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BMW 3.0CSL is a Speeding Art Exhibit

BMW 3.0CSL is a Speeding Art Exhibit

By Petrolicious Productions / 5 Dec 2014 / 12 Comments Read More

Back in 1975, artist Alexander Calder created the first ever BMW Art Car in the now famed series. Commissioned by French auctioneer and racing driver Hervé Poulain, the 3.0 CSL competed in the 1975 24 Hours of Le Mans driven by Jean Guichet, Sam Posey, and Poulain. It failed to finish, retiring after nine hours with universal joint failure...

Book Review: Italian Café Racers

Book Review: Italian Café Racers

By Petrolicious Productions / 5 Dec 2014
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Mission accomplished! In the introduction to Italian Café Racers, author Uli Cloesen says, "If this book creates at least some excitement about Italian Café Racers [sic], then its aim has been achieved." For a Petrolista it would be difficult indeed, looking over the images, not to feel anything...

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David Lee's Ferrari Collection Will Make You Stay in School

David Lee's Ferrari Collection Will Make You Stay in School

By Petrolicious Productions / 4 Dec 2014 / 24 Comments Read More

Ferrari collections come in all sizes and flavors, and no two are ever the same as each collector has his or her own distinct collecting style. David Lee’s collection is perhaps one that appeals most to the younger generation of enthusiasts, featuring all the supercar Ferraris from the ‘80s to present, as well as some of the most beautiful examples from the ‘60s.

Four Days in a Four Speed BMW 2002 at 4,000 RPM

Four Days in a Four Speed BMW 2002 at 4,000 RPM

By Petrolicious Productions / 4 Dec 2014
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At some point in in South Dakota, I think, I entered a small town where a group of teenagers gaped at my strange small car. Later on, I had an exciting stretch in remote Wyoming where the fuel tank's range was tested; the fuel efficiency was really bad. And approaching home, I drove through a big cloud of bugs (in Moses Lake, Washington), which overwhelmed the wipers and washer system...

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Alvin Lustig was the Original Design Strategist

Alvin Lustig was the Original Design Strategist

By Andrew Chen / 3 Dec 2014

He had achieved so much in so little time, but as is the case with most masters, they’re taken away from us too soon. Lustig became blind at age 39 due to diabetes and passed away a year later. In just half a lifetime, Alvin Lustig pioneered the role of design strategist…

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Mercedes-Benz AMG Baby Hammer Is a Dream Fulfilled

Mercedes-Benz AMG Baby Hammer Is a Dream Fulfilled

By Petrolicious Productions / 2 Dec 2014
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In 1993, a few years after my frequent encounters with the Baby Hammer, I became a respiratory therapist and worked the night shift at Olive View Medical Center in Sylmar, CA. During my down time I always looked at the LA Times automotive section used-car ads and a one liner ad caught my attention: it read "190E 3.2 AMG $18,500". Curiosity overwhelmed me...

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How Far Would You Go?

How Far Would You Go?

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 1 Dec 2014
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How far would you go? We're not talking about miles or kilometers here… What happens when a Petrolista finds his dream girl and decides to marry her? A rehearsal dinner and wedding that includes mementos to his love of cars, that’s what. But is it appropriate to shoehorn your car or love for cars into a party or event? I, for one, think it could be if done tastefully...

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This Corvette and Dick Guldstrand are of Another Era

This Corvette and Dick Guldstrand are of Another Era

By Petrolicious Productions / 1 Dec 2014 / 4 Comments Read More

My heart sank as the V8 stubbornly ignored the eager crank of the starter motor. To make matters worse, after two or three vain attempts to get the engine going, even the battery started to wane a little.The beautiful moonlit curves of the rear quarter panels make it impossible to bear a grudge against this car, regardless of its numerous shortcomings. I marveled at its beauty and even took a couple photos before deciding to give it another go...

Ski Season is Here! Let's Hit the Slopes!

Ski Season is Here! Let's Hit the Slopes!

By Petrolicious Productions / 28 Nov 2014
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Let’s hit the slopes! Right now, Arctic air is rushing down the Canadian Rockies towards the American Midwest and East. This is good news because if you have an alpine fixation like us, you probably can’t wait until the unofficial start of winter and ski season. However, depending on where you live, or where you’re willing to travel, November 27th, Thanksgiving day, marks ski season's opening.

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Book Review: Spada, The Long Story of a Short Tail

Book Review: Spada, The Long Story of a Short Tail

By Petrolicious Productions / 28 Nov 2014
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We see Spada’s earliest childhood sketches, and the experiences that helped form his outlook, how he saw the world, and the type of designer he would become. Uncommonly insightful, through Lenaerts's personal interviews with the designer, we learn how Spada was thinking through certain events and decisions, and his reflections decades later considering his own body of work.

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