/ 10 Nov 2014
I'd argue that some cars more about form than they are about function, sacrificing the latter in honor of the former. After all if you're aiming for a striking form concerns such as legroom, headroom, and whether or not occupants have torsos have to be disregarded to get that roofline a few millimeters lower.
Bracq left the studio to begin his mandatory military service from late 1954 to '57; however, the industrious Bracq wouldn’t let something like military service hamper his goal of designing cars. Assigned to a military base in Germany, which was still under Allied “occupation”, Bracq managed to find his way to the Daimler-Benz factory where he boldly exhibited some of his drawings and sketches...
/ 9 Nov 2014
We've selected some of our favorite #drivetastefully Instagram photos to share here on our site (left column). You can follow us @PetroliciousCo to get a glimpse behind the scenes of our film and photo shoots, sneak peeks of upcoming video subjects, and keep up to date with our daily automotive adventures. Also featured, on the right, are some Petrolisti who tagged their beautiful shots.
/ 7 Nov 2014
A few weeks ago we asked you to share your worst/best stories of road trip breakdowns. We received lots of stories of misfortune found far from home. It seems that Candide's advice to "stay home and tend your garden" isn't such a bad idea. But who can blame us? We love adventure, crave the open road, and being a Petrolista demands you enjoy the experiences that accompany our passion.
I entered a tight right-hander and downshifted back to second as I swung the NSX towards the inside of the curve. And back onto the gas as the road straightened. Here on my own, I was more comfortable pushing the Acura than when my wife was riding shotgun. And the NSX obliged. I realized that I was dangerously close to being late. Now I had a real incentive to mash it.
/ 7 Nov 2014
“Don’t bore the public with mysterious designs.” This no-nonsense quote once verbalized by renowned graphic designer Bob Noorda can be considered the all-encompassing philosophy spanning his entire portfolio of work. His genius simplified designs down to their purest form through a highly elegant, calculated, and systematic approach.
/ 6 Nov 2014
It took a sleepless twenty-eight hour road trip to bring the car home. But as my co-driver and friend Sherman Watters says, "It's not the miles that create the memories, it's the stops along the way". We drove through rain, hail, thunderstorms… and law enforcement. That is how my ownership of a legendary car began.
I found myself behind a new Peugeot–a 505 GTi–loaded with a huge rice bag under the open trunk, and wheel angles more extreme than a racing wheelchair's. Alignment what? Since I’m a sucker for French culture and grew up in the capital of perfection, Stockholm, I immediately fell in love with the non-regulated way of using these old French funky cars.
/ 5 Nov 2014
In less than two short weeks, Drive Tastefully: Paramount Ranch, presented by Classic Car Capital, will descend on its namesake. But what, and where, is Paramount Ranch? It’s a former movie studio shoot location in the rugged hills outside of Los Angeles that has been used off-and-on since 1927. But Paramount Ranch is also famous for the racing that took place here back in the 1950s...
By / 5 Nov 2014
There may not be another genre that delivers the automotive experience to the same extent. You can spend a lot on a roadster depending on type and heritage, but since they’re plentiful in affordable price ranges, they’re also a great point of entry to classic car ownership. Here are five classic British roadsters currently on sale for every budget.
In my travels I’ve been to many great classic car events, including the Goodwood Revival, Le Mans Classic, and the behemoth that is Monterey car-week. I love all of those events as each, in there own way, brings something unique to the classic car hobby. However I think my favourite event of all is the much smaller, more intimate Journées d’Automne (Autumn Days).
/ 4 Nov 2014
I take the lead in my Alfa on a single lane road where tree tops form a canopy, its quiet and dark here. I have the top down and can hear the distinct sound of the air-cooled Porsche behind me. It is noticeably louder than the Alfa, and whilst in the Alfa a beautiful sound is produced between 2,000-3,500rpm, the Porsche produces a very loud mechanical sound almost like it's roaring.
Originally intended as “the workingman’s Lamborghini,” the Urraco’s 1975 price tag of $22,500 (approximately $98,000 in 2014 dollars) meant that the cars often ended up in peoples' hands who could afford to buy them but couldn't keep up with the maintenance costs of an Italian exotic. Ondrusek would soon learn this firsthand...
The Urraco maintains a traditional mid-engine proportion with the doors pushed nearly as far forward as possible. However, the proportion lacks the visual speed that the Countach has because of the disconnect between the a-pillar and slope of the hood (much like the Gallardo, actually)...
Unless you were looking for it, you’d have to be lost to stumble across the headquarters of Ed Pink Racing Engines. Down a dusty side street, past scrap yards and a strip club, the shop sits amidst the nondescript sprawl of Van Nuys, California. Wander inside this shop, however, and you’ll quickly realize that what happens here is anything but nondescript...
In order to avoid incriminating myself, I’m going to have to speak very generally about locations and routes so I hope you’ll forgive me. The following takes place in the plains, hills, canyons, and gulleys between Austin and Santa Fe. The speeds achieved were in no small part due to excellent sight lines as there is a relative lack of vegetation in this region.
/ 31 Oct 2014
The 250F was Maserati's factory entry into Formula One racing, where they competed against the likes of Mercedes and Ferrari during the 2500cc Grand Prix Formula years of 1954-60. Just twenty-six examples were built, and notable 250F piloti in period include Juan Manuel Fangio, Mike Hawthorn, and Sir Stirling Moss.
/ 31 Oct 2014
Why not grab some friends (or not, if you’re brave), snuggle up, and enjoy a couple vintage horror flicks! Though some might prove to be more humorous than terrifying, you’ll still be getting a break from contemporary, often sub-par films. Alas, a classic horror movie might not make you jump like the new stuff, but you can count on them being creepy.