Randy Wells–Automotive–Car–Photographer–Writer–Filmmaker-Nature–Lifestyle–Seattle–Santa Barbara

Randy has the good fortune to photograph and write about cars for the best manufacturers, advertising agencies, collectors, auction houses, and magazines worldwide. His work has appeared in over 20,000 publications worldwide, including National Geographic.

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Ernst Haas, the pioneer of color photographic essays, would have been 100 years old yesterday.

He created the first magazine color photo-essay in LIFE in 1962. He became the first color photographer to have his own exhibit at MOMA shortly thereafter. He made this photo of a fall leaf in 1964.

A very good friend of mine, and a fellow student of Haas, Arthur Meyerson, posted this on Facebook today. I was there at the Ernst Haas Worksop in Japan with Arthur in 1984. I couldn’t have said it better.

Arthur Meyerson’s tribute to Ernst Haas

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Thank you MPG!

It’s an honor to receive this prestigious award from the Motor Press Guild for excellence in automotive journalism.

My wife, Andrea, is really the one who deserves this trophy for her constant support and social media expertise.

See the Instagram page that won at cars.randywells

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There’s always more stuff to acquire. So, how much is enough?

Very few people ask this question of themselves.

Van Life folks do it every day.

My wife and I lived that mobile dream for awhile. It was a good time camping on the road. My Steinbeck’s America book project resulted from that experience:

Steinbeck’s America


Gene Autry’s Cowboy Code

1. The Cowboy must never shoot first, hit a smaller man, or take unfair advantage.
2. He must never go back on his word, or a trust confided in him.
3. He must always tell the truth.
4. He must be gentle with children, the elderly, and animals.
5. He must not advocate or possess racially or religiously intolerant ideas.
6. He must help people in distress.
7. He must be a good worker.
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Fuel injected cars can get by on today’s fuel, but classic cars using carburetors get gummed up by all the additives. Carbs need to be rebuilt periodically if not treated carefully. Ask Rolly!

Porsche is now making sure we have gas for our carbureted cars. The famous German car manufacturer has begun procurement of a synthetic fuel specifically designed for 356s and SWB 911s!

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Porsche just announced an entry-level electric Taycan.

The 2021 rear-wheel drive entry-level Taycan will start at $79,900. With 402 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of instant torque, it’ll hit 60 mph in 5.6 seconds. The range of travel without charging is still only 200-300 miles, but it’s getting there.

(Photo: Courtesy Porsche AG)


Most of us probably would like to forget about last year and might even want to skip this year…

Here’s a tribute I created for the late Notorious R.B.G. near my home. Hope this cheers you up a little.

(This series consists of macro images I made of a 1973 Porsche Carrera RS Safari #19 1:43 scale model on my front steps. The real car competed in the 1974 East African Rally. My full feature of that 911 can seen in the January 2017 issue of PCA Panorama Magazine)


Followers of my blog know that at the end of each year I post a series of three personal images from a non-assignment single location.

In 2020, I took on even more commercial photography, along with some unique automotive editorial projects. That meant my personal work was even more important to provide some balance in my life.

So, I made a solo sojourn to the Palouse in Eastern Washington state in the spring of 2020 when the state’s Covid-19 restrictions opened up briefly. Here are a few of the images I made on that journey.

Happy Holidays!


It’s a sincere honor to be awarded a cover feature in Porsche Club of America’s national magazine.

In the December 2020 issue of Panorama Magazine, there’s a 16-page story of mine that goes behind the scenes for a photoshoot of the Emory Motorsport’s AWD “AllRad” 356 Outlaw.

In this article, I explain what goes into all my professional photo sessions. Photo tips are listed, some secrets are revealed, and a lot of fun ensues when Rod Emory coasts down a pre-planned route without a working engine!

Thanks to Rob Sass, Amy Skogstrom, Richard Baron, Vu Nguyen, Allen Lane, Doug Lloyd, and Emma Smith at the PCA!

Dec 2020 Panorama Magazine