Now in its fourteenth year, Art Center College of Design’s Car Classic has become a fixture of the concours circuit. It is however different from most other cars due to its heavy focus on design and southern California car culture. But it wasn’t just about movie-star cars. And we’d argue that the non-movie cars were equally noteworthy...
By / 23 Oct 2014
This coming Sunday (October 26) is Art Center College of Design’s Car Classic, an annual celebration of cars that serves to remind us that behind every gorgeous automotive form is a hard-working, clever designer (probably educated at this very school). For over ten years the Car Classic has explored car culture and vehicle architecture through a designer’s lens...
Here in Italy, where you might catch a glimpse of some nice Ferrari or Maserati hurtling noisily through the tall trees and narrow streets with a bit of luck, the Ford Mustang is quite unusual. In this case, we're talking about a particularly rare Ford Mustang Mach 1. The mythical "Pony car" was born as the Baby Boom generation came of age, right on time.
/ 17 Oct 2014
Pin-up art's roots lay in post-Victorian England and began, according to some, as a positive affirmation of feminine beauty that rejected the shame associated with physicality during the Victorian period. Those who disagree point to the objectification of women and claim this work demeans them. Regardless of your opinion, there is no debate as to the mastery of the artists behind the work.
A few months ago we hosted our first event, partnering with Hagerty and Autodromo for a fun drive through the hills of Malibu. We kept the numbers small as it was our first time out but we're excited to announce we're doing it again and this time we're opening it up to all Petrolisti with a pre-'75 car or a very significant newer one.
One aspect that has always remained firmly in Italian hands is the styling, right? Yes and no. Ferraris have always been designed in-house or by Italian coachbuilders like Pininfarina, Scagletti, et al. But famous American designers have made significant contributions to Ferrari’s design language by their employment within the design firms. And this isn’t a new phenomenon either.
/ 10 Oct 2014
Cars Yeah hosts interviews with inspiring automotive enthusiasts and people who work in their field of passion, automobiles. The discussion touches upon the personalities’ challenges, successes, and what they’re excited about right now. Earlier this week, they interviewed Petrolicious founder Afshin Behnia.
Between founder and co-owner Steve Beck, along with partner Chris Toppenberg, they’re closing in on a collective century of automotive knowledge. While both men have a longstanding relationship with BMW, and with the shop’s focus on that marque, a morning spent by Petrolicious uncovered that Checkpoint Automotive is much, much more than a simple BMW repair shop.
By / 8 Oct 2014
Although cars ultimately replaced the horse and carriage as a way for the masses to travel, the 1960s saw a new vehicle class with a name recalling both transportation eras: pony cars. Models such as the Ford Mustang gave adventurous buyers sporty lines wrapped around hi-po engines.
Whether or not McQueen specifically requested his character drive a Mustang is unclear, and most likely a product placement arrangement between Ford and the studio is the reason for the Mustang’s inclusion in the film, but four decades later, can anyone really imagine any other car in the role besides a Mustang fastback? Pascal, the owner of our featured cream-colored 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback GT certainly can't.