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Three is Enough

Three is Enough

By Petrolicious Productions / 15 Jan 2015
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A German sports car, Italian coupé, and British roadster, all of which are four-speed manuals and from the ‘60s before regulations began homogenizing car design. This is the common idea that unites my trio. The varied forms and driving experiences serve to highlight their similarities and differences...

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Long Walks to BMW Are a Badge of Honor

Long Walks to BMW Are a Badge of Honor

By Petrolicious Productions / 13 Jan 2015
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I had been searching for the kind of car that when I walk away from it and look back, I'd smile (and I still do that every time). Every guy from my class thinks I'm a fool when I park the BMW a kilometer from my school because the spaces are too tight and I'm afraid my doors will get dinged, but I wear it as a badge of honor.

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These Alpines are French National Treasures

These Alpines are French National Treasures

By Petrolicious Productions / 8 Jan 2015
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The Vallée de Chevreuse, southwest of Paris, is a green and peaceful area full of forests and open country, crossed by roads that become regional classic car enthusiasts’ favorite playgrounds on weekends. We are three friends fond of Alpines: Jean-Pascal, Eric, and of course Antony, our talented photographer who accompanied us to shoot.

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From Tractors to a Classic Mercedes Coupé

From Tractors to a Classic Mercedes Coupé

By Petrolicious Productions / 6 Jan 2015
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I grew up driving tractors on a dairy farm, but the first car I drove on a regular basis, after I got my driver's license, was my parent's 1993 Mercedes 220E. It was very rusty, the suspension was worn, the exhaust was held up by a bit of wire and every gear change with the 4-speed automatic had a chance of breaking your back. But driving that car had left quite an impression on me.

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From Cards to Cars, Porsche 911 is a Lifelong Love

From Cards to Cars, Porsche 911 is a Lifelong Love

By Petrolicious Productions / 23 Dec 2014
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My favorite drive is a yearly ritual. Annually, for the past six years, my son and I drive three hours to Limerock Race Park in Lakeville to attend the Historic festival. The drive through the Berkshires and eventually down Rt. 7 is great. It's great mostly because it's just me and Finn in our Porsche. But the road is twisty and undulates perfectly for the 911...

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This Alfa Romeo 1750 Spider is a Family Jewel

This Alfa Romeo 1750 Spider is a Family Jewel

By Petrolicious Productions / 18 Dec 2014
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Interest soon turned into a childhood obsession when my father dragged home a ‘71 1750 Spider as a salvaged wreck. I was overwhelmed with this roofless, [bent], red bullet. It was 1978, I was eleven years old and instant Alfa nut. I poured over the shinny Spider brochure on the coffee table and dreamed of one day owning an Alfa Romeo...

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One goal and Four Honda CBXs Later

One goal and Four Honda CBXs Later

By Petrolicious Productions / 16 Dec 2014
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I made a promise to myself never to crash a car on the street. After a few years I decided to up the challenge and include motorcycles on that promise. I first began riding a CBX while working as a salesman at a Honda/Kawasaki dealer. It was a demo '81 CBX. Smitten, I put 24k miles on it in a year and after quitting, I bought my own 1981 Honda CBX.

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Mercury Cyclone Squeezes Every Drop of Octane from Summer

Mercury Cyclone Squeezes Every Drop of Octane from Summer

By Petrolicious Productions / 11 Dec 2014
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Always on the lookout for new projects, I stumbled over this Mercury Cyclone for sale (online) and jumped on the phone. I went to have a look and it was just awesome, I knew that it was the car for me. I hadn't seen one of these in this condition before. That and the fact that it's rare made it even more appealing, I really like going to car meets and being the only one with this model.

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Mercedes-Benz AMG Baby Hammer Is a Dream Fulfilled

Mercedes-Benz AMG Baby Hammer Is a Dream Fulfilled

By Petrolicious Productions / 2 Dec 2014
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In 1993, a few years after my frequent encounters with the Baby Hammer, I became a respiratory therapist and worked the night shift at Olive View Medical Center in Sylmar, CA. During my down time I always looked at the LA Times automotive section used-car ads and a one liner ad caught my attention: it read "190E 3.2 AMG $18,500". Curiosity overwhelmed me...

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Driver Yearns for a Few More Horses, Fiat Steps In

Driver Yearns for a Few More Horses, Fiat Steps In

By Petrolicious Productions / 27 Nov 2014
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Once the kids grew a little older I sold off the Vespa and with a little extra money, I bought a nice little two-tone Autobianchi Bianchina Panoramica that was a real head-turner! Alas, it was also painstakingly slow to drive in traffic and after four years my right foot yearned for a few more horses. That's where the Fiat 124 Sport Coupe entered the picture and I went from 17hp to 110hp!

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