Petrolicious http://www.petrolicious.com Fri, 31 Jul 2015 00:09:35 -0700 en-gb Two Trips, 2,000 Miles, And Two Very Different Classics http://www.petrolicious.com/two-trips-2-000-miles-and-two-very-different-classics http://www.petrolicious.com/two-trips-2-000-miles-and-two-very-different-classics

I’ve been to many events since, but I’d never been to the Mille Miglia. This year, however, had to be the year. The plan was to take my ’72 Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV and drive together with my dad, and it was an experience. Then a family road trip in California, with a Volkswagen T2 Westfalia: a distance of two Mille Miglias!

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Matijs Jutte Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:42:13 -0700
It’s Time To Book A Trip To Arese: The Alfa Romeo Museum Is Open http://www.petrolicious.com/it-s-time-to-book-a-trip-to-arese-the-alfa-romeo-museum-is-open http://www.petrolicious.com/it-s-time-to-book-a-trip-to-arese-the-alfa-romeo-museum-is-open

If you waited a long time to finally see cars like the Carabo, the BAT coupes, the DTM cars, or any Alfa dream car, you do not have to wait for a concours, Goodwood, or any other event. In 2015, you can book a flight or take the chance to put a few miles on your car to feast your eyes on the crown jewels of one of Italy's most revered car manufacturers.

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Jacopo Villa Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:52:42 -0700
Nine Classics Found On The Road http://www.petrolicious.com/nine-classics-found-on-the-road http://www.petrolicious.com/nine-classics-found-on-the-road

Whether captured by their owners or a curious passerby, this week’s photo roundup focuses attention on vehicles found on the road—with minimal staging. From a stunning Citroën DS in Los Angeles to a Lada 2101 that looks better-than-new, these are our picks from our #drivetastefully tag on Instagram.

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Petrolicious Productions Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:10:51 -0700
How To Pick Out A Great Sunbeam Tiger http://www.petrolicious.com/how-to-pick-out-a-great-sunbeam-tiger http://www.petrolicious.com/how-to-pick-out-a-great-sunbeam-tiger

Sunbeam Tigers seem to be undergoing a renaissance of sorts in the marketplace. Perhaps it’s partly due to Carroll Shelby’s death, but these cars are also incredibly useable, stylish and powerful. It also doesn’t hurt the equation that only about 3,000 to 3,300 of the Anglo-British machines are likely to still exist. But a few checks can help you find a really great Tiger…and avoid the fakes.

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Petrolicious Productions Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:50:47 -0700
Introducing A Most Epic Alfa Romeo Journey http://www.petrolicious.com/introducing-a-most-epic-alfa-romeo-journey http://www.petrolicious.com/introducing-a-most-epic-alfa-romeo-journey

A friend said that he would bet an Alfa Romeo 105 could be driven across Africa. It was all I could think of on the drive home. Could I really drive across Africa in an Alfa? If I missed my turn off and kept heading north, could I make it to Europe? It took a while to get going, but I’m on that trip, now.

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Jethro Bronner Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:45:14 -0700
The Incomparable Style of a Classic Citroën Interior http://www.petrolicious.com/the-incomparable-style-of-a-classic-citroen-interior http://www.petrolicious.com/the-incomparable-style-of-a-classic-citroen-interior

We love a good wood-rimmed Nardi steering wheel, wooden dashboard, and sporty instrumentation as much as you do, but there’s something to be appreciated with classic and very fashion-forward interiors produced by Citroën from the ’50s until the mid-to-late ’70s. So what makes these odd-looking designs appealing even today?

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Petrolicious Productions Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:35:20 -0700
Would You Have One Of These Fast French Cars In Your Garage? http://www.petrolicious.com/would-you-have-one-of-these-fast-french-cars-in-your-garage http://www.petrolicious.com/would-you-have-one-of-these-fast-french-cars-in-your-garage

Fast, French cars aren’t very common, but over the years the nation has produced its fair share of race-winning machines. This week’s selection of Market Finds features five very different options for allowing the tricolore to influence your next classic car purchase, from an iconic ’60s GT car to this Ferrari-fighting Alpine from the ’90s.

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Petrolicious Productions Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:25:17 -0700
A Rocky Start To A Streamlined Pontiac Love Affair http://www.petrolicious.com/a-rocky-start-to-a-streamlined-pontiac-love-affair http://www.petrolicious.com/a-rocky-start-to-a-streamlined-pontiac-love-affair

People that love cars also tend to love stories about cars. These stories often include the one that got away, the one that made it cross country, the one with a million miles, and so on. Another story is that of the survivor: a car that has made it all this time without being altered or damaged, and that’s still here today driving around just as it did during another time. This car is one of those.

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Petrolicious Productions Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:59:40 -0700
How Well Do You Know Your Automotive Mysteries? http://www.petrolicious.com/how-well-do-you-know-your-automotive-mysteries http://www.petrolicious.com/how-well-do-you-know-your-automotive-mysteries

Did you hear about it? Read about it somewhere? See it online? The internet and social media are awash with stories, articles, and tweets about so-called factual stories. Cars don’t escape without a few legends of their own, and this book aims to set them straight.

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Benjamin Shahrabani Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:39:23 -0700
One Man’s Alpine Awakening http://www.petrolicious.com/one-man-s-alpine-awakening http://www.petrolicious.com/one-man-s-alpine-awakening

What would it take for you to follow a dream? Impossibly small, light, fast, and loud, Alpine sports cars have excelled at just about every form of motorsport they were entered in, but especially rally, and hillclimb competition. The cars are unlike anything else—and are just the thing to inspire a man to restore them…many of them.

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Petrolicious Productions Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:40:32 -0700
Up Close And Personal With The Devil’s Finest http://www.petrolicious.com/up-close-and-personal-with-the-devil-s-finest http://www.petrolicious.com/up-close-and-personal-with-the-devil-s-finest

After a single phone call and nothing more than a dozen mails back and forth since february, I check the back of the old wagon for the last time. The gear is prepared, the moon still bright and my level of caffeine dangerously low. So, I go on to get my assistant for the day and off we are, the sun slowly rising, the coffee freshly brewed, and our Volvo groaning at full throttle towards south. Today, we’re going to experience the Alpine A110.

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Petrolicious Productions Tue, 14 Jul 2015 13:48:44 -0700
Our 5 Favorite Giugiaro Wedge Cars http://www.petrolicious.com/our-5-favorite-giugiaro-wedge-cars http://www.petrolicious.com/our-5-favorite-giugiaro-wedge-cars

Though a number of designers started to pen wedge-shaped cars at roughly the same time through the late ’60s and early ’70s, none of them used the form as regularly as Giorgetto Giugiaro, who was able to apply the design principles of a wedge’d supercar to a five-door hatchback. Here are our five favorites from Italdesign Giugiaro’s back catalogue.

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Petrolicious Productions Fri, 24 Jul 2015 19:27:22 -0700
Dueling In The Rain With A Ferrari 208 GTB Turbo http://www.petrolicious.com/dueling-in-the-rain-with-a-ferrari-208-gtb-turbo http://www.petrolicious.com/dueling-in-the-rain-with-a-ferrari-208-gtb-turbo

There’s only one thing to can pull me out of my bed on a wet Sunday morning like this: Ferrari. I’m going to drive a 1982 208 GTB, first year of production with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine and 220 horsepower. It’s the first road-going turbo from Maranello, the smallest V8 ever built, and the perfect car for who want to start driving in red…for many reasons.

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Petrolicious Productions Fri, 24 Jul 2015 18:53:35 -0700
Which Kind of Fun Would You Rather Have? http://www.petrolicious.com/which-kind-of-fun-would-you-rather-have http://www.petrolicious.com/which-kind-of-fun-would-you-rather-have

The great thing about having fun is that there are so many different varieties of it. Within weeks, I found myself behind the wheel of both a $1,500 homebuilt CycleKart and a $340,000-ish McLaren 650S. Both hugely entertaining, in its own way. The McLaren is a spaceship in comparison, but…

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Michael Banovsky Fri, 24 Jul 2015 18:31:01 -0700
The Weekend Is All About The Pits http://www.petrolicious.com/the-weekend-is-all-about-the-pit http://www.petrolicious.com/the-weekend-is-all-about-the-pit

We read a lot about cars, and when reviewing historical racing books we often sink into photos of how the pits used to look. Far more casual, with—depending on the era—a number of dangerous-looking details, the pit lane used to be a place you could hang out during a race. How things have changed.

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Petrolicious Productions Fri, 24 Jul 2015 13:58:50 -0700