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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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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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