Petrolicious Thu, 02 Jul 2015 02:34:35 -0700 en-gb Which Extreme Formula 1 Car Would You Want To Take Home?

For Market Finds this week, we have a simple question: Would you rather a slower but more interesting six-wheeled March Formula 1 car, or the much faster—and more modern—V10-powered 2008 Williams FW30a?

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Petrolicious Productions Tue, 30 Jun 2015 20:40:02 -0700
Drive Tastefully: Barker Hangar in Photos

It’s difficult to put into words how engaging classic cars are, because once you’re with fellow classic car enthusiasts, you’re able to enjoy a smattering of unforgettable stories, vehicles, and—in the case of our recent Drive Tastefully: Barker Hangar Rally—roads. Here is the most comprehensive look at the amazing people and machines who joined us.

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Petrolicious Productions Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:23:42 -0700
Why Do People Still Love Classic Cars?

In most cases, classic cars are rubbish. As James May once said, if they were any good, they’d still be made. Modern cars are faster, better handling, more reliable, more comfortable, cleaner, safer, more economical, and mostly cheaper to purchase, too. Basically, they’re better in just about every way. Yet despite this, the clearly inferior classic car not only still exists, but is positively thriving these days. Why?

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Petrolicious Productions Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:09:23 -0700
Drive Tastefully: Barker Hangar Was A Celebration of Speed & Style

Above all else, Petrolicious is a celebration of driving—and on Saturday, the Drive Tastefully: Barker Hangar Rally was the place for enthusiasts to explore some of the most exciting roads in California. For both participants and spectators alike, it was a day to remember.

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Michael Banovsky Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:47:31 -0700
These Chevrolet Impalas are a Lifelong Obsession

“How can you spend 12 hours out there and work on those things all day?” Don Rogers’ wife will sometimes ask, to which he replies, “The day just flew by…I don’t know what happened.” With a love for the iconic Chevrolet Impala, Rogers’ garage is filled with two, both ’64 models. One is a hardtop, the other a convertible. What makes Rogers a bit different from most enthusiasts, however, is that he does all of the work on his cars himself.

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Petrolicious Productions Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:26:52 -0700
A Designer’s Eye At The 24 Hours Of Le Mans

The 24 Hours of Le Mans is probably the most famous race in the world. And even though I work in the car industry, the 2015 was my first time in attendance. Let me start by saying: I felt a lot of excitement when I arrived there with some friends.

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Petrolicious Productions Fri, 26 Jun 2015 13:21:23 -0700
Braving Bad Weather At Italy’s Newest Concours

A Concours d'Elegance is an often wonderful event, held with gorgeous cars in a breathtaking location, filled with sharply-dressed attendees. The smells of a concours are wonderful, to: gasoline and, usually, pure tobacco. The sights? Bright shades of color coming from the cars and their surroundings, mixing up with the wonderful light of the sun as the day goes on. But this concours? This one is more special than most.

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Jacopo Villa Fri, 26 Jun 2015 18:27:14 -0700
Do You Still Use Paper Maps?

It’s something I’ve long wondered, especially after recently taking a long road trip where a dash-mounted iPhone and Google Maps were my only guide. Car enthusiasts must be among the last holdouts to use paper maps, right?

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Michael Banovsky Fri, 26 Jun 2015 13:50:17 -0700
Getting Started At The Goodwood Festival Of Speed

It’s the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend, and Petrolicious is there! Photographer Nat Twiss will be covering the event for us, and this is an early look at the festivities as they unfolded on Thursday—and it looks like this weekend will be one to remember.

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Nat Twiss Fri, 26 Jun 2015 17:21:39 -0700
It’s Fun Fighting With A Mean Little Scorpion

In my beautiful country, this small bully of a car is a real legend. On the way to Tolfa, an ancient village north of Rome, I can’t wait to meet Giancarlo, its owner, and our common friend Gian Pietro, a talented designer. To Giancarlo, I ask: why does an ex-racer who has driven many beasts over forty years keep only an Autobianchi A112 Abarth in his garage? I will find an answer.

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Petrolicious Productions Thu, 25 Jun 2015 19:56:59 -0700
We Discover Clark Gable’s Jaguar XK120 Hidden Beneath The Brickyard

Clark Gable would win over audiences and critics alike with performances in films like A Free Soul, Red Dust, and San Francisco but his first forays into Tinseltown were met with a less than enthusiastic response. Initially considered too rough to play a romantic lead by studio decision makers, it was not until undergoing grooming and training by his acting coach that Gable came to epitomize the American ideal of masculinity and virility. And boy, did he like cars.

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Benjamin Shahrabani Thu, 25 Jun 2015 19:08:45 -0700
These Videos Are The Key To The Future

Ah, the future. So difficult to predict accurately—but so easy to speculate on—these clips from the archives show the automobile in a state of flux. From the futuristic (and record-breaking) Mercedes-Benz C111 project to the ‘40s assertion from General Motors that highways of the future will help to displace “undesirable slums”, this weekend’s playlist has anything a futurist could want.

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Petrolicious Productions Thu, 25 Jun 2015 13:34:28 -0700
The Art And Design Of Classic Helmets

If you’re like most enthusiasts who enjoy watching or participating in racing, you’re no doubt already picking out your favorite drivers and riders from afar by their helmet designs. Today’s Vintage Friday is in appreciation for those helmet designs we love and, frankly, wish would return to motorsport.

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Petrolicious Productions Thu, 25 Jun 2015 13:18:11 -0700
The Triple Nickel From Behind The Camera

Besides my long time love of motorsports, what really drew me to make this film was rather unexpected. It was Stacie''s speaking cadence. The way that she enunciates words, where she puts her pauses, as well as the language she chooses to describe the world have such a particular beat, texture and signature; I thought it would be great to have her describe her world on film.

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Saam Gabbay Wed, 24 Jun 2015 18:55:35 -0700
A Toyota MR2 That Keeps On Ticking

I bought this 1987 AW11 Toyota MR2 not long after I got my license; I bought it at a point in the mid-2000s where it was just a cheap old sports car—not new enough to generally be desirable, yet not old enough to be cool. Since then, it’s been a faithful and engaging companion.

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Petrolicious Productions Wed, 24 Jun 2015 17:55:51 -0700