/ 4 Mar 2014
“[This car] will always be a part of my life, I could never give this car up. It will get new stable-mates over the years, certainly, but the purity, spirit and sporty elegance of this car could never be matched for me.” He happened upon it in Venice, Italy and described it as finding a toy long lost during childhood.
As I watch those Alfas and Ferraris cross the block in Paris this weekend, I will be thinking back fondly on that stunning assembly of cars in the Italian countryside. In restoring and preserving his cars, Francesco accepted nothing less than excellence. I know that the lucky individuals with the winning bids this weekend will also appreciate the cars' former caretaker for his uncompromising standards.
For some, the dedication and passion invested into their vintage car approaches fanatical levels, much like those who push their limits in the ocean. Whether racing from Molokai to Oahu or paddle-boarding for miles and miles off California's coast, being in the ocean can become an obsession. For Mr. Casey Annis, Vintage Racecar editor, his 1962 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider Veloce 1600 allows him to bridge the gap between his two pastimes—classic cars and the ocean.
In real estate, location is everything, and surely there’s none better than a centuries-old castle among vineyards outside of Modena, Italy. What lies inside Castello di Panzano Castelfranco Emilia transcends even this bucolic location. Collezione Righini is one of the finest private automotive collections in the world, housing several landmark Alfas including Tazio Nuvolari’s 8C 2300, and the very first car that Enzo Ferrari built after departing Alfa Romeo.
/ 29 Nov 2013
From our Instagram photos posted over the past month or so, we've selected a few of our favorites and some of the most popular to share. You can follow us @PetroliciousCo to get a glimpse behind the scenes of our film and photo shoots, sneak peeks of upcoming video subjects, and keep up to date with our daily automotive adventures.
/ 19 Nov 2013
My interest in different vintage vehicles comes and it goes. When it comes, it is hard to swim against the desires of knowing more and wanting to eventually acquire the subject of whatever kick I may be on lately. Most recently this kick has come in the form of vintage 4x4s, which began when I saw this old Alfa Romeo Matta at the Best of France and Italy show a few weeks ago.
/ 14 Nov 2013
Who could say no to an invitiation to take part in a drive with four classic Alfas? Owners of local Alfa Romeo restoration shop Alfarium in Budapest, Hungary, and two of their friends grabbed their beloved cars (and I grabbed my camera) to head out of the city without any particular destination. We simply wanted to enjoy what might be the last warm and sunny Sunday afternoon of this year.
/ 31 Oct 2013
For a perfect autumn classic car gathering you might imagine a mix of cars from Mini Coopers and Beetles to Bugatti Type 35s and Ferrari 275 GTBs. The cars would most certainly have to be in motion—both on the track and on the road. More importantly, the weather would be sympathetic and the people just as interesting as the cars.
/ 21 Oct 2013
The beauty of fall can inspire a weekend road trip, an unforgettable afternoon drive, or a short scenic detour during a regularly scheduled errand run. Which car to drive is the lingering question among enthusiasts. We selected the best automobiles to give you a perfect fall driving experience for any mood or agenda.
By / 9 Oct 2013
Ask and ye shall receive. Yesterday’s video (Dare to be Different) not only had our viewers giddy thanks to Dave’s rev-happy exhaust, but apparently his t-shirt is something else to be coveted, due to the response we've received about it.
/ 8 Oct 2013
Movies can help make a car a hero or a zero. The Italian Job propelled the Mini Cooper into the spotlight and Bullitt cemented the Ford Mustang GT Fastback legacy. So when the Graduate was released in the late ‘60s, nobody expected a small Italian Sports car to become as legendary as its lead actor did. Or did they?