Petrolicious Thu, 05 Mar 2015 03:47:45 -0800 en-gb Air-Cooled Porsche from Hemmings Motor News

The air-cooled, rear-engine Porsche has become one of the greatest classic sports cars available to the masses. With a wide range of years and models to choose from, there are affordable options for anyone from the average enthusiast to the museum collector.

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Petrolicious Productions Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:31:55 -0800
How Have You Personalized Your Car?

Many enthusiasts consider themselves stewards of their vehicles, entrusted with its preservation until the time comes to pass it down to the next generation. Across the street from the stewards, however, sits a group of car nuts who have been customizing their cars in ways big and small since the first horseless carriage rolled out of a barn. Which group do you side with?

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Benjamin Shahrabani Tue, 03 Mar 2015 15:58:23 -0800
Classic Group B Rallying and More at Race Retro

Far too many cars from the golden era of rallying are kept pristine and collecting dust in hermetically-sealed storage by their owners. But on a cold, windy winter weekend in the middle of England, cars from this great age recently roared into life...

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Petrolicious Productions Tue, 03 Mar 2015 15:46:08 -0800
Only the Air-cooled Need Apply

Luftgekühlt II did not lack for rare Porsches. Highlights included uber-rare 993 3.8 RS; street and race-prepped 904s and 906s; a 1971 East African Safari 911; a 959, a 964 Carrera 4 RS Lightweight; the Petersen Automotive Museum's early 356 Continental Cabriolet; and a Le Mans-winning Kremer 935 driven into the event by good friend of Petrolicious, Bruce Meyer. This event was like being a kid in a candy story–that is, if that candy store is filled with Porsches.

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Benjamin Shahrabani Mon, 02 Mar 2015 20:38:36 -0800
How I Ended up with "Pop's" 1959 Cadillac

Sean Mathis's grandfather, whom he called "Pop," originally bought this 1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville in California. It was the family car while Sean's  father was growing up but eventually the car fell out of use and was stashed away under a tarp in Pop's shop. Being the only car enthusiast in his family, Sean spent most of the next ten years trying to take ownership of the car...

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Petrolicious Productions Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:36:46 -0800
The DeLorean DMC-12 Is An Outlier's Legacy

“There was a guy who lived up the street from me who had one,” Geoff Ombao remembers of his boyhood. “And every time he drove by, it was like watching Santa Claus driving the ice cream truck.” Santa’s ice cream truck, in this instance, was a DeLorean DMC-12, a stainless steel, gullwinged car that–thanks to the Back to the Future film franchise–would be forever associated with time travel in the popular imagination. For Ombao, however, the car’s appeal lies in the marque’s short-lived, tumultuous history.

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Petrolicious Productions Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:54:38 -0800
A Visit to the Official Alfa Romeo Historic Club

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.

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Jacopo Villa Mon, 02 Mar 2015 02:14:25 -0800
What's the One That Got Away?

Unless you’re Jay Leno, you just can’t buy every car you covet, nor can you keep every car that comes into your possession. Sometimes, the lack of time, money, or space (or all three) conspire such that a car cannot be purchased, or has to be sold. Sometimes, they just get away... What car do you wish you had never sold, or wished you had purchased, but let slip through your fingers?

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Benjamin Shahrabani Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:48:52 -0800
Herbie: One of the Special Ones

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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Brian Garrity Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:57:56 -0800
Book Review: The Stewardship of Historically Important Automobiles

Say you just purchased an original Van Gogh, or a fine piece of George Nakashima furniture. Would you repaint it simply because it looked old? This, in essence, the question that Fred Simeone and his co-authors ask in The Stewardship of Historically Important Automobiles.

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Benjamin Shahrabani Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:00:35 -0800
This Berlin Workspace Brings the Museum Experience to Life

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.

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Jayson Fong Thu, 26 Feb 2015 01:05:49 -0800
Bred for the Track, This Devin Porsche Speedster Is Racing Once Again

Any chance he gets, Gregory Campbell hits the road and sets course for two of his favorite race tracks–Sonoma and Laguna Seca. What better way to appreciate a Devin Porsche's unique combination of speed and curves than on a legendary race track?

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Petrolicious Productions Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:56:16 -0800
The Color of Liberation

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.

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Jonathan WC Mills Mon, 23 Feb 2015 21:16:40 -0800
Simplicity Led to the Fiat 500’s Unintentional Charm

The original Fiat 500, Italy’s first people’s car, was produced from 1936 to 1955. As The New York Times explained, it was “lovingly dubbed by Italians 'Topolino,' or Mickey Mouse, for its toy-store looks and roller-skate wheels.” And yet, as Ronald Ahrens writes, the 500 somehow transcended its quotidian duties, running in track events, hillclimbs, endurance rallies, and would go on to serve as Karl Abarth's platform for fame and riches.

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Ronald Ahrens Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:01:27 -0800
This Black Beauty Brought Together Bruce Lee and Dean Jeffries

The year was 1967 and Bruce Lee was out of a job. The Green Hornet, the television show that was supposed to catapult him to American stardom, was finished after its first season. Yet, in a roundabout way, this show and the car he drove in it, would pave his road to worldwide stardom.

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Forest Casey Sat, 14 Feb 2015 17:19:53 -0800