/ 17 Jul 2014
Everyone knows the usual suspects: the Ford Mustang, the Chevy Corvette and Camaro. They went through many iterations varying from sporty through not-so-much. But there were quite a few other American cars that were quite sporty, which didn't receive the following that the aforementioned cars did, simply because they didn't have 'enough' power, handling and braking be damned.
/ 10 Jul 2014
There have been many legendary four cylinders over the hundred-odd years of automotive history. And with the exception of more recent super-exotics, four cylinders have provided the motivation for nearly every type of car from the most plebeian to the most glorified (Ferrari F1 cars, for instance).
/ 2 Jul 2014
Since buying this '91 Toyota MR2 turbo, I’ve changed nothing about it because I haven’t decided on a unified direction for my modifications. Given the car’s proximity to originality (and the creeping valuations of original MR2s), should I track down some original wheels and keep its mechanics stock? Or, do I take advantage of the fact that these 3S-GTE engines are only a few tweaks away from 300 hp?
/ 26 Jun 2014
The car I'm piloting slides through thick burnt umber fields, tires screaming, begging for mercy, as wailing sirens get closer. I punch the accelerator, the car lunging forward at impossible speeds as the parade of police cars begins to recede. Approaching rapidly is an open draw bridge with a lumbering, slow ferry beneath. Suddenly, the soft, distant tinkling of bells shatters my concentration.
/ 19 Jun 2014
Electric cars seem to be the future, if you believe Mr. Elon Musk and Tesla anyway. But if you prefer driving classic cars would substituting an electric drivetrain be sacrilege? Obviously this ruins a car's originality, but what if you have a body and chassis lacking a drive train?
/ 11 Jun 2014
My father can fix anything. I’m not bragging because this is a fact. In many ways, he’s like MacGuyver (the character from the television show of the same name), the exceptions being that he doesn’t play ice hockey or sport a mullet. And like MacGuyver, not only can he fix anything, he can probably do it with objects close at hand.
/ 26 May 2014
What are some of most ridiculous, costly, or just special options that were available on the cars of yesteryear? Some of these are performance oriented—I’m talking about options like Chevrolet’s “L88” 427 engine option of the 1967 Chevrolet Corvette or maybe the 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham with magnetic shot glasses?
/ 22 May 2014
In looking for a new daily driver, I test-drove a blown, 400ci (6.6L) 1955 Chevy Sedan Delivery in the middle-of-nowhere Nevada desert. The car was frighteningly fast. Until it broke. The seller, who had seemed irritated that I wanted to drive it before paying, was beside himself. In a spittle-fogged, expletive-laden invective he strongly suggested that I leave before harm come to me.
/ 8 May 2014
I enjoy working on my cars due to watching and helping my dad work on cars. But he has always had a practical view of cars. To him, they're tools to accomplish an objective, and 'doing it yourself' is the means to keep that tool humming. But I've always been bored by the practical. My cars have always had a certain level of style. This I owe completely to my mother.
/ 24 Apr 2014
I'd like to know, if Petrolicious was yours to command, what you'd like to see more of? Which brands, which cars, which products, and which people should we be paying more attention to? There are no wrong answers, even if you claim there are cars made outside of Italy, which is obviously not true.