ART PEPPER

Along with Bill Evans and Miles Davis, he’s my favorite jazz player. Imagine these three playing together: sax, piano and trumpet. Maybe Sam Jones on bass and Art Blakey on drums…

The Notes from a Jazz Survivor documentary film about Art Pepper is not for the those who don’t want to know about the trials and tribulations all three men went through. The Blues for the Fisherman album is an Art Pepper live masterwork that few know about. If you like West Coast Jazz, check them out.

(Photographer: Unknown)

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THANK YOU ROAD & TRACK

A recent issue of R&T includes a photo I made of Rolly Resos’s R Gruppe 1966 Porsche 911. Originally shot for Excellence Magazine a few years ago, the image location is where R Gruppe first met in 2000 – Cambria, CA.

Rolly and I were there at the beginning, and we’ve been to every R Gruppe Treffen ever since. A great guy and a good friend.

Road & Track 911 article

ICE QUEEN

It’s always a good idea to expand your client base in today’s editorial world. The Porsche 356 has become one of my favorite cars to photograph recently. So, when I was given the opportunity to capture an all original 33K-mile 1958 coupe in the snow this winter, I jumped at the chance.

The result is my first feature in the Porsche 356 Registry Magazine. Check it out! Ten pages of words and pictures this month!

Porsche 356 Registry Magazine

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ERNST HAAS – HIS 100TH BIRTHDAY

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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WINNER – BEST SOCIAL MEDIA – MOTOR PRESS GUILD

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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RAW AND HONEST

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.

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

Steinbeck’s America

THIS CODE STILL WORKS TODAY

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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ADVERTISING AT ITS MOST POIGNANT, AGAIN

Heartfelt. The last time I saw that in a Super Bowl commercial was with The Richards Group ad for the spot “So God Made A Farmer” as narrated by Paul Harvey in 2013.

Another USA auto manufacturer with Bruce Springsteen and the Doner agency showed again what is possible this year.

Update 3/7/21: See reposted Jeep commercial “The Middle” above.

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GOT GASOLINE?

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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