Vintage car enthusiasts are different. For us, cars are part of our character.
They may have influenced our childhood, played a role in how we met our significant other, or became an integral part of our family history. Petrolicious cinematic short films explore the special connections between people and machines, and we strive to inspire a new generation of enthusiasts through these human stories.
In the fourth generation of a family of coachbuilders, Rosita grew up surrounded in every way by cars, from the Ferraris her mechanic father picked her up from school in, to the toy cars he brought home for his children. Thing is, even though the family worked on primarily Italian cars, her father's true love was with Porsche.
What sounds like a fighter jet and is faster than a Ferrari? Ladies and gentlemen, meet the incredible Howmet TX, an experimental race car that is the only turbine-powered car to actually win a race. Built by a talented team of engineers in 1968 using little time and just $10,000, the first Howmet was very much a moon shot.
What happens when your passion bleeds into your day job? For Antonio Alvendia, the choice of this particular Toyota coupe says a lot about who he is—both on and off the clock. “I don’t have two of the same car, I have five of the same car… I’m just kind of a victim of a good deal,” he says.
“The times when I’m not bored is when I’m flying, when I’m flying my hang glider, when I’m racing the M Coupe—because all of a sudden the world moves up to my speed.” Airline pilot Alex McCulloch is a great judge of what it means to travel quickly and effortlessly through the air, and so his choice of a BMW M Coupe is telling.
“I think it’s the car that put Lamborghini on the map,” says Dennis Varni, and we’d have to agree. Owner of a stunning Miura P400 S since 1979, Varni is an enthusiast with varied tastes, from Bonneville Salt Flats racers to a Fiat Topolino. But the Miura…the Miura is in a league of its own. It’s also something that he’d lusted after since he first laid eyes upon one.
What would it take for you to follow a dream? Impossibly small, light, fast, and loud, Alpine sports cars have excelled at just about every form of motorsport they were entered in, but especially rally, and hillclimb competition. The cars are unlike anything else—and are just the thing to inspire a man to restore them…many of them.