce Dugdale, and in particular, Ryan Snodgrass, for his inspiration and efforts in making this transformation happen. See Ryan’s Porsche Carrera book in progress here.

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October 8th, 2014

Posted in Photography, Porsche, Racing/Auto, Video/Film by Randy Wells

ROGER GRAGO’S RIDE WITH JEFF ZWART

Roger Grago goes for a ride in his newly restored 1973 Porsche 911 with Jeff Zwart at the wheel. This RS/GT custom build with 2.9L MFI motor was filmed at the special event on Saturday, October 4, 2014. It all happened at Scott’s Independent in Anaheim CA. A big thank you goes to Jeff, Terrie and Roger Grago, Mike Sofka, Scott Hendry, Dan Reese, John Esposito, and everyone else for making this possible. P.S. Today, Andrea and I have been married for 20 years!

October 6th, 2014

Posted in Photography, Porsche, Travel by Randy Wells

THE RETURN OF ROGER GRAGO’S 911 RS/GT

A special party took place at Scott Hendry’s independent Porsche shop in Anaheim on Saturday. Over 100 people arrived to show their love for Roger Grago. It was simply amazing to see him and his friends celebrate this iconic freshly rebuilt (Hendry) and repainted (Esposito) custom 1973 Aubergine 911. Many people were involved in this labor of love for our dear friend.

With all the car clubs he has led, from DKP to R Gruppe, Roger is the man who made it happen for many of us. Thank you Roger, and thank you to everyone for sharing their stories. Look for an article and documentary film next year.

Previous blog post here

You can read about Roger’s GBM on his wife’s blog:
rogersrace.blogspot.com

(Photo above: Lars Wilkblad, Roger Grago, Curtis Autenrieth, Ray Crawford, and myself)

September 29th, 2014

Posted in Photography by Randy Wells

VINTAGE LEICA DUET

Mary Ellen Mark self-portrait (1979) – with Marlon Brando on the set of Apocalypse Now

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September 24th, 2014

Posted in Photography, Porsche, Racing/Auto, Travel by Randy Wells

AS SUMMER ENDS

It’s been a great year. Unfortunately, Speed Week at Bonneville was recently cancelled (again). Weather is one thing you cannot control. Thankfully I was able to photograph the World of Speed event at the salt flats as well as the Pikes Peak Hill Climb earlier in 2014. Here are some non-assignment images I can share. More

September 17th, 2014

Posted in Photography, Porsche, Racing/Auto, Travel by Randy Wells

2014 PCA PARADE COVERAGE

I had a great time in Monterey this summer, and the photos I made are now being published. Look for them in the September issue of PCA’s national Panorama Magazine. Along with a Porsche 959 cover image and photos of the record-breaking 2014 Porsche Parade, there’s a 2010 Cayman story I provided visuals for. This amazing car has a GT3 motor that owner Steve Lau and writer Pete von Behrens drove to top time of the day at the annual autocross. Congratulations guys, and thanks to Pete Stout, Richard Baron, and everyone at Panorama for featuring my imagery!

September 13th, 2014

Posted in Tunes/Music by Randy Wells

THE BEATLES IN MONO VINYL BOX DONE RIGHT

Apparently all the complaints from last year about The Beatles stereo LP box pressings got through to EMI. Optimal and analog tapes were enlisted for this new Mono box. Even Michael Fremer (and a respected mastering engineer) are saying good things about it on Analog Planet. I’m buying this set on wax… Yeah, I’m a Beatles completist.

Analog Planet

September 11th, 2014

Posted in Photography, Porsche, Travel by Randy Wells

PCA PNWR SPIEL COVER

September’s issue of the “Spiel” is out… Thanks to editor David Cook and art director Dean Holbrook, and all the officers of the Porsche Club of America PNW region. My cover photograph depicts a fleeting moment at sunset when waves were crashing against the idyllic California coast with a beautiful Porsche in the foreground. Congrats to Jeanette and Mick Summa and their 1958 Custom Speedster!

September 4th, 2014

Posted in Photography, Porsche, Racing/Auto, Travel by Randy Wells

WORLD OF SPEED 2014

Tom Woodford is bringing a a heavily modified 1975 Porsche 911 to the the Bonneville Salt Flats today to break the 200 mph mark. How will he do it? Add hp (3L water-to-air intercooled Turbo). Oh, and add big wings and a parachute to slow down. Tom’s ride is sponsored by Elephant Racing, which did the suspension work, and Factory Tour Parts. I’ll be there to photograph it for Excellence magazine!

(Photo: Chuck Moreland)

August 27th, 2014

Posted in Photography, Travel by Randy Wells

BACK FROM CALIFORNIA, THEN OFF AGAIN

Life is like a box of Cracker Jacks. You never know what you’re going to get. Fortunately, I’ve been getting some very good stuff lately. Call it a creative phase. Whatever it is, I’ll take it.

I’m very excited about the projects I’ve just completed, those that are half done, and the ones I’m about to do. I can’t give anything away, but it’s safe to say it will be satisfying for the folks who follow my work and like what I do.

August 21st, 2014

Posted in Photography, Porsche, Travel by Randy Wells

MORE CALIFORNIA PORSCHE GOODNESS

The Werks Reunion in Monterey last Friday was an awesome event. Over 500 Porsches lined the green fields of Carmel Valley. On hand were several unique models from Road Scholars’ collection, R Gruppe club, and PCA. Another 500 Porsches lined the road and nearby parking lots. I think they will be doing this again next year…

August 14th, 2014

Posted in Photography, Porsche by Randy Wells

AFFAIR OF THE HEART

Congratulations to Rick Bradley and the California Porsche 356 convertible he bought new in 1960. Here’s what Rick says about his lifelong ride in my article in this month’s issue of Panorama Magazine, “It’s dependable and never fails to start on the first turn of the key. It doesn’t require a smog test, and it gives sports car feel with great fuel economy on regular gas, between 30 and 35 mpg. When the weather is sunny and warm, the top can be lowered in a few minutes.”

August 11th, 2014

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COMEDIANS MISSED

Light & Dark

Jonathan Winters & George Carlin

Robin Williams

RIP

August 9th, 2014

Posted in Photography, Porsche, Racing/Auto by Randy Wells

CARS YEAH

Cars Yeah is an innovative website that features podcast interviews with automotive entrepreneurs. Mark Greene asked me to participate, and our session will go live tomorrow. A good time is guaranteed!

CARSYEAH.COM

Randy on CARSYEAH.COM

August 2nd, 2014

Posted in Photography, Porsche by Randy Wells

PORSCHES AT RTC

Rain showers could not keep over 200 Porsches away from gathering at the Redmond Town Center mall in Washington state today. From 356s to a Carrera GT, the marque was well represented at the largest weekly exotic car meet north of Los Angeles.

David Alan Harvey on shooting with a 35mm lens