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Artist Renders Porsche 917 Prints

Artist Renders Porsche 917 Prints

By Petrolicious Productions / 8 Apr 2015
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Kansas City-based designer, Tony Pierce, may have a day job in television but that hasn’t stopped him from devoting free time to illustrate some of the most iconic vehicles ever raced. In a new series of signed and numbered prints, Pierce examines three of the most important Porsche 917s. But which three?

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The Hunt for a Special Bugatti Type 43

The Hunt for a Special Bugatti Type 43

By Máté Boér / 8 Apr 2015
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Twenty-eight years is more than a third of a man’s life. The president of Bugatti Club Austria spent exactly that many trying to find the Bugatti Type 43 you see here. Incredibly, even after all these years, there are still unknown periods and details in its history. One thing is universal: Bugattis were and will always be special—special machines of special people.

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This Volvo P1800 is a Watchmaker's Design Cue

This Volvo P1800 is a Watchmaker's Design Cue

By Petrolicious Productions / 7 Apr 2015 / 15 Comments Read More

John Patterson doesn't live in a typical city, in a typical state…and he certainly doesn't drive the typical car. On the Hawaiian island of Kauai, 105 miles northwest of O'ahu, Patterson designs and builds watches. He also owns a Volvo P1800.

Toyota 222D Group B Lives On As Homebuilt Estonian Rally Car

Toyota 222D Group B Lives On As Homebuilt Estonian Rally Car

By Petrolicious Productions / 7 Apr 2015
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We found this particular Toyota MR2 in a barn in the Estonian countryside. We did some necessary work to it to get it running, competed in a few rallies, but then left it standing for 6 years. Last October, one of us had the idea to build a Group B-inspired rally car. One thing led to another, and soon we realized that we had this unused MR2 with some Group B roots: a version of the car was the basis for the Toyota 222D Group S rally car prototype.

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Book Review: James Garner’s Motoring Life

Book Review: James Garner’s Motoring Life

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 6 Apr 2015
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James Garner, who passed away last year, was a movie and TV star. While perhaps best known for his roles in The Great Escape, Grand Prix, as well as The Maverick, and The Rockford Files TV series, many might not know that in addition to his “day job” Garner was also an Off-road Motorsports Hall of Fame racer, and for a time even owned his own racing team.

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Would You Own an Orphan Car?

Would You Own an Orphan Car?

By Michael Banovsky / 6 Apr 2015
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My taste in cars tends to border on the obscure, with a number of orphan marques on my list of vehicles I want to own…someday. Orphan marques, you ask? It’s simple: they’re brands that no longer exist, meaning owners of Tatras, Panhards, Duesenbergs, Saturns, and other car companies are on their own when it comes to repairs, spare parts, and historic documentation...

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Weekend Playlist #4: Danger

Weekend Playlist #4: Danger

By Petrolicious Productions / 3 Apr 2015 / 2 Comments Read More

Danger. Some shy away, run away, get as far from it as possible—and some live their lives on the edge of catastrophe. This weekend, we’re taking a look at some of the best films and video clips to gain insight into the personalities and machines that are put into extreme situations.

From a must-see full-length Canadian documentary called The Devil at Your Heels that profiles stunt driver Ken Carter to small vignettes featuring classic feats performed with classic cars, prepare yourself for thrills and spills!

Vintage Friday: Old School Danger

Vintage Friday: Old School Danger

By Michael Banovsky / 3 Apr 2015
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Our Weekend Playlist series is becoming well-read, and submissions in the comments are often exceptional. This week, Vintage Friday and the playlist have something in common: danger. Stunt driving, powerful cars, feats of engineering, and, of course—speed—the world seems like a far more tame place these days.

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Review: MOMO: 50 Years

Review: MOMO: 50 Years

By Jacopo Villa / 3 Apr 2015
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Designed by racers, for racers with no compromise in quality and comfort, MOMO steering wheels, seats, and wheels used extensively in motorsport. The book MOMO: 50 years is a remarkable work of acknowledgment through written and photographic documentation of the history of the company through its products, close relationship with Formula 1 drivers, and a behind-the-scenes look at who made the company successful.

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Cartier Concours d’Elegance and Magnificent Motorcars of the Maharajas

Cartier Concours d’Elegance and Magnificent Motorcars of the Maharajas

By Petrolicious Productions / 2 Apr 2015 Read More

Into its fourth edition, the Cartier Concours d’Elegance, other than managing to gather some of India’s finest historic vehicles, has contributed immensely to the betterment of the classic car and bike movement in India. As many as 80 cars and 19 motorcycles were competing in nine classes for cars and three classes for motorcycles, with 21 trophies to vie for. With well known international judges, the event should have been without any controversy…yet there were some surprises.

What Do We Really Want in a Modern Lincoln?

What Do We Really Want in a Modern Lincoln?

By Michael Banovsky / 1 Apr 2015 / 11 Comments Read More

There’s a brouhaha right now between designers for Lincoln and Bentley over the new Lincoln Continental design, which is a shame because the American luxury maker is loved by many of us…but since the mid-’70s seems unable to make vehicles that enthusiasts find desirable.

Because this is Petrolicious, it’s worth exploring design nuances all of us appreciate, and it’s also a chance to explore some of the strong heritage that Lincoln could have drawn upon.