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Cristian Gnaticov

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Growing up in the communist regime, little Cristian knew the local cars, whose models you could count using the fingers on one hand, by their sound. Scale models were a luxury back then, so he turned to old magazines for glimpses of famous models sold in the West.

Shortly after the regime fell, he started school and got his first four-wheeled toys. Not long after, he experienced the "brute force" of an old Dacia (long before the current Renault era) far away from public roads - and he instantly knew that his life won't have any meaning for the next 10 years or so, when he could get his license and take on the roads on his own.

As years slowly passed, his father started teaching him the basic parking and turning maneuvers. And before he knew it, he turned 18 and got his prized license.

He spent the next few years going to car meets and the occasional drag race, as part of local clubs, and when he finished school and started earning his first money, he knew what he had to do: modify an old Dacia (his first true love) and go rallying.

So the arduous process began. Finding a good engine, transmission and suspension, upgrading the brakes and reinforcing the chassis. An old Renault 5 Alpine supplied the power unit, whereas the suspension and brakes came from a Dacia factory rally car.

Countless sleepless nights later, his baby was almost ready to hit the asphalt, gravel and other fun surfaces. Unfortunately, a string of events that included a garage fire, among others, killed his dream. So, he moved on to drive press cars and write for a living, and the rest is history.

He worked for several automotive online journals and now he's back at autoevolution after his first tour in the mid-2000s.
This '68 Chevy Chevelle SS Is One of the Very Best Currently on Sale
This '68 Chevy Chevelle SS Is One of the Very Best Currently on Sale

18 May 2024, 10:16 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Due to many hassles, including the fear of things constantly breaking down and the less-refined ride quality compared to modern rides, not many petrolheads are willing to spend a decent amount of money on a classic car. Those who do are usually ...

 
Would You Buy This Ultra-Crispy 2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1?
Would You Buy This Ultra-Crispy 2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1?

18 May 2024, 09:41 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Numerous salvage companies looking to profit from all kinds of beaten-up rides often list controversial wreckages or parts from vehicles involved in fatal accidents for sale. We recently covered a 2022 Porsche 911 Turbo S involved in a double fa...

 
Buy This '77 Pontiac Trans Am, Grow a Mustache, and Relive the Golden Age of Muscle Cars
Buy This '77 Pontiac Trans Am, Grow a Mustache, and Relive the Golden Age of Muscle Cars

18 May 2024, 09:15 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Anyone looking to spruce up their classic muscle car collection with a Pontiac Firebird Trans Am should look no further than this copy, which is searching for a new home. Mind you, it's not the perfectly restored example that some probably ...

 
All-White Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe on Huge Forgiatos Thinks It's the 1990s
All-White Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe on Huge Forgiatos Thinks It's the 1990s

18 May 2024, 08:25 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / The first-ever Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe hasn't exactly aged like fine wine, but then again, we've seen worse, like far worse. The model that replaced the AMG versions of the CLS has fallen victim to the tuning world multiple times, an...

 
2025 Porsche Cayenne Launched in the US, Costs Way More Than Its Predecessor
2025 Porsche Cayenne Launched in the US, Costs Way More Than Its Predecessor

18 May 2024, 07:59 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / The Porsche Cayenne has just entered the 2025 model year. The sporty crossover with a premium twist is now available to order in our market. It features more standard gear and costs more than the 2025 model. Mind you, the added gizmos won't...

 
Porsche 911 Turbo S Goes From Supercar to Mega Hatch in One Horrific Crash
Porsche 911 Turbo S Goes From Supercar to Mega Hatch in One Horrific Crash

17 May 2024, 11:16 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / This Porsche 911 Turbo S has seen far better days, as a horrific accident rendered it useless. The wreckage is now in the possession of a salvage company, which is looking to make a quick buck from it. After some online digging, we found out tha...

 
2024 Skoda Elroq Spied As Electric Successor to the Karoq Compact Crossover
2024 Skoda Elroq Spied As Electric Successor to the Karoq Compact Crossover

17 May 2024, 10:30 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Skoda keeps chasing after the electric segment, with a whole new vehicle set to debut later this year. The model is called the Elroq and recently made its spy shot debut. What exactly is a Skoda Elroq, you ask? Well, it is a brand-new compact cr...

 
Black Cadillac Escalade on 28-Inch Wheels Is an Automotive OG
Black Cadillac Escalade on 28-Inch Wheels Is an Automotive OG

17 May 2024, 09:26 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / While Cadillac is putting the final touches on the facelifted iteration Escalade, which we recently saw in the open fully uncovered, certain enthusiasts keep modifying theirs. Some Escalades from the latest generation feature various add-ons on...

 
That's Not How You Wash a Ferrari 488 Pista – Iconic Supercar Sleeps With the Fishes
That's Not How You Wash a Ferrari 488 Pista – Iconic Supercar Sleeps With the Fishes

17 May 2024, 08:39 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / We have some good news for you if you own a Ferrari 488 Pista: the value of your supercar has just increased by becoming even rarer, as another such model was recently totaled. Supercar lovers, especially those who have a soft spot for the Ferra...

 
Tesla Cybertruck Drag Races Lamborghini Urus, One of Them Gets Absolutely Destroyed
Tesla Cybertruck Drag Races Lamborghini Urus, One of Them Gets Absolutely Destroyed

17 May 2024, 08:03 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Some of you may be wondering: which one is faster in a quarter-mile battle between the Tesla Cybertruck and the Lamborghini Urus? CarWow Indonesia recently answered this question, putting Mat Watson behind the wheel of the Tesla Cybertruck in th...

 
GM Boss Says Chevrolet Camaro Might Return as an Affordable EV
GM Boss Says Chevrolet Camaro Might Return as an Affordable EV

17 May 2024, 07:32 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / General Motors killed the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro at the end of 2023, and since then, we've heard several rumors regarding a possible successor to the iconic muscle car. The latest came directly from the automotive giant's Presi...

 
New 2025 Bentley Continental GT Teased, Debuts Next Month With Hybrid V8
New 2025 Bentley Continental GT Teased, Debuts Next Month With Hybrid V8

16 May 2024, 15:46 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / The third-generation Bentley Continental GT is four years old. Thus, it’s considered a rather old product in today’s car world. The crew from Crewe is aware of this, and since this model is extremely important for the brand, the all-n...

 
Stellantis Might Bring Back the Cuda, Trademark Filed for Iconic Nameplate Stateside
Stellantis Might Bring Back the Cuda, Trademark Filed for Iconic Nameplate Stateside

16 May 2024, 13:27 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Stellantis is on a roll these days, with multiple car brands within their portfolio launching all sorts of products and preparing others, most of which will tackle the battery-electric game. The automotive giant might also bring back some iconic na...

 
Brabus Touches the New Mercedes E-Class With the Cool Stick
Brabus Touches the New Mercedes E-Class With the Cool Stick

16 May 2024, 10:36 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Interested in a cool makeover for your new generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class? Look no further than Brabus' latest proposal, which covers all main aspects of the car. The executive model features a few add-ons on the outside, fresh wheels and...

 
Alpine-Tuned Renault Rafale E-Tech 4x4 300 HP Is Like a High-Riding Revuelto for the Poor
Alpine-Tuned Renault Rafale E-Tech 4x4 300 HP Is Like a High-Riding Revuelto for the Poor

16 May 2024, 09:35 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Alpine has worked its magic again, this time on the Renault Rafale. The crossover coupe was unveiled last year, and as of now, it is available in a hotter configuration that bears the signature of the diamond company's performance-oriented bra...

 
Tweaked Bugatti Veyron Looks Like a Supercar-Devouring Shadow
Tweaked Bugatti Veyron Looks Like a Supercar-Devouring Shadow

16 May 2024, 01:04 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Notice that we said supercar, not hypercar. While the Bugatti Veyron may have been part of the latter category when it came out, the original examples are as punchy as modern-day supercars (ahem, Lamborghini Revuelto!). With a tiny bit over 1,00...

 
A Mercedes G-Wagen With Suicide Doors? Why Not?
A Mercedes G-Wagen With Suicide Doors? Why Not?

16 May 2024, 00:06 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Make that a Mercedes-AMG G 63 with suicide doors, as the pictured truck is in the super hot configuration, packing a punchy V8 under that bulging hood, which was tuned to new heights. As a matter of fact, the entire vehicle sports more novelties...

 
2026 Nissan Xterra Guns for the New Toyota 4Runner in Fantasy Land
2026 Nissan Xterra Guns for the New Toyota 4Runner in Fantasy Land

15 May 2024, 21:08 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / With the ever-increasing demand for authentic off-roaders, in addition to the usual crossovers and SUVs that have infested the entire automotive world, Nissan is reportedly considering reviving the Xterra nameplate and using it on a brand-new model...

 
'66 Ford Bronco With Diesel Power Fails To Attract Buyer, Becomes Cheaper as a Result
'66 Ford Bronco With Diesel Power Fails To Attract Buyer, Becomes Cheaper as a Result

15 May 2024, 20:22 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / From the multitude of classic Ford Broncos for sale that we covered these past few months, one of them, in particular, stands out. First, it features a diesel engine under the hood, and second, it can't seem to attract a buyer. We first wro...

 
Murdered-Out Ferrari GTC4Lusso Is the Perfect Low-Riding Purosangue Cure
Murdered-Out Ferrari GTC4Lusso Is the Perfect Low-Riding Purosangue Cure

15 May 2024, 17:06 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Even though the Purosangue is Ferrari's first-ever crossover and its most versatile model yet, it's not the first one to feature seating for more than two. Not by far, as the Prancing Horse used to experiment with more spacious rides over...

 

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