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Honoring with Horsepower: Mauro Pane Memorial

Honoring with Horsepower: Mauro Pane Memorial

By Jacopo Villa / 27 Apr 2015 / 4 Comments 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
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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 / 6 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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A Round of Golf: Picking the Best Near-Classic Volkswagen

A Round of Golf: Picking the Best Near-Classic Volkswagen

By Petrolicious Productions / 22 Apr 2015
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As a follow-up to the Type-1 “Beetle”, in 1974 Volkswagen knew that its soon-to-be-released Golf had better be a great car. The company hired legendary stylist Giorgetto Giugiaro and borrowed much of the cars front drive technology from Audi. But that was then. Are front-drive, water-cooled Volkswagens a compelling classic car choice?

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Five Racing Legends Never Looked so Good

Five Racing Legends Never Looked so Good

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 22 Apr 2015
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As the name implies, publisher Stance & Speed produces books for gearheads who like to read—it even says just that on their website. The publisher has teamed with several well-known authors and photographers for the Stance & Speed Monograph Series.

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Proof Nobody Does Vintage Car Events Quite like the Italians

Proof Nobody Does Vintage Car Events Quite like the Italians

By Jacopo Villa / 22 Apr 2015 / 11 Comments Read More

Not too often you get to participate to an event where you see classic cars racing on a street circuit a few meters away from the sea—in Tuscany. I dare to say, only in Italy you can get three Lancia Stratos sideways in the tiniest streets imaginable, all the while shaded by tall and beautiful maritime pines.

What Makes This Vintage Ford So Special?

What Makes This Vintage Ford So Special?

By Andrey Smazhilo / 21 Apr 2015
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Building a car was completely different eighty-five years ago. To use someone’s successful products, you’d have to purchase their technology. And so it was for the USSR in 1929 when Soviet government decided that it was time for the country to start mass-producing its own cars. Who did they turn to? Ford.

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Escape From L.A. In A Dodge Viper

Escape From L.A. In A Dodge Viper

By Michael Banovsky / 21 Apr 2015 / 12 Comments Read More

When handed the keys to the car, its handler said, “Have fun,” which is a faster way of saying both, “Wish it was me,” and, “Don’t crash.” Have fun? In a Viper? In the middle of Los Angeles? “Have fun” while handing a child a soccer ball makes sense. Snaking a six hundred and forty-five horsepower car through the L.A.’s often decrepit concrete arteries is not fun—both have reputations, after all. Shortly after getting the keys, a chance email would alter my plans significantly—and add 600 miles to the car’s odometer. Let’s go.

This Fiat Jolly is An Occasion

This Fiat Jolly is An Occasion

By Petrolicious Productions / 21 Apr 2015
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I'm 17 years old I’d like to share a few stories about my little classic car. My dad and I share it, but I can count the number of times I've seen him with it on one hand… Anyway, it's a 1958 Fiat 500 Jolly. We initially acquired it for use out in Sag Harbor, NY, but after we stopped going there, we brought it back home to Oklahoma City, where it lives.

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The Volkswagen Scirocco Rekindles a Forgotten Fury

The Volkswagen Scirocco Rekindles a Forgotten Fury

By Petrolicious Productions / 21 Apr 2015 / 24 Comments Read More

You could say that Jason Cammisa knows cars. With a day job at Road & Track, he has full access to the world’s best vehicles—but still comes back to his humble Volkswagen Scirocco. “This car definitely changed the path of my life because it forced me to be a mechanic,” Cammisa says, “I was in college…there was no way I would have been able to keep this car—I don’t think I could still have this car—if I had to pay somebody to work on it.”

The Race to Own an Opel Kadett C, My First Classic Car

The Race to Own an Opel Kadett C, My First Classic Car

By Máté Boér / 20 Apr 2015
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Dear fellow Petrolisti, let me introduce you my first classic car, a 1979 Opel Kadett C two-door sedan. It’s a moment I’ve been waiting for. Even as a writer, there are so many things that I love on this site, but reader submissions are my favorites. They’re honest, and, with only a few exceptions, feature everyday people sharing stories.

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