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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.
GM Design Shares Holiday Celebration Beauty Pics of Long Past, We Dig the 'Vette
GM Design Shares Holiday Celebration Beauty Pics of Long Past, We Dig the 'Vette

25 Dec 2020, 13:40 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Feeling a vintage automotive craving this Christmas? Then let’s step back in time with some Insta shots of past holiday celebration arrangements from the GM Design archive. Yes, we know that usually, the automaker's social media presence...

 
Venom 1000 Race Red Shelby GT500 Delivers a Roaring Hennessey Christmas Cheer
Venom 1000 Race Red Shelby GT500 Delivers a Roaring Hennessey Christmas Cheer

25 Dec 2020, 12:00 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Do you really need a big setup for the traditional Christmas photocard? Not really, if you’re a Texas tuning powerhouse (and small-series automaker) and you just happen to have a Race Red Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 lying around. One that was t...

 
This Half Toyota Tacoma Could Take Care of All Overlanding Needs and Then Some
This Half Toyota Tacoma Could Take Care of All Overlanding Needs and Then Some

25 Dec 2020, 09:35 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Just like 2020 in its entirety, this Christmas is a little different. With social responsibility still in full swing, we should refrain from big gatherings. And, oddly enough, a SEMA build from Toyota is giving us merry ideas of overlanding in the ...

 
The “Rally Professor” Received a Not-So-MINI Advent Present, We Want One As Well
The “Rally Professor” Received a Not-So-MINI Advent Present, We Want One As Well

24 Dec 2020, 08:35 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Famously known as the “Rally Professor,” Rauno Aaltonen is the Finnish driver who settled the case in terms of motorsport fame in a classic British car way back in 1967. He was one of “the three musketeers,” alongside Paddy ...

 
Arkonik Takes the Spirit of Christmas to Custom Defender Levels From $90k
Arkonik Takes the Spirit of Christmas to Custom Defender Levels From $90k

24 Dec 2020, 07:35 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / While it may be a little late to have all the formalities ready in time to wrap up the key to a new Arkonik D90 or D110 build under the Christmas tree, luckily this offer doesn’t end until the final days of January 2021. The Somerset, Un...

 
The Original Griswolds Are Back for Mustang Mach-E Take on “Christmas Vacation”
The Original Griswolds Are Back for Mustang Mach-E Take on “Christmas Vacation”

23 Dec 2020, 14:23 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Everyone tries to be as original as possible during the Christmas period. Automakers have long joined the party with sometimes funny, sometimes odd ideas. This year, the Blue Oval has decided to bridge the gap between (funny) past and (electric) fu...

 
2022 QX55 Joins Infiniti's Carigami Series Just in Time for Christmas
2022 QX55 Joins Infiniti's Carigami Series Just in Time for Christmas

23 Dec 2020, 13:39 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Japanese automakers love origami, there’s no denying it. We have seen real-sized cars made out of paper and companies throwing out social media challenges inspired by this art form. And now, there’s even a battle for Christmas between p...

 
1993 Ford Bronco With Soft Top, Stick Shift, and Off-Road Mods Is a Low-Bid Gem
1993 Ford Bronco With Soft Top, Stick Shift, and Off-Road Mods Is a Low-Bid Gem

23 Dec 2020, 12:40 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Whenever looking for a cool SUV from the 1990s, the prospect of a fifth-generation Ford Bronco is always just around the corner. Or rather, a few clicks away, as is the case with this 1993 example that comes with a black paint job, a soft-top, a ma...

 
Volkswagen Bids Farewell to e-Golf, Will Refocus Dresden Facility to ID.3
Volkswagen Bids Farewell to e-Golf, Will Refocus Dresden Facility to ID.3

23 Dec 2020, 12:10 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / After a little more than half a decade on the sustainable mobility front, the Volkswagen e-Golf is heading into retirement. Production of the fully electric compact just ended, with the final vehicle rolling out from the assembly line of the Transp...

 
Nissan Note e-Power AWD Ready to Handle Japan's Winter Chills From Around $22k
Nissan Note e-Power AWD Ready to Handle Japan's Winter Chills From Around $22k

23 Dec 2020, 11:13 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / European fans of the Nissan brand are patiently awaiting the arrival of the new generation Qashqai. American aficionados have the refreshed 2021 Armada to keep them company. Meanwhile, Japanese customers have a double temptation, in the form of the...

 
Doug DeMuro Thinks the McLaren P1 GTR Snatches “Most Thrilling Drive” Title
Doug DeMuro Thinks the McLaren P1 GTR Snatches “Most Thrilling Drive” Title

23 Dec 2020, 10:37 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Although McLaren only created 58 P1 GTRs, and they were all solely intended for exclusive track use, here we have Doug DeMuro reviewing chassis number one and even driving it on the street. Mind you, he didn’t break any laws, because this uni...

 
Ford Crown Victoria Is an Undercover “Ghost” With Vortech V8 and a Stick Shift
Ford Crown Victoria Is an Undercover “Ghost” With Vortech V8 and a Stick Shift

23 Dec 2020, 08:30 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Although its little “Police Interceptor” badge on the trunk lid and the larger manual light spotters for the driver and partner might give it away as a retired cop car, one shouldn’t dismiss this as just another patrol car that en...

 
1984 Mercedes 280 CE Delivers a 200KPH+ Autobahn Statement of German Engineering
1984 Mercedes 280 CE Delivers a 200KPH+ Autobahn Statement of German Engineering

22 Dec 2020, 13:32 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / This German Coupe was born the same year as this writer, and I can humbly confess that Mercedes’ E-Class (a white sedan from the W124 generation) was the car that introduced me to the world of superpowered vehicles. Of course, that was b...

 
Autokraft by AC Takes the Iconic Cobra Brand Into Uncharted Two-Wheel Territory
Autokraft by AC Takes the Iconic Cobra Brand Into Uncharted Two-Wheel Territory

22 Dec 2020, 12:53 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / We have recently found out with increased interest about AC Cars’ plans to build a sustainable future for its business, bringing electric power to both street and racing versions of the legendary Cobra. Now, that wasn’t exactly surprisi...

 
Low-Mileage 1970 Ford Bronco With Windsor V8 Will Blend in Any Sunflower Field
Low-Mileage 1970 Ford Bronco With Windsor V8 Will Blend in Any Sunflower Field

22 Dec 2020, 12:08 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Ford has invited Bronco fans to discover new ways of exercising patience after recently announcing that first deliveries of the reinvented SUV will come later than initially previewed. Those who failed them and like to act on a moment’s notic...

 
Dodge Demon Races Challenger Hellcats, ZR1 'Vette and Turbo 'Stang at the Strip
Dodge Demon Races Challenger Hellcats, ZR1 'Vette and Turbo 'Stang at the Strip

22 Dec 2020, 10:48 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / While the last Dodge SRT Demon rolled off the production line more than two years ago, the limited-run extreme widebody makeover of the Challenger is still a great recipe for stock drag racing fun. Especially when a skilled driver is involved, as p...

 
Rimac to Produce Up to Four C_Two Electric Hypercars Each Month From 2021
Rimac to Produce Up to Four C_Two Electric Hypercars Each Month From 2021

22 Dec 2020, 10:05 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / There are quite a few all-electric supercars that mesmerized us in recent years, from the record-setting NIO EP9 to Tesla’s promised second-generation Roadster. Not to mention the Pininfarina Battista, the Lotus Evija, and countless little st...

 
TFL's Third Defender Goes to Snowy Colorado to Meet Land Cruiser and Armada
TFL's Third Defender Goes to Snowy Colorado to Meet Land Cruiser and Armada

22 Dec 2020, 09:24 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Land Rover’s new Defender isn’t the “agricultural-inspired” utility vehicle of lore and has now turned into a premium three-row family hauler. That is one of the main reasons why The Fast Lane Car guys have decided to set up...

 
Engine Issues Prompt Two Recalls on Ford E-Series, Explorer, and Lincoln Aviator
Engine Issues Prompt Two Recalls on Ford E-Series, Explorer, and Lincoln Aviator

22 Dec 2020, 07:59 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / The second-largest U.S. automaker has issued a couple of safety recalls for select vehicles belonging to the E-Series, the Explorer SUV range, and the premium Lincoln Aviator. The campaigns have to do with problems found inside the engine bay, but ...

 
Toyota Cuts the Roof Off a Supra, Splits Tacoma in Two - All in the Name of SEMA
Toyota Cuts the Roof Off a Supra, Splits Tacoma in Two - All in the Name of SEMA

21 Dec 2020, 13:29 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / This year has been anything but classic, judging by the fact that Toyota is presenting “SEMA builds” in December. Sure, it did showcase an overlanding-ready Tacoma and a trio of crazy Supras for the SEMA360 online event. So it’s u...

 

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