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Porsche 911 – A German Driving Legend in Italy

With its many curves, elevation changes, and natural beauty, the Italian countryside is a perfect place to own a vintage car. Many dream of legendary cars roaming these roads, and when Donato Maniscalco was ten years old, his car of dreams was a Porsche 911. Years later that dream was realized when he purchased a 1968 Porsche 911t. Instead of keeping his collection of cars and his 911 in a garage, Donato observes the rich history of Italian motoring and regularly participates in rallies and drives. Donato can regularly be found whipping his car around the beautiful country hillsides of Italy.

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Carl Lynn
Carl Lynn
3 years 4 days ago

One of the best Petrolicious videos to date, I love it. Great subject, great personality, great location, and a superb 911.

Pedro Oliveira
Pedro Oliveira
3 years 15 days ago

Another week and another fantastic video. Loved the content and the music, they merged very smooth.
Please keep up the good work guys, it’s truly inspirational!

Jason Hoogerbrug
Jason Hoogerbrug
3 years 16 days ago

Brilliant video and background music. Love the original car.

Rolf Skala
Rolf Skala
3 years 16 days ago
Love the videos. For me I’m more interested in the visceral spark that ignites the initial passion, the human insights that define the “why” a particular vehicle is interesting to an individual. The form, the shape the history, music and emotions are entwined. As said previously, the material “what” can be easily found on other chat rooms or forums…my particular virus in Alfa’s but I would not dream of subjecting my anorak catalogue of 60″s Alfa facts and figures to dilute a video. This is not the place for that and it’s why Petrolicious is so enjoyable. Please keep up… Read more »
Ryan Storzbach
Ryan Storzbach
3 years 17 days ago

110 horsepower has never sounded better

Rodney Wren
Rodney Wren
3 years 18 days ago

Again and Again you guys keep producing great videos. Love the video and music from the car and background. Bravo!

Stefano Pasini
Stefano Pasini
3 years 18 days ago

Petrolicious is GREAT. Thanks to everyone on this site for giving us all these pictures…the Goodwood Revival set was nothing short of awesome, and I would add that none of the big classic-cars mags (that cost us a few quid each issue) ever showed us pictures so inspiring as those we saw here. You want to show your ‘purist’ soul? Please, go ahead and make your own site. I’m involved in classic cars since 1977 and I find this site very, very special. All the best from Italy!
Cheers
Dr Stefano Pasini

Jim Valcarcel
Jim Valcarcel
3 years 18 days ago

Thank you Dr. Pasini,

Some of the very best videos that Petrolicious produces are from Italy. The people, the roadways, the trees, and then the cars!

Darin Spyderdog
Darin Spyderdog
3 years 19 days ago
i really enjoy the videos on this site. to say we were hit like a baseball bat by the economic downturn and are still recovering would be a bit of an understatement. as a result im still being somewhat forced to sit on the sidelines of this hobby, and this site in particular sort of correctly captures the feeling of it that i miss so much, and it makes things a little easier. i understand what people are saying in regards to what they deem “missing” from the video segments, but i think they are doing exactly what they are… Read more »
rob
rob
3 years 19 days ago

I have to agree with Jim.Petrolicious……don’t change a thing.

Rik
Rik
3 years 19 days ago

Love the originality of the car and how the driver is really having to Drive! Here is an ad for NOT putting after market seats and a race steering wheel in a car. It just looks like fun.

Jim Valcarcel
Jim Valcarcel
3 years 19 days ago
I’m sorry I’m going to do this, but I’m going to do it! Here is a site that is free! Here is a site that caters to our favorite hobby and has wonderful people talking so kindly of their cars. Here is a site that promotes everything that is good about cars. And then what happens. Certain people have to come along and bitch and piss and moan about, “well I’m not getting this, and I’m not getting that”. Or a few weeks ago the guy that was the RS owner being some kind of jerk. Hey THIS SITE IS… Read more »
Ib Erik Soderblom
Ib Erik Soderblom
3 years 19 days ago

Yes, it’s its free, and I love it, and love the videos.
Thats not it !
I only suggest another angle to it.
If Petrolicious takes any notice of it or not, I don’t know…

Someone having a passion for his car and the story behind it is always well told (and beautifully) on Petrolicious.

Like Donato Maniscalco and his carismatic Porsche !

Horst
Horst
3 years 19 days ago

I agree with Lawrence to a degree, but I disagree that the videos should change.
Petrolicious does sometimes feel like an Abercromie & Fitch Catalog, but thats ok, I dont come here to talk to other gearheads, there are other blogs for that. Sometimes its ok to be all eyecandy and no substance.
If anything, Petrolicious could consider starting another seperate video series.

Kuroneko
Kuroneko
3 years 13 days ago
> Abercromie & Fitch Catalog Bwa ha ha haaa… There’s a fine line between style and being pretentious. To someone devoid of taste, any ‘style’ is pretentious. To someone with a modicum of style, the pretentious threshold pushes out a little. Considering the resources available, what Petrolicious costs us (nothing), and what we get in return, I would suggest they get to wave their pretentious attitude at the rest of us as many times as they like. Plus, I would prefer to stomach people with double-barreled names, extra initials after their names, faux hipster attitudes & mustache, even the odd… Read more »
Andrew Worrell
Andrew Worrell
3 years 19 days ago
Team Petrolicious! Great Video…again. I liked the pseudo James Bond background music as well. What stood out in this video was the in-car video where it showed the driver moving with the car as he was negotiating corners and rowing through the gears. Other than Magnus Walker’s website, you don’t get to see guys really ‘Driving’ their cars like you’ve captured here. Also I thought it was interesting for an Italian gent to be so passionate about a German make. I liked the way he was portrayed as a Gentleman Driver in his button up shirt, tie, sports coat and… Read more »
Xander Cesari
Xander Cesari
3 years 19 days ago

I’ve never driven or ridden in an early air-cooled 911 but from this video and a few others like it I think I know what it’ll feel like. They’re such unique and special cars.

Ib Erik Soderblom
Ib Erik Soderblom
3 years 19 days ago

I totally agree with Lawrence P.
The videos are beautiful, but some oil-carisma is missing…
I wanna see a guy with dirty hands and no knowledge about what a café is !
And there are sooo many Porsches on here…

Vincent P
Vincent P
3 years 19 days ago

This vid inspired me to get out of my office chair drive home at lunch and get the vintage 911 out of the garage and drive it back to the office. Pretolicious, mission accomplished.

Afshin Behnia
Afshin Behnia
3 years 19 days ago

Vincent, you just summarized what our inspiration to start Petrolicious in the first place was all about.

Lawrence Peabody
Lawrence Peabody
3 years 20 days ago
I’ve been watching since the very first video, but I have to say that they are starting to get a little stagnant and repetitive. The videos look slick, but once you get past the surface you start to realize there is not much there. It wouldnt hurt to show the actual engines of these cars, infact I cant even remember the last time there was a substantial shot of an engine or undercarriage of a car in any of your videos. How about some technical info? All we get is some passing comments by the owners, but how about some… Read more »
Xander Cesari
Xander Cesari
3 years 19 days ago
These videos satisfy my ‘slice of life’ automotive tastes. I especially enjoy the ones that highlight how these desirable cars that we’ve all seen pictures of actually fit into someone’s life. Like the Lancia Stratos video or my personal favorite, Morning Ritual with the Ferrari Lusso. Like others have pointed out, there are plenty of technical details available on the web about any of these cars and oftentimes after a Petrolicious video I’ll go look up more information. But for 4 minutes or so, it’s nice to see the car simply presented as a car that someone owns and drives.… Read more »
Afshin Behnia
Afshin Behnia
3 years 19 days ago

Lawrence, I agree that the technical details are important. Our videos are unscripted, and we look for passionate owners who have a connections with the car. Many sites (including wikipedia) already do a great job of providing the technical details, so we didn’t see the need to duplicate that.

Von
Von
3 years 19 days ago
Lawrence, I respectfully disagree. The videos aren’t supposed to be educational or technical; they give a cross section of cars and their owners, you see people from all over the world (literally) driving all sorts of machines and telling the stories of their cars and why they love them. So yes it is a bit formulaic in that sense, but its the format of this “show”. You could say Top Gear is repetitive because its the same guys mostly reviewing cars you’ll never drive let alone purchase, they do some funny stunts with some junkers and then interview someone I’ve… Read more »
Kyle Snarr
Kyle Snarr
3 years 19 days ago

Totally. There are literally THOUSANDS of sites, forums and blogs devoted to “technical articles, ‘how to’ posts” and “articles about tires, tools [and] mechanicals.” Petrolicious is something distinctly different and completely unique. It’s purposefully UNLIKE other automotive sites on the interwebs and for that reason it’s become my hands-down, go-to auto enthusiast digital destination. Petrolicious is all about the art of owning and driving a car with character. You don’t need to have a technical bone in your body to own and love a car of this kind… you just need taste to appreciate it.

Future Doc
Future Doc
3 years 19 days ago
I agree Von. The videos are more to capture the emotional, not the technical, side of cars. I kinda agree that the format is now “less unique” only because I have gotten used to Petrolicious style. At first, it was “wow – new” now, it is not stale but the new-car smell is gone. Then again, I still think the videos are as good if not better than the early videos as “Loud & Fast Art” is my favorite despite having no personal taste in Mustangs. However, I would like to see less ’60/’70s era cars and maybe a few… Read more »
Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange
3 years 19 days ago
There is an engine shot at 1:24 and to be honest there are many great things said about 911’s but I don’t think to many people have complemented the looks of a stock 911 motor. I think your right that the technical specs are interesting if it’s a custom or very rare car but for something like a 911T I for one am more interested in hearing the owners experiences with the car, and look the technical specs up with google afterwards. Changing the subject nice to see a video of a stock early 911 rather than a hot rodded… Read more »
Lawrence Peabody
Lawrence Peabody
3 years 19 days ago
“There is an engine shot at 1:24 and to be honest there are many great things said about 911’s but I don’t think to many people have complemented the looks of a stock 911 motor.” This quote is pretty much embodies the spirit of petrolicious and its videos. Why is it only about looks? Whats wrong with admiring the engineering of a clean stock engine? Why not inform us a little more about the car? Where are the technical articles and ‘how to” posts? Why hasnt there been a single article about tires, tools or mechanicals? Instead we get pretty… Read more »
Christopher Chin
Christopher Chin
3 years 19 days ago

If you want tutorials, how-to’s, and DIY videos and articles, there’s a place called the Internet…mostly community message boards and forums. Petrolicious is about capturing the joy of driving cars with character, which seems to have been lost in the modern day of super-mass produced appliances and overwrought marketing and left in the pages of history. The saying goes, hindsight is 20/20, and everyone’s now beginning to appreciate the originality of classic automobiles. Nobody does this better except Petrolicious…and Top Gear but you can’t compare (small time vs. big time).

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