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Honoring with Horsepower: Mauro Pane Memorial

Honoring with Horsepower: Mauro Pane Memorial

By Jacopo Villa / 27 Apr 2015 Read More

To commemorate the death of a petrolhead, silence is almost offensive: better get all those engines running wild and loud for an entire weekend on a race track! The Memorial Mauro Pane was an event dedicated to one of the most important F1 restorers and tuners in the world, Mauro Pane. Do you remember the racing scenes of the movie Rush? If so, the man behind the wheel of the film's Ferrari 312 T was Pane. Maybe not well-known by the public, but a respected person, driver and mechanic in the racing world, who died in a road car accident in 2014.

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What’s Your Grand Touring Fantasy?

What’s Your Grand Touring Fantasy?

By Michael Banovsky / 27 Apr 2015
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Ever wonder what that “GT” badge on cars stands for? “Grand Touring”, as you may have correctly known. But what, exactly, is a grand tour, a term that originated more than 300 years ago with upper-class Europeans—and why should you know more about this small bit of trivia? Because chances are you’re already completed one.

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#DriveTastefully Instagram Roundup: Volkswagen

#DriveTastefully Instagram Roundup: Volkswagen

By Petrolicious Productions / 24 Apr 2015

World War, the maker of the "People’s Car" quickly found success around the world with its simple, cute, and fun Type-1 “Beetles”.  Now, as this week’s Instagram Roundup shows, Volkswagen is much more than just the Bug.

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Re-Live The 80s With This Weekend Playlist

Re-Live The 80s With This Weekend Playlist

By Petrolicious Productions / 24 Apr 2015 / 6 Comments Read More

The Volkswagen Scirocco video from earlier this week inspired us—what if we took a look at some of the good (and bad) that happened in the world of cars during a transformative decade, the ’80s. While the proliferation of digital editing techniques and cheesy pop music makes watching some of these a bit painful, there’s nothing quite like awesome cars of the ’80s. Ferrari F40 LM, anyone?

What’s Wrong With a People’s Car?

What’s Wrong With a People’s Car?

By Michael Banovsky / 24 Apr 2015
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Inexpensive to buy, own, and maintain, inexpensive vehicles have put millions of people on the road—especially in the wake of the Second World War. Now that many former economy-minded runabouts are classics, does it really matter that they began life several rungs down the ladder from sports cars?

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Cheap, Fun, and Fast: You’re Going to Want a Cyclekart

Cheap, Fun, and Fast: You’re Going to Want a Cyclekart

By Brian Driggs / 24 Apr 2015
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It’s a light-hearted homage to the early days of motorsport, when building a race car meant more than putting shelf parts on a credit card. It’s about homemade, 250 pound go-karts with timeless style, bombing quickly around streets, sharing the pure joy of motoring with friends and family—for less than $1500…all-in.

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Follow the Targa California with the Petrolicious Instagram

Follow the Targa California with the Petrolicious Instagram

By Petrolicious Productions / 23 Apr 2015

The Targa California is this weekend, and if you’re not already on the list, you’re out of luck! The next best thing, however, is following the event through the eyes of an expert photographer. For this event, we’re going to try something new: an Instagram takeover.

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Taming the Widowmaker: Porsche 935 K3

Taming the Widowmaker: Porsche 935 K3

By Jacopo Villa / 23 Apr 2015 / 3 Comments Read More

This was no public event or track day for this historic Porsche 935 “K3” race car, as it was a booked testing session for teams at the San Martino del Lago circuit, in the rural outskirts of Cremona. Petrolicious was invited to the testing session, and it was a pure spectacle.

Five Reasons to Drive a “Super” Beetle

Five Reasons to Drive a “Super” Beetle

By Brendan McAleer / 23 Apr 2015 / 3 Comments Read More

Rare? Hardly—the Volkswagen Type 1 is nearly as numerous as the Coleptera order from which they take their nickname, Beetle. A ubiquitous feature of the motoring landscape of the '60s and '70s, these curvy-carapaced creatures survived well into the modern age, and are still a common sight around the world. So why drive one—specifically, why make one faster?

Car Art with an Unexpected Twist

Car Art with an Unexpected Twist

By Petrolicious Productions / 22 Apr 2015

Here’s something you don’t think about often: when race cars get damaged before a race, who hand cuts and applies the replacement vinyl lettering and livery? For a time, artist Joel Clark worked at Silverstone Circuit doing just that—and it’s influenced his work ever since.

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