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Has your car helped you get out of a traffic ticket?

 Has your car helped you get out of a traffic ticket?

By Afshin Behnia / 23 Mar 2015
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In 2010, I had planned a “romantic” road trip with Kika up to Big Sur, San Francisco, and the Sonoma wine country. I put romantic in quotes because I also had an ulterior motive: to go to the Monterey car week. But a chance encounter with a California Highway Patrol officer on the way to Big Sur meant that our romantic road trip may not have happened…

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Becoming a Car Enthusiast in an Unexpected Place

Becoming a Car Enthusiast in an Unexpected Place

By Samir Shirazi / 23 Mar 2015 / 8 Comments Read More

Like many of you, I grew up in a car family. It began with my grandfather, a doctor, who sent his driver to buy a brand new American full-sized sedan every single year. Those brand-new sedans are how my family started to fall in love with cars. When my father attended university in Dallas, Texas; he managed to buy, sell, and experience a number of different ones, including muscle cars and British sports cars.

This may sound like the typical start to a car story, but my family is Iranian, and I grew up in Tehran. I'm Samir Shirazi, and I'm a Petrolisti.

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The Hollywood Sign is a Special Type of Beacon

The Hollywood Sign is a Special Type of Beacon

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 23 Mar 2015
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Originally erected in 1923, the Hollywood Sign, comprising nine white letters, each 45-feet tall, have become an icon, and helped define a city, and an industry. The sign has been featured in popular culture, and dozens of movies. However, what you may not know is that it wasn’t originally created to promote the movies, or Los Angeles. So how did the world’s most famous sign come to be?

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Celebrating Iranian New Year in Style

Celebrating Iranian New Year in Style

By Samir Shirazi / 21 Mar 2015 / 10 Comments Read More

Loving vehicles from the past means it’s important to work hard on keeping them fit and road ready, as well as share them with friends and family whenever possible. Spring is the natural time for rejuvenation, and today is Nowruz, the Iranian new year—the perfect time to get classic cars out of storage.

Vintage Friday: Remembering Packard

Vintage Friday: Remembering Packard

By Michael Banovsky / 20 Mar 2015
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Today marks the anniversary of James Ward Packard’s death, and I thought it fitting to appreciate some of the timeless designs to come from his family’s company, Packard. Founded by James and his brother William Doud in 1899, Packard was founded with a simple goal: to build the best horseless carriages. Over the years, this led to hundreds of innovations that we still enjoy today...

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Petrolicious Weekend Playlist #2

Petrolicious Weekend Playlist #2

By Michael Banovsky / 20 Mar 2015 / 6 Comments Read More

While it’s nice to remember vehicles as shiny, jewel-like objects, but the fact is that vehicles are just better when they’re getting a workout. This week, we’ve picked clips that show (mostly!) vintage rally machines, crews, and fans enjoying one of the very first extreme sports.

From a historic, award-winning film called Climb Dance that is the stuff of legend, to vintage rally films featuring Paddy Hopkirk offering advice to become a better driver, here’s a short selection of some of our favorite rally clips.

Petrolicious Has a New Managing Editor

Petrolicious Has a New Managing Editor

By Michael Banovsky / 20 Mar 2015
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As you may have noticed over the last two weeks, there’s a new byline (and commenter!) on Petrolicious. I’m honored to join the team here as managing editor, and like many of you, I’ve been a fan of this publication from the beginning.

I find it difficult to talk about myself, so I’ll keep this short and sweet.

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How to Buy Your next Classic Car at an Auction

How to Buy Your next Classic Car at an Auction

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 19 Mar 2015 / 11 Comments Read More

In 2014, sales of cars at auctions—RM Sotheby’s, Bonhams, Russo & Steele, Barrett-Jackson, Gooding, Mecum, and the like—topped $1 billion in the United States alone. Classic car auctions have changed in nature as well, morphing from stodgy, "men with paddles, in tents" affairs to become lavish, branded, and sponsored lifestyle events with rallies and concours components, often televised on TV.

Petrolicious asked two major auction houses some important questions, with answers that will hopefully make your first (or next) auction experience one to remember.

Mastering the Nürburgring Nordschleife Before It Was Cool

Mastering the Nürburgring Nordschleife Before It Was Cool

By Petrolicious Productions / 19 Mar 2015
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There is more than enough material online about the history of the fearsome Nürburgring Nordschleife, but the one thing that’s made the circuit so special compared to many other historic tracks—besides, of course, its 14 mile length—is that anyone can drive on it. The track’s famous Touristenfahrten–“tourist drive” laps have allowed people for decades to take their own car onto the Nordschleife...

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Discovering the Outback in a Citroën 2CV

Discovering the Outback in a Citroën 2CV

By Petrolicious Productions / 19 Mar 2015
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Two Citroën 2CVs, four friends, 3420 miles (5500 kilometres) on a continent of more than 3 million square miles. While many travellers choose a more comfortable way to travel, like a campervan or modern car, we can not think of anything more fun than these two rusty pieces from the flower power ages.

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Pininfarina Celebrates 85 Years by Returning to Its Tailor-made Roots

Pininfarina Celebrates 85 Years by Returning to Its Tailor-made Roots

By Jennifer Clark / 18 Mar 2015 / 9 Comments Read More

Paolo Pininfarina has a task most people would envy: sifting through his family’s famous back catalogue, an 85-year archive of mostly perfect designs for Lancia, Nash, Cadillac, Alfa Romeo (and almost every Ferrari built since the 1950s!) to pick 50 automobiles to put on display in Turin this summer for the company’s anniversary bash.

Three Classic Cars Loved by Hollywood Stars

Three Classic Cars Loved by Hollywood Stars

By Petrolicious Productions / 18 Mar 2015

We’ve recently featured iconic cars made famous by Hollywood: the Back to the Future DeLorean, the Dukes Of Hazzard ‘General Lee’ Charger, and the very personable Volkswagen Beetle from The Love Bug. We may know and love the cars seen in Hollywood movies, but what do film stars actually choose...

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The Classic Car and Motorsport Artist Who Does It All

The Classic Car and Motorsport Artist Who Does It All

By Michael Banovsky / 18 Mar 2015

Younger than his talent may suggest, over the last few years Australian artist and photographer Jayson Fong has been photographing some of the world’s most iconic classic and racing machines. What makes him different, however, is that his career is quite different from his first career path: to be a car designer. We talked to Fong about his artistic method and approach...

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Driven by Design: DeLorean DMC-12

Driven by Design: DeLorean DMC-12

By Forest Casey / 17 Mar 2015 / 3 Comments Read More

“Wedge styling” is more-or-less self-explanatory; merely the mention of the term brings to mind images of periscopico Lamborghinis, Stratos Zero Lancias, and Boomerang Maseratis. Arrowhead-shaped cars, so pointed in their execution that any modern designer attempting to copy them would end up entangled in a web of pedestrian safety regulations.The wedge trend wasn’t popular long after the 1970s: Like the shark fin it was said to mimic, wedge styling surfaced, peaked, and slid beneath the waves again in under a decade.But there was a last straggler, one lone instance of wedge styling that broke free of the ‘70s: The DeLorean DMC-12

Trading up to a Range Rover Classic

Trading up to a Range Rover Classic

By Petrolicious Productions / 17 Mar 2015
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I have loved cars since I was young. I grew up in the ’80s and a member of the Countach poster club, though a Porsche 911 Turbo by Ruf was a close second. My family got a Range Rover in the late ’80s and went through five or six as I grew up. I have always felt that the RR classic is one of the most beautiful trucks ever made, and as it turns out, a strange story led me to the one I drive now.

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Color Inspiration: Green

Color Inspiration: Green

By Jonathan WC Mills / 17 Mar 2015 Read More

"I wanted to win in a green car…" Stirling Moss, Amelia Island, Florida, 2015.

I am writing these words soon after hearing legendary racing driver Sir Stirling Moss utter them. At the time, they rang as both a strong nod to his own patriotism as well as a call to action in appreciation of a fantastic color: green.

More than Luck: the Story of Alfa Romeo’s Quadrifoglio Badge

More than Luck: the Story of Alfa Romeo’s Quadrifoglio Badge

By Michael Banovsky / 16 Mar 2015 / 1 Comment Read More

At the turn of the 20th century, motor racing was an incredibly dangerous sport that often claimed the lives of its most talented drivers. From the crucible of early motorsport competition, one symbol in particular signifies the unbreakable spirit of drivers who raced on the very edge in search of fame and fortune: the Quadrifoglio four-leaf clover emblem.

What’s Your Best Experience as a Passenger?

What’s Your Best Experience as a Passenger?

By Michael Banovsky / 16 Mar 2015
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With most of the car world devoted to making drivers happy, what of passengers? As a passenger, memorable experiences often depend on the vehicle, the road, the driver, and any other passengers. If one of those things is off, the drive may be unbearable. Get all four in sync, however, and it may not matter that you’re just a passenger. To prove it, I’d like to tell you about a very special Porsche…

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Petrolicious Weekend Playlist

Petrolicious Weekend Playlist

By Michael Banovsky / 13 Mar 2015 / 8 Comments Read More

With the current season of Top Gear on hiatus after Jeremy Clarksons as-yet unknown transgression, we realized that there would be time this weekend when millions of enthusiasts would find themselves without their favorite show to watch. In the spirit of capturing and sharing amazing car stories, we’ve created this playlist of car videos that share a common theme: racing. Many are hidden gems pulled from now-digitized film archives, and we’ve tried to balance the action: yes, Jackie Stewart really did recommend the Ford Tempo.

Book Review: Inside SCG 003

Book Review: Inside SCG 003

By Michael Banovsky / 13 Mar 2015
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The birth of a new carmaker is to be celebrated, and Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus, otherwise known as SCG, has already been making waves with their latest project, the road and race 003. With entry to this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans secured, a team was on hand to document every step of 003’s design and build process, this book is essentially a behind-the-scenes look at how a new supercar is born.

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