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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.

 

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 / 27 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.

Get Inspired to Follow the Mille Miglia Next Week

Get Inspired to Follow the Mille Miglia Next Week

By Petrolicious Productions / 6 May 2015 / 2 Comments Read More

Exciting news—we’ll be following this year’s Mille Miglia as it happens. Expect both in-depth feature stories, as well as the sights and sounds to be shared on our social media channels. Until then, however, we’ve created a playlist featuring all of the Mille Miglia machines we’ve featured, so that you can get excited about next week’s race!

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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 / 15 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.

This Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona is a V12 Keepsake

This Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona is a V12 Keepsake

By Petrolicious Productions / 31 Mar 2015 / 31 Comments Read More

It’s quite rare to see a 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 “Daytona” pressed into daily service, racking up nearly 40,000 miles in the process. Lange’s dad passed the car onto him at 30—much earlier than promised, so that his son could enjoy the car.

“It just puts a big smile on my face, getting behind the wheel and driving this car,” he says. “But when I first got the car, it scared me. A lot.” With more power and less grip than he was used to, he had to learn how to operate the 12-cylinder “Daytona.”

The BMW R65 is Tailored With a Designer's Touch

The BMW R65 is Tailored With a Designer's Touch

By Petrolicious Productions / 24 Mar 2015 / 6 Comments Read More

Milanese craftsman Franco Augello and his shop Sumisura is now renowned for creating beautifully restored and customized BMW motorcycles, but the story really starts when Augello was just six years old. His grandfather gave Augello a very special Communion gift: a small motorcross bike. Ever since, Augello has been in love with motorcycles.

Petrolicious Weekend Playlist #2

Petrolicious Weekend Playlist #2

By Michael Banovsky / 20 Mar 2015 / 6 Comments Read More

While it’s nice to remember vehicles as shiny, jewel-like objects, but the fact is that vehicles are just better when they’re getting a workout. This week, we’ve picked clips that show (mostly!) vintage rally machines, crews, and fans enjoying one of the very first extreme sports.

From a historic, award-winning film called Climb Dance that is the stuff of legend, to vintage rally films featuring Paddy Hopkirk offering advice to become a better driver, here’s a short selection of some of our favorite rally clips.

Petrolicious Weekend Playlist

Petrolicious Weekend Playlist

By Michael Banovsky / 13 Mar 2015 / 8 Comments Read More

With the current season of Top Gear on hiatus after Jeremy Clarksons as-yet unknown transgression, we realized that there would be time this weekend when millions of enthusiasts would find themselves without their favorite show to watch. In the spirit of capturing and sharing amazing car stories, we’ve created this playlist of car videos that share a common theme: racing. Many are hidden gems pulled from now-digitized film archives, and we’ve tried to balance the action: yes, Jackie Stewart really did recommend the Ford Tempo.

The Nardi-Danese 6C 2500 Has a Legendary Lineage

The Nardi-Danese 6C 2500 Has a Legendary Lineage

By Petrolicious Productions / 10 Mar 2015 / 21 Comments Read More

Upon examination, DeLuna discovered that this old race car was a Nardi-Danese 6C 2500, one of only three ever made. As you might suspect, the “Nardi” in the marque’s name owes its presence to one Enrico Nardi, who would go on to prominence for his beautiful steering wheels but who first made his mark in the car world as a test driver and engineer at Lancia and for Scuderia Ferrari.