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A Visit to the Official Alfa Romeo Historic Club

A Visit to the Official Alfa Romeo Historic Club

By Jacopo Villa / 2 Mar 2015 / 4 Comments Read More

Sometimes Jacopo Villa's work is just an excuse for him to get close to wonderful things. He works as a full time automotive journalist, and there's no better excuse to experience great cars and have fun, all while being exactly where his boss tells him to be. His work–if we're still calling it that–recently took him on a visit to the official Alfa Romeo historic club, Scuderia Del Portello, where, among other things, he got an up-close look at an array of special Alfas.

Herbie: One of the Special Ones

Herbie: One of the Special Ones

By Brian Garrity / 27 Feb 2015 / 4 Comments Read More

In September 2009, Domi Hocher and his then-girlfriend, Zainab, took off on what can only be described as the trip of a lifetime. Since setting out from their hometown of Vienna, Austria, six years ago, this couple has crossed 115 international borders, covered 118,000 miles while visiting 80 countries (including all 48 "lower" states in the United States), and set foot on six of the globe's seven continents. All of which would be adventurous enough on its own, but Domi and Zainab get extra credit for their choice of transportation: a pair of Herbie-replica 1963 Volkswagen Beetles. At first glance, this level of commitment to a movie car from a film that debuted before either Domi or Zainab were born might seem a bit...peculiar, especially when planning travels of this sort. What about this car could have possibly captured their imagination to such a degree? As it turns out, they are hardly alone.

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This Berlin Workspace Brings the Museum Experience to Life

This Berlin Workspace Brings the Museum Experience to Life

By Jayson Fong / 26 Feb 2015 / 10 Comments Read More

The Classic Remise, writes Jayson Fong, could be seen as a museum that adds another ‘living’ dimension to the standard museum experience. The open front workshops that flank the hall give visitors a unique glimpse into the art of restoration. This open approach departs from the secrecy that shrouds the underground archive chambers of other museums. Here you can even smell the workshops and, on occasion, hear the echoes of vintage motors roaring to life.

The Color of Liberation

The Color of Liberation

By Jonathan WC Mills / 26 Feb 2015 / 3 Comments Read More

Red, writes Jonathan WC Mills, is not a color for the meek. It's the color of choice for someone who doesn't follow the herd, who realizes that our time on this earth is finite and that tomorrow isn't guaranteed. A red sports car is a symbol of liberation, a joyous scream of man coupled with machine, a color that can bring happiness on a cold and rainy day.

Would You Drive a Future Car of the Past?

Would You Drive a Future Car of the Past?

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 24 Feb 2015 / 5 Comments Read More

No one tries harder than television and filmmakers to divine the future. Over the years, Hollywood has conjured up vehicles that fly, drive themselves, climb walls, and which can think for themselves. These, according to Hollywood of the past, are just a few of the automotive innovations that would populate our future. Fanciful? Perhaps. But while Tinsel Town's goal is always to entertain, rather than accurately predict the future, sometimes the filmmakers get it right. Unbridled creative freedom allows Hollywood to conjure up futures that sometimes even influence our present. But, as Benjamin Shahrabani writes, not every film hits the bulls-eye.

Is the 4C Worthy of the Alfa Romeo Badge?

Is the 4C Worthy of the Alfa Romeo Badge?

By Afshin Behnia / 23 Feb 2015 / 42 Comments Read More

For fifteen years, Fiat has been promising that Alfa Romeo would return to the United States. When? The answer was always the same: in two years. Alfa Romeo finally came back in 2008–sort-of–with the very sexy, yet very limited, 8C Competizione but failed to follow it up with a more affordable model to be built in large quantities. That is, until now. But was the wait worth it? One could answer that question by evaluating the new Alfa Romeo 4C's merits and price-performance as a sports car. But that would be useless to an Alfista like me. I simply want to know one thing: does it feel like an Alfa Romeo?

Helplessly Cool Mastroianni Defined Style

Helplessly Cool Mastroianni Defined Style

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 23 Feb 2015 / 1 Comment Read More

An Italian actor who rose to prominence in the 1960's, Marcello Mastroianni became a star within Italian cinema in the 1950's after a stint in the theater, when he caught the attention of Federico Fellini. Mastroianni acted in some of Fellini's biggest movies, including La Dolce Vita and 8 1/2.

Sunday Morning Drive: Pasadena

Sunday Morning Drive: Pasadena

By Jonathan WC Mills / 20 Feb 2015 / 2 Comments Read More

Pasadena, California is known to most people as home to one of the most iconic football stadiums and games on the planet–the Rose Bowl–along with its sister spectacle, the Rose Parade. But many people are unaware that Pasadena is also one of Southern California’s oldest communities and home to a wealth of unique places to visit, eat, and shop. Come along as our own Jonathan WC Mills takes us on a local's tour. 

How the General Lee Became a Small Screen Icon

How the General Lee Became a Small Screen Icon

By Ronald Ahrens / 19 Feb 2015 / 5 Comments Read More

Even people who have never seen The Dukes of Hazzard have a good idea what The General Lee can do. Its iconic image is fixed in our minds. Like the Model T in The Absent-Minded Professor and the rebuilt Grand Prix racing car in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, this Dodge Charger can fly.

Paul Newman Was Much More Than a "Racing Enthusiast"

Paul Newman Was Much More Than a

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 18 Feb 2015 / 8 Comments Read More

The late Paul Newman, whose first car was a 1937 Packard that whisked him from Wisconsin to New York for his early career on Broadway's stages, began his love affair with auto racing while training at the Watkins Glen Racing School for the part of Frank Capua in the 1969 film, Winning, where he portrayed a rising star on the race circuit who dreams of winning the Indianapolis 500...