Tuesday, November 17, 2015

San Diego Art Institute Value Scale

As I have headed out for road trips over the past several years, one of the place that I have become intrigued with is the area around the Salton Sea in SoCal. During that time I have been recording, via photography, the drastic conditions related to what has become a very bleak area. It was once called the Rivera of California...no more.

Six of my B/W images from the "Decaying Dreams" series will be on display at the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park during "December Nights," with the opening reception November 21st, from 6:00pm-8:00pm. The show runs until December 6th. There were 19 other artists juried into the "Value Scale:SDAI Affordable Art Fair" show, with no work priced over $500.

I'll be at the reception, so I'm inviting you to come by and check out some very cool contemporary art and say hi. If you can't make it that night, be sure to make it sometime between those dates.

If you would like to see the images in my "Decaying Dreams" series, click here: http://alongfortherideimageworks.zenfolio.com/p496188985

Please pass it on guys!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Point Loma's 1915 Race Re-lived...

What is old is new again, so they say. Earlier this year I got word that for Balboa Parks Centennial they were going to re-drive the same course that was raced in 1915. Naturally the best place to start the reenactment was at the San Diego Automotive Museum in San Diego's Balboa Park. The back story on this, was the race was being held in 1915 to bring attention to the Panama-California Exposition, in the new City Park. More on this later...

I researched a good location a few days earlier, to what I hoped would make a great shot. Here's a capture just before one of the cars crossed the Cabrillo Bridge.
1912 Packard 7080 CC heading to the Cabrillo Bridge. Image, © John Straub

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Other Places to Keep in Touch...

Out on the road making my way to the Carmel-by-the-Sea Concour, I was able to do a photo shoot with my patina covered 1967 911, and grab some cool images. Here's one I'll share, and in a world of connectivity, some others have been posted on other social media sites. I guess the point of this is to say, if you're on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, you can find me there too...

1967 Porsche 911. This was shot in Ventura, CA.
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Monday, October 5, 2015

Could James Dean's Spyder be Found...

With the 60th anniversary of James Deans infamous death, "The long-lost – and some say cursed -- car that James Dean died in may soon be found, if a half-century old memory can be believed. The 24-year-old Hollywood star was killed when the Porsche 550 Spyder he was driving to an automobile race near Monterey, and scheduled to compete in, collided with a Ford Tudor coupe at an intersection in Cholame, Calif., on Sept. 30, 1955.

 Nicknamed “Little Bastard,” the tiny Porsche was totaled in the crash. The wreck was sold to one of Dean’s competitors, who removed the engine and other useable components, then passed what was left to famed car customizer George Barris. Dean’s car gained the reputation of being cursed in the wake of several incidents over the years, including the death of a racer whose car reportedly was built using some of its parts. After shelving plans to restore the Porsche, Barris began lending it to the National Safety Council to use to promote car safety, and showing it at automotive events. While being shipped back to Los Angeles from Miami in 1960, it mysteriously disappeared from the locked container it was in, either on a train or truck, depending on the report. Since then, the mysterious car’s whereabouts have been unknown.

The day of the fatal crash....

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

End of a Run... Porsche 918

After 21 months of building, the last Porsche 918 rolled off the production line in Zuffenhausen. The super-car was built with the idea that it would be a limited edition, with only 918 units being produced. To that end, it pioneered innovations that will help Porsche continue as a high performance builder. Porsche has stated that those innovations found in the 918 like adaptive aerodynamics and rear axle steering have already made their way down to the next generations of 911s. I say, good on them!

Back before the super sports car made its way into owners hands here in the states, I was able to get a photo shoot. The one you see, is my favorite. It's the "bling power" of the engine lid that drew me. I can't think of any other machine out there that has the exhaust venting out like this, truly looks like something from outer space.

I did a face mounted acrylic of this for a friend, that won an award at the annual Porsche Parade, and I gotta' say, I think it's awesome! If you have a 918 or know of others that do, please share this post with them. Prints are available at this link on my photo site: http://alongfortherideimageworks.zenfolio.com/p853571094/h8962c70#h8962c70

Friday, September 18, 2015

Changes in the Air...

If you've been signed up for this blog for some time, you know I haven't posted much in the last two years...sometimes life gets in the way, as I'm sure has happened to most of you at times. Also as a blog follower, you know it has been dedicated to all things automotive.

I'm excited to say I've been expanding my horizons with my photography. Well, that said horizon, was a major part of my life as a young person, and it's finally finding its way back to me. Now don't go jumping ship on me yet, I'll still be posting content jam packed with automotive, but it will also be seasoned with vintage artifacts from the past and, not to get stale, there will also be some off the wall images posted along the way.

You ask, "Why is he doing this?" Over the last few years I'm happy to say I've had more and more requests from people to purchase my images, as the example below. So, I figure this adjustment in format, with images available for purchase within each post, is the best way to keep track, rather than driving myself crazy with special requests.

So, please stay tuned. I think you'll enjoy it.

An image captured during the Coronado Speed Festival of Hans Lapine ripping through a corner in his Porsche 914/6 GT with a Corvette hot on his heels. This image is hanging in his office as a one off, printed on archival paper.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Getting the best View...

Ansel Adams, photographing in Yosemite National Park from atop his car about 1942. The car he was riding high on, a Pontiac Chieftain Woodie...

A very rare car by today's standards.

Photographer unknown...

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Don't Call Me Late...

Call me whatever you want, but don't call me late for this event. What event? The annual gathering of Porsche 356 cars at Dana Point.

Once a year in July there is arguably one of the best Porsche 356 Shows/Concour in the world. A few years ago I was making my way around checking all the jewels and I came upon an '52 pre-A Cab shown by Cam Ingram from Road Scholars'. I noticed the impeccable interior with the Telefunken radio and it shouted, "Take my picture!" I asked Cam, he opened the door for me and I got this shot.

"Telefunken" is 16" x 24" printed and face mounted on acrylic to achieve a stunning presentation, and includes a wall mount. It's UV protected and absolutely glows under light. Perfect for the den or office. It's 1 of 1 as the artist proof. Ready to hang and enjoy. $395.00 + $45.00 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada.


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Amelia Island Concours Lands Two Rare Porsches...

I received this notice from one of my friends, Burt Propp. Thought I would share it with you guys.

With the automotive celebrations at Amelia Island looming (March 13-15, 2015), Porsche let us know that they'll be bringing two very significant racing cars from their museum to display on the concours field. While there are certainly some great Porsches for aution, the level of rarity is kicked up another notch out on the green show field. The first of Porsche's entrants being the venerable, one-of-two 909 Bergspyder, and the second is a one-of-one powerhouse in the form of the 917 PA Spyder 16-cylinder. Both were extraordinary engineering exercises that helped to develop Porsche into an international sportscar racing leader. The late 1960s and early 1970s were an exciting time at Porsche, and these two racers exemplify the type of out-of-the-box thinking that helped them to win multiple world championships.

909 Bergspyder, Factory Photo Archives

Friday, November 21, 2014

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, 2015...

For those of you that like to make the trip to Monterey for the Historics, here's the latest info on this years honored marque.The Shelby GT 350.

Donn Vickery coming down from the "Corkscrew" entering turn 9 at Laguna Seca.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Laguna Seca...Happy Birthday!

As one grows older, fifty-seven years ago seems like not so far in the past. This weekend that many years past, motor racing on the West Coast was changed forever with the first race at Laguna Seca Raceway.

The official opening on November 9th. Photo, courtesy Laguna Seca

Sunday, September 14, 2014

What Were They Thinking?

I have to admit, I've always been fascinated with strange looking things. Thoughts run the gambit from, "What were they thinking, to that's pretty cool."  In this day and age, it seems that people are too sophisticated to try to sell their products with good old visual creativity, while driving along our streets. I kinda' miss that, when I see creations like the following  motoring optic delights. They were so simple, yet told the story of what they were all about...