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Book Review: Found

Book Review: Found

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 30 Jan 2015

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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Amazing Charcoal-Powered Racers

Amazing Charcoal-Powered Racers

By Petrolicious Productions / 21 Jan 2015
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I draw with charcoal on drawing card or thick paper. For me, this technique is fantastic to give the suggestion of speed and depth. It’s a quick technique, most drawings are done within a few hours, but you can’t erase, undo, or paint on top. So I need to think of all areas that need to stay clear before I do the drawing. One little mistake and the drawing needs to be redone!

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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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Carros de Cuba Calendar Highlights Cuban Automotive Culture

Carros de Cuba Calendar Highlights Cuban Automotive Culture

By Petrolicious Productions / 9 Jan 2015
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New year, new calendar, new places to explore. Degler’s printed-in-Italy calendar brings it all together for us in their 2015 Collector’s Edition by showcasing Carros de Cuba, a stylishly curated collection of automotive images that pay tribute to the “cars that have survived over half a century on the island thanks to the inventiveness of the Cuban people.”

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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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Mount Gallery to Open Exhibit on Golden Age of American Car Design

Mount Gallery to Open Exhibit on Golden Age of American Car Design

By Petrolicious Productions / 7 Jan 2015
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Opening in about two weeks, “When the Future had Fins: American Automotive Designs and Concepts, 1959-1973” is a Los Angeles gallery show curated by Christopher Mount, the man responsible for bringing the Jaguar E-type to the Museum of Modern Art. “When the Future had Fins” is a retrospective of a halcyonic fourteen-year period in American automotive design...

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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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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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