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Group C Legends At The 73rd Goodwood Members’ Meeting

Group C Legends At The 73rd Goodwood Members’ Meeting

By Jayson Fong / 26 Mar 2015 / 5 Comments Read More

The 73rd Goodwood Members’ Meeting is an event that looks to revive the spirit of early British Automobile Racing Club (BARC) competition. However, spectators at this year’s member’s meeting were also treated to high-speed demonstrations from one of the most popular classic racing series to re-emerge in recent years: the heart-pounding machines of Group C.

These machines had been purpose built to be fast, with speeds on the Mulsanne Straight during the 24 Hours of Le Mans to exceed 200mph (321 km/h). Testament to this obsession with outright performance is the record for the highest speed ever achieved by a sports racing car in competition: a staggering 253 mph (407 km/h) set by a WM P88-Peugeot in 1988.

The Borgward Brand Is Back

The Borgward Brand Is Back

By Jennifer Clark / 26 Mar 2015 / 2 Comments Read More

With Borgward promising to revive the brand with an SUV concept ready for this fall, Petrolicious thought the time was right for a closer look at post-war Germany’s most intriguing car maker. Before it was forced to shut its gates in 1961, Borgward employed more than 23,000 people and made one of the fastest mid-sized cars on the road, the Isabella TS. It invented the mid-sized sports sedan years before BMW did. But it hasn’t made a car since. So what happened?

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73rd Goodwood Members’ Meeting: Racing in Style

73rd Goodwood Members’ Meeting: Racing in Style

By Jayson Fong / 25 Mar 2015 / 6 Comments Read More

Here’s what you need to know: The Goodwood Members’ Meeting is an incredible assortment of some of the finest machines to have graced racetracks around the world, run across 12 events and two days of racing. It’s quite a show. Now in its second edition of the modern age, the 73rd Goodwood Member’s Meeting had high standards to meet after the “inaugural” event last year when the member’s meeting format returned from almost half a century without it.

The 2015 meeting did not disappoint, with Lord March and the Goodwood Road and Racing Club delivering a memorable spectacle with action packed races and high speed demonstrations from a variety of eras.

How to Sell Your Classic Car at an Auction

How to Sell Your Classic Car at an Auction

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 25 Mar 2015 Read More

Last week, we tackled buying a car at auction, but for someone to buy, someone also needs to sell. This second part details how one can go about selling their collector car at auction. Selling at an auction can be much easier than you might expect, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be all about losing a vehicular member of your household. Again, we have two auction house experts, Drew Alcazar, CEO of Russo & Steele, and Alain Squindo, Vice President at RM Sotheby’s, at our disposal to help answer the important questions.

How to Buy Your next Classic Car at an Auction

How to Buy Your next Classic Car at an Auction

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 19 Mar 2015 / 11 Comments Read More

In 2014, sales of cars at auctions—RM Sotheby’s, Bonhams, Russo & Steele, Barrett-Jackson, Gooding, Mecum, and the like—topped $1 billion in the United States alone. Classic car auctions have changed in nature as well, morphing from stodgy, "men with paddles, in tents" affairs to become lavish, branded, and sponsored lifestyle events with rallies and concours components, often televised on TV.

Petrolicious asked two major auction houses some important questions, with answers that will hopefully make your first (or next) auction experience one to remember.

Pininfarina Celebrates 85 Years by Returning to Its Tailor-made Roots

Pininfarina Celebrates 85 Years by Returning to Its Tailor-made Roots

By Jennifer Clark / 18 Mar 2015 / 9 Comments Read More

Paolo Pininfarina has a task most people would envy: sifting through his family’s famous back catalogue, an 85-year archive of mostly perfect designs for Lancia, Nash, Cadillac, Alfa Romeo (and almost every Ferrari built since the 1950s!) to pick 50 automobiles to put on display in Turin this summer for the company’s anniversary bash.

Driven by Design: DeLorean DMC-12

Driven by Design: DeLorean DMC-12

By Forest Casey / 17 Mar 2015 / 3 Comments Read More

“Wedge styling” is more-or-less self-explanatory; merely the mention of the term brings to mind images of periscopico Lamborghinis, Stratos Zero Lancias, and Boomerang Maseratis. Arrowhead-shaped cars, so pointed in their execution that any modern designer attempting to copy them would end up entangled in a web of pedestrian safety regulations.The wedge trend wasn’t popular long after the 1970s: Like the shark fin it was said to mimic, wedge styling surfaced, peaked, and slid beneath the waves again in under a decade.But there was a last straggler, one lone instance of wedge styling that broke free of the ‘70s: The DeLorean DMC-12

Color Inspiration: Green

Color Inspiration: Green

By Jonathan WC Mills / 17 Mar 2015 Read More

"I wanted to win in a green car…" Stirling Moss, Amelia Island, Florida, 2015.

I am writing these words soon after hearing legendary racing driver Sir Stirling Moss utter them. At the time, they rang as both a strong nod to his own patriotism as well as a call to action in appreciation of a fantastic color: green.

More than Luck: the Story of Alfa Romeo’s Quadrifoglio Badge

More than Luck: the Story of Alfa Romeo’s Quadrifoglio Badge

By Michael Banovsky / 16 Mar 2015 / 1 Comment Read More

At the turn of the 20th century, motor racing was an incredibly dangerous sport that often claimed the lives of its most talented drivers. From the crucible of early motorsport competition, one symbol in particular signifies the unbreakable spirit of drivers who raced on the very edge in search of fame and fortune: the Quadrifoglio four-leaf clover emblem.

Petrolicious Weekend Playlist

Petrolicious Weekend Playlist

By Michael Banovsky / 13 Mar 2015 / 8 Comments Read More

With the current season of Top Gear on hiatus after Jeremy Clarksons as-yet unknown transgression, we realized that there would be time this weekend when millions of enthusiasts would find themselves without their favorite show to watch. In the spirit of capturing and sharing amazing car stories, we’ve created this playlist of car videos that share a common theme: racing. Many are hidden gems pulled from now-digitized film archives, and we’ve tried to balance the action: yes, Jackie Stewart really did recommend the Ford Tempo.

Perfect Anti-heroes: Diabolik and the Jaguar E-Type

Perfect Anti-heroes: Diabolik and the Jaguar E-Type

By Jacopo Villa / 13 Mar 2015 / 5 Comments Read More

Diabolik is a cult Italian comic book that narrates the story of an astute, highly intelligent thief who has been an anti-hero for many years. Born in the 1960s, Diabolik was conceived as a refreshing evening read for passengers of Milanese evening commuter trains—and has remained popular ever since.

To understand how a uniquely Italian master thief came to use a Jaguar E-Type as his getaway car, and why the series has been such an influence on modern culture, I met with the CEO of Diabolik, Mario Gomboli. Read on to see how this ‘bad boy’ criminal has evolved over the years

Why is Amelia Island Such an Important Place for Car Lovers?

Why is Amelia Island Such an Important Place for Car Lovers?

By Michael Banovsky / 12 Mar 2015 / 2 Comments Read More

The small town of Amelia Island, Florida, may seem like an unlikely place to attract some of the world’s most legendary automotive personalities and vehicles. From honoring Sir Stirling Moss to reuniting the Alfa Romeo BAT concept cars, to, as in our lead photo, artfully exhibiting BMW’s priceless Art Cars, every year the Amelia Island Concours features attractions that are nearly impossible to see anywhere else.

How did the world’s best come to visit this small town every March? It all started in 1996 thanks to an enthusiast named Bill Warner.