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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

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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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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The Racing Car: Ferrari GTO

The Racing Car: Ferrari GTO

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 13 Apr 2015

I say this with equal parts sadness and authority: it is unlikely the great majority of us will ever get to sit in a Ferrari 250 GTO, much less own one. The final incarnation of the long-running 250 Series, and the last successful front-engine racing car from Ferrari, there were only 39 GTOs made. And when they do come up for sale, even the fixer-uppers trade for tens of millions of dollars. So what to do?

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Introducing the Petrolicious Book Club

Introducing the Petrolicious Book Club

By Petrolicious Productions / 13 Apr 2015

As you may have gathered from our large number of book reviews(link to books tag), we love reading interesting things—not just car books. Over the last few months, we’ve been trying to figure out how best to approach books, with the intention of creating more dialogue in the comments section.

Here’s how it’ll work…

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Book Review: James Garner’s Motoring Life

Book Review: James Garner’s Motoring Life

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 6 Apr 2015
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James Garner, who passed away last year, was a movie and TV star. While perhaps best known for his roles in The Great Escape, Grand Prix, as well as The Maverick, and The Rockford Files TV series, many might not know that in addition to his “day job” Garner was also an Off-road Motorsports Hall of Fame racer, and for a time even owned his own racing team.

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Review: MOMO: 50 Years

Review: MOMO: 50 Years

By Jacopo Villa / 3 Apr 2015
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Designed by racers, for racers with no compromise in quality and comfort, MOMO steering wheels, seats, and wheels used extensively in motorsport. The book MOMO: 50 years is a remarkable work of acknowledgment through written and photographic documentation of the history of the company through its products, close relationship with Formula 1 drivers, and a behind-the-scenes look at who made the company successful.

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Book Review: Carrozzeria Viotti Torino

Book Review: Carrozzeria Viotti Torino

By Jacopo Villa / 24 Mar 2015

Innovative, stylish and technologically-advanced are three words that help capture the spirit of Carrozzeria Viotti during its active period. It was the result of the dreams and the aspirations of Vittorino Viotti, a young and enthusiastic entrepreneur, who quickly established himself among the most renowned coachbuilders of the pre-Second World War years.

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