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The best of 2019 – Blue Angels @ Miramar


One of the most spectacular sights I saw this year was the annual MCAS Miramar Air Show in San Diego.  In its 64th year, the event covers three days of aerial displays, including the Blue Angels pictured here. If we weren’t looking up at the skies, we toured static displays of dozens of vintage and modern aircraft from military, firefighting, search & rescue, law enforcement, as well as special interest private aviation.

It’s not easy getting a decent picture of screaming jets flying past at nearly 400 mph (640 km/h)!

This was our first trip to see the show and loved it.  We’ll be back next year!


Automotive, motorsports, Photography

1967 Le Mans-winning Ford GT 40 Mk IV (chassis J-5)


From my archives… the original 1967 Le Mans-winning Ford GT 40 Mk IV (chassis J-5) driven to victory by Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt. I would argue this is one of the – if not the #1 – most important American-built race cars in history, and a personal favorite.

Photographed with my iPhone at the 2017 SEMA Show, Las Vegas.

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MCAS Miramar Air Show 2019

Made my first visit to The Miramar air show with some of you today. Wow! The 3-day air fest in San Diego has been held annually since 1953.

One word describes it…. UNBELIEVABLE! Be sure to add it to your bucket list – it’s unforgettable when the Blue Angels pilots fly over your head at it near mach speed!

Here are a few of my favorite snaps from today.


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1953 Cunningham C3. A rare bird indeed.


Jay Leno’s 1953 Cunningham C3.

A model replica of the P-51 Mustang hovers over Jay Leno’s rare and beautiful 1953 Cunningham C3.  Just one of 25 ever built, the Cunningham C3 is powered by a 331 C.I. Hemi V-8.

Briggs Cunningham was an American sportsman, bon vivant, builder of bespoke watches and sportscars, and entreprenuer who enjoyed the finer and faster things in life. The Cunningham’s body was built by Vignale in Italy.