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Let’s Go To The Auto Show!

Let’s Go To The Auto Show!

By Petrolicious Productions / 21 Aug 2015
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Just how are you able to get people to attend an auto show? A big promotion helps, but our favorite has long been the simple event poster. Usually featuring some incredible artwork never to be seen again, we’ve recently started geeking out over vintage auto show posters from around the world.

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How Well Do Couples Match To Cars?

How Well Do Couples Match To Cars?

By Petrolicious Productions / 14 Aug 2015
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We’ve seen a lot of old automaker publicity photos, and no doubt so have you. Recently, however, we’ve noticed a discord in some images between the models chosen and vehicles they’re posing with—and it got us thinking: is it possible for a car to perfectly match a couple?

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What’s the Best Way to Sell Tires?

What’s the Best Way to Sell Tires?

By Petrolicious Productions / 7 Aug 2015
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In years gone by, advertisers have come up with countless ideas—both compelling and not—on how to add a little bit of style, sex, and intrigue to the business of selling tires. These vintage ads almost inspire us to run out and buy a set of biasply tires, however!

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Some Assembly Required

Some Assembly Required

By Michael Banovsky / 31 Jul 2015
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Have you visited an automotive assembly plant? I have been to several, but sadly, we’re in the age of robotics and just-in-time delivery for everything, and even when a line is running at full tilt there doesn’t seem to be much going on. Not what you may expect from a factory, at least.

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The Weekend Is All About The Pits

The Weekend Is All About The Pits

By Petrolicious Productions / 24 Jul 2015
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We read a lot about cars, and when reviewing historical racing books we often sink into photos of how the pits used to look. Far more casual, with—depending on the era—a number of dangerous-looking details, the pit lane used to be a place you could hang out during a race. How things have changed.

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Remember When Good Car Stereos Were Aftermarket?

Remember When Good Car Stereos Were Aftermarket?

By Michael Banovsky / 17 Jul 2015
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The best car stereo I’ve heard was the first version made for the Audi A8 by Bang & Olufsen. I heard the system in 2009, and it blew me away—and that’s not something I say lightly. I’m a big fan of listening to great music, loud, in the car. For people like me, however, things used to be much different.

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Step Into The Studio

Step Into The Studio

By Petrolicious Productions / 10 Jul 2015

When automotive styling studios began to prove their worth after the Second World War, every automaker tried to not only hire the best designers they could find, but also to keep future creations hidden from prying eyes. These days, decades after the curtains have been lifted on numerous old cars and concepts, we’re now able to have a look into how automaker styling studios used to look.

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Vacationing The Vintage Way

Vacationing The Vintage Way

By Petrolicious Productions / 3 Jul 2015
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In much of the U.S., today is a holiday in advance of the 4th of July, and we’ll be hitting the open road in search of, well, something fun to do this weekend. Being the old advertisement junkies that we are, a quick browse through our archives shows that the world of travel seemed much more simple back in the day.

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The Art And Design Of Classic Helmets

The Art And Design Of Classic Helmets

By Petrolicious Productions / 26 Jun 2015
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If you’re like most enthusiasts who enjoy watching or participating in racing, you’re no doubt already picking out your favorite drivers and riders from afar by their helmet designs. Today’s Vintage Friday is in appreciation for those helmet designs we love and, frankly, wish would return to motorsport.

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What’s On The Inside Always Matters

What’s On The Inside Always Matters

By Michael Banovsky / 19 Jun 2015
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Much—perhaps too much—writing about classic cars focuses on exterior styling. Yes, the Ferrari 250 GTO and Jaguar E-Type are lovely creatures to behold, but as an enthusiastic driver, the inside of a car matters far more to me than what’s on the outside. And the more modern cars get, well, the less I tend to like its interior! Do you feel the same?

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The Joys of Spectating Tastefully

The Joys of Spectating Tastefully

By Michael Banovsky / 5 Jun 2015
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This weekend is my “home” Formula 1 race in Montreal, Canada, an event I attended yearly for the longest time with my dad. Why am I telling you this? Because even though I can wrangle press passes to just about anything, I think it’s much more fun to be a spectator.

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It’s Important to Earn Your Stripes

It’s Important to Earn Your Stripes

By Michael Banovsky / 29 May 2015
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I prefer my vehicles on the modest side of subdued, and picked the grey metallic—grigio—paint when ordering my 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth. At the time, the only one available with the options I wanted also had black side stripes—which I had the dealer remove. Why? I don’t deserve stripes, and you may not, either.

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