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Chris Amon: Very Fast and Very Unlucky

Chris Amon: Very Fast and Very Unlucky

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 18 Jun 2015
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Sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll are just a few of the things that indelibly define the ’60s. But while that decade was experiencing profound social and political change, it was also a very memorable time for motorsports as another leap forward was made in car design—and speed.

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Ride with McLaren Through Its Most Captivating Years

Ride with McLaren Through Its Most Captivating Years

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 15 Jun 2015
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While perhaps not a household name, Tyler Alexander is one individual who had much to do with this success. In his autobiography, Tyler Alexander: A Life and Times with McLaren, the author reminisces and shares with the reader his four and a half decades with the team. For race fans, it’s definitely worth a read.

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The Twisted Tale of Achille Varzi’s Fall from Grace

The Twisted Tale of Achille Varzi’s Fall from Grace

By Petrolicious Productions / 10 Jun 2015
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It’s often difficult to relate to some of the greats who we still cherish today, and Achille Varzi is no exception. Once the world’s foremost sportsman and greatest Grand Prix drivers, a few setbacks morphed into morphine addiction—and this was in the mid-’30s!

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A curated look at Some Breathtaking Classic Cars

A curated look at Some Breathtaking Classic Cars

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 8 Jun 2015

Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!: The Bonhams Guide to Classic Race and Sports Cars is what one might come to think of as a "Who’s Who” of automobiles. In conjunction with Bonhams, one of the world’s top auction houses, author Jared Zaugg has done very much the same thing that Who’s Who used to do—only instead of people, the focus is on important classic sports and race cars from 1900-1997.

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Re-Live the Forgotten History of Formula 1 in Detroit

Re-Live the Forgotten History of Formula 1 in Detroit

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 4 Jun 2015
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When one thinks of Formula 1, one might not naturally associate it with the city of Detroit, home of the “Big Three” manufacturers General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler. For seven years, however, from 1982-1988, Formula One races were held on a two and a half mile street circuit that snaked through areas in and around Detroit’s city center.

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France Comes Alive In This New Driving Guide

France Comes Alive In This New Driving Guide

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 1 Jun 2015
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Could there possibly be a better way for a Petrolisti to celebrate summer than by taking a trip of the four-wheeled variety? But where to go? The world is a big place, and there’s so much to see, but so little time. This guidebook is one place to start: it’s tailored toward car enthusiasts.

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Hunt for a Ferrari 250 “Testa Rossa” in the Novel Found

Hunt for a Ferrari 250 “Testa Rossa” in the Novel Found

By Petrolicious Productions / 28 May 2015
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In the world of classic cars, Ferrari sits at the top. From there—depending on who you ask, of course, the waters get murky. If you’re interested in cars that have changed the world, however, Ferrari may not be the top marque. For Greg Long, the search and capture of interesting cars sort of runs in the family, and there were so many stories to tell that only a novel would do. Here are three engaging excerpts from “Found”.

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History of the Bonneville Salt Flats Captured Like You’ve Never Seen Before

History of the Bonneville Salt Flats Captured Like You’ve Never Seen Before

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 26 May 2015
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Here, the quest for the land speed record is recorded by photographer Peter Vincent. Over twenty-years, he documented the triumphs and tribulations of the men, women, cars, and motorcycles that have campaigned to set records at the Bonneville Salt Flats. The Bonneville Salt Flats: Two Decades of Photography is exactly that—and it’s captivating, to say the least.

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Revisit Nascar’s Golden Years With Smokey Yunick’s Unforgettable Story

Revisit Nascar’s Golden Years With Smokey Yunick’s Unforgettable Story

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 25 May 2015
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Henry “Smokey” Yunick (1923-2001) epitomizes a life well-lived, and what one can do when they presumably wake up early enough in the morning. Smokey—if I might take the liberty of calling him by his nickname—was a driver, mechanic, and car designer who became intimately involved with NASCAR during its formative years. And his story? A must-read for every car enthusiast.

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Can Investing in Classic Cars Be Worth It?

Can Investing in Classic Cars Be Worth It?

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 18 May 2015
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In the 1964 James Bond movie Goldfinger, the titular villain knew a good investment when he saw one: gold. Precious metals have been a tested store of wealth for thousands of years. In times of instability, and when stock and currency markets are in flux, they have been viewed by many as a safe haven. But are classic cars just as good as the world’s favorite metal?

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Relive Stories of Racing’s Golden Era in Where the Writer Meets the Road

Relive Stories of Racing’s Golden Era in Where the Writer Meets the Road

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 11 May 2015

Author Sam Posey has held perhaps the ultimate trifecta of jobs, at least as far as the automobile enthusiast might be concerned. He has been variously a racing driver, journalist, and broadcast commentator. Where the Writer Meets the Road: A Collection of Articles, Broadcast Intros, and Profiles is his third book. And it’s a good one.

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Stealing Speed: How Suzuki Captured Cold War Secrets To Go Faster

Stealing Speed: How Suzuki Captured Cold War Secrets To Go Faster

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 5 May 2015
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Real stories about spies and espionage are almost never as thrilling as the ones conjured up in books or movies. That’s because they are works of fiction, the product of someone’s fertile imagination unencumbered by reality. However, sometimes truth can come close to, or even surpass fiction, as does the tale spun by Mat Oxley.

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