Meet Black Beauty, Jack Olsen’s 1972 Porsche 911 RSR. I love Jack’s philosophy towards building things. He refused to believe that he had to make sacrifices on the street in order to go fast on track. To that end he built Black Beauty to be his one and only recreational car. He packs all of his aero parts, tools and safety gear into the 911 and then drives it to the track. Motivation is provided by a 1995 Porsche 911 engine that makes a little less than 300 horsepower. Jack says, “All of the genius of my particular car is in the suspension and I want to continue tweaking that suspension almost indefinitely. Horsepower is something that looks great in a magazine article, but suspension is what actually gets you around the track fast and this car does a fantastic job because of its suspension.” Couldn’t have said it better myself.
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“No one really owns a vintage car. You’re a caretaker for a certain period of time and that’s the wonderful thing about them; It’s a piece of work that people value. You get a chance to restore it. You get a chance to drive it. You get a chance to take care of it for a certain period of time and you become a piece of the history of that collector car or that vintage race car.” Those are the very wise words of Andy Greene, one of the leading vintage Ferrari mechanics here in the US. Petrolicious brings us the story of how Greene got started in the industry and what it is he loves about working on vintage cars.
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This is the story of a soft-spoken man named Ivan Jaramillo who lives in San-Francisco. He loves cars and has impeccable taste. Ivan is the owner of two of the stalwarts of the Nissan Skyline Legend, a KPGC-10 Hakosuka Skyline and a C110 Kenmeri Skyline. You can tell he’s a real car buy because he’s not afraid to drive these classics in the rain, refuses to install stereos into them and calls them the best purchase decisions he’s ever made. The best part of the video is listening to the triple Mikuni carburetors in both cars drive by the camera.
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There’s something about old Datsuns that seem to inspire a cult following. From the full range of Z-cars to the legendary 510 and the humble little Roadster. The Datsun Roadster hit upon the Miata formula long before Mazda got to it: add Japanese reliability to the fun of a classic British roadster. Petrolicious brings us the story of Dandridge Marsh, a roadster owner whose journey began when he moved to Napa Valley. He wanted to pursue the romantic notion of driving a classic car through the wine country. That pursuit eventually led him to this 1.6 liter Datsun Roadster. It’s definitely not hard to see the appeal with a backdrop like that.
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