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A Designer’s Eye At The 24 Hours Of Le Mans

A Designer’s Eye At The 24 Hours Of Le Mans

By Petrolicious Productions / 29 Jun 2015

The 24 Hours of Le Mans is probably the most famous race in the world. And even though I work in the car industry, the 2015 was my first time in attendance. Let me start by saying: I felt a lot of excitement when I arrived there with some friends.

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Braving Bad Weather At Italy’s Newest Concours

Braving Bad Weather At Italy’s Newest Concours

By Jacopo Villa / 29 Jun 2015 / 3 Comments Read More

A Concours d'Elegance is an often wonderful event, held with gorgeous cars in a breathtaking location, filled with sharply-dressed attendees. The smells of a concours are wonderful, to: gasoline and, usually, pure tobacco. The sights? Bright shades of color coming from the cars and their surroundings, mixing up with the wonderful light of the sun as the day goes on. But this concours? This one is more special than most.

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Do You Still Use Paper Maps?

Do You Still Use Paper Maps?

By Michael Banovsky / 29 Jun 2015
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It’s something I’ve long wondered, especially after recently taking a long road trip where a dash-mounted iPhone and Google Maps were my only guide. Car enthusiasts must be among the last holdouts to use paper maps, right?

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Getting Started At The Goodwood Festival Of Speed

Getting Started At The Goodwood Festival Of Speed

By Nat Twiss / 26 Jun 2015
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It’s the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend, and Petrolicious is there! Photographer Nat Twiss will be covering the event for us, and this is an early look at the festivities as they unfolded on Thursday—and it looks like this weekend will be one to remember.

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It’s Fun Fighting With A Mean Little Scorpion

It’s Fun Fighting With A Mean Little Scorpion

By Petrolicious Productions / 26 Jun 2015
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In my beautiful country, this small bully of a car is a real legend. On the way to Tolfa, an ancient village north of Rome, I can’t wait to meet Giancarlo, its owner, and our common friend Gian Pietro, a talented designer. To Giancarlo, I ask: why does an ex-racer who has driven many beasts over forty years keep only an Autobianchi A112 Abarth in his garage? I will find an answer.

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We Discover Clark Gable’s Jaguar XK120 Hidden Beneath The Brickyard

We Discover Clark Gable’s Jaguar XK120 Hidden Beneath The Brickyard

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 26 Jun 2015 / 2 Comments Read More

Clark Gable would win over audiences and critics alike with performances in films like A Free Soul, Red Dust, and San Francisco but his first forays into Tinseltown were met with a less than enthusiastic response. Initially considered too rough to play a romantic lead by studio decision makers, it was not until undergoing grooming and training by his acting coach that Gable came to epitomize the American ideal of masculinity and virility. And boy, did he like cars.

These Videos Are The Key To The Future

These Videos Are The Key To The Future

By Petrolicious Productions / 26 Jun 2015 / 1 Comment Read More

Ah, the future. So difficult to predict accurately—but so easy to speculate on—these clips from the archives show the automobile in a state of flux. From the futuristic (and record-breaking) Mercedes-Benz C111 project to the ‘40s assertion from General Motors that highways of the future will help to displace “undesirable slums”, this weekend’s playlist has anything a futurist could want.

The Art And Design Of Classic Helmets

The Art And Design Of Classic Helmets

By Petrolicious Productions / 26 Jun 2015
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If you’re like most enthusiasts who enjoy watching or participating in racing, you’re no doubt already picking out your favorite drivers and riders from afar by their helmet designs. Today’s Vintage Friday is in appreciation for those helmet designs we love and, frankly, wish would return to motorsport.

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The Triple Nickel From Behind The Camera

The Triple Nickel From Behind The Camera

By Saam Gabbay / 25 Jun 2015 / 5 Comments Read More

Besides my long time love of motorsports, what really drew me to make this film was rather unexpected. It was Stacie''s speaking cadence. The way that she enunciates words, where she puts her pauses, as well as the language she chooses to describe the world have such a particular beat, texture and signature; I thought it would be great to have her describe her world on film.

A Toyota MR2 That Keeps On Ticking

A Toyota MR2 That Keeps On Ticking

By Petrolicious Productions / 25 Jun 2015
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I bought this 1987 AW11 Toyota MR2 not long after I got my license; I bought it at a point in the mid-2000s where it was just a cheap old sports car—not new enough to generally be desirable, yet not old enough to be cool. Since then, it’s been a faithful and engaging companion.

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From Paris To South Africa, Here's How To #drivetastefully

From Paris To South Africa, Here's How To #drivetastefully

By Petrolicious Productions / 25 Jun 2015

One of the things we enjoy most about the #drivetastefully hashtag is that we never know what will pop into our feeds next. Usually, it defies our wildest dreams—this week alone, there’s a Ferrari 275 GTB/4 at l’Arc de Triomphe and a rare Simca Sport Océane!

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Pininfarina’s History Makes Us Excited For the Future

Pininfarina’s History Makes Us Excited For the Future

By Jacopo Villa / 25 Jun 2015 / 4 Comments Read More

85 years of designing some of the most iconic and "Italian" cars ever is a huge achievement, and deserves a long and heartfelt applause. If we still enjoy the sight of classic Ferraris, Cisitalias, Lancias, Peugeots, and more, much of it is thanks to Pininfarina. Sure, it didn't design every car in the world, but those that came from its factory in Grugliasco left a mark in automotive history. This is a story about its recent anniversary celebrations.