Just the Way it is

The latest from the Guys at Petrolicious –

Mr. James Chen has spent his much of his life immersed in the automotive world, first as a teenager racing compact imports in the Los Angeles area and, later, as the founder and CEO of Axis Sports Tuning, where he elevates autos to their full potential.

Put simply, this man knows cars and he’s a favorite here at Petrolicious. We followed along as he lit up the nighttime streets of Los Angeles in his Ferrari 250 GT Lusso, and we piled into the passenger seat of his Lamborghini Countach for a ride through the hills of Orange County, California.

For the last year, however, we’ve been trying to persuade him to take us out in his favorite car of all, a truly rare American legend. We don’t want to spoil the surprise so we’ll just say that with only 1,105 of these cars ever made, James considers himself lucky to have one at all, let alone one in such original condition. We’ve been asking — actually, begging and pleading — for a ride in this monument to Americana but James always found a way to politely turn us down. He is, he says, willing to share his Ferraris and Lamborghinis and Cadillacs, but he and his family enjoy such a personal relationship with this particular car that he seldom shares it with outsiders.

He finally gave in.

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John Galvin (JSG)
It started at a young age with bedroom posters, the Countach of course. This slowly grew into a super car die-cast model collection, fifty five 1:18 models at the last count. At which point it had almost taken full control, the incurable Mad Car Disease ran deep though my veins all the way to the bone. And things for my loved ones just got worse as the cars where now being bought at 1:1 scale, after a BMW, HSV, and couple of Audi's, the disease reached my brain, pushing me over the edge and down the rabbits hole into the world of the bedroom poster.


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