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The 2015 Porsche Only Swap Meet in Hershey PA

The Porsche Only Swap Meet in Hershey was another huge success – except for the drive home. That was awful, but also another story for another time. The weather was uncharacteristically perfect and the crowds quite large. If you’ve not been, it’s a mecca of parts you need, parts you didn’t know you needed, parts you didn’t know existed and cars galore! The meet has a huge draw as well with people traveling not just from all over the US but from all over the world. It is billed as the largest Porsche only meet on the globe and it’s no mystery why when you see it.

Perfect early 911 Coupe
Perfect early 911 Coupe

I saw a few tremendously high priced cars for sale while walking around, but also some very good values. They still exist throughout the range from 356s to some pretty awesome little 914s. Pretty sure you would find what you’re looking for if you go and if not, I feel certain someone there could put you on the right track. I always see at least one car every year that is just priced too good to be true and it always leaves me wishing I had brought cash, cash and more cash.

Porsche 356 4-Cam valve covers
Porsche 356 4-Cam valve covers
Porsche 356 Speedster interior
Porsche 356 Speedster interior

If you favor the concourse action, you are in luck as they have an area set aside for just that purpose. It is people’s choice, which keeps you on your toes as you never know what will be in favor at that moment, but it’s a great element none the less. There is always a great turnout of some very interesting Porsches. They attract nearly every type our friends in Stuttgart ever made including…a tractor.

So relax and enjoy the following photos. If you seek more visual stimulation, feel free to follow this link to the full gallery on my photography site. Take care and enjoy!

A nicely modified Porsche 911
A nicely modified Porsche 911
A potent Porsche 914-6
A potent Porsche 914-6
Outlaw Porsche 356
Outlaw Porsche 356
Porsche 911 GT3 wheel detail
Porsche 911 GT3 wheel detail
Porsche 356 steering wheel
Porsche 356 steering wheel

Porsche Kid

The Cars and Coffee season has finally kicked of here in Pittsburgh so this is as good a time as any to start looking at the cars as well as the people behind the cars. I’ll start things of by looking at the ride of choice for the more than artful organizer; Cliff L. Cliff played an instrumental role in helping to guide the Pittsburgh Cars ‘N Coffee group to where it is today and his worthiness to captain this group is displayed in his choice of cars. Occupying his garage you will find a riotous Ariel Atom as well as this more than capable, Porsche 996 Turbo featured here.

Porsche 996 body 911 Turbo
Porsche 996 body 911 Turbo

Now I should say that I love all cars. Each has a special place in motoring history for any number of reasons, but it could be argued that I have a bit of a leaning toward Porsche 911s. No shock here that I rather love this one. It has all the proper accoutrements from a 6 speed manual gearbox and HRE wheels to a right at home GT2 wing and an AWE strait pipe exhaust system that will announce your arrival long before, and I mean long before, anyone lays eyes on you. From inside the car, this exhaust system will also gently massage your brain as it resonates quite pleasingly in the cabin. And, if you were so obtuse as to bring one with you, stir your coffee.

As this is a photo feature, I’ll stop writing. Take a good look, though, as the cars we drive often become our face. When you see this car roll in, you know Cliff has arrived. Enjoy the gallery and check back again as a new car will be featured after each PGHCNC event. For images from the event, just follow this gallery link.

Porsche 996 body 911 Turbo
Porsche 996 body 911 Turbo
Porsche 911 Turbo headlight detail
Porsche 911 Turbo headlight detail
Porsche 911 Turbo HRE wheels
Porsche 911 Turbo HRE wheels
Porsche 911 Turbo interior
Porsche 911 Turbo interior
Porsche 911 Turbo GT2 style wing
Porsche 911 Turbo GT2 style wing
Porsche 911 Turbo door sill
Porsche 911 Turbo door sill

Pittsburgh Cars & Coffee Winter Party

If you are a bit of a nut for cars, you’ve no doubt heard about Cars & Coffee. If you are into cars and have not, shame shame shame. It has grown from its original roots in California to a national movement that brings auto enthusiasts together to spend time with like minded people. It’s very good for the soul.

Here in Pittsburgh, our own group has seen steady growth and has found a wonderful home in a local coffee shop called Generosta Coffee. It’s a brilliant little place that serves to provide excellent service and product while benefiting local charities. A very good mix in the end and they have been very receptive of the local C&C club.

The club also has tremendous support from local car dealers and that was borne out when it came time to hold this years Winter Party. A great host was found in Auto Palace Porsche LLC. They have hosted events before and did another sterling job with the winter event. The showroom provides ample space to enjoy hanging out with friends as well as oogling the latest and greatest from our friends in Stuttgart. But don’t just take my word for it. Take a look at the accompanying photos for proof.

Porsche 911 Turbo
Porsche 911 Turbo
Porsche 907K once owned by Jerry Seinfeld
Porsche 907K once owned by Jerry Seinfeld
Porsche 907K
Porsche 907K
Classic Porsche Speedster
Classic Porsche Speedster
Porsche 911 Turbo S
Porsche 911 Turbo S
Pittsburgh Cars & Coffee Winter Party
Pittsburgh Cars & Coffee Winter Party
Hanging out in the museum
Hanging out in the museum

Oh, there were a few other cars featured as well…

Spyker C8 Laviolette
Spyker C8 Laviolette
Ferrari 275 GTB 4
Ferrari 275 GTB 4

And very likely my favorite site

BMW i8
BMW i8

It was a wonderful evening and an event well worth placing on your calendar. Better yet, join! You can stop out at any of the general meets at Generosta and find out more about the club.

For more images of the winter party, please follow this gallery link. Enjoy!

2015 Pittsburgh International Auto Show

If you’re a car nut, the intro photo is pretty much all you need to know about this year’s Pittsburgh International Auto Show. It was a highlight display giving attendees some unique cars to drool over and fantasize about that they otherwise would likely never see. Not even on a great day. But another highlight to the show was a somewhat unnoticed event that takes place every year the night before the show opens to the public.

The Auto Show is put on by the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealer Association and before the public comes through the doors; their foundation holds a Red Carpet Gala that allows a sneak peek of the show as well as entertainment and fundraising for a select charity. This year the event featured the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. The GPADA became the presenting sponsor of the PVGP last year and used this event to showcase their involvement as well as to present a check to the PVGP and the charities supported by it – The Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School. The result of everyone’s involvement and hard work last year was a check totaling $360,000.00! Quite an achievement and a new record for the PVGP. It was a great way to kick-start an evening of celebration, good food and lively entertainment.

PVGP Check Presentation
PVGP Check Presentation

PVGP Group shot
PVGP Group shot

The new poster design for the 2015 PVGP
The new poster design for the 2015 PVGP

The next day left no evidence as to what took place the night before. The show was ready for the public well before opening with all cars, save the rather pricey ones, awaiting potential buyers’ abuse. New to the show this year was Algar Ferrari. What a welcome sight they were! This area, as illustrated by the Cars & Coffee display, is eager to purchase fine sports cars so it was great to see them make the trip in from Philadelphia. Sad to see local dealers that carry Bentley and Maserati absent, but perhaps that will change next year. If nothing else, they bring more people through the doors.

In the end, it was a very well attended show and for those out to buy a car, there was much to climb in and check out. So enjoy the few images posted here and for a full on sensory attack, follow this gallery link for all of the event images. Enjoy!

The mighty McLaren P1
The mighty McLaren P1

Lamborghini Aventador Anniversario
Lamborghini Aventador Anniversario

Lincoln display
Lincoln display

You can't have enough McLaren P1
You can’t have enough McLaren P1

Ariel Atom
Ariel Atom

Chevy Camaro
Chevy Camaro

Corvette Z06
Corvette Z06

Lexus RC F Sport Coupe
Lexus RC F Sport Coupe

BMW i8
BMW i8

Chasing a sale
Chasing a sale

2015 Pittsburgh World of Wheels

Okay. The title is a bit misleading as you might think you will find info on the entire World of Wheels show. Truth be told, I am very biased when it comes to this event. I go mostly to see the Rat Rods. I don’t get to see those cars as often as the other ones on display so I spend nearly all my time around them.

That said, you will find a few images of other cars in attendance. But only very few. So if you like Rat Rods and pinstriping, then press on! I have posted a few images here and you can find the rest through this main gallery link. It was a great show with a lot of cars on display from some enormously talented builders and owners. It’s a show that’s well worth your time if you love muscle cars, movie cars, dragsters, customs, and all types of rods.

Enjoy!

Five window coupe sporting a 331 Hemi
Five window coupe sporting a 331 Hemi
Rat Rod pickup truck
Rat Rod pickup truck
1930 Ford Model A
1930 Ford Model A
Rat Rod dually
Rat Rod dually
Ford Model A Roadster
Ford Model A Roadster

Some of the finer details of the display included clever little mascots and some fantastic pinstriping art created by artists on location during the event. An auction featuring their work took place during the event and benefited the Autism Society of Pittsburgh. At the end, just over $23,000.00 was raised. Not too shabby!

Artist at work
Artist at work
Auction art
Auction art
Hot Rod auction art
Hot Rod auction art
Pinstriping art
Pinstriping art

No proper Rat Rod or Hot Rod is complete without a welcoming mascot to greet folks passing by.

Skeleton Rat Rod mascot
Skeleton Rat Rod mascot
Devil gear shift
Devil gear shift
Skull door lock detail
Skull door lock detail

Find more here.

Mascots of a Different Kind

I thoroughly enjoy Rat Rods and love the mascots their builders create for them even more. They are typically clever little characters and are the perfect finishing touch to the personality of the car. There is so much incredible detail to look at on these cars, but I do find myself spending extra time on the mascots. Many lead the way in “re-purposing” to the point environmentalists should be celebrating them and holding them up as poster children for recycling.

Sure the cars themselves pop out a bit more than the average Prius on the emissions end of things, but they more than make up for it in recycling. These Rat Rodders are leading the way! Just check out the handy work in the hood ornament below. Most people would throw that stuff out because they lack vision.

Skeleton Hood Ornament
Skeleton Hood Ornament

And check these great sculptures out. These builders possess so much creativity that when they run out of space on the car they just make a full size figure to go with it. All joking aside, they really are a very creative and artistic group of people and well worth your time to visit with at any show.

Custom built Rat Rod skeleton
Custom built Rat Rod skeleton
Skull and Tire Iron
Skull and Tire Iron

I will have much more to ad to this topic in a few weeks. If you want to peruse some general Hot Rod and Rat Rod shots in the meantime, just click on this gallery and this one as well. There is no end to the detail you will find in these cars or the little mascots guiding them. It’s everywhere you look.

Cheers!

A Devilish Pair
A Devilish Pair
The Jester
The Jester
Simple Skull
Simple Skull

 

Heading Into the New Year

This got here a lot quicker than I felt it would. Such is life, though, as we motor ahead. Everything moves quicker whether we wish for it to or not. That feeling is likely due to the fact I aint getting any younger and my kids are growing way too fast! It’s the only speed I would like to slow down.

The up side is, I get to jump into new projects quickly and this year will see a multitude of new opportunities with unique commercial shoots, private commissions and art shoots as well as a multitude of shows and special features on select cars.

I encourage you to check back often and share these posts with anyone that will appreciate them. The first few features will be on some unique restoration shops with mad skills! The work rolling out of these shops is nothing short of stunning and is pure art!

Have a great year and keep checking back here often. Take care!

Ford Mustang at Watkins Glen
Ford Mustang at Watkins Glen

The Best Kids Car Ever!

We’ve all seen the great little plastic electric cars sold at toy stores. Little plastic wheels with sticker gauges and hard plastic molded seats with plastic on them formed from even more plastic. Some of them are decently optioned and look the part. Others, not so much and their efforts to conceal the make and model are often comical. This car, however, hides nothing and is so wonderfully appointed that you likely would wish to travel back in time to your youth and drive it yourself.

Kids electric car cockpit
Kids electric car cockpit

Everything about this car is special. A point that becomes very clear under close inspection of the hand crafted parts. It is more work of art than toy car. You want to protect it and set it aside for special viewing in your home. More of an art piece that you talk about and point at while it shimmers under its own accent lighting. It’s so perfect! Still, I would love to risk its destruction just to see a child drive this around as I can’t imagine it being anything less than utter bliss. It even has its own tool kit, driving gloves and a leather helmet!

Kids electric car on the road
Kids electric car on the road

How the car came into existence is a story unto itself. The entire project started based on some rejected radiator shells that had been created for an Auburn pedal car that another person was restoring. So logically, this miniature Duesenberg just had to grow from that seed. Every part is either hand made or found. The gauge bezels are from both the tops of beer cans and energy drinks. There is a stunning glass marble affixed to the end of the drive selector, which works by the way, and the leather components are all hand sewn. Under the bonnet  lurks a beautiful faux engine. Every detail is present from miniature spark plugs and ignition wires to carburetors and exhaust. Pity the bonnet isn’t transparent, though it’s concealment of the engine does invite you to undo the leather strap and lift the cover to see what hides from view.

Kids electric car "engine"
Kids electric car “engine”
Kids electric car tool kit
Kids electric car tool kit

It can’t be stressed enough that this is a masterpiece and it was a wonderful opportunity to document it. It looked right at home in every location we placed it and drew the attention of anyone in the area. Young and old alike were drawn to this and it’s rather obvious why.

Front view of the kids electric car
Front view of the kids electric car

It’s currently looking for a new home as its builder is looking to work on other projects. I hope it gets used. To enjoy something like this as a child would certainly make a lasting impression that would no doubt foster a great love of the automobile. How many kids get to experience something like this? True motoring with a fully functioning electric Duesenberg that offers an engaging and tactile experience that a lot of cars for us adults don’t deliver.

The artisan behind the kids electric Duesenberg
The artisan behind the kids electric Duesenberg

For more images of this marvel, please follow this gallery link. It’s well worth the time as there is plenty more to see. Enjoy!

BMW M3 Photo Shoot

First off, what a marvelous car! Wonderful lines sporting the perfect color and dressed in just the right amount of carbon fiber. I love it! It’s the kind of car you want to drive all day with no particular destination in mind and you can do so in relative anonymity. Anything goes with this car from track to street. It’s just perfect and true to its intended purpose of providing the owner with the ultimate driving machine.

BMW M3
BMW M3

Add to that, stunning good looks. The lines on this BMW M3 fascinate me and stand out in any light. It has the perfect balance of curves and creases. As a result, I was happy to have been asked to photograph it.

BMW M3
BMW M3

We started off shooting the car at the track to get some nice panning shots but also to potentially capture some sideways action. The later did not occur as nobody wants to get kicked off the track. It’s not even worth trying to fake it being accidental. Besides, the next thing you know, you’ve had an off track agricultural excursion resulting in unintentionally mating with the armco. No one wins in that situation and then I have to act like I have no idea what’s going on. I’m not a good actor. Anyway, we have an opportunity to do it with a blessing very soon so all good things come to pass eventually.

BMW M3 gauge cluster
BMW M3 gauge cluster

So, with a good amount of stills and action shots captured, we set about planning the next few shoot locations. I have quite a few I like for fall and the roads tend to be traveled infrequently at most times of the year. Oh, except when you’re doing a shoot and then the one you are counting on hosts a charity walk and shuts down half the park. The backup worked perfectly, though, so no harm. And actually, that second choice location was better. Great fall color and the car looked right at home in the natural setting.

BMW M3 Country road leaf removal.
BMW M3 Country road leaf removal.

It gave us a great opportunity to demonstrate the cars leaf removal abilities as well. Always nice to lend a hand to the local community when you blow through town and I feel certain, they appreciated it greatly.

BMW M3 basking in the sun
BMW M3 basking in the sun

We made a few more stops later in the day, but have plans for additional shoots including a very nice out of the ordinary location that should provide a suitable amount of danger. Should be some good fun coming up quite soon. You can find the full gallery from this shoot here and I will be adding to it as we do more shoots with this car. Keep checking back as there will be a lovely Fly Yellow 308 gracing this page soon!