It was an honor to produce a feature for my dear friend and fellow early Porsche 911 enthusiast, Roger Grago, who passed away last fall. My heartfelt thanks go to everyone who made this possible, including Terrie Grago, Mike Sofka, Scott Hendry, Dan Reese, John Esposito, Dick Moran, and Jeff Zwart.
Please follow the link below to a full Excellence Magazine on-line article for Roger’s 1973 911 RS/GT. The printed June issue #228 is available on the newsstand.
As Keith Seume says, “The longer you spend in classic Porsche circles, the more you come to realize that this hobby of ours has very little to do with cars: It’s all about the people!”
A grandson of Ferdinand Porsche, Ferdinand Piech became chairman and CEO of Volkswagen in 1993. He turned there company around and added top marques like Lamborghini, Bentley and Bugatti. Under Piech’s direction, VW bought Porsche in 2012 and in the process became Europe’s biggest carmaker – just four years after Porsche made a failed attempt to buy VW. In the ’60s, Piech pushed the boundaries at Porsche, ultimately creating the 917. His resignation signifies the end of a long power struggle at VW/Audi/Porsche. It’s the end of an era.
When Bob Dylan was growing up in the 1950s, Highway 61 stretched from Duluth, Minnesota (his birthplace) down to St. Louis, through Memphis, into the Mississippi Delta, and eventually ending in New Orleans. Along the way, the route passed the home towns of influential musicians like Muddy Waters, Son House, Elvis Presley, and Charley Patton. Blues legend Robert Johnson is alleged to have sold his soul to the devil for mastery of the blues where the “Blues Highway” Route 61 crosses Route 49 in Clarksdale, Mississippi. More
Thanks to Randy Leffingwell, Kevin Watts, and Cam Ingram for publishing my story on Don Murray’s 1964 Porsche 901 #018 – a very special car. It’s exciting when a photojournalist finds a new showcase for their work, and these guys are the best for doing that.
“At a very fundamental level, humans are defined and shaped by their use of tools. Tool use is the basis of human culture, and the tactile experience provided by using a tool is profoundly significant for human flourishing. Ironically, now that people spend so much time in a two-dimensional universe there’s a renewed acknowledgment of the pleasure to be found in the aesthetics and use of beautiful three-dimensional objects. The mechanical camera underlines the quirky, humanistic qualities of instruments created by hand. A mechanical camera is only partly a photographic device. It is also a complex and nuanced tactile object.”
Want to see more than what’s available on your smart phone? Love big cities and the cultural events they offer? Here are some recommended travel destinations for the coming months. The dollar is currently strong against the Euro!
Paris, France – Blossoms and Art in April
Rome, Italy – City Celebration in April
San Francisco, California – Film Festival in April
New York, New York – SoHo Shopping in May
London, England – Music Festivals in June
“The Salt of The Earth”, which debuted at Cannes last fall and was nominated for an Acadamy Award, will be opening in New York and Los Angeles on Friday. Theaters nationwide will follow in April and May. Directors Wim Wenders and Juliano Salgado made this documentary film about renowned photojournalist Sebastian Salgado. More
Congrats to everyone at Bellevue Porsche, the new Washington state dealership whose grand opening happened last night. A Porsche 918 Spyder was on display with its hybrid 608-horsepower 4.6-liter V8 mid-engine, centerlock wheels and huge green brakes. Loved it sitting next to Steve Terrien’s 1958 Porsche 550A Spyder that I shot for Excellence Magazine in 2012.
Coming to PCA members soon is a story on Porsche’s 2014 Macan CUV. It’s a look back on a PNW owner’s experiences over the past nine months. Shot entirely in the rain with owner Wendy Gulick at the wheel! Thanks again to Panorama Magazine for featuring my work in words and pictures.
Josef Koudelka: Nationality Doubtful
November 11, 2014 – March 22, 2015
Getty Center, Los Angeles
“An aeronautical engineer by training, Josef Koudelka… became intensely committed to photography by the mid-1960s and quickly emerged as one of the most influential, iconoclastic photographers of his generation. This exhibition—the first U.S. retrospective devoted to Koudelka since 1988 — traces his legendary career with more than 140 works produced over five decades. It marks the first time that the work of one contemporary photographer will fill the Center for Photographs at the Getty.”
It would be fun to eavesdrop on what my two photographic mentors were talking about in the ’70s. I can just about imagine Sam Abell (left) saying to Ernst Haas (right), “The underlying signature design element in my images is a triangle, a strong horizon line with a point above, what’s yours? ” Then Ernst would reply “The symbol for infinity, a figure 8.”
German based Burmester offers a “High-End Surround-Sound-System” for the ultimate high-end music experience in the latest Porsches. Sixteen separate amplifier channels totaling 1000 watts distribute audio for up to sixteen loudspeakers. Included is an active subwoofer with integrated 300-watt-amplifier. The distinctive Burmester sound is reproduced at all octaves down to the lowest bass foundation. It’s like your own personal mobile listening room.
Ever wonder about that rusty old 356 Porsche that appeared at Werks Reunion 2014 in Monterey? Panorama Magazine editor Pete Stout and I just profiled this 1952 pre-A and its owner in a “Patina Queen” article. George Alspaugh’s weathered coupe does leave admiring glances and puzzled looks in its wake. Personally, I love it and would never paint it. Thanks to Richard Baron for the great layout.
Just shot a car in the rain for an editorial feature. What amazing results – helped by some good lighting. I need to do this again. Here’s an older shot of my 1972 Porsche 911S that started me on the road to thinking about this treatment.
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