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Case Study House #22: The Stahl house

»Posted by on Oct 30, 2018 in Featured

Case Study House #22: The Stahl house

Recently, I went to Los Angeles and one of the pre-planned visits (besides the Porsche Experience Center and the Petersen Museum) was the Stahl house. The Stahl house was part of the Case Study Houses program and has been on the cover of many magazines. It’s a glass-wall house with an incredible view of Los Angeles. To be honest, I did not know much about the case study houses, so here what Wikipedia says about it: “The Case Study Houses were experiments in American residential architecture sponsored by Arts & Architecture magazine, which commissioned major architects of the day, including Richard Neutra, Raphael Soriano, Craig Ellwood, Charles and Ray Eames, Pierre Koenig, Eero Saarinen, A. Quincy Jones, Edward Killingsworth, and Ralph Rapson to...

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The Porsche Effect

»Posted by on Oct 18, 2018 in Featured

The Porsche Effect

Last weekend I finally went to the exhibit of the Petersen Museum: The Porsche Effect. It is a superb exhibit, there is a couple of very rare cars like this Gmund 356, the last one built in Austria owned by Jeff Zwart. There are incredible pieces of history on display, like the ledgers used by early Porsche engineers to record their tasks. Some of the racing cars on display were not at Rennsport, so it’s cool to see them up close (but not like Rennsport, no peeking inside). PCA gets a full section of the exhibit with rare badges, some early club creation papers and one club coupe on display. I have voluntarily not put up a lot of pictures because you should go. The exhibit runs until April 21st, 2019. The rest of the museum is also extremely interesting,...

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Rennsport Reunion VI – One for the history books

»Posted by on Oct 11, 2018 in Featured

Rennsport Reunion VI – One for the history books

This was my third Rennsport Reunion and like the previous Rennsport Reunions, this was an amazing event put out by Porsche. Just the number for Rennsport are staggering: 81,550 spectators, 50+ legendary drivers, 500 historic and customer cars and over 1,600 Porsche in the Porsche Club of America corral and a lot of friends. Rennsport is a reunion of a large number of racing cars from Porsche. Not only some belongs to the Porsche Museum, others cars belong to private museums (Petersen Museum was there with some incredible cars), some cars belong to avid collectors (Jay Leno and Jerry Sienfield sent some of their cars there) and some are owned by regular fans. The common point is everybody is making a huge effort to come here and show off their prized...

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Mammoth ride with friends

»Posted by on Jul 1, 2018 in Featured

Mammoth ride with friends

The weekend in Mammoth was really fun. Next time, I will come and place myself on the path for better pictures. Shooting thru the windshield is not...

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Yosemite in Winter

»Posted by on Apr 19, 2018 in Featured

Yosemite in Winter

It has already been a year since California had a great winter, with record snow. I have been waiting for the right conditions to get to Yosemite before a massive winter storm. I realized recently that I have never posted the images from that trip. For me the right conditions are a fast moving storm coming (called an atmospheric river) bringing a lot of moisture. Ideally the storm should hit Yosemite in late afternoon and last all night. The temperature in Yosemite should be low enough to produce snow and I want at least 12 to 16 inches. The fast moving storm is important because I want sunny skies the next day. The storm happened in the middle of the week last year, we drove ahead of the storm and stayed in the park, while the storm dumped around 18 inches of...

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Havana, Trinidad and Santiago de Cuba

»Posted by on Apr 3, 2018 in Featured, havana, long trip

Havana, Trinidad and Santiago de Cuba

For the 3rd time in 5 years, I went to Cuba. This time our itinerary included Havana for two days, then Trinidad and we drove to Santiago to meet with our Cuban Salsa group: the All Stars. I knew that Cubans love music, or most exactly music is life for the Cubans. This trip did reinforce the notion to a new level. We witnessed a music video being filmed on the Malecon, people dancing in the streets and we could hear music all the time on the streets, coming from cars, apartments, phones. Havana is changing fast, we were able to get cash from an ATM using an European credit card (an impossible thing before), a new 5 stars hotel has opened (after 5 years of construction), luxury brands like MontBlanc, Leica, Nikon are opening shops in Havana. The old Havana was...

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