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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.

 

One Vespa Leads to Another

One Vespa Leads to Another

By Petrolicious Productions / 25 Nov 2014 / 13 Comments Read More

When he was six years old, Peter Maas nabbed his grandfather’s garage key and snuck into his own future. Inside the shop, he found himself captivated by the shelves of carburetors and spark plugs, and old pictures of his grandpa’s TT racing days at Assen. From that moment on, Maas was obsessed with old things, and especially with old things that motored about on two wheels.

The Toyota Sports 800 Is a Forefather of Fun

The Toyota Sports 800 Is a Forefather of Fun

By Petrolicious Productions / 18 Nov 2014 / 16 Comments Read More

Start with the Lexus LFA and trace your way back through Toyota’s sports car lineage, pausing along the way to admire the Supra, the MR2, the AE86, the Celica, and the 2000GT. But don’t stop there: follow the Japanese carmaker’s family tree to the very root of its sports cars and you’ll find the Sports 800, known to its legions of fans as Yota-hachi.

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These Datsun 240Zs Are Animals to Drive

These Datsun 240Zs Are Animals to Drive

By Petrolicious Productions / 11 Nov 2014 / 9 Comments Read More

The only thing rarer than the sight of a Datsun 240Z in the English countryside is the sight of two 240Zs in the English countryside. Spend enough time on the backroads of Kent, however, and chances are Mel Streek and his son, Ollie, will scream past you in their pair of Z cars.

Lamborghini Owner Enjoys Urraco Despite Traumatic Bond

Lamborghini Owner Enjoys Urraco Despite Traumatic Bond

By Petrolicious Productions / 4 Nov 2014 / 29 Comments Read More

Originally intended as “the workingman’s Lamborghini,” the Urraco’s 1975 price tag of $22,500 (approximately $98,000 in 2014 dollars) meant that the cars often ended up in peoples' hands who could afford to buy them but couldn't keep up with the maintenance costs of an Italian exotic. Ondrusek would soon learn this firsthand...

Outlaw Porsches Are a Family Tradition

Outlaw Porsches Are a Family Tradition

By Petrolicious Productions / 28 Oct 2014 / 19 Comments Read More

By the time he was ten years old, Rod had spent countless hours in the shop with his father and grandfather as they pulled bumpers, louvered decklids, and painted numbers on the sides of Porsche 356s. Eventually, family friends dubbed the Emorys “outlaws,” referring both to the cars themselves as well as to the their relegation to the parking lot during big Porsche events.

This Ferrari 512 M Changed the Racing World Forever

This Ferrari 512 M Changed the Racing World Forever

By Petrolicious Productions / 14 Oct 2014 / 26 Comments Read More

When the Sunoco Ferrari 512 M first appeared at Daytona in 1971 it was a revelation. Manned by a dream team, the car combined Ferrari’s pedigree with Penske’s legendary attention to detail in everything from his crew’s uniforms to the polished wheels. Slated to run at Daytona, Sebring, Le Mans, and Watkins Glen, this 512 M was the odds-on favorite every time it rolled onto the starting grid.

Alfa Romeo Sprint Speciale is a Racing Statement

Alfa Romeo Sprint Speciale is a Racing Statement

By Petrolicious Productions / 30 Sep 2014 / 37 Comments Read More

Revived in 1988, today’s Carrera Panamericana is still dangerous, fast, grueling, and addictive, as driver Conrad Stevenson can attest. Stevenson got his first taste of the race in a friend’s Studebaker in 2001. After a couple more years of participating in friends’ cars, Stevenson decided it was time to build a car of his own, in this case a 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale.

Ferrari GTO Film Selected for Jalopnik Film Festival

Ferrari GTO Film Selected for Jalopnik Film Festival

By Petrolicious Productions / 25 Sep 2014 / 8 Comments Read More

Back in late April, we debuted the above video starring one of the last Ferrari GTOs and Mr. Derek Hill, a racing driver in his own right and son of the first American Formula One Champion, Mr. Phil Hill, who also drove the car when it was new. Before it went live, many of us in the Petrolicious office watched it more than once enjoying the sights and sounds over and over. After it went live it seems that many of you did the same thing...

Ur-Quattro gave Audi All-Wheel Dominance

Ur-Quattro gave Audi All-Wheel Dominance

By Petrolicious Productions / 23 Sep 2014 / 21 Comments Read More

In the late 1970s, Audi engineers started toying with the idea of pairing a turbocharged engine with the Volkswagen Group’s four-wheel-drive platform. The result, in 1980, was the Ur-Quattro (Ur being German for “original”), a car that would ultimately change Group B rally racing and, in time, the way sports cars were prepared.

Lancia 037 Group B Represents Last Era of Racing Romance

Lancia 037 Group B Represents Last Era of Racing Romance

By Petrolicious Productions / 16 Sep 2014 / 16 Comments Read More

“It’s not like [the 037] was just a sports car designed for people who wanted to go fast,” says Phil. “This was designed for a purpose, and I love things that were designed specifically for a purpose, like a tool–except it's a fast tool that scares the crap out of you.”

A Mini Gives You Instant Rockstar Status

A Mini Gives You Instant Rockstar Status

By Petrolicious Productions / 9 Sep 2014 / 34 Comments Read More

There are certain cars that define a place and time. Cars that are so part of the culture that they helped to define it. The Mini is one of them. But why is that? Well, as Mr. Sumner Norman explains, it's because the Mini was ubiquitous–everyone bought one, be it moms shopping for groceries or international recording stars like the Beatles who recognized its universal appeal.

Load the Land Rover and Go

Load the Land Rover and Go

By Petrolicious Productions / 2 Sep 2014 / 15 Comments Read More

On any given day, Pav can be found shooting anything from a 1932 Daimler Double-Six in one corner of the United States to a Jaguar D-Type on the opposite side of the continent. If he’s at home in California, however, odds are you’ll find Pav in the seat of a ride defined by its simplicity: his 1973 Land Rover Series III.