Films: This Oakland Racer Fits Just Perfectly
5
UP NEXT
Made To Drive | S3 E1
1967 Plymouth Barracuda Formula S: In Torque We Trust
Become a Member,
Watch the Full Episode

Become a Petrolicious Member to access exclusive content, our new printed magazine - Drive Tastefully Quarterly, member pricing in the P Shop, access to events and more.

Learn more
Made To Drive | S03 E15

This Oakland Racer Fits Just Perfectly

Some people might consider Mr. Brian Bent's lifestyle extreme, an anachronism perhaps. But we have a feeling that he'd be OK with that. You see, when Brian purchased this 1927 Oakland he built the clutch pack himself. He also makes his own 1920s and '30s style surfboards and his own period-correct clothing. Brian applies "Drive Tastefully" to his entire life, making sure that all the pieces fit him.
16
View Comments
Up Next
1967 Plymouth Barracuda Formula S: In Torque We Trust
UP NEXT
Play
Mr. Bob Gough's family moved to France for a few years when he was thirteen years-old and thus he grew up idolizing European sports cars and looking down on American muscle. That was until he discovered the 1967 Plymouth Barracuda Formula S. The ‘Cuda Formula S was upgraded in-house by Plymouth with suspension and brakes, allowing it to keep pace with Europe's best.
1956 Porsche 356A Speedster's Racing Past Shines Through
Play
When new, this was the least expensive Porsche available and had a ‘less is more’ philosophy behind it. Indeed, the car was intended to be taken to the track and be a legitimate club-racing contender. It seems that that’s precisely how this 356 spent a large portion of its early life. Raced around Connecticut, the car racked up trophies and actually won the E-Production Championship in 1963.
Honda Original Fanboy Becomes Twenty-Seven-Year Original Owner
Play
Yesterday, we asked you which Japanese cars helped improve Americans’ opinions. But perhaps it wasn’t the cars as much as the people who bought them. At the young age of fourteen, Mr. Christopher Hoffman helped convince his mother to buy a ’77 Honda Civic wagon. That was just a small, first step in what would become a life-long infatuation with Hondas.
Made To Drive
VIEW ALL

Leave a Reply

Michael Schlenger
Michael Schlenger

This is still my favourite Petrolicious video: A rare and handsome prewar-car, an enthusiastic owner, faboulus music – when are you going to produce something similar? – I mean, classic Porsches, Mercedes and market-oriented collectors are anything but particularly rare these days. But cars like this fantastic Oakland and people like Brian Bent are. I’d wish you’d manage to produce more of that caliber from time to time. Any prewar special would do…

Erik de Vries
Erik de Vries

I have watched this video about seven times in the last two days, having newly discovered Petrolicious only a few days ago. I believe I have learned a few things from Mr. Bent that I’d like to comment on here. * It’s perfectly OK to have been born 75 to 100 years “too late” for the times. I often feel as though I ought to have been born in 1890 and not 1966 as was the case. You can be yourself whatever ear you think you “belong” to. * What other people may think is of no consequence to how… Read more »

Adam
Adam

Having skipped this video previously because I didn’t think it would appeal I should have learnt by now that, regardless of perception each and every video is worth watching; some for the people, some for the cars, some for their stories. This guy and his motor are fascinating….another fantastic video….I love you guys at Petrolicious, great work. Am constantly left smiling each week……..thank you

Justacarguy Blog Jes
Justacarguy Blog Jes

I just met Brian a month or so ago in San Diego because he set up a Hot Rod Garage sale (for clothing) and parked his other hot rod in front of it http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2014/02/oakland-roadster-show.html

Adam Fairfax
Adam Fairfax

Is this Guy the new King of Cool or what? Way to go buddy! That car reminds me of my old 58 Land Rover SWB, totally outrageous, but so individual and so much fun.

Todd Cox
Todd Cox

Rock on. The world needs more characters, and I identify with this guy; perhaps a bit displaced in time and searching for that elemental elegance when it seems like the world was still fresh for exploring. Righteous car, sweet board, and a great way to live a life.

Bravo my friend.

And as always, thanks Petrolicious for yet another glimpse into a unique slice of motor-life.

Eddie Relvas
Eddie Relvas

Absolutely awesome, love the spirit, the style and the machine!

Xavier Corral
Xavier Corral

your car videos are probably the most well executed and beautiful that I’ve seen on the net. However, I just don’t understand your music choices. Piano music and jazz just seems so out of place on many of these. We don’t want to hear rock and roll necessarily but just something that matches the feel a little better. Idk, just my 2cent.

Michael Schlenger
Michael Schlenger

Dear Mr Corral,
You are right: this particular car video is most certainly one of the most well executed and beautiful to be found on the web. Unfortunately, I believe you are also wrong, as regards your opinion on the music chosen. I feel the piano music fits this car and the whole story just perfectly. I use to watch the film every now and then – and still enjoy it immensely.
Best regards
Michael

Jake Williams
Jake Williams

Was I the only person that saw the title and expected a pun of the Oakland Raiders? 😉

Was an amazing car. All the custom fabrication work and the dedication to drive so awkwardly. It must be a blast to take that thing down the coast.

Future Doc
Future Doc

Absolutely fantastic.

Emanuel Costa
Emanuel Costa

Put Brian and is Oakland next to a gangsta with a pimp my ride Escalade and see who’s the real bad ass driver! Very cool video!

pjrebordao
pjrebordao

Fabulous car and a very cool gentleman !
Those old surfboards, where they made of balsa wood ?

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson

Fabulous.

Brian’s legendary status has even stretched to the UK, he’s a regular in Nick Clements’ [url=”http://www.mensfile.com/”]MensFile [/url]magazine. I wondered what he was like and he doesn’t disappoint! Everything he does seems to be done with great verve and taste. It’s well worth checking out the magazine for a modernist/retro take on all sorts of stuff.

Dustin Rittle
Dustin Rittle

What a nice video and what a beast of a car too 😀 I always love seeing videos with cars from brands that no longer exist and that many people most likely don’t know much about as well. I love the parts of the video where he is driving around cause that car looks terrifyingly fun to drive 🙂

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange

Agreed, also looks like it was fairly interesting to be the passenger holding the camera 🙂
Looks like a great example of car and owner complementing each other.