The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio: A Study In Racing Genetics

Join us this week as we drive through the history of Alfa Romeo’s motorsport lineage and kick the tail out on a Giulia Sprint 1600 GTA, TZ-1, Giulia TI Super, and the new Giulia Quadrifoglio.

A conversation about the history of driving is at any given time no more than a few words away from the land of red racing cars and coach-built curves, and when talk does inevitably land in Italy, you should start with Alfa Romeo. If motorsport enters the discussion, you must—there would be no prancing horses without the cross and serpent, after all.

See the photoshoot and further info here: http://petro.li/AlfaRomeoQuadrifoglioDNA

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1969 Mercury Cyclone CJ: An American Pastime

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In this week’s Made to Drive episode we recall less wintry weather in the heartland of the country as we join Cy Schmidt for a late afternoon cruise along the backroads of Ohio in his 1969 Mercury Cyclone CJ. The last two letters designate the V8 under hood as a special one, and at this moment we can’t think of many verbal twosomes possessing as many promises of giddy smoking-tire fun as the words “Cobra Jet”—and the base car, the Cyclone, was named after a fence-ripping, cow-tossing fit of natural aggression to begin with.

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1966 Ford Mustang Convertible: The Original Pony Car

This week we put the top back on Greg Stanley’s 1966 Mustang Convertible to indulge in the unrestricted sounds of its four-barrel carb while we adopt a simpler, more mechanical notion of the American muscle car. Indeed, many a minivan will out-accelerate it today, but the drama and involvement of the senses that comes with cars like the original Mustang is a timeless pleasure. Complete with the original window sticker and plenty of documentation, Greg’s example is a prime example of this motoring icon.

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Paul Newman’s Datsun 280ZX: An American Legend From Japan

Join us this week as we follow Kevin Doran’s ex-Paul Newman Datsun 280Z to the track and hear the history of this enthusiast’s dedication to the arts and sciences of speed. Kevin Doran has been around motorsports for the majority of his life, from watching his dad racing on short track ovals to working on an IndyCar team straight out of high school, he’s been in or under fast cars for quite a while.

See the behind the scenes photoshoot here: http://petro.li/NewmanDatsun

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The Le Mans-Winning Chevrolets: Corvette C1 Coupe and C6.R

For the first Made to Drive installment in 2018, we got back together with our good friend and all-around good guy Bruce Meyer and a pair of American heroes from his impressive collection. We met up with him and his ‘Vettes at Thermal Club for some track time in these iconic endurance racers—specifically, the Briggs-Cunningham-prepared C1 that brought the Corvette name to Le Mans for the first time in 1960, along with the indomitable force of red-blooded horsepower that won its class in 2009, known simply as the C6.R.

See the on-track photoshoot of both cars here: http://petro.li/LeMansCorvettes

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You Don’t Drive An Alpine A110, You Wear It

We’ve been lucky over the years to have had the chance to not only see a few Alpine A110s in the metal, but to actually drive them. As an office we’ve had this saying for a while that “you don’t really drive an A110, you wear it.” It’s somewhat of a running joke that has been tough to describe to outsiders. Any time the marque or model was mentioned, that phrase would come out and we’d all chuckle. That was until we decided to make a short film, the latest in our “Morning Coffee” series about what that experience is like.

The cockpit is so intimate, so snug, so perfectly purpose built that it’s akin to applying a wetsuit to yourself to go surfing. There’s a certain ritual to the way you have to prepare to get in the car, to turn the key in the ignition, the whole thing is just so personal.… READ THE REST

The Porsche 911: Reimagined By Singer, Driven By Enthusiasts

Follow Petrolicious into the heartland of America as we pay a visit to Indiana to meet Matt Euson and his Porsche 911 reimagined by Singer Vehicle Design. Whether it’s a quick jaunt to the office, picking up the kids from football practice, or tearing through the secluded snakes of tarmac outside of town, this 911 is driven as it was built to be.

See the accompanying photoshoot here: http://petro.li/911reimaginedbySinger

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