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.

Ted Field was only 12 years old when his father, Marshall Field IV, a part of the department store dynasty that created a world of affluence for his family, 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 well off, single, 21, and living in southern California? Find yourself a Porsche of course – but not just any Porsche. Continue reading “”

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 might consider becoming familiar with, if you are planning travel outside of your state or county:

Covid-19 Tracker

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. Continue reading “”

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:

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. Continue reading “”

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

CAN A CAR HAVE A SOUL?

According to one Porsche owner it can.

Read all about it in this month’s issue of Porsche Club of America’s national magazine Panorama.

Special thanks to the Pano team: publisher Vu Nguyen, editor-in-chief Rob Sass, photo editor/designer Richard Baron, and text and layout editors Amy Skogstrom, Allen Lane and Emma Smith. Also, thanks to Linda Goodman, Damon Lowney and all the proofreaders.

PCA Panorama Magazine

RETRO VINTAGE STILL LIFE

Now’s a great time to photograph still lifes indoors.

For this photo I chose a camera I purchased in 1979. It’s a 1958 Leica M3 and my first rangefinder. Before that I bought my first SLR, a Canon AE-1. Those cameras started me down the photographic path.

Yes, they were the days, not for workflow, but for the tactile experience of a manual camera and the smell of film.

THE FUJI G617 FILM CAMERA

This is one of only two medium format cameras that I’ve kept from the film days. The other is a Hasselblad 500C. They both remain relevant for making large prints. Wth the roll film tha’s still available today.

The Fuji G617 is a large yet lightweight photographic machine that produces amazing panoramic images captured at 6cm x 17cm in size. That’s plenty big to print huge murals if you want. All manual, no light meter. Make sure you get the special ND filter.

I used this camera quite a bit back in the ’90s shooting Fujichrome 120 and 220 slide film worldwide for stock. 220 is now discontinued, but you can still get a whopping 4 images out of a single roll of 120 film today.

Good review here.

(Camera photo: James Tocchio)

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PLAYING RECORDS IS A GREAT WAY TO DE-STRESS

With Record Store Day 2020 postponed due to the pandemic, now’s a good time to listen to some great sounding vinyl. It’s a sublime way to pass the time while at home.

Live albums can be especially beneficial in bringing back fond memories of concerts you may have attended. Or you can spin some female vocals or mellow jazz for a relaxing break from the computer. Vinyl remains my preferred way to listen to music for its ability to let me connect with the artist in an emotional way. Continue reading “”