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Amazing stuff! What a beautiful car. Is it still a 1600 cc engine? You can tell that Conrad Stevenson is passionate about what he does. Trouble is that when you’re not a pistonhead in the sense that you can fix your car yourself, racing a classic – like my ’72 Giulia – is really not affordable. Or am I making excuses now?
One of the most inspirational videos to date on many levels – thanks Petrolicious for being the conduit for this…as I sit in my office it transports me to a different place and reminds me that indeed, “life is too short”. So cheers to that, this evening I’ll pull the covers of my old Alfa Duetto, avoid this excuse and that excuse, and go for a spin up my local mountain with a massive grin!
Then ponder what I should (more actively) do with my joy machines…keep the videos coming, and most importantly the wonderful personal insights – they enrich the day!
fantastic video showcasing the passion for the race, the car and the lifestyle……@.. 7:25 – life IS too short to do the things you love…..you’re right….dude, you built a car you race in Carrera Panamerica. Solid stuff – loved it!
Todays Carrera Panamerica like all of the so called Classic ‘ Races ‘ [ and I use the word ‘ race ‘ loosely here ] is in fact a pale shadow of what it once was . Now being more a parade to show off ones car as well as a tour/social event with all the dangers and speed of a drive to your local shopping mall in comparison to the historic ‘ real ‘ thing that no longer exists and never will again
The excessive hyperbole dolled out by the participants and promoters of such Historic ‘ Racing ‘ events only exceeded by the pundits who’s sole agenda is to sell advertising space as well as help promote such events in order to do so
But hey . On a positive note . At least its a nice car being featured
TJ Martin: I actually appreciate your contrarian stance and i think that there can certainly be a self-congratulatory quality to certain historic events. However, when it comes to the Carrera Panamericana I feel that we must be seeing two different things or i’m just too dumb to know what racing looks like (there you go, have at me!). While I would certainly be cautious of anyone who compared it directly to the original event, from what i’ve seen it is older cars being pushed hard by a pretty serious crowd.
Today’s Carrera is by far the most demanding and brutal event the vintage car world, and cars do break, and people do get injured or killed. Sure it is not as crazy as the original event, but it is not by any means a “social tour.” I suggest watching the GT Racer series if you want to see how hard the cars are driven. Many cars don’t finish because the roads are so rough and the speeds are so high.
Another killer video from you guys! The ’65 Giulia SS is one of my all time favorites and to see one rescued from hanging on a fence and then purpose built for the Panamericana is really exciting. The passion of the owners and drivers that Petrolicious captures in all of its videos is what keeps me coming back every day.
Just a sidenote, was part of the piece filmed on the 1 where it splits off from 101 and runs through the canyons to the coast? If so, I drove that stretch for the first time last month (in my brother’s Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) and have never had so much fun in my entire life. We did it once with every intention of continuing on down the coast and immediately decided that we needed to turn around and run it again! Unbelievable road and it drives me nuts that I live in Boston and can’t just pop over to drive it whenever I want!