Mercedes-Benz's return to motor-racing in the late 1980s proved to be very successful, very quickly. Encouraged by its on-track exploits, the engineers at Stuttgart set out to construct a road-legal counterpart to the C11. The result, which was unveiled at the 1991 Frankfurt International Motor Show, was the C112.
/ 8 Jul 2015
The story of how stewardesses were made a part of air travel is an often-told tale of training women to be, essentially, equal parts nurse, cook, and pin-up model. And while those days are thankfully over, modern flight attendants also don’t get a chance to wear uniforms that push the boundaries of fashion.
With Le Mans fresh in our minds, it was only fitting that I focus on a brute built for that race in this look at another speed icon. Le Mans is such an iconic event that it, obviously, creates a challenge in picking just one example. And the BASF-sponsored, Sauber-entered BMW M1 is it.
Not every groundbreaking car that has raced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans has been a success. With a relatively open rule book, Le Mans has long been the place to try something new—from Nissan’s front-wheel-drive-biased race cars this year to gas turbine engines (on more than one occasion).
Here are some of the ideas that didn’t go far past the gates at Circuit de la Sarthe.
/ 13 May 2015
Every auto enthusiast has a dream race in the back of their heads, a race where you could throw together the best cars and drivers, and have them tackle the most challenging terrain imaginable. Over the course of history, it’s actually a rare occurrence to have these elements come together in a single event. The 1955 Mille Miglia is one such event. Let us explain.
/ 12 May 2015
It’s both difficult to put a classic race car into a modern context and to talk about such weapons-grade machinery without delving into the small engineering details that make it great. Sometimes, however, a car like the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR requires your undivided attention as you learn about what makes it great. Its racing achievements are stuff of legend, and listed here. But first, why is this car so special?
/ 12 May 2015
Mille Miglia! Never two words ever sounded so daring and evocative when put together. People always seem to take a moment to pronounce them with the right amount of emphasis, just if they want to stress how important this event is. As a matter of fact, the Mille Miglia has always been a sensation, a race followed almost religiously every year since its creation, in 1927.
Back in 1970, with no Internet or regular magazines with large selections of collector cars, we often scoured the Sunday New York Times. It had an old car section full of great stuff, and most of it was local in the Northeast.
I would read it religiously, but most of the cars were out of reach. There were plenty of Duesenbergs, but they were all over $50,000, and a medical student’s salary back then did not go very far. What other options did I have?
And as thousands upon thousands of American soldiers began returning home from the Great War, the market for domestic automobiles was ripe for revolution. Enter: Glen Gordon “Gary” Davis.
Unlike Preston Tucker, Davis had no hands-on experience building cars. What Davis had was years of experience selling used cars during the war in his home state of Indiana. Like so many before and since, Davis migrated to southern California with dreams of fame and fortune.
How’d that work out? Well…
With Borgward promising to revive the brand with an SUV concept ready for this fall, Petrolicious thought the time was right for a closer look at post-war Germany’s most intriguing car maker. Before it was forced to shut its gates in 1961, Borgward employed more than 23,000 people and made one of the fastest mid-sized cars on the road, the Isabella TS. It invented the mid-sized sports sedan years before BMW did. But it hasn’t made a car since. So what happened?
/ 23 Mar 2015
Originally erected in 1923, the Hollywood Sign, comprising nine white letters, each 45-feet tall, have become an icon, and helped define a city, and an industry. The sign has been featured in popular culture, and dozens of movies. However, what you may not know is that it wasn’t originally created to promote the movies, or Los Angeles. So how did the world’s most famous sign come to be?