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.
How many classic car owners can point to the single car in their collection that embodies their automotive education? How many enthusiasts can point to one vehicle that set them on their life path? On both fronts, Adam Martin certainly can. As a sixteen year-old in 1990s Minnesota, Martin used his pizza-making earnings to buy a ridden-hard, primer-gray 1968 Chevrolet Camaro...
When the Caccavos made the “$10,000 Rule,” Dean was on the hunt for a BMW E28 M5. He found a 1988 model for just under $9,500, snapped it up, and today, more than 200,000 miles later, it’s still his daily driver. Dean enjoyed the E28 platform so much that he eventually bought a 1987 535is for DonnaRae–for less than $10,000, of course.
As an enthusiast who has run the modern Mille Miglia five times, Carl Gustav Magnusson didn’t have to think long about which car he wanted when he began planning his sixth run. In his previous five races, each driven with a different family member by his side, Magnusson had piloted a Fiat Abarth Zagato 750 GT Corsa, a car that more than makes up for its small stature by packing a whollop of pedigree, performance, and noise.
Borne had been racing in the French Supermoto series for years, so he was no stranger to risk but his decision to move into his grandparent’s long-vacant farmhouse in a village on the outskirts of Paris and devote himself to rebuilding classic Porsches nevertheless required a new level of gumption on his part. Borne has since focused his energies on the Porsche 912...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.