Petrolicious Wed, 01 Apr 2015 18:05:17 -0700 en-gb What Do We Really Want in a Modern Lincoln?

There’s a brouhaha right now between designers for Lincoln and Bentley over the new Lincoln Continental design, which is a shame because the American luxury maker is loved by many of us…but since the mid-’70s seems unable to make vehicles that enthusiasts find desirable.

Because this is Petrolicious, it’s worth exploring design nuances all of us appreciate, and it’s also a chance to explore some of the strong heritage that Lincoln could have drawn upon.

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Michael Banovsky Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:51:15 -0700
How to Get the Right Insurance for Your Classic Car

Regardless if you have a car already, or are in the process of purchasing one, one thing that every owner will need—unless you live in the “Live Free or Die” state of New Hampshire—is car insurance coverage. Now, you may ask, "Why is Petrolicious telling me about something so obvious?”

If I have an accident while driving, or my car is stolen, I will be covered against damages and other losses, however unlike modern cars it may make sense to seek out different insurance to cover your classic. This is oftentimes best provided by a company that provides specialty car insurance. How does it work?

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Benjamin Shahrabani Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:27:22 -0700
Listen: Carstories Podcast with Petrolicious’ Afshin Behina

We’re big fans of the Podcast, a regular show that hosts interviews with inspiring automotive enthusiasts and people who work in their field of passion, automobiles. Recently, they interviewed Petrolicious founder Afshin Behnia.

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Petrolicious Productions Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:06:57 -0700
73rd Goodwood Members' Meeting: Take Two

With the 73rd Goodwood Members’ Meeting in the books, we thought it time to revisit the event through the eyes of photographer Rémi Dargegen. Covering the event for Petrolicious, Rémi enjoyed unequalled access to the sights at Goodwood. Click through to see an exceptional selection of images from the event.

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Petrolicious Productions Tue, 31 Mar 2015 01:40:02 -0700
Help Me Find My next Classic Car!

Today, we’re trying something a bit different and we’re opening up the floor to a reader with his own dilemma. It’s on many enthusiasts’ minds: what should I buy? What are the pros and cons of each? Can I get help from other enthusiasts?? David B, of Canada, wrote in with an interesting question. What car should he buy?

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Petrolicious Productions Mon, 30 Mar 2015 18:41:12 -0700
This Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona is a V12 Keepsake

It’s quite rare to see a 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 “Daytona” pressed into daily service, racking up nearly 40,000 miles in the process. Lange’s dad passed the car onto him at 30—much earlier than promised, so that his son could enjoy the car.

“It just puts a big smile on my face, getting behind the wheel and driving this car,” he says. “But when I first got the car, it scared me. A lot.” With more power and less grip than he was used to, he had to learn how to operate the 12-cylinder “Daytona.”

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Petrolicious Productions Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:44:49 -0700
A Day Spent Carving Corners In A Tweaked BMW 2002

When searching for words that characterize the experience one gets from a modern sports car, “frustrating” is not one you would expect to come to mind. Yet with so much power and so little opportunity to use it, I have been hard-pressed to find a more suitable term.

This, of course, is nothing new; high-performance cars have been too fast for public roads for quite some time now. Nevertheless, there seems to be no end to the constant upstaging amongst auto manufacturers or the public’s appetite for the outcome. Still, the old idea of driving a slow car fast seems more relevant today than ever before and none more so than with Radu Muntean’s 1971 BMW 2002.

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Petrolicious Productions Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:42:57 -0700
Are Some Classics Too Nice to Race?

With a collision between classic Mercedes-Benz and Lister race cars at the 73rd Goodwood Members’ Meeting making news headlines around the world, is it time to put away our really nice vintage cars?

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Michael Banovsky Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:24:33 -0700
Petrolicious Weekend Playlist #3

Music and cars. The two have danced hand-in-hand for decades, with movies, and art reflecting the often symbiotic relationship between our vehicles and our music.

This week, we explore both popular and obscure links between cars and music, with everything from Daft Punk’s seminal full-length “Electroma” movie featuring two sad robots, a great soundtrack, and a wonderful Ferrari…to cars that don’t really need music.

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Michael Banovsky Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:08:40 -0700
Are Old Tuner Cars Ever Cool?

These firms may not be making headlines today, but in the ‘80s, their often extensive modifications to luxury and exotic vehicles became a worldwide phenomenon. Wild body kits. Wild paint jobs. Wild new features. Car magazines were full of fantastic interpretations of what an exotic could become, but then the world seemed to turn on these (often) garish beasts.

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Michael Banovsky Thu, 26 Mar 2015 23:44:49 -0700
Event Preview: Franciacorta Historic 2015

With hundreds of events to choose from each year, classic car owners can enter their machines into any form of competition, from historic rallies to full-blown concours judging on show fields around the world. For a more laid-back atmosphere, however, there are a number of regional events like the Franciacorta Historic that have been steadily growing in recent years due to their combination of location, smaller size, and often less frenetic demands on both drivers and vehicles.

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Petrolicious Productions Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:16:16 -0700
My 5,791 Day Restoration of an MGA 1600

They say the restoration of an automobile will either take longer than first expected, run over budget, or if you’re unlucky, both. Like anything worthwhile, it has to be worth the wait. After 5,791 days, I can say the result was definitely worth the wait.

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Petrolicious Productions Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:43:29 -0700
Group C Legends At The 73rd Goodwood Members’ Meeting

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.

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Jayson Fong Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:04:01 -0700
The Borgward Brand Is Back

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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Jennifer Clark Wed, 25 Mar 2015 21:43:45 -0700
944 Reasons This Porsche is Not For Me

The other day, I opened the door to our garage, anticipating finding my Volvo waiting for me; instead, I got a strong whiff of eau de mechanique and found a strange car in its place…with a key and note from my husband. As a kind gesture, he had taken my car to the dealer for routine servicing, which I appreciate, but in its place he had left me a most unexpected loaner: a 1983 Porsche 944.

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Hellena Miron Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:54:04 -0700