Thursday, January 22, 2015

Vauxhall VX Lightning

The Vauxhall name though has a long and trusted reputation for building quality cars with fast versions, who can forget the Lotus Carlton or the VX220. The VX Lightening was built to celebrate the centenary of Vauxhall  back in 2003.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

De Tomaso Vallelunga Alloy Body

Now as you know De Tomaso’s are generally rare, the Vallelunga is no exception with only 53 built, however this one is really really rare. During its development 6 alloy bodied prototypes were built by Fissore. Out of those 6 cars built 3 were destroyed under instruction from Fissore and 3 were kept by De Tomaso. This is one of those remaining 3.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Renault 5 Turbo

Group B has a lot to answer for, mostly all good, for turning run of the mill family hatchbacks into mid-engine race fuelled supercars!!!! And the Renault Turbo s no exception.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Random Video: Chevrolet Streamlines (1936)

Now we’ve said this before but the older pre-war films just show how easy it is to demonstrate to the general public how complicated principals work. This film produced by Chevrolet in 1936 easily and practically shows the aerodynamic principles that are used in car design. I love the comment about fully streamlined cars of the future being able to do 120mph while providing economic and efficiency!!! It just shows how far we’ve come with the BMW X1.


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Maserati Khamsin

Now this it a footnote in Maserati sports car production, not only was it the first Bertone styled Maserati but more importantly it’s the only true wedge the company ever produced. It may have been a Kneejerk reaction to the ground breaking Lamborghini Countach, styled by Marcello Gandini of Bertone, only a few years before who also penned this.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Interview: Marshall Foulds Bieber 1977 Scirocco Convertible GTI

Well we’ve been away for a few weeks over the holidays and are now back refreshed and ready for more rare cars. And what a way to start an ultra-rare Bieber Convertible Volkswagen Scirocco Mark 1 GTI no less. With my input on the Scirocco Register I got to interview the owner Marshall Foulds last year about the car and how he found it and what was needed to get it to the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to you all from The Petrol Stop and we've already got a few treats in stall for 2015 including a few interviews, the usual varied car shows as well as more unusual and rare vehicles.