August 30th, 2015
ROGER GRAGO FILM TO DEBUT 9/25
My film editor, Nick Roveda, and I are putting the final touches on a 26 minute documentary. It’s a tribute to our dear friend Roger Grago who gave so much to the California hot rod car clubs of DKP and R Grupppe. Roger passed away from brain cancer in December. This short film that I directed and shot will debut at Rennsport Reunion next month in Monterey. I’ll post again once this video is available on-line.
August 25th, 2015
BORN TO RUN TURNS 40
The cover of Bruce Springsteen’s 1975 album Born to Run is one of rock music’s most iconic images. It was made by Eric Meola, who reportedly shot 900 frames with his Nikon during a three-hour photo session. Meola’s image shows Springsteen holding a Fender Telecaster and leaning against the late saxophonist Clarence Clemons.
I’ve met Meola in Australia and the USA while shooting on location, and he’s a great photographer as well as a very nice man. Here’s an outake from his book Born to Run: The Unseen Photos.
August 19th, 2015
The current issue of Porsche Club of America’s Panorama Magazine, August 2015, includes my photo coverage of “Bevees” – Bev Gould’s 1970 911 E Porsche Targa. Ada Lee Halofsky wrote the wonderful text. Pete Stout and Richard Baron did their usual superb jobs of editing and layout. 340,000 miles later, Bev and her Targa are still together and looking great!
August 15th, 2015
RENNSPORT REUNION V
Days of vintage racing, concours on the ave and on the grass, gatherings at the Baja Cantina, and auctions in town. As the annual Monterey Motorsports Reunion wraps up this weekend in CA, it’s time to start looking forward to the next classic car event focused on Porsche at the same locale next month. No auctions, but plenty of activities for German gearheads!
August 9th, 2015
You may have heard the song by The Who. But that was back in 1971. What about today? What’s the absolute minimum a certified vagabond would need to travel and experience his country, self sufficient and styling. No big motor home. Just a mobile self-contained cabin, complete with everything. Well, everything a vagabond would need… Here’s one answer.
August 5th, 2015
It was a pleasure getting to know Bob Heintz and his 1955 Pre-A Porsche 356. Bob restored this rare “Continental” model to perfection in its original Jade Green Metallic paint. It’s a gem that has gone on to win numerous concours. Look for my feature in the current issue of Excellence Magazine (#231).
August 1st, 2015
THE HISSING OF SUMMER LAWNS
Released 40 years ago, this folk/jazz album by singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell remains intriguing.
“Don’t Interrupt the Sorrow”, “Shades of Scarlett Conquering”, and “Harry’s House / Centerpiece” continue to be some of my favorites. Eclectic for sure, and not for everyone – just the way I like it.
U.S. original LPs sound great, as do the 180 gram reissues.
Get well soon, Joni. Happy 90th Mom!
July 27th, 2015
THE BERING SEA – 35 YEARS AGO
In 1980 I was king crab fishing with my father on his 108 foot ship “Shaman” in the Bering Sea. Here is a photo I made during my last of seven seasons as a commercial fisherman in Alaska. It looks much the same today. It’s a part of my history very few of my friends know about. We would routinely pull pots in 40 knot winds. Lucky to be alive…
July 22nd, 2015
PORSCHE TO FOCUS MORE ON WEIGHT?
An end to the horsepowers wars? Sounds good to me. The latest supercars are so powerful (and heavy) that when a novice driver exceeds the limits of adhesion bad things happen… fast. Hopefully the next GT3 will incorporate answers to these questions:
(Photo: Courtesy Porsche AG)
July 17th, 2015
Congrats to Alan Rich and his spicy red 1973 BMW 2002 with M3 Propulsion – as featured in the current issue of Bimmer Magazine (#133). Alan and his son Zach did most of the work themselves converting a stock sunroof ’02 into a custom 245hp fire breathing hot rod. It was a privilege to cover this fun story in words and pictures.
Read all about it here.
July 13th, 2015
WHEELS OF FORTUNE
Road Scholars Magazine just published an article I put together with the help of several Porsche vintage wheel experts.
Included is an overview of rare early Porsche road rims: the first 356 wheels, Spyder lightwieghts, Rudge Knock-offs, Carrera GT wheels, 1967 911S 4.5s, 911 R rims, Mahle Magnesium wheels, and 911 and RSR versions.
As far as I know, nothing quite like this has been attempted before. Check it out!
Road Schoiars Magazine article
July 10th, 2015
WHY WE LOVE SUMMER
Contented, rested, and relaxed, a vacation summer traveler is sure to encounter stories to tell.
To all my fellow Northwesterners, do get out on the water and enjoy it now. Fall’s coming.
Canon 5D and Nikon 55mm f2.8
July 3rd, 2015
A Safe and Happy 4th of July To All!
Now Celebrating Our Website’s 5th Anniversary:
Check out our new look!
June 28th, 2015
EV WINS PIKES PEAK HILLCLIMB
Rhys Millen won Pikes Peak overall today driving an all-electric powered vehicle – a first in the history of the event. With a time just a few ticks over 9 minutes, Sebastian Loeb’s seemingly miraclulous 2013 record run of 8:13.878 in a World Rally car is still safe for now. Porsche driver Jeff Zwart won his class in Attack 1 with a 9:45 run. Congrats, guys!
(Photo: Drew Phillips)
June 25th, 2015
PORSCHE RACING WEEKEND
Today is the final day of autocross competition at the 60th annual Porsche Parade in French Lick, Indiana. Good luck to all my PCA friends!
In Colorado, the 93rd Running of the “Race to the Clouds” is in qualifying mode. Pikes Peak Hillclimb champions Rhy Millen and Jeff Zwart are there. Zwart is running second behind Millen’s electric vehicle in his Porsche RSR GT2. Stay tuned for results.
June 16th, 2015
LEICA Q MIRRORLESS CAMERA
This announcement seems more intriguing to me than the Leica T camera (16 MP) introduced last year. The Q does not take interchangeable lenses, but the fixed aspherical 28mm f1.7 lens is mated to a superior 24 MP full frame sensor that has the ability to crop to 35mm (15 MP) or 50mm (8 MP). 3.68 MP EVF viewfinder, video at 60 fps, macro mode availability, 10 FPS in DNG, image stabilizing, autofocus, autoexposure – all switchable to off. Ingenious. The price: $4.250. Available soon.