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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.

 

These Chevrolet Impalas are a Lifelong Obsession

These Chevrolet Impalas are a Lifelong Obsession

By Petrolicious Productions / 30 Jun 2015 / 6 Comments Read More

“How can you spend 12 hours out there and work on those things all day?” Don Rogers’ wife will sometimes ask, to which he replies, “The day just flew by…I don’t know what happened.” With a love for the iconic Chevrolet Impala, Rogers’ garage is filled with two, both ’64 models. One is a hardtop, the other a convertible. What makes Rogers a bit different from most enthusiasts, however, is that he does all of the work on his cars himself.

The Triple Nickel is More Than a Motorcycle

The Triple Nickel is More Than a Motorcycle

By Petrolicious Productions / 23 Jun 2015 / 9 Comments Read More

London isn’t your typical vintage motorcycle racer, and her steed, a Honda CB160, is not a typical vintage motorcycle. Sold for just one year, the tiny, jewel-like Japanese bike isn’t the easiest to find parts for…but that matters little to London. “I didn’t know that I was the only girl riding…I just knew I wanted to ride,” she says.

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The Mercedes-Benz 280 SL ‘Pagoda’ Was Shaped by Form and Function

The Mercedes-Benz 280 SL ‘Pagoda’ Was Shaped by Form and Function

By Petrolicious Productions / 16 Jun 2015 / 29 Comments Read More

As an architect, Monti has a unique perspective on his beloved family heirloom, a Mercedes-Benz 280 SL. In the family for 30 years, you’d be safe in assuming its crisp lines and form-follows-function details have influenced his take on buildings. But first: did you know its roof was designed to be used as a photographer’s perch?

Freedom on Four Wheels: “La Poderosa” Lives for the Wild

Freedom on Four Wheels: “La Poderosa” Lives for the Wild

By Petrolicious Productions / 9 Jun 2015 / 10 Comments Read More

“This Land Rover is very simple. The idea behind the vehicle is to go as many places as possible, using as few resources as possible,” photographer Sean Reagan says. He, Mittie Roger, and their Land Rover Defender “la poderosa” are on an adventure—with no end in sight.

L’art Novo: Bugatti’s Glorious past Is Alive at Garage Novo

L’art Novo: Bugatti’s Glorious past Is Alive at Garage Novo

By Petrolicious Productions / 2 Jun 2015 / 26 Comments Read More

“I never try and understand why we do this, it’s just natural,” says Jean Novo, “and driving a Bugatti is as natural as driving a modern car, for me it is exactly the same.” What began as the fascinating sight of Bugatti cars thundering around the streets of Paris, Henri Novo became determined to work for the famed French automaker. Now, his son Jean keeps the family business running—as well as a number of very special Bugatti models.

Spirit Lake Motorcycle Creations are True to the Spirit

Spirit Lake Motorcycle Creations are True to the Spirit

By Petrolicious Productions / 26 May 2015 / 6 Comments Read More

What began as building motorcycles in his kitchen became a full-time gig for Brian Sloma. After listing one of his creations on Craigslist, and things just spiralled from there. “You see a car for nothing but a car,” says Brian Sloma, “…even if it has rims, is wrapped, and has wings—it’s still the same car. But you take a bike, you change the tank and the seat…what is it?”

Sir Stirling Moss and the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR #722 are Unbeatable

Sir Stirling Moss and the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR #722 are Unbeatable

By Petrolicious Productions / 12 May 2015 / 29 Comments Read More

Few triumphs have inspired drivers like Sir Stirling Moss’ victory at the 1955 Mille Miglia. Then just 25 years old, driver Moss and co-driver Denis Jenkinson roared through 992 miles of Italian countryside in just 10 hours, 7 minutes, and 48 seconds. Average speed? 98.53miles per hour. Here, Moss tells the story of his victory in his own words.

Fourteen Past Five: The Story of Jewel-Like Italian Sports Car

Fourteen Past Five: The Story of Jewel-Like Italian Sports Car

By Petrolicious Productions / 5 May 2015 / 17 Comments Read More

Inspired by the Parma-Poggio di Berceto, a road race that went past his family home, Fabrizio Lorenzoni desired from an early age to experience the same rush of speed that a racing driver does. With a Fiat 1100 by Stanguellini in the garage, few classics can give the same open air excitement as Lorenzoni’s unique machine.

An Affair with a Luxurious French Brute, the Facel Vega

An Affair with a Luxurious French Brute, the Facel Vega

By Petrolicious Productions / 28 Apr 2015 / 4 Comments Read More

Designed to be a grand tourer beyond reproach, the French brand Facel quickly earned a reputation for style, speed, and quality through the ’50s as it wood the European elite. The company’s slogan was, “For the few who own the finest,” and it’s easy to see why Facel cars are still highly prized today. For restorer Jasper Beukenkamp, Facel cars are a special sort of passion.

The Volkswagen Scirocco Rekindles a Forgotten Fury

The Volkswagen Scirocco Rekindles a Forgotten Fury

By Petrolicious Productions / 21 Apr 2015 / 24 Comments Read More

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.”

This Aston Martin V8 Is a Shared Experience for Father and Son

This Aston Martin V8 Is a Shared Experience for Father and Son

By Petrolicious Productions / 14 Apr 2015 / 14 Comments Read More

“I’ve fallen in love. I don’t have any desire to drive another car. The smell of the leather, the feel of the steering wheel…it’s art,” says Paul Kitchen, half owner of this beautiful 1977 Aston Martin V8 Series 3.

The other owner of the car is Paul’s gearhead dad, Jonathan. After years of hard work, they’ve managed to transform this once ratty, purple-painted barn find into the stunning coupe you see here.

This Volvo P1800 is a Watchmaker's Design Cue

This Volvo P1800 is a Watchmaker's Design Cue

By Petrolicious Productions / 7 Apr 2015 / 15 Comments Read More

John Patterson doesn't live in a typical city, in a typical state…and he certainly doesn't drive the typical car. On the Hawaiian island of Kauai, 105 miles northwest of O'ahu, Patterson designs and builds watches. He also owns a Volvo P1800.