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This Alfa Romeo 1750 Spider is a Family Jewel

This Alfa Romeo 1750 Spider is a Family Jewel

By Petrolicious Productions / 18 Dec 2014
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Interest soon turned into a childhood obsession when my father dragged home a ‘71 1750 Spider as a salvaged wreck. I was overwhelmed with this roofless, [bent], red bullet. It was 1978, I was eleven years old and instant Alfa nut. I poured over the shinny Spider brochure on the coffee table and dreamed of one day owning an Alfa Romeo...

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One goal and Four Honda CBXs Later

One goal and Four Honda CBXs Later

By Petrolicious Productions / 16 Dec 2014
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I made a promise to myself never to crash a car on the street. After a few years I decided to up the challenge and include motorcycles on that promise. I first began riding a CBX while working as a salesman at a Honda/Kawasaki dealer. It was a demo '81 CBX. Smitten, I put 24k miles on it in a year and after quitting, I bought my own 1981 Honda CBX.

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Mercury Cyclone Squeezes Every Drop of Octane from Summer

Mercury Cyclone Squeezes Every Drop of Octane from Summer

By Petrolicious Productions / 11 Dec 2014
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Always on the lookout for new projects, I stumbled over this Mercury Cyclone for sale (online) and jumped on the phone. I went to have a look and it was just awesome, I knew that it was the car for me. I hadn't seen one of these in this condition before. That and the fact that it's rare made it even more appealing, I really like going to car meets and being the only one with this model.

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Four Days in a Four Speed BMW 2002 at 4,000 RPM

Four Days in a Four Speed BMW 2002 at 4,000 RPM

By Petrolicious Productions / 4 Dec 2014
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At some point in in South Dakota, I think, I entered a small town where a group of teenagers gaped at my strange small car. Later on, I had an exciting stretch in remote Wyoming where the fuel tank's range was tested; the fuel efficiency was really bad. And approaching home, I drove through a big cloud of bugs (in Moses Lake, Washington), which overwhelmed the wipers and washer system...

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Mercedes-Benz AMG Baby Hammer Is a Dream Fulfilled

Mercedes-Benz AMG Baby Hammer Is a Dream Fulfilled

By Petrolicious Productions / 2 Dec 2014
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In 1993, a few years after my frequent encounters with the Baby Hammer, I became a respiratory therapist and worked the night shift at Olive View Medical Center in Sylmar, CA. During my down time I always looked at the LA Times automotive section used-car ads and a one liner ad caught my attention: it read "190E 3.2 AMG $18,500". Curiosity overwhelmed me...

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This Corvette and Dick Guldstrand are of Another Era

This Corvette and Dick Guldstrand are of Another Era

By Petrolicious Productions / 1 Dec 2014 / 4 Comments Read More

My heart sank as the V8 stubbornly ignored the eager crank of the starter motor. To make matters worse, after two or three vain attempts to get the engine going, even the battery started to wane a little.The beautiful moonlit curves of the rear quarter panels make it impossible to bear a grudge against this car, regardless of its numerous shortcomings. I marveled at its beauty and even took a couple photos before deciding to give it another go...

Driver Yearns for a Few More Horses, Fiat Steps In

Driver Yearns for a Few More Horses, Fiat Steps In

By Petrolicious Productions / 27 Nov 2014
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Once the kids grew a little older I sold off the Vespa and with a little extra money, I bought a nice little two-tone Autobianchi Bianchina Panoramica that was a real head-turner! Alas, it was also painstakingly slow to drive in traffic and after four years my right foot yearned for a few more horses. That's where the Fiat 124 Sport Coupe entered the picture and I went from 17hp to 110hp!

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The Porsche 911 Arrived, Then Refused to Go

The Porsche 911 Arrived, Then Refused to Go

By Petrolicious Productions / 20 Nov 2014
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The second day, we discovered a much less compliant Porsche. It had developed electrical problems and we took the car to two or three mechanics for help. They were very, very kind people who tried their best to fix the problem but ultimately couldn’t. The poor 911 wasn’t running well and we were so close!

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Lateral Gs are BMW E21's Best Friend

Lateral Gs are BMW E21's Best Friend

By Petrolicious Productions / 18 Nov 2014
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At first I didn't even like BMWs. In my country mostly gangsters and gypsies buy BMWs and that gives these cars a bad reputation. But then drift became so popular and I fell in love with sideways driving the first time I ever experienced it. I immediately began looking for a rear-wheel drive car, two doors because sportscar, and availability here in Hungary...

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A Useless Alfa Romeo Giulia becomes Essential

A Useless Alfa Romeo Giulia becomes Essential

By Petrolicious Productions / 13 Nov 2014
13 Comments

To restore the body I built a rotisserie. Both side sills, and front and back floors had to be changed. All the mechanics were rebuilt, with an other "mild" engine tuning to get more HP, but keeping the original 1.6 liter capacity. I also added fast road camshafts, high CR forged pistons, electronic ignition and the color went back to its original Petrol Blue, or Bluette 506.

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