Archive for 2013

October 5th, 2013

Posted in Video / Film Blog by Randy Wells

IT’S NOT SOME MYSTERIOUS WISH THAT WE’RE IGNORING

Paraphrasing one of the brilliant lines from the TV series “Mad Men”… For those who are not familiar, this show is set in the advertising world of Manhattan in the 1960s.

September 28th, 2013

Posted in Racing / Auto Blog, Video / Film Blog by Randy Wells

“RUSH” PREMIERES

Had a chance to see Ron Howard’s “Rush” in a movie theatre last night and came away very impressed. It portrays the Formula 1 racing rivalry between Austrian Niki Lauda and Brit James Hunt leading to the climactic 1976 Driver’s Championship. Unlike previous motorsports films, it has an absolutely compelling story line and believable character development. It is also wonderfully cinematic in scope with great attention to period-correct details. More

September 27th, 2013

Posted in Porsche Blog by Randy Wells

PORSCHE 911: 50 YEARS AGO – UNVEILED TO THE PUBLIC

At the Frankfurt Auto Show in September 1963 sat a prim-rose-colored coupe with seat centers trimmed in checked cloth. It was called the Porsche 901, a model that would later become the 911 after Peugot objected to the use of “0” as a middle digit. Thus the iconic 911 was born. After 12 prototypes were built, official production of the new sports car began in the summer/fall of 1964. In all 235 were built during that year. The rest is history.

(Photo courtesy Porsche AG)

September 23rd, 2013

Posted in Photography Blog, Travel Blog by Randy Wells

AUTUMN IN AMERICA

On this first day of fall, I’m thinking of the times my wife and I spent in New England at this time of year. The coast of Maine is perhaps our favorite location to photograph, as it reminds us of the Pacific Northwest’s San Juan Islands. For those lucky enough to live in this photogenic destination, enjoy the color and change of season!

Maine Images Collection

(Photo: Andrea Wells)

September 17th, 2013

Posted in Photography Blog by Randy Wells

NEW MAC COMING

Apple’s soon to be released powerhouse of a computer is radically different from previous Mac Pros. Assembled in the USA, it will have twice the performance in a package less than half the size. I want one!

“You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.” “Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something.”

-Steve Jobs

September 13th, 2013

Posted in Racing / Auto Blog, Video / Film Blog by Randy Wells

AMERICA’S CUP – SAN FRANCISCO DREAMING

Here’s a post for my sailing buddies. Being a Hobie 14 owner, it’s exciting for me to see these high-tech catamarans fly a hull at 25+ knots.

The Washington Post perhaps said it best, “Nearly 20 years after beating Mr. America’s Cup himself, Dennis Conner, Team New Zealand is on course to scuttle software billionaire Larry Ellison’s hopes of keeping sailing’s biggest prize.”

September 9th, 2013

Posted in Racing / Auto Blog, Video / Film Blog by Randy Wells

FERRARI F40 VS. F50 VIDEO BY CHRIS HARRIS

Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before… This ain’t no concours, folks.

There’s also a great featured conversation with noted journalist and race driver Mark Hales as well. Enjoy.

September 2nd, 2013

Posted in Photography Blog by Randy Wells

NEW HERITAGE COLLECTION GALLERY ON-LINE

Happy Labor Day! We’ve been working hard at Wells Imagery to provide a brand new gallery called the “The Heritage Collection”.

This selection of my award-winning best sellers from the past are now available in a limited edition signed and numbered print series for the very first time.

The Heritage Fine Art Print Collection

The 15% discount I offered recently is still good for two more weeks so don’t delay. Just type the promo code FINE ART in the website’s coupon box before you check out.

August 30th, 2013

Posted in Porsche Blog by Randy Wells

PORSCHE 911: 50 YEARS AGO – GETTING CLOSE

At this time 50 years ago, Ferry and Butzi Porsche were ready to have a final version of the motor and transmission installed in the 901 body. Ironically, the very first complete car shown to the public at the Frankfurt Auto Show in the fall of 1963 did not have a functioning engine.

(Photo courtesy Porsche AG)

August 26th, 2013

Posted in Tunes / Vinyl Blog by Randy Wells

GOATS HEAD SOUP

What a name for an album title… leave it to The Rolling Stones.

It was forty years ago that the band released this LP recorded at Kingston, Jamaica’s Dynamic Sound Studios. Keith Richards recalls, “Jamaica was one of the few places that would let us all in! By that time about the only country that I was allowed to exist in was Switzerland.” Mick Jagger says, “Songwriting and playing is a mood. Like the last album we did (Exile on Main St.) it was basically recorded in short concentrated periods.”

This album has one of my favorite guitar solos by Mick Taylor (on the song “Winter”). For best sonics search out the original German vinyl.

(Cover photograph and design: David Bailey)

August 20th, 2013

Posted in Porsche Blog, Tunes / Vinyl Blog by Randy Wells

EARLY 911S AND VINYL ARE HOT!

How did I happen to pick two passions 20 years ago that would become so popular today? I don’t know, but the modest acquisitions I made a decade or so ago have grown into a good chunk of my financial portfolio.

The important thing to me is that I use each as they were intended. I play my original ’60s first pressing UK vinyl on my turntable and drive my Porsche 1972 911S and 911T/ST enthusiastically on a regular basis. Those hobbies, my work and good health are all I could ask for. Of course, my wife is my greatest blessing – can’t put a number on that!

(Photo of ex-Magnus Walker 1972 “STR” that recently sold for $275K by Sean Klingelhoefer, Iillustrator of Hipster holding $150 Mint UK LZ IV LP unknown)

August 17th, 2013

Posted in Photography Blog by Randy Wells

FINE ART DISCOUNT

For the next month I’m offering 15% off any photo purchases from my e-commerce website/store including images from my Automotive Fine Art Gallery. This includes prints, posters, canvas murals, and all sorts of fun stuff like screensavers, puzzles and t-shirts.

To use the 15% discount through September 16th, just type the promo code FINE ART in the coupon box before you check out.

Thanks, and have a great one!

August 16th, 2013

Posted in Photography Blog, Porsche Blog by Randy Wells

FINDING TRUE VALUE IN A GT SPEEDSTER

I feel very fortunate to be a contributor for several automotive magazines. One benefit is working with great editors and car owners. Pete Stout and Greg Young are two who fit that descrption. I’ve come to know them, and they have enhanced my writing, photography and life. Congrats, guys, on your latest achievements.

See the latest Richard Baron redesigned Panorama magazine (August 2013) for more.

August 14th, 2013

CARRERA PANAMERICANA IN A PORSCHE 911

Excellence magazine has done it again in issue #213. They’ve profiled a Porsche owner who is a true enthusiast and racer. He is Walt Sikes, a competitor who chose the early 911 as his weapon of choice. Check out his pair of 1965 build 911s.

Here’s an excerpt from my article (Thanks Greg Brown and John Kirikos!): More

August 10th, 2013

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

FERRARI

Along with Porsches, I am often given the opportunity to photograph other marques on assignment. Recently these have included Ferrari, Lamborghini and BMW.

Ferrari for me symbolizes Italian design combined with speed and excitement. From the engine note to the sculpted lines of the car, there is something unique about the best examples.

Interestingly, during the great recession of 2007-2013 Ferrari posted record new car sales.

Please see my Ferrari/Alfa interview with Jon Shirley in the latest Forza magazine (#128). My thanks to Jon Shirley, John Bennett, Bruce Dugdale, Spike Mafford, Magnus Films, and Aaron Jenkins for their support. It was an honor working with all of you.

August 3rd, 2013

Posted in Uncategorized by Randy Wells

SELF ABSORBED OR SELF AWARE?

To be somebody or to do something?

Fortunately I have lots of time to chill and contemplate one (or more) of life’s questions during the summer at our family’s island get-away. If you are in the PNW during the summer, do yourself a favor. Get on a boat, float around and relax. It helps prevent the unexamined life. Hope everyone is enjoying the great weather.

(Photo: Andrea Wells)