The Petersen Brings a Little (miss) Sunshine To The Petrolicious Rally

At 30, I still like to consider myself a relatively young man. As such, it pretty much takes an act of Congress to get me out of bed before 8am on a Saturday. Well, an act of Congress or the promise of some of Southern California’s finest vintage automobiles and 100+ miles of canyon driving through some of Malibu’s… » 6/29/15 8:56am Monday 8:56am

Why Does The Alitalia Lancia Stratos Wear The Perfect Race Car Livery?


Every motorsport fan has a favorite driver, a favorite team and a favorite car, but how many can mention a favorite racing car livery, so easily? Fortunately, I can think of many—and that’s why, in my regular series, we’ll be bringing you a collection of outstanding examples of motor racing liveries, both well-known… » 5/26/15 3:18pm 5/26/15 3:18pm

What Was So Special About The Mille Miglia?

Mille Miglia! Never two words ever sounded so daring and evocative when put together. People always seem to take a moment to pronounce them with the right amount of emphasis, just if they want to stress how important this event is. As a matter of fact, the Mille Miglia has always been a sensation, a race followed… » 5/15/15 7:30pm 5/15/15 7:30pm

Listen to the Triumph TR-7's Epic Crime Movie-Inspired Soundtrack

You may think it strange, but I enjoy listening to the type of soundtrack music you might find on a film like Get Carter, Bullitt or The Ipcress File. Much crime drama TV produced during the ’70s used these films as their model, and a huge number were produced all requiring incidental music. Amazingly, this music was… » 5/12/15 5:49pm 5/12/15 5:49pm

The Unlikely Story of How Porsche DNA Probably Ended Up On Your Car

Porsche and the rear window wiper are inexorably linked in the annals of automotive history. And for good reason. While rear wipers were around as an accessory as far back as the 1940s, they never became commonplace. In the mid-fifties, interest picked up a bit in Italy. In 1955, Ferrari installed a pair on a 250 GT… » 5/07/15 5:11pm 5/07/15 5:11pm

Why Is Iran's National Car More Interesting Than You May Think?

Petrolicious recently sat down with Shaheen Armin, a young man who quit his job designing new cars in the U.S. in order to create a documentary about a nearly unknown classic car. The Paykan, or “Arrow” in Persian was made in Iran since the ’60s, becoming known as “the national car of Iran” mostly because it was made… » 4/30/15 2:12pm 4/30/15 2:12pm

Five Reasons To Drive A "Super" Beetle

Rare? Hardly—the Volkswagen Type 1 is nearly as numerous as the Coleptera order from which they take their nickname, Beetle. A ubiquitous feature of the motoring landscape of the ‘60s and ‘70s, these curvy-carapaced creatures survived well into the modern age, and are still a common sight around the world. » 4/23/15 4:17pm 4/23/15 4:17pm

The Petrolicious Guide to Driving Tastefully in Italy

Recently our friends at Jalopnik, specifically the talented Michael Ballaban, wrote an insightful piece on the seeming insanity of driving in Italy. Ballaban's experience as an American driving for the first time in Italy are spot on, but it did compel me to share a different perspective on Italian driving. » 4/13/15 5:05pm 4/13/15 5:05pm