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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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Blackbird Automotive Journal Shines Brightly

Blackbird Automotive Journal Shines Brightly

By Petrolicious Productions / 10 Sep 2014
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Here at Petrolicious we receive a lot of books and magazines for our consideration. And while we appreciate the effort that is put into all of them, some just shine a bit more brightly than others. Still others shine much more brightly like Blackbird Automotive Journal. Since receiving our first issue, we've struck up a friendship based on mutual respect and a love for all things automotive...

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Book Review: MotorBinder

Book Review: MotorBinder

By Yoav Gilad / 18 Jul 2014
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MotorBinder's little details are what really amaze: tools and supplies spread out on a blanket in the dirt beside a Kurtis-Kraft, Mr. David Hobbs eyeing a McLaren Elva Mk1 from his Lola T70, Suixtil race suits, a woman’s bare legs poking out from under a BMC Formula Jr., or Mr. Phil Hill behind the wheel of a Spencer-family Ford T-bucket.

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Book Review: McQueen's Machines

Book Review: McQueen's Machines

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 13 Jun 2014
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With well researched background information and wonderful photographs, McQueen’s Machines is a testament to Steve McQueen’s sometimes eccentric collection of cars and bikes. He himself explained, “Billy Graham once asked me what my religion was, and I told him, ‘It’s the desert, the grass, the sun in the sky—and my wheels.’” McQueen could drive and he had taste too.

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Epic Book Chronicles Alpine's Racing History in Germany

Epic Book Chronicles Alpine's Racing History in Germany

By Petrolicious Productions / 5 Jun 2014
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This monumental book (and included video), by Mr. Jörg D. Brosowski, tells the story of what might be considered France’s greatest GT. Though the Alpine A110 was assembled from Renault parts, it is more than just the simple of sum of its components. So is this book. It tells Alpine's, and their cars', story that brought tremendous success and worldwide acclaim to both Alpine and Renault brands.

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Book Review: The Tin Snail

Book Review: The Tin Snail

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 30 May 2014

This novel is seen through the eyes of 13-year-old Italian Angelo Fabrizzi, who lives in Paris. His father is a car designer, who, after some success, has failed to come up with new ideas, and so has fallen out of favor with his bosses at Citroën. Angelo is desperate to help his father, so he does.

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Book Review: One Year with a Ferrari

Book Review: One Year with a Ferrari

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 23 May 2014
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Derived from his blog, David, a man with a regular job, convinces his wife (who is very understanding) that he can buy a used Ferrari, drive it for one year, and then sell it for a little bit less than what he originally paid. He also promises that she can drive it too, which probably helps seal the deal. Well, that and the promise to sell it after one year.

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Book Review: The Gold-Plated Porsche

Book Review: The Gold-Plated Porsche

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 9 May 2014
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Costing two years and $50,000 in parts and labor (which Wilkinson values at almost nothing because it his own), Stephan had his perfect Porsche. But the book also dovetails into an autobiography, weaving in his upbringing and many “colorful” adventures such drug smuggling via airplane, getting caught up with the FBI, and his stint as editor at Car and Driver.

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