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Book Review: Best in Show

Book Review: Best in Show

By Jacopo Villa / 23 Jan 2015
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A book on one-off Italian cars is always fun to read, but particularly when it’s an exceptional work of automotive non-fiction and photography. Best in Show is just such a book, covering twenty cars from Corrado Lopresto’s concours-winning collection in chronological order, from the early 1901 Isotta Fraschini to the 1973 DeTomaso Pantera II 7x Montella...

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Book Review: Spirit of Competition

Book Review: Spirit of Competition

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 16 Jan 2015
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Every story has a beginning, and in The Spirit of Competition it was a seed planted many, many years ago in the teenaged Simeone’s life when his father, a Petrolista himself, gave him a dilapidated 1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 as his first car in 1952. Simeone says, “We would go to junkyards together and then read about what made each car we saw important..."

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Book Review: Drive

Book Review: Drive

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 9 Jan 2015
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Andrew Bush is an artist, but instead of using a brush, his preferred implement is a camera lens. From 1989 through 1997, Bush took a series photographs of people driving on Los Angeles's roads, a city well known for its car culture, and other parts of the United States. The collection, known as the Vector Portraits, is published in his book Drive.

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Book Review: Racing Colours

Book Review: Racing Colours

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 23 Dec 2014
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The late Simon Owen, an artist and illustrator known for specializing in racing car subjects, showcases his talents one last time in Racing Colours: Motor Racing Compositions 1908-2009. The book covers over seventy graphic compositions of racing car liveries from almost the very beginning of motorsport through to the modern-era.

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Book Review: 50 Shades of Rust

Book Review: 50 Shades of Rust

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 12 Dec 2014
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Cotter writes about a wide swath of finds, from the more banal and ordinary to racecars and the truly collectable. All of these have one thing in common, and that is for one reason or another, they were discarded or forgotten sometime in their lives, only to be discovered years or decades later.

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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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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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Book Review: Porsche Unexpected

Book Review: Porsche Unexpected

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 14 Nov 2014
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Though the ride convinced him “how special a Porsche was”, it would be another twenty years before Robert would follow through on the purchase of his first Porsche, a 964 Carrera 4 convertible, in 1992. It would be a fateful purchase that would lead Robert and his family to assemble, at the time of this book’s publication, almost three-dozen road-legal cars and race cars...

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Book Review: Maserati 250F In Focus

Book Review: Maserati 250F In Focus

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 31 Oct 2014
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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.

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Book Review: The Art and Colour of General Motors

Book Review: The Art and Colour of General Motors

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 26 Sep 2014
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The stunning photos and lush production quality from Coachbuilt Press of The Art and Colour of General Motors elevate the book way above the usual pictorial titles from other automotive publishers, and recent events aside, there can be little argument that GM has made significant contributions to the world of automotive design.

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Book Review: The Bikeriders

Book Review: The Bikeriders

By Petrolicious Productions / 18 Sep 2014

Using vignettes, The Bikeriders provides glimpses into a romantic, violent world where the era's common social conventions were replaced by codes no less strictly enforced. The themes contained now border on cliché: fights, women, booze, and of course motorcycles; however, this is a primary source documented by a member, not a novelist imagining escapades.

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Help Kickstart "Pit and Paddock"

Help Kickstart

By Petrolicious Productions / 15 Sep 2014
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Auto-Archives owns an impressive, 100,000+ collection of historic motor racing images and felt that the best way to share such an wide array of motor history was by highlighting a special group of images and presenting them in a fantastic 12x12-inch, large format book: Pit & Paddock.

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