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This Is Why the Le Mans Classic Is a Premier Vintage Race

This Is Why the Le Mans Classic Is a Premier Vintage Race

By Petrolicious Productions / 9 Jul 2014 / 3 Comments Read More

Really, it's a pretty simple formula: take a group of exciting, historic race cars add a classic, barely-quieted track, and 100,000 rabid fans and you have magic. The traditional Le Mans standing start is included for older groups too. What's that? Before 1970, the drivers and cars were inconveniently placed across the track from one another forcing racers to run across the track to their cars to start.

Roaring Up the Hill Again at the Festival of Speed

Roaring Up the Hill Again at the Festival of Speed

By Petrolicious Productions / 2 Jul 2014 / 8 Comments Read More

Access to this amazing machinery is not restricted, however, as the open-paddock format allows visitors to get close, providing a rare glimpse and the chance to hear the wonderful, old (and more modern) racers. Often without any kind of noise restrictions and with the teams' goal fixed on absolute power, you can feel the sound energy hit you in the chest as the burbling V8s and raspy V12s fire up.

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The Golden Age of Racing Showcased in France

The Golden Age of Racing Showcased in France

By Petrolicious Productions / 30 Jun 2014 / 4 Comments Read More

Always an important meeting for French collectors and enthusiasts, this year's Grand Prix de l'Age d'Or proved it once again: three packed days with racing, about 11,000 spectators, nine grids, 256 race cars, and more than 700 auto club member's cars. Held biennially, it’s an appetizer for vintage racing fans before the Le Mans Classic.

The Bergamo Historic Gran Prix Roars around the City's Walls

The Bergamo Historic Gran Prix Roars around the City's Walls

By Petrolicious Productions / 24 Jun 2014 / 4 Comments Read More

The race runs clockwise around the 2.9 km perimeter of Bergamo's walls just as in 1935 when racing legend Tazio Nuvolari won the race in his Alfa Romeo P3. The Piazza della Cittadella served as the paddock and it was here where the action was centered the morning of June 15. People strolled around, having a look at all the wonderful cars, and pausing for an espresso at one of the cafes.

Painstaking Final Preparations on Classic Maserati for Villa d'Este

Painstaking Final Preparations on Classic Maserati for Villa d'Este

By Petrolicious Productions / 23 Jun 2014 / 4 Comments Read More

With every hour that ticked by, the excitement and anticipation grew, until the carrier arrived to transport the car to Cernobbio. After it was loaded and the truck's large tailgate closed, at that moment, every worker who spent so much time and attention on the car watched it leave, just hoping it would impress the jury, and win a prize.

Legendary Race Cars Hit the Track at Indy Motor Speedway

Legendary Race Cars Hit the Track at Indy Motor Speedway

By Petrolicious Productions / 16 Jun 2014 / 4 Comments Read More

A few days ago, the SVRA (Sportscar Vintage Racing Association) put on the Inaugural Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational. Over seven hundred (!) cars spanning the history of the automobile gathered at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Within the menagerie were past Indy 500 winners (pre-war and post-war), Le Mans, Trans Am, and even F1 racers, all gleaming in the infield.

Tour Norwegian Back Roads "On Days Like These"

Tour Norwegian Back Roads

By Christer Lundem / 12 Jun 2014 / 10 Comments Read More

Everything was as it should be: engines singing and sometimes the needles were buried well above redlines. The summits were, of course, still white with snow that wouldn't let go. Our car cut through dense fog and into sunshine on arrival. However, we were there to drive, not explore nature, so we pushed on. The pace was again swift...

I Rented a Classic and Had My Mind Blown

I Rented a Classic and Had My Mind Blown

By Jonathan WC Mills / 10 Jun 2014
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If you come to Los Angeles, and you consider yourself a ‘car person’ you owe it to yourself to rent a classic car and cruise our fair city in style. This is, afterall, a city that is hyper-conscious about its cars, a city in which a $100K Porsche is pedestrian and a 458 commonplace. A classic car is different, conferring respect from other drivers and envy from the sidewalk.

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Motorcycle Event in London Celebrates the Custom Bike Scene

Motorcycle Event in London Celebrates the Custom Bike Scene

By Petrolicious Productions / 6 Jun 2014 / 2 Comments Read More

The Bike Shed recently put on the third annual Bike Shed Motorcycle Club event, BSMC III in London. This two-day alternative-custom motorcycle exhibition was designed to highlight some of the better and more unusual motorcycles being built within the burgeoning underground custom and café racer scenes and is a celebration of all things related to the retro-classical motorcycle scene. There were tons of bikes as well as art, photography, film, gear, beer, coffee, a barbershop station, and a tattoo area.

We Drove Tastefully in Malibu

We Drove Tastefully in Malibu

By Jonathan WC Mills / 3 Jun 2014 / 11 Comments Read More

The Drive Tastefully Malibu event and rally was organized as a celebration of many of the cars and drivers whose stories have been featured on the most popular Petrolicious films. My son and I drove a black 1965 Mustang convertible—a perfect car for the occasion. We arrived at the edge of the Pacific and watched the rest of the cars arrive. One by one the cool ocean air was broken by a diverse group of engine noises: roaring Ferrari and Lamborghini V-12s, shrieking Nissan I-6s, a waffling Porsche flat-6, a plethora of high-strung Alfa Romeo fourbangers, and our own thumping V8 American beat.

Ancient Backdrop Hosts Rally Cars that Span Decades

Ancient Backdrop Hosts Rally Cars that Span Decades

By Máté Boér / 2 Jun 2014 / 3 Comments Read More

The early rays of the sun found the fifty-eight participant pairs close to the world heritage site of the Benedictine Pannonhalma Archabbey, one of the oldest monuments in Hungary. The historic background seemed appropriate given the colorful field of cars, spread from the little Honda S600 through a Tatra 608 to a perfectly preserved Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution.

Villa d'Este Was a Weekend of Style on the Shores of Lake Como

Villa d'Este Was a Weekend of Style on the Shores of Lake Como

By Petrolicious Productions / 30 May 2014 / 8 Comments Read More

We had an incredible time along the shores of Lake Como, Italy, last weekend, taking in scenes of gorgeous cars, stylish people, and stately architecture of the Concorso d'Eleganza. A feeling of relaxation and simple luxury were the prevailing sentiments of Villa d'Este. The owners were all extremely friendly and real gentlemen—they were happy to discuss their car and would open the hood for anyone who wanted to see their engine.