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You Are Shore to Love These Vintage Surf Ads!

You Are Shore to Love These Vintage Surf Ads!

By Petrolicious Productions / 25 Jul 2014
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"Let's go surfin' now, everybody's learnin' how…" Those immortal words helped mainstream a sport once limited to a few select beaches around the Pacific. As the sport's popularity grew, so too did the associated culture, which was about a fun, outdoor, bohemian lifestyle.

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Schooner or Later You Should Check out these Swell Posters

Schooner or Later You Should Check out these Swell Posters

By Petrolicious Productions / 18 Jul 2014
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Even if you’d never even heard of the Gaspé Peninsula when you woke up that morning, you’d likely leave the office that day with tickets in hand after seeing a poster’s promise of maritime adventures in that far-flung corner of Quebec. That’s the magic of these vintage posters: with their striking colors and dramatic lettering, they could have made the other side of the street seem alluring.

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Zero to Sixty in 32.6 Seconds

Zero to Sixty in 32.6 Seconds

By Petrolicious Productions / 11 Jul 2014
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No, the zero-to-sixty time isn't remarkable nowadays, but it wasn't back then either. And frankly, you were probably better off using a calendar to measure this little Honda's acceleration than a stop-watch. But it was fun, didn't cost a fortune, and helped introduce much of the world to Hondas as cars.

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Give Nostalgic Summer Fun a (Tilt-A-) Whirl

Give Nostalgic Summer Fun a (Tilt-A-) Whirl

By Petrolicious Productions / 4 Jul 2014

Remember summer road trips of days past to amusement parks? These postcards remind us of rides that are painted in every color of the rainbow, spin and whiz by at dizzying speed, and leave us exhilarated, wanting to hit the road or just cross town with the family piled into the car to enjoy some summer fun. See you on the Cyclone!

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The Mustang Shooting Brake That Never Was

The Mustang Shooting Brake That Never Was

By Petrolicious Productions / 27 Jun 2014
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The Ford Mustang was an overwhelming, unqualified success, selling over a million units in eighteen months! It was so successful in fact that Ford examined the production of a Shooting Brake option going as far as building two full-size styling bucks...

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Vintage Japanese Racing Photos Include Skylines and Fairladys

Vintage Japanese Racing Photos Include Skylines and Fairladys

By Petrolicious Productions / 20 Jun 2014
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As shocking as it might be to my fellow Americans, we don't hold a patent on the national auto racing series. And similar to NASCAR, Japan's JTCC has been running in different iterations since the late 1960s (yes, we know NASCAR is older). Back then the series was virtually dominated by the C10 Skyline GT-Rs...

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Take a Brief Intermission to Appreciate the Drive-In Theater

Take a Brief Intermission to Appreciate the Drive-In Theater

By Petrolicious Productions / 13 Jun 2014
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In many cases they made more sense than indoor theaters from an economic perspective as well as being more attractive to many different types of moviegoers. First of all, they were great for young families that might be less inclined to take a baby to the movies. Teens with access to a car liked dark drive-ins for the obvious reasons...

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These Toyota Starlet Commercials and Japanese Designs Win

These Toyota Starlet Commercials and Japanese Designs Win

By Petrolicious Productions / 6 Jun 2014
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There's something so great about vintage Japanese car brochures—this one features the 1984 Starlet. Maybe it's the graphic nature of the Japanese characters that makes Japanese brochures look design-y and interesting, or maybe it's the use of lots of bright colors. Don't miss the 1981 Starlet commercials at the bottom of the article!

 

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Vintage Postcards Are Worth Writing Home About

Vintage Postcards Are Worth Writing Home About

By Petrolicious Productions / 23 May 2014

Memorial Day in the US isn't technically the beginning of summer, but it might as well be. It marks the beginning of consistent warm weather, beach days and barbecues, road trips and rallies. Here are a bunch of fun vintage postcards with cool typography, lettering, and illustrations that feature greetings from various cities. If you're traveling this weekend, pick up a few of your own.

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Mid-Century Motels Have Us Longing for Summer Travel

Mid-Century Motels Have Us Longing for Summer Travel

By Becca Clason / 16 May 2014
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As cars became more reliable in the US and people began venturing further from home, motorists' hotels—or motels—began springing up, most featuring Googie-style architecture with brightly colored paint and fun lettering on their neon signs. As with most mid-century modern architecture and signage, it's a shame that more of these lodgings weren't preserved as they were in their day.

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Vintage VW Bus Photos Have Us Longing for the Road

Vintage VW Bus Photos Have Us Longing for the Road

By Petrolicious Productions / 2 May 2014
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The VW Bus may not be the most luxurious camper, it may not have invented the breed, nor is it the biggest, most spacious land-yacht. But it's a simple, flexible, and efficient home that you can take anywhere. Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the VW Camper is that it looks as equally at home camping at the foot of the Alps as it does in vast, deserted American canyons.

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