Featured: Petrolicious Has Won The Jalopnik Film Festival

Petrolicious Has Won The Jalopnik Film Festival

September 28, 2015

Petrolicious has won the third annual Jalopnik Film Festival! To the judges—and to you—thank you.

We’ve been blown away by the response to Building a Dream, and from the moment we learned of Peter Giacobbi’s story, we’ve been so excited to tell it. A homebuilt Ferrari? Yeah, it really is that awesome.

Interestingly, one of the other selections was a Petrolicious parody video—and we’re sincerely flattered (and found it hilarious). If you find Function Factory’s video funny, check out the one we put together few years ago for April Fool’s!

Back to Building a Dream: from the moment comments started pouring in, it was clear that this story has captivated people in a way that we don’t often see, with near-universal praise for Giacobbi’s homage to his heroes. 

Here’s a short Q&A with the director, Miguel de Olaso:

What’s the first thing that stood out when you met Peter for the first time?

His passion. Despite his age, he sounds like a teenager when he talks about his cars. Someone who can live with that passion for so many years is really an inspiration.

The bench shot of Peter tuning the engine is exceptional. How did that scene come about? Does he have multiple engines for this car?

We first met with Peter a week before he put the engine back in his car. He had been restoring it for the last few months, so he had it on a bench. I asked Peter if we could move the engine into the middle of the garage for a “more dramatic” effect under our lights.

You would think the engine would be loud…well, we had earplugs and still that thing was so freaking loud that it hurt. The kind of loud that wakes up babies 3 miles away and shocks elderly people wearing pacemakers.

What should we know about Peter and this car that we don’t see in the video?

You wouldn’t believe how fast, loud and raw the car is in real life. The video doesn’t do justice to the crazy acceleration you can experience in the car. The segment where we see Peter onboard, driving on a winding road doesn’t come close to what you can really experience inside that car.

He’d put to shame many modern sports cars. 400 horsepower in a car that’s probably around 2300 lbs is pretty wild. And he is using “bicycle” tires…you get the idea.

What gear did you use to shoot this video?

The film was shot on a Samsung NX1 that I borrowed from a friend, and a couple zoom lenses. Very minimal gear so we could move fast. We used a SmartSystem slider for the exterior shots. A gimbal for some of the moving shots. And a big prototype soft LED light that my friends are developing.

What are you most proud of about this video?

Getting on board shots was really complicated. The car does not have a single straight surface that you can attach suction cups. And the matte aluminum finish does not help. On top of that, vibrations in the body were huge. So that was a bit of a nightmare that required some re-shoots.

I think capturing Peter’s passion and how these cars drove in the past is what moves people the most. Who wouldn’t like to be like him and be able to build and drive the cars you always dreamed of? 

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Bill Meyer
Bill Meyer(@jack-straw)
5 years ago

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this car up close at a couple of vintage race events at Willow Springs over the last year.
It’s stunning………the stuff of dreams.

6 years ago

Congratulations! Keep it that way! My favourite yt channel and site to visit.

Peter Luká?
Peter Luká?(@peterluk)
6 years ago

[b]Congratulations[/b]. 😉 It´s well deserved win, it´s great video! Real car love.

Scott Allen
Scott Allen(@scottallen)
6 years ago

Wonderful….for all involved, including us viewers.
My favorite film of all, which I have watched several times…and have shared several times.
The car is perfect, the man who made it is humble. I hope to meet him some day.
Few things seem to be more fun than building your own favorite aluminum Ferrari….and sharing it with others.
The whole thing is very inspiring!

Jon Ulrich
Jon Ulrich(@jolrechhotmail)
6 years ago

Well done and good show. I love it when a fellow enthusiast creates a car and drives it for the shear joy of driving. Fantastic.

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger(@gtrslngr)
6 years ago

Cheers and hear hear ! Winning with this one’s no surprise but you’d of killed them knocking it clear out of the ball park and into the next county had y’all entered the Novo Garage one

Douglas Anderson
Douglas Anderson(@dandydoug)
6 years ago

Good on ya !!
The written piece and photo’s were great , the video and commentary superb !!
Congratulations to all involved.

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange(@365daytonafan)
6 years ago

Congratulations on the result and well deserved. It’s also my favourite Petrolicious film of the last 12 months (the one on me and my own car is my second favourite 🙂 ).

I’m curious was there any reason Jalopnik selected this film in particular?

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger(@gtrslngr)
6 years ago
Reply to  Matthew Lange

Seriously ? You’d pick the pastiche Repliracer Ferrari [ that could of been so much more ] video over the absolutely stunning and a heck of a lot more authentic reaching towards documentary short perfection Novo Garage video ? Ehhh … you’re a bit too ‘ F ‘ word biased mate . Allowing the obvious to pass you by … choosing brand loyalty over genuine art and quality . Hmmmn … Been spending a little too much time perhaps around them Ferrari delusional types ?

Afshin Behnia
Afshin Behnia(@afshinb)
6 years ago
Reply to  Matthew Lange

Thank you, Matt!

Regarding the selection process, it’s up to each entrant to choose what film(s) they want to submit for consideration. We submitted two films, and this one was the finalist that made it to the festival. From there, I think it’s the audience that votes on their favorite.

The other film we had submitted was the Mercedes-Benz SLR film with Sir Stirling Moss.

Terence Ward
Terence Ward(@1sysman)
6 years ago

Congrats people. This was the best video/car I’ve seen on here, and there are some amazing vehicles. Loved the video, especially the shot of him working on the engine on the engine stand!

Karl Muth
Karl Muth(@karlmuth)
6 years ago

Fantastic. I’ve had the pleasure of driving two race cars of the era and I can only imagine this man’s connection to his vehicle. What an inspiration.

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger(@gtrslngr)
6 years ago
Reply to  Karl Muth

Ahem .. its not real .. its a repliracer . A well crafted and built repliracer mind you . But a repliracer never the less .

Christopher Gay
Christopher Gay(@christophergay)
6 years ago


Dennis White
Dennis White(@alfa66)
6 years ago

Congrats, well-deserved! A beautifully produced piece. I’ve returned to it a number of times and shared with many. Keep ’em coming!

Dennis White
Dennis White(@alfa66)
6 years ago

Congrats, well-deserved! A beautifully produced piece. I’ve returned to it a number of times and shared with many. Keep ’em coming!