THE LAST 959
Excellence Magazine just featured an article of mine on the final Porsche 959 built. This 450 hp twin-turbocharged “time capsule” was recently U.S. dealer prepared after 25 years off the road. It was reconditioned, detailed, and is now being driven regularly on public streets. What an amazing 1000 km car this is – eclipsed by more modern variants (like the Carrera GT), but arguably easier to drive at the limit.
This 1988 vehicle’s refurbishment got me to thinking. Perhaps I should take a clue – get renewed, give myself a makeover, and exercise daily. I guess that’s what New Year’s resolutions are for. Have a good one!
PANORAMA AT ITS BEST
Porsche Club of America’s Panorama Magazine has gone through an epic transformation this year. Through the efforts of publisher Vu Nguyen, editor Pete Stout, creative director Richard Baron, production director Allen Lane and a host of other well-known contributers – it’s never looked better.
I’m pleased to be a part of the latest issue with two stories. One I wrote and photographed (“Life After Racing”). The other I made the photos for (“Fill in the Blanks”), and Peter Linsky wrote the article.
Thanks to the amazing group of folks at Panorama and my fellow writers and photographers for a great 2013. Happy holidays!
SETTING THE PACE
Thanks to Aaron Jenkins, Walter Gerber, Michael Collins and John Goodman for their collaboration in producing a story for Forza Magazine using my text and photos. The featured Goodman owned Ferrari/I.DE.A. Mondial-t is a one-off pace-car commissioned by PPG Industries for the CART/PPG Indy Car World Series in the late ’80s. What a hoot it was to drive with that livery and all those safety lights onboard!
RANDY’S PHOTO: A FINALIST AT THE MOTOR PRESS GUILD AWARDS
Randy Wells’ image of a Porsche Speedster in the snow, “Frozen in Time”, was one of three finalists in the photo category of the Motor Press Guild’s prestigious Dean Batchelor Award. Fellow Panorama Magazine photographer Bob Chapman won the top photo category with his overhead speed shot of a 997 GT3 RSR. Bob and Randy’s photos appeared in the the January and February 2013 issues of Panorama respectively, edited by fellow writing finalist Pete Stout. Continue reading “”
IS THERE LIFE AFTER RACING?
“Racing is life. Everything that happens before or after is just waiting.” Did a race car driver ever speak truer words?
Judging by the reverence with which Steve McQueen’s line from the movie Le Mans is held, I’d say not. Yet, for some racers there is more to “Life After Racing”… like long-time PCA member Richard Sutliffe.
I’m happy to announce that Richard’s ex-racer hot rod, a 1973 Porsche 911S, will be featured in the next issue of Panorama magazine #681. His yellow screaming R Gruppe car was a blast to photograph and write about. Congrats, Rich! And thanks, as always, to everyone at Pano for their amazing edit and layout.
Congratulations to Cam Ingram, Kevin Watts and everyone at Road Scholars for a banner year in rare collectible car restoration, awards, and sales. And, as always, thanks to Porsche specialist Chris Powell for his support and contributions to my images of the Road Scholars west coast inventory. Their website is a great showcase for my photography.
Road Scholars Website
This week marks the 50th anniversary of U.S. President John F. Kennedy’s assasination on Novemebr 22, 1963. It was undoubtedly the darkest day for our nation and its National Security. Imagine what would have happened if had he not been killed. It’s of any consequence, there’s only 25 years left until the public is able to view the CIA’s documents from that event.
(Portrait: Aarom Shikler)
Some photographers are universally known. Most are not, including a few geniuses.
Art Kane was a NY commercial photographer who was a pioneer in many ways. He is perhaps best known for his 1958 group shot of 57 famous jazz musicians gathered together on the streets of Harlem. Another image he created was the cover of an album for The Who called The Kids are Alright, a reference to London “mods” who embraced the rock group in the ’60s.
Here’s an alternate from that shoot, The Who wrapped in the Union Jack with children included. It was made in the Morningside Park of New York in 1968. He was a master of the 24mm lens.
Continue reading “”
NEVER BE SWALLOWED BY THE CRACKS
David & David was a mid-80s L.A. band that put out one album, Boomtown. It happened to be great. Here’s a catchy pop tune they composed that was arguably as good as anything done at the time. David Baerwald and David Ricketts disbanded then worked with Sheryl Crow, like another relatively unknown artist, Kevin Gilbert.
THE BUCKET LIST
The other night I watched Rob Reiner’s wonderful film starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. Some of my favorites. With parents getting older (and all of us too), the thematic underpinnings struck home. Hard.
Continue reading “”
Black cats have been associated with Halloween since the harvest festival began in about 1745 AD. Although cats of all types have been associated with the occult, black felines in particular appear most often in folklore. Several legends exist, like black cats being evil, causing bad luck, being linked to witches, and many other dark things. Very scary! More here.
Enjoy your trick-or-treating, costume parties, and pumpkin carving!
(Photo by Andrea Wells)
JAPAN IN THE FALL
One of my most memorable travels was to Japan in 1984 to study with the famous photographer Ernst Haas. This one-time Maine Photographic Workshop was held in late spring of that year. I would love to return in the fall to capture the maples and other plants that change to crimson colors, along with the autumn festivals in October. I still have the travel itinerary from ’84: Tokyo, Nagoya, Kumano, Shingu, Mt. Koya, Nara, Kyoto, and Osaka. The tour was called “Pacific Delight” and it certainly was!
LED ZEPPELIN II – A MASTERING LESSON
44 years ago today, Led Zeppelin released their second album. Eddie Kramer had engineered it, and Bob Ludwig was called in to give the record a “hotter” sound in the LP mastering phase. The resulting pressings have an “RL” inscribed in the run out area of the vinyl. Unfortunately, the dynamics in the grooves made these records unplayable on the inexpensive turntables of the day. So the lacquers were replaced with tamer sounding ones. Continue reading “”
I LOVE FALL
Testing some lenses today and was surprised by the results. Here’s a snap I took with a 1970 Leica 21mm Super Angulon rangefinder lens on a 2012 Leica M9-P camera body from my back door.
There is something special about this vintage optic and Leica’s older Summilux, Summicron, and Summaron lenses. Compared to modern Leica aspherical lenses, they can create a more three dimensional quality and a natural vignetting without correction right out of the camera. Plenty sharp and less post-production!
Continue reading “”
NEIL YOUNG – ON THE BEACH BY CASSIUS (SH FORUM)
“Was it the Falcon? The Flying V used on the previous year’s tour?”
“It doesn’t really matter what guitar it was, because it’s the tone that cuts through. It’s the ‘real-est’. The most emotive piece of music I’ve ever heard.” Continue reading “”