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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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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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