/ 19 May 2015
Hello everyone, my name is Aadjan van Holst from Northland, New Zealand, and this is the story of my old Porsche. I became interested in cars and motor racing at a very young age. I fell in love with the a Porsche 911 at age 10 when I saw a black Carrera outside my dad's workshop. The shape, the dimensions and the sound and the look of these cars was incredible to me. From that moment on I was hooked.
/ 12 May 2015
It’s both difficult to put a classic race car into a modern context and to talk about such weapons-grade machinery without delving into the small engineering details that make it great. Sometimes, however, a car like the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR requires your undivided attention as you learn about what makes it great. Its racing achievements are stuff of legend, and listed here. But first, why is this car so special?
/ 23 Apr 2015
This Benz was made for working, and that´s just what it´ll do. We’re competing in the Carbage Run, a Dutch initiative that aims to be a poor-man’s alternative to the world-famous Gumball rally, and one that wants to teach petrolheads the beauty of trekking long distances in an old car.
Rare? Hardly—the Volkswagen Type 1 is nearly as numerous as the Coleptera order from which they take their nickname, Beetle. A ubiquitous feature of the motoring landscape of the '60s and '70s, these curvy-carapaced creatures survived well into the modern age, and are still a common sight around the world. So why drive one—specifically, why make one faster?
You could say that Jason Cammisa knows cars. With a day job at Road & Track, he has full access to the world’s best vehicles—but still comes back to his humble Volkswagen Scirocco. “This car definitely changed the path of my life because it forced me to be a mechanic,” Cammisa says, “I was in college…there was no way I would have been able to keep this car—I don’t think I could still have this car—if I had to pay somebody to work on it.”
/ 20 Apr 2015
Dear fellow Petrolisti, let me introduce you my first classic car, a 1979 Opel Kadett C two-door sedan. It’s a moment I’ve been waiting for. Even as a writer, there are so many things that I love on this site, but reader submissions are my favorites. They’re honest, and, with only a few exceptions, feature everyday people sharing stories.
/ 16 Apr 2015
I’ve always liked things with wheels—I really don't know why—trains, cars, bikes, I like it all. That changed eight years ago when my mom met my now-stepdad, who introduced me to European cars. When I met my stepdad, I thought Jaguars were just boring old man's cars… then I saw his 1963 Jaguar E-Type for the first time and all of that changed. That was when I first started to take an interest in European cars
Back in 1970, with no Internet or regular magazines with large selections of collector cars, we often scoured the Sunday New York Times. It had an old car section full of great stuff, and most of it was local in the Northeast.
I would read it religiously, but most of the cars were out of reach. There were plenty of Duesenbergs, but they were all over $50,000, and a medical student’s salary back then did not go very far. What other options did I have?
Watching a young woman pilot a silver Porsche Speedster through traffic will turn heads anywhere; except, of course, in Los Angeles. Even with a black toque covering her hair, bystanders may get the impression that Anastasia Hafermaas is Hollywood royalty jetting between sound stages.
The truth, however, is far more interesting: she’s learning how to drive.