Petrolicious Wed, 27 May 2015 02:30:20 -0700 en-gb History of the Bonneville Salt Flats Captured Like You’ve Never Seen Before

Here, the quest for the land speed record is recorded by photographer Peter Vincent. Over twenty-years, he documented the triumphs and tribulations of the men, women, cars, and motorcycles that have campaigned to set records at the Bonneville Salt Flats. The Bonneville Salt Flats: Two Decades of Photography is exactly that—and it’s captivating, to say the least.

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Benjamin Shahrabani Tue, 26 May 2015 14:03:37 -0700
The Growing Nostalgia for Classic Racing Games

The ’80s was an important decade. It was an era of some outlandish fashions and strange hairstyles. And, at the same time, it was also a period of significant economic development and international relations. Yes, it does seem like a long time ago—, but there is another good reason we shouldn’t forget the ’80s: vintage arcade games. This being Petrolicious, vintage driving arcade games in particular.

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Benjamin Shahrabani Mon, 25 May 2015 15:53:58 -0700
Ferrari’s First-ever Race Car Comes out to Play

Say “Ferrari” to most people and their eyes will sparkle with an image of a red sports car roaring through the scenery. Now, ask the same person where the first Ferrari debuted and the answer will likely be one of the big names—Monza, Spa-Francorchamps, the Nürburgring—and he’d be wrong. Ever hear of a little place named Piacenza?

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Petrolicious Productions Sat, 23 May 2015 15:52:38 -0700
Spirit Lake Motorcycle Creations are True to the Spirit

What began as building motorcycles in his kitchen became a full-time gig for Brian Sloma. After listing one of his creations on Craigslist, and things just spiralled from there. “You see a car for nothing but a car,” says Brian Sloma, “…even if it has rims, is wrapped, and has wings—it’s still the same car. But you take a bike, you change the tank and the seat…what is it?”

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Petrolicious Productions Tue, 19 May 2015 19:10:32 -0700
Revisit Nascar’s Golden Years With Smokey Yunick’s Unforgettable Story

Henry “Smokey” Yunick (1923-2001) epitomizes a life well-lived, and what one can do when they presumably wake up early enough in the morning. Smokey—if I might take the liberty of calling him by his nickname—was a driver, mechanic, and car designer who became intimately involved with NASCAR during its formative years. And his story? A must-read for every car enthusiast.

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Benjamin Shahrabani Fri, 22 May 2015 16:42:22 -0700
Who Knew Off-road Racing Could Be This Beautiful?

Digital technology has been incredible for filmmakers, helping to capture and distribute an absolute explosion of stories from around the world. Petrolicious certainly wouldn’t be around, nor would films that depict the otherworldy Peugeot 2008 DKR testing in the Sahara desert ahead of the now South America-based Dakar rally. One such short clip was put together by Fredrik Jönsson—here are his words on the project.

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Petrolicious Productions Thu, 21 May 2015 18:13:13 -0700
Fall into Tad Orlowski’s Lush Paintings of Classic Cars

With an eye for incredible composition across photography, fine art—and even advertising design concepts—Tad Orlowski’s library of automotive projects is both extensive and compelling. Here are our favorites from his latest series.

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Petrolicious Productions Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:10:36 -0700
What’s Your Favorite Classic Land Barge?

The one thing I absolutely love about land barges is that there’s something for every taste. No matter if you like driving fast or slow, or if a badge on the front matters all that much to you: almost every major car company has attempted a big sedan at some point. If you have time to find the right one, it may match your personality perfectly. Let me explain, using the Maserati Quattroporte II.

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Michael Banovsky Thu, 21 May 2015 15:44:41 -0700
Our 5 Favorite Cars Named After The Wind

JJ Cale may have said, “They call me the breeze,” but for these five cars it’s literal: they’re named after the wind. Over the years, vehicles have been named all sorts of things—animals, plants, people, places—but for some reason, those with the wind in their (figurative) sails are some of the most evocative. Is there a connection between these five machines—or are these names just hot air?

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Michael Banovsky Fri, 22 May 2015 15:40:32 -0700
Our Playlist of 8 Classic Parking Clips

As cars found their hold on society through the ‘50s and ‘60s, parking became a big problem. This playlist features a number of classic films and newsreel footage that are quite entertaining even today. Here are 8 fun clips that will help you remember that driving sure has changed.

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Petrolicious Productions Mon, 18 May 2015 18:58:46 -0700
Will You Be Watching the Greatest Spectacle in Racing This Weekend?

There are three races that history has held above all others: the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Monaco Grand Prix, and the Indianapolis 500. We talk a lot about the first two races here at Petrolicious, but the Indy 500 deserves just as much coverage. Let’s start with the only driver to win all three of these iconic races: Graham Hill.

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Michael Banovsky Thu, 21 May 2015 16:56:38 -0700
What’s Special about the Finish of the 2015 Mille Miglia?

The wait for the next Mille Miglia has just begun! After experiencing it, the soul of this race gets under your skin and becomes a part of you. I don’t think that there are any easy ways to describe this event, but "the world's most beautiful race" seems to come the closest. Here’s why.

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Jacopo Villa Tue, 19 May 2015 14:47:34 -0700
The Porsche 924 Carrera GT is an Underappreciated Sports Car

Far from the very fashionable rear-engined Porsche 911 and 912, the mid-engined 914, Boxster, and Cayman, and even the other front-engined 928, 944, 968, and Panamera models, the small but strong 924 Carrera GT has a lot to say—if you look closely at the details.

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Petrolicious Productions Wed, 20 May 2015 17:26:25 -0700
The Mille Miglia Comes to Town: A Roadside Look at Passing Classics

While we’ve already covered the 2015 Mille Miglia quite extensively, the ever-engaging photographer and videographer Christian Baumann reached out to say that he’d been able to capture something we hadn’t yet been able to: the parade of passing classics. Here are his epic shots of these icons in motion.

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Petrolicious Productions Thu, 21 May 2015 15:21:52 -0700
Japanese Nostalgic Car’s First True California Touge

On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, I joined 20 drivers for 7 hours, winding through one of the most exciting routes I’ve experienced. On that day, Ben Hsu, owner and editor of Japanese Nostalgic Car, brought his dream to life: a true “Touge” rally in Southern California.

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Andrew Schneider Wed, 20 May 2015 15:29:02 -0700