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Two Things Drove Ferrari from Sports Car Racing

Two Things Drove Ferrari from Sports Car Racing

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 23 Jul 2014 / 11 Comments Read More

Montezemolo says these and other restrictions detract from the Grand Prix experience, stating “No one wants to watch a driver save gas or tires. They want to see them push from here to there. It's sport, yes, but also a show.” With driver Fernando Alonso dropping the flag at this year’s recent 24 Hours of Le Mans, Ferrari may be eyeing a return to sports-car racing, but why did it quit in the first place?

This Legend Was a Car Designer Almost By Accident

This Legend Was a Car Designer Almost By Accident

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 21 Jul 2014 / 3 Comments Read More

With his own nascent carrozzeria flourishing, Mr. Flaminio Bertoni fell in love with a young woman that his mother disapproved of. She wanted her son to marry a cousin instead. Apparently, that’s how things were done then. However, Flaminio would have none of it, closing his design studio and moving to Paris with his new bride. Fortunately, Citroën offered him a job in their design department.

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This is the Ultimate Wooden Yacht

This is the Ultimate Wooden Yacht

By Jonathan WC Mills / 14 Jul 2014
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As the summer sun heats up our office the natural inclination is to dream of cooling off. And given our specialty is vintage luxury, those thoughts often circle back to wooden boats, or more specifically, the ultimate wooden boat. The Aquarama, Riva’s most popular boat, was in production for a staggering thirty-four years.

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Franco Scaglione Was the Real BATman

Franco Scaglione Was the Real BATman

By Johni Parker / 4 Jul 2014 / 1 Comment Read More

The BAT concept car project originated as a joint collaboration between Alfa Romeo and Bertone, with Franco designing the cars, that began in 1953, culminating in three cars. The idea was to create vehicles with the lowest possible drag coefficient, named BAT for ‘Berlinetta Aerodinamica Tecnica’.

Raced Regularly, The Rest of this Lancia's History is Uncertain

Raced Regularly, The Rest of this Lancia's History is Uncertain

By Petrolicious Productions / 20 Jun 2014 / 5 Comments Read More

When Mike retired and moved back to the UK, he gave–or sold–the car to someone who kept it in a cigarette factory in Kakinada, in Southern India. The factory eventually shut down, then was shuttered. Yet the Lancia remained in a corner, with trees growing through it. Eventually, the car was ‘rediscovered’, hoisted over the wall and taken to the nearby city of Hyderabad, where it was restored.

The Designer's Story: Sergio Pininfarina

The Designer's Story: Sergio Pininfarina

By Johni Parker / 9 Jun 2014 Read More

Lamborghini was creating a stir in the market in the mid-sixties with its mid-engined Miura, but Mr. Enzo Ferrari felt that a mid-engined Ferrari would be unsafe in the hands of his customers. It was Sergio who eventually convinced Ferrari to adopt the mid-engined configuration for a new line of road cars, allowing Pininfarina to build a mid-engined concept for the 1965 Paris Motor Show.

Iconic Racing Porsche Is Pure Happiness

Iconic Racing Porsche Is Pure Happiness

By Petrolicious Productions / 5 Jun 2014 / 6 Comments Read More

It's always a great moment when you see a 917 on the track, but to see it again on the ring after all these years, still in its original condition, was an exceptional and very emotional moment. The sound of the flat-12 engine is amazing, and this 917K shape under the sun, on this very historic track, is just pure happiness.

Bob's Big Boy Is a Los Angeles Icon because of the Car

Bob's Big Boy Is a Los Angeles Icon because of the Car

By Jonathan WC Mills / 29 May 2014 / 2 Comments Read More

The restaurant, a greasy spoon, hot-coffee kind of place still inhabits its original building, designed and built back in 1949. This, in a town that enjoys going under the knife at the first sign of a wrinkle. Bob's has remained, as ever, a relevant gathering place for car people and non-car people alike for close to seventy years, due in large part to the machine that enabled its creation: the car.

This Is the Car that Inspired the Porsche R-Gruppe

This Is the Car that Inspired the Porsche R-Gruppe

By Petrolicious Productions / 29 May 2014 / 21 Comments Read More

Fifteen years ago, Mr. Cris Huergas ignited the early 911 hot rod revolution, by applying a humble list of factory sanctioned modifications to this 1969 911S. The car attracted the attention of Mr. Freeman Thomas who, together with Cris, founded R-Gruppe, a club that in turn inspired countless 911 enthusiasts, to adopt the same modifications as set forth in the factory’s Sports Purpose Manual.

The Designer's Story: Battista Pininfarina

The Designer's Story: Battista Pininfarina

By Johni Parker / 26 May 2014 / 4 Comments Read More

Of course, Ferrari is the marque most closely associated with Pininfarina, but the first talk of a potential partnership didn’t actually take place until 1951. It started with a meeting at a restaurant in Tortona, a small town halfway between Torino and Modena, being neutral territory because both men were too stubborn to visit the other's headquarters.