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Hollywood’s Finest for Sale from Hemmings Motor News

Hollywood’s Finest for Sale from Hemmings Motor News

By Petrolicious Productions / 24 Feb 2015

Many of us grew up appreciating cars from the big and small screen. Like the actors driving them, they personified more than the sum of their parts. We overlooked the unrealistic portrayal of stamina and the ability to defy basic laws of physics and loved them anyway...

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Would You Drive a Future Car of the Past?

Would You Drive a Future Car of the Past?

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 24 Feb 2015 / 5 Comments Read More

No one tries harder than television and filmmakers to divine the future. Over the years, Hollywood has conjured up vehicles that fly, drive themselves, climb walls, and which can think for themselves. These, according to Hollywood of the past, are just a few of the automotive innovations that would populate our future. Fanciful? Perhaps. But while Tinsel Town's goal is always to entertain, rather than accurately predict the future, sometimes the filmmakers get it right. Unbridled creative freedom allows Hollywood to conjure up futures that sometimes even influence our present. But, as Benjamin Shahrabani writes, not every film hits the bulls-eye.

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Attaining Nirvana In a Citroën DS

Attaining Nirvana In a Citroën DS

By Petrolicious Productions / 24 Feb 2015 / 19 Comments Read More

In the early 1990s, Jeff Suhy was a young executive at A&M records in Los Angeles when he first heard a band from the far-flung reaches of the Pacific Northwest. The group, which eluded categories and didn't seem particularly interested in cultivating a mass audience, was Nirvana and its new album was a collection of songs called "Nevermind." Soon, this peculiar trio from the shores of the Puget Sound was the biggest thing going and music would never be the same again. 

What Is Still Exciting about Formula 1?

What Is Still Exciting about Formula 1?

By Shayan Bokaie / 23 Feb 2015
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As a younger fan, I never had the pleasure of watching Ayrton Senna in the wet, or Jackie Stewart earn his title as the King of Monaco, but I have tremendous respect and appreciation for Formula 1’s heritage. As the sport has become tamer and a bit softer over the years, however, I fear that I might have missed the golden years of Formula 1...

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Is the 4C Worthy of the Alfa Romeo Badge?

Is the 4C Worthy of the Alfa Romeo Badge?

By Afshin Behnia / 23 Feb 2015 / 44 Comments Read More

For fifteen years, Fiat has been promising that Alfa Romeo would return to the United States. When? The answer was always the same: in two years. Alfa Romeo finally came back in 2008–sort-of–with the very sexy, yet very limited, 8C Competizione but failed to follow it up with a more affordable model to be built in large quantities. That is, until now. But was the wait worth it? One could answer that question by evaluating the new Alfa Romeo 4C's merits and price-performance as a sports car. But that would be useless to an Alfista like me. I simply want to know one thing: does it feel like an Alfa Romeo?

Helplessly Cool Mastroianni Defined Style

Helplessly Cool Mastroianni Defined Style

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 23 Feb 2015 / 1 Comment Read More

An Italian actor who rose to prominence in the 1960's, Marcello Mastroianni became a star within Italian cinema in the 1950's after a stint in the theater, when he caught the attention of Federico Fellini. Mastroianni acted in some of Fellini's biggest movies, including La Dolce Vita and 8 1/2.

Sunday Morning Drive: Pasadena

Sunday Morning Drive: Pasadena

By Jonathan WC Mills / 20 Feb 2015 / 2 Comments Read More

Pasadena, California is known to most people as home to one of the most iconic football stadiums and games on the planet–the Rose Bowl–along with its sister spectacle, the Rose Parade. But many people are unaware that Pasadena is also one of Southern California’s oldest communities and home to a wealth of unique places to visit, eat, and shop. Come along as our own Jonathan WC Mills takes us on a local's tour. 

Book Review: Klemantaski, Master Motorsports Photographer

Book Review: Klemantaski, Master Motorsports Photographer

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 20 Feb 2015
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Klemantaski's pictures are crisp and evocative. The volume, scope, and artistic tension of the photographs are certainly made even more impressive when one pauses to consider the medium and cameras available at the time - film, not digital, and cameras with far inferior technology than one takes for granted today.

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How the General Lee Became a Small Screen Icon

How the General Lee Became a Small Screen Icon

By Ronald Ahrens / 19 Feb 2015 / 5 Comments Read More

Even people who have never seen The Dukes of Hazzard have a good idea what The General Lee can do. Its iconic image is fixed in our minds. Like the Model T in The Absent-Minded Professor and the rebuilt Grand Prix racing car in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, this Dodge Charger can fly.

Gift Giving Made Him an Artist

Gift Giving Made Him an Artist

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 19 Feb 2015

Schenko’s car posters came into being almost by happenstance when he wanted to give a unique gift to a valued client. He used his skills to design a bespoke one-of print of the client’s 911 GT3, complete to the smallest details - From the stickers that he put on his car to the number plates.

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Paul Newman Was Much More Than a "Racing Enthusiast"

Paul Newman Was Much More Than a

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 18 Feb 2015 / 8 Comments Read More

The late Paul Newman, whose first car was a 1937 Packard that whisked him from Wisconsin to New York for his early career on Broadway's stages, began his love affair with auto racing while training at the Watkins Glen Racing School for the part of Frank Capua in the 1969 film, Winning, where he portrayed a rising star on the race circuit who dreams of winning the Indianapolis 500...