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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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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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Book Review: Klemantaski, Master Motorsports Photographer

Book Review: Klemantaski, Master Motorsports Photographer

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 20 Feb 2015
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Klemantaski's pictures are crisp and evocative. The volume, scope, and artistic tension of the photographs are certainly made even more impressive when one pauses to consider the medium and cameras available at the time - film, not digital, and cameras with far inferior technology than one takes for granted today.

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Book Review: …I've Been Drawing Sports Cars

Book Review: …I've Been Drawing Sports Cars

By Yoav Gilad / 13 Feb 2015

Whether you can scarcely draw a stick figure or your last name is Gandini, I have yet to meet a Petrolista who has never attempted, at least once, to sketch their dream car. Ever Since I Was a Young Boy, I've Been Drawing Sports Cars is about those lucky, hard-working few who are so obsessed with the idea of designing their dream car that they develop their craft with single-minded devotion...

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Book Review: The Porsche 924 Carrera

Book Review: The Porsche 924 Carrera

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 6 Feb 2015
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In 1981, a respected car magazine noted that the 924 Carrera GT was “a true road-going racing car. Make no mistake; this is a very serious motor car for serious drivers, truly reflecting its racing parentage”. A read of Smith’s book might make you a believer that the 924 Carreras are some forgotten stars.

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Book Review: Found

Book Review: Found

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 30 Jan 2015
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Everyone has some sort of car story. Found: The Lives of Interesting Cars & How They Were Discovered dishes out several of them in fictionalized form. Residing in Gregory Long’s self-published novel are short stories about barn finds, threaded together through a relationship between a young car enthusiast, Tanner Hamilton, and an older car collector, Mr. Brant...

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