/ 17 Nov 2014
It was an Indian summer in Washington DC and over one hundred degrees Fahrenheit outside. I hit the Beltway, which was at a virtual stand-still and crawled along averaging about eight mph. My commute was about twenty miles. Then it got worse—the Pontiac’s engine block thermostat failed shut. What could I do?...
/ 10 Nov 2014
I'd argue that some cars more about form than they are about function, sacrificing the latter in honor of the former. After all if you're aiming for a striking form concerns such as legroom, headroom, and whether or not occupants have torsos have to be disregarded to get that roofline a few millimeters lower.
/ 27 Oct 2014
Over the last few years there has been a big fuss about cars that try to kill you. Typically, they pack lots of horsepower into a razor sharp package like the Lancia Stratos, which was designed with a short wheelbase so that it could pivot easily over rally courses. According to Phil Toledano, who owns one, "I live in terror when I drive it," due to horror stories related to its twitchy nature.
/ 20 Oct 2014
German manufacturers including BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz have churned out many of the most notable sporty four-doors, packed with the style and performance you’d expect from the more expensive sports car models of their line ups. By the late ‘80s, a myriad of German sports sedans had been produced and refined, yet some clearly outshined others...
/ 6 Oct 2014
Ferrari is in the top tier of auto manufacturers when it comes to heritage, racing, and style. Over the years, this small-ish factory in Maranello has consistently cranked out hit after hit and any must-drive list should include at least a couple of il Commendatore's cavallinos. So we'd like to know what is the greatest Ferrari ever?
/ 29 Sep 2014
Last week, Petrolista-in-charge Afshin Behnia shared a photo he took of his Alfa Romeo GTV on the Pacific Coast Highway, on our Facebook page and it received quite a good response. In fact, many people responded by sharing their own road trip photos and pics of their cars. And so we're running an informal contest where you can't really win anything except...
/ 22 Sep 2014
That Mr. Henry Ford revolutionized the auto industry is no big secret. But besides helping along America's love affair with the car, he also got us hooked on cheap V8 power beginning in 1932. Previously, Ford only built four-cylinders for its passenger cars but with the introduction of the Flathead, V8s went mainstream in the US...
/ 15 Sep 2014
Many folks think that classic cars are unsuitable for daily driving and perhaps if you own a Ferrari 625/250 TRC this is true. But isn't it a joy to drive your classic? And doesn't it make sense to maximize the feelings and fun you have when cruising or attacking canyons? I think it absolutely does.
/ 10 Sep 2014
Earlier today, Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo stepped down from his position leaving Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne to run the business. Montezemolo’s departure isn’t terribly shocking given his background (he resurrected Scuderia Ferrari after Mr. Enzo Ferrari’s passing in 1988) and the Scuderia’s poor Formula One results this season...