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Ur-Quattro gave Audi All-Wheel Dominance

Ur-Quattro gave Audi All-Wheel Dominance

By Petrolicious Productions / 23 Sep 2014 / 9 Comments Read More

In the late 1970s, Audi engineers started toying with the idea of pairing a turbocharged engine with the Volkswagen Group’s four-wheel-drive platform. The result, in 1980, was the Ur-Quattro (Ur being German for “original”), a car that would ultimately change Group B rally racing and, in time, the way sports cars were prepared.

Rally-Tuned Saab Exceeds College Memories

Rally-Tuned Saab Exceeds College Memories

By Petrolicious Productions / 23 Sep 2014

In 2002 I began searching for another V4. The Saab-feeling had really gotten to me and I was out to find an example in top condition. I searched the marked and put several ads in Swedish car magazines. There was some response but none was up to my standards. In September 2004, however, things changed and by November the car was in my garage.

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Goodwood Revival is an Event Like No Other

Goodwood Revival is an Event Like No Other

By Petrolicious Productions / 22 Sep 2014 / 14 Comments Read More

Being such a unique event, the Revival draws top drivers and big name stars to the circuit. This year was no exception as drivers included Messrs. Max Chilton, Jason Plato, Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean), and Nick Mason (Pink Floyd's drummer). Other notable racers in attendance included Sir Stirling Moss, Sir Jackie Stewart, and the equally great Mr. John Surtees.

What is the Greatest Pre-'90 Eight-Cylinder Engine?

What is the Greatest Pre-'90 Eight-Cylinder Engine?

By Yoav Gilad / 22 Sep 2014
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That Mr. Henry Ford revolutionized the auto industry is no big secret. But besides helping along America's love affair with the car, he also got us hooked on cheap V8 power beginning in 1932. Previously, Ford only built four-cylinders for its passenger cars but with the introduction of the Flathead, V8s went mainstream in the US...

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Giorgetto Giugiaro was the Greatest Designer of the 20th Century

Giorgetto Giugiaro was the Greatest Designer of the 20th Century

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 22 Sep 2014 / 9 Comments Read More

Growing frustrated, Giugiaro presented some of his stillborn work to design luminary Mr. Nuccio Bertone, who assigned Giugiaro a test design. After Bertone bought the test drawing, he decided he had better hire the young designer quickly. That test drawing? It became the Alfa Romeo 2000, and Giugiaro’s first car...

The Ten Best Classic Cars to Drive Daily

The Ten Best Classic Cars to Drive Daily

By Yoav Gilad / 19 Sep 2014 / 26 Comments Read More

Owning a classic car that you can daily drive isn’t that tough. It’s more a question of willingness to sacrifice a bit of comfort, but reliable classics do exist. Most of the following are cheap and cheerful—they’re fun, but not too expensive with parts readily available. Without further delay, following are your top ten choices for best classic cars to drive every single day...

Exquisite Autodromo Stradale Marks a New Chapter

Exquisite Autodromo Stradale Marks a New Chapter

By Petrolicious Productions / 19 Sep 2014
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Autodromo’s newest design is inspired by the dash gauges found on Italian sports cars of the late 1950s, and features a multi-layered dial. Beneath the domed sapphire crystal, the hour indexes are applied to a transparent glass ring, which floats over the colored dial for a three-dimensional effect. The custom designed leather strap references the luxurious automotive interiors of the time.

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Driven by Design: Italdesign Aztec

Driven by Design: Italdesign Aztec

By Yoav Gilad / 19 Sep 2014 / 9 Comments Read More

Upon seeing an Italdesign Aztec, the first thing you notice is the split passenger compartment, and the passenger even gets a wheel like the driver’s steering wheel (it is actually a control console, not a true steering wheel)! Additionally, due to the separated compartments, communication was via electronic connection rather than simply verbal...

Book Review: The Bikeriders

Book Review: The Bikeriders

By Petrolicious Productions / 18 Sep 2014

Using vignettes, The Bikeriders provides glimpses into a romantic, violent world where the era's common social conventions were replaced by codes no less strictly enforced. The themes contained now border on cliché: fights, women, booze, and of course motorcycles; however, this is a primary source documented by a member, not a novelist imagining escapades.

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This Local Garage is Home to World-Class Craftsmen

This Local Garage is Home to World-Class Craftsmen

By Aaron McKenzie / 18 Sep 2014 / 7 Comments Read More

Take, for instance, Mr. Steve Hogue's shop in Torrance, California. Housed in a nondescript industrial area of the city and with space for only a dozen cars, the garage appears at first glance to be one of the many small-scale body shops that populate the local streets. Wander inside, however, and you’ll find yourself standing next to an original Cobra...

JDM Legends Tour Touge Near Fuji-San

JDM Legends Tour Touge Near Fuji-San

By Petrolicious Productions / 18 Sep 2014
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We recently ran the Hakone Skyline with a Nissan PCG10 Skyline GT, Toyota AE86 Trueno, Honda S800M Coupe, and a Nissan R35 GT-R. Each run around the Fuji Five Lakes is peppered with postcard views of the mirror-surfaced lakes, Fuji-san in the distance, and, with luck, the equally mountainous roads to Moose Hills hamburger for lunch, all before sprinting back to Tokyo.

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Wheels & Waves is Classic Motorcycles and Surfboards

Wheels & Waves is Classic Motorcycles and Surfboards

By Petrolicious Productions / 17 Sep 2014 / 2 Comments Read More

With its fine blend of mechanics, vintage culture, surfing, art, and music, Wheels and Waves has become one of the most anticipated events in the custom European motocycling scene in only a few years. A place where today’s top builders and manufacturers, along with other major players in this new wave scene converge to meet and share their common passion.