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.

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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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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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Drone image of North Cascades landscape, Washington by Randy Wells

LOOK UP. THE SKY IS OPEN.

Drone photography and video can be magical.

However, it is not for the faint of heart. The deeper you go into this discipline-laden aerial specialty, the more you risk being confronted with the limits of what is possible. Those limits are not very forgiving. Continue reading “”

LOST IN TRANSLATION

“Lost in Translation is a 2003 American romantic comedy-drama film (that won an Oscar) written and directed by Sofia Coppola. Bill Murray stars as Bob Harris, a fading American movie star who is having a midlife crisis when he travels to Tokyo to promote Suntory whisky. There, he befriends another estranged American named Charlotte, a young woman and recent college graduate played by Scarlett Johansson.” -Wiki Continue reading “”

SO, WHAT’S A BARE BONES AUTOMOTIVE VIDEO RIG?

A simple car shoot video rig is ideally compact, lightweight, and easy to use. It’s also hopefully not too expensive. After all, it’s your vision and message that will determine the success of any film more than anything else.

Whatever rig you choose, you don’t really want to compromise much on quality – for the camera, the lens, monitor or the audio mic. Continue reading “”