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Aurel Niculescu

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Once upon a time there was a little boy that didn't know his age but dreamed of reaching high in the sky alongside the absolute best aviators. He was passionate about reading books (action and Sci-Fi), grew up with many great authors and soon discovered the mirage of cinema.

There he understood anything is possible if you work hard and passionately strive to follow your imagination. This is how at the age of 16 he managed to fulfill the first dream – flying alone in a glider plane. He was no Tom Cruise, of course, so young adulthood brought him back to reality.

With every kick in the familiar *utt comes a chance to step forward, so a seemingly unimportant ad in one of his favorite automotive magazines brought a dilemma - follow through with the current job or dare to achieve greatness by deploying (previously) unknown literary skills.

After around a decade and a half of trying to perfect them – well, he’s a slow learner – and after driving some of the best and worst cars in Europe, he’s a proud part of the team for an international publication: autoevolution. Here, he hopes to develop his best-ever form, and way faster than before.
Lotus Thinks a Bevy of Elise and Exige Final Editions Is the Proper Send-Off
Lotus Thinks a Bevy of Elise and Exige Final Editions Is the Proper Send-Off

8 Feb 2021, 11:30 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / At the end of January, Lotus Cars teased a trio of upcoming sports cars that were still hiding under the wraps. The teaser brought with it the promise of seeing the first member of the “Lotus Type 131” family sometime this year before p...

 
HPE900 Dodge Charger Hellcat Meets the Mighty Demon, Huge Gap Calls for Rematch
HPE900 Dodge Charger Hellcat Meets the Mighty Demon, Huge Gap Calls for Rematch

8 Feb 2021, 10:54 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / The Texas tuner has been extremely interested in checking out the all-out performance of a European supercar these early days of 2021. However, it’s now back to domestic business as it throws a couple of Mopars in the mix: one with an almost ...

 
Forced Induction Ford F-150s Try to Enact Truck Supremacy Over GT500 and Supra
Forced Induction Ford F-150s Try to Enact Truck Supremacy Over GT500 and Supra

8 Feb 2021, 10:07 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / There's a reason (or a ton of them) the Blue Oval’s F-Series has been dominating the American pickup truck market over the past 44 years. Just to show how flexible this truck platform really is, here’s a couple of recent F-150 unit...

 
Nomad GCS Takes the Idea of Tactical Command Vehicles to TCV-Max Level
Nomad GCS Takes the Idea of Tactical Command Vehicles to TCV-Max Level

8 Feb 2021, 08:58 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / We have gone through a very rough period, and the current state of the world has shown – for better or worse – that we live in a deeply connected world. But that brings with it a host of additional challenges, such as deploying and assi...

 
2015-2017 Ford F-150 Can Fake a Serious Case of Roush Performance for Just $899
2015-2017 Ford F-150 Can Fake a Serious Case of Roush Performance for Just $899

8 Feb 2021, 08:20 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Almost everyone is talking about the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor and wonders if the Blue Oval will actually surpass the 2021 Ram TRX's extreme power with the upcoming Raptor R version or not. But that doesn't mean current owners of the stock p...

 
Tag Heuer Porsche Strategic Partnership Includes $6k Carrera Special Edition
Tag Heuer Porsche Strategic Partnership Includes $6k Carrera Special Edition

7 Feb 2021, 09:35 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Swiss luxury watch manufacturer Tag Heuer and Porsche are old business acquaintances, but as it turns out, it was just recently that everything became an official strategic brand partnership. From now on, we should expect interesting new things fro...

 
2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo Helps “Mr. E” Turn More Humane in Alternative Ad
2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo Helps “Mr. E” Turn More Humane in Alternative Ad

7 Feb 2021, 07:35 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Because the 2021 Super Bowl promises to be an incredible global show, we already know major companies – automakers being chief among them – are investing millions in a bid to catch everyone’s attention. But here’s an alterna...

 
$265k Bowlus Terra Firma Trailer Is a Pet-Friendly Luxury Hotel on Wheels
$265k Bowlus Terra Firma Trailer Is a Pet-Friendly Luxury Hotel on Wheels

6 Feb 2021, 09:35 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Almost nine decades ago, Hawley Bowlus was an accomplished designer, aerospace engineer, and the builder of the legendary Spirit of St. Louis aircraft. Additionally, he was the creator of the original Bowlus Road Chief luxury trailer – an aer...

 
Low-Mileage 1974 AMC Javelin AMX Had a Single Owner For the Past Three Decades
Low-Mileage 1974 AMC Javelin AMX Had a Single Owner For the Past Three Decades

6 Feb 2021, 08:35 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / People shouldn’t look back in anger towards some of the ugly duckling pony car designs of the 1970s just because of easy examples such as the second-generation Mustang or this final-year 1974 AMC Javelin AMX. They had their merits &ndash...

 
Lingenfelter 2021 C8 Chevy Corvette Is Matched by SEMA-Quality Classic for $3
Lingenfelter 2021 C8 Chevy Corvette Is Matched by SEMA-Quality Classic for $3

6 Feb 2021, 07:35 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Another year, another strong start from the Dream Giveaway organization. This time around, General Motors enthusiasts are in for the latest Corvette treat. And, best of all, anyone chipping in at least $3 to the charity raffle will stand a chance t...

 
2021 Ford F-150 Raptor Gets Spotted Catching Massive Air During Commercial Shoot
2021 Ford F-150 Raptor Gets Spotted Catching Massive Air During Commercial Shoot

5 Feb 2021, 15:43 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / The Blue Oval has just presented the all-new 2021 F-150 Raptor, but an entire world was caught by surprise as the company was reluctant to offer all the specifications at once. As such, the horsepower and torque ratings remain a mystery, and it tur...

 
The Carbon Fiber Revival of the Original Shelby GT500 “King of the Road” Is Here
The Carbon Fiber Revival of the Original Shelby GT500 “King of the Road” Is Here

5 Feb 2021, 14:49 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / We first heard about Classic Recreations’ endeavor to bring to life an exact copy of the Shelby GT500 Mustang with a carbon fiber body less than a year ago. Fast forward to the early days of February 2021, and the specialist shop has already ...

 
1970 Chevrolet El Camino SS Tastefully Mates 396 V8 With Tremec Six-Speed
1970 Chevrolet El Camino SS Tastefully Mates 396 V8 With Tremec Six-Speed

5 Feb 2021, 14:06 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / While today the Chevrolet El Camino is a cult classic that will provoke a lot of owners to do their longest burnout ever when faced with the inevitable “it’s me or that car” from their (formerly) significant other, times were a bi...

 
Frame-Off Restored 1964 Chevy C10 Looks Ready for Spring at a Whisker Under $50k
Frame-Off Restored 1964 Chevy C10 Looks Ready for Spring at a Whisker Under $50k

5 Feb 2021, 13:08 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / General Motors’ C/K series of trucks for the Chevrolet and GMC brands was born more than six decades ago, yet the original generation continues to attract classic vehicle buyers with its timeless styling and sturdy build. Sure, even these wor...

 
Be Ready for Any Outdoor Adventure With the 2021 Toyota Hilux AT35 for £18,780
Be Ready for Any Outdoor Adventure With the 2021 Toyota Hilux AT35 for £18,780

5 Feb 2021, 12:17 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Toyota recently introduced the 2.8-liter Hilux Invincible X Double Cab across the UK market as a stylish take on the rugged workhorse pickup truck. It goes for £39,675 (roughly $54,261 at the current exchange rates). That's a far cry fro...

 
Stellantis Kicks Off 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat Output, It's Still Sold Out
Stellantis Kicks Off 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat Output, It's Still Sold Out

5 Feb 2021, 11:05 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / We have great news for anyone who managed to catch an order slot for the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat, as Stellantis North America announced that manufacturing has kicked off at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant (JNAP) in Detroit, Michigan. ...

 
AVA Stingray Is a 2,000-HP C2 Corvette Reinvented by Peter Brock and Ian Callum
AVA Stingray Is a 2,000-HP C2 Corvette Reinvented by Peter Brock and Ian Callum

5 Feb 2021, 10:25 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / We’re not entirely sure if you recovered from the shock. Actually, we’re still busy collecting our jaws that got mixed up when everyone dropped them on the floor. So, let’s read that one more time – and please do it from a r...

 
After Redesign, 2021 Nissan Titan Brings Up Mixed Feelings From IIHS Experts
After Redesign, 2021 Nissan Titan Brings Up Mixed Feelings From IIHS Experts

5 Feb 2021, 09:30 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Nissan is keeping itself busy during this first part of 2021, with the upcoming introduction of the third-generation Qashqai crossover and the recent reveal of the all-new 2022 Frontier and Pathfinder. Its Titan full-size pickup truck has already g...

 
Classic Truck Drag Race Through “Yak-adega” Sees Dodge Face Off With Two Chevys
Classic Truck Drag Race Through “Yak-adega” Sees Dodge Face Off With Two Chevys

5 Feb 2021, 08:45 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Because we already know the TFL guys aren’t always going for hard science, and since in the land of classic vehicles, anything is (probably) allowed, we’re not going to complain about having an apples to oranges comparison. Instead, let...

 
Classic 1977 Dodge D100 Warlock Magically Got Away for a Mere $20k
Classic 1977 Dodge D100 Warlock Magically Got Away for a Mere $20k

4 Feb 2021, 15:52 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Someone should make better magic orbs because somehow, this vintage “Midnite Express Truck” vanished from under our radar before even having a chance to make an acquaintance with it properly. Well, at least the 1977 Dodge D100 Warlock g...

 

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