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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.
Rolls-Royce Spectre by Novitec for Sale, You'll Need More Than an Ouija Board To Buy It
Rolls-Royce Spectre by Novitec for Sale, You'll Need More Than an Ouija Board To Buy It

5 May 2024, 12:08 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Should anyone have asked us a few years ago what we thought about Rolls-Royce's electrification push, we would've told them to grab a seat and listen to why such a combination wouldn't work. However, the Goodwood luxury carmaker has ...

 
Widebody Lamborghini Urus Performante Looks Like Something Batman Would Drive
Widebody Lamborghini Urus Performante Looks Like Something Batman Would Drive

5 May 2024, 10:22 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / As if there weren't enough widebody Lamborghini Uruses out there, the list has grown to include another one. However, while most fat copies are part of the pre-facelifted iteration, this one is a Performante, and according to the Italian car m...

 
Widebody Novitec Esteso Hopes You'll Forget About the Lamborghini Urus SE
Widebody Novitec Esteso Hopes You'll Forget About the Lamborghini Urus SE

4 May 2024, 18:28 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Novitec has been on a roll recently, and after unveiling quite a few modified high-end machines, they have now checked yet another Lamborghini Urus S off the list. Yes, we know it's not the Urus that is on everyone's lips these days. T...

 
Tweaked Ferrari SF90 Spider Feels the Miami Heat, Works on Its Tan in California
Tweaked Ferrari SF90 Spider Feels the Miami Heat, Works on Its Tan in California

4 May 2024, 15:36 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Do supercars look good in lively hues? Well, some of them sure do, including the Ferrari SF90 Spider. However, this particular copy proves that they can also stand out more with a black finish. Mind you, the black color is not the only highlight...

 
This 70 Chevy Chevelle Restomod With LS V8 Power Is Looking for You on the Used Car Market
This 70 Chevy Chevelle Restomod With LS V8 Power Is Looking for You on the Used Car Market

4 May 2024, 09:00 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / We think we probably know what you're thinking: that you're in love – assuming, obviously, that you have a thing for classic Chevrolet Chevelles. Mind you, since you are reading these lines, which are dedicated to a special 1970 cop...

 
Chevy El Camino Gets in Touch With Its Blingy Side To Become Pure Automotive Inspiration
Chevy El Camino Gets in Touch With Its Blingy Side To Become Pure Automotive Inspiration

3 May 2024, 12:52 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / How much love do you have for the Chevrolet El Camino? Enough to support a flashy yet equally cool build? We hope so, as you are about to meet one special machine that deserves to sit under the online spotlight for as long as possible. Not many ...

 
Ram Trucks Causes Rampage in Brazil With New 2024 Night Edition Model
Ram Trucks Causes Rampage in Brazil With New 2024 Night Edition Model

3 May 2024, 12:09 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Show to the world less than a year ago, the new Ram Rampage unibody pickup now follows in the footsteps of the 1500 Limited, 2500 Laramie, 3500 Laramie, and Classic Laramie with a new Night Edition trim level that was just introduced in Brazil, dur...

 
New 2025 BMW M5 Is Almost Ready To Dominate the Executive Super Sedan Class
New 2025 BMW M5 Is Almost Ready To Dominate the Executive Super Sedan Class

3 May 2024, 11:23 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / The next-generation BMW M5 has just moved one step closer to production. The model was recently caught undergoing testing on the right side of the Atlantic Ocean, sporting less camouflage on its body. The trippy vinyl stickers were no longer pre...

 
This Is the Facelifted 2025 Cadillac Escalade-V Before You're Supposed To See It
This Is the Facelifted 2025 Cadillac Escalade-V Before You're Supposed To See It

3 May 2024, 10:16 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Almost four years after the fifth-generation Cadillac Escalade production kicked off at the Arlington factory in Texas, the GM-owned premium car brand has started working on its mid-cycle refresh. Our vigilant spy photographers came face to face...

 
New Skoda Enyaq RS Race Concept Looks Like an Electric Mega Hatch
New Skoda Enyaq RS Race Concept Looks Like an Electric Mega Hatch

3 May 2024, 09:24 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Skoda thinks street-legal models and racecars can successfully blend in to create more exciting vehicles. This recipe is currently being applied to an entirely new concept dubbed the Enyaq RS Race. As its name implies, it builds on the road-lega...

 
2024 VW ID.3 Pro S Becomes Techier, Smarter and More Powerful
2024 VW ID.3 Pro S Becomes Techier, Smarter and More Powerful

3 May 2024, 08:09 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Subsequent to last year's facelift, the Volkswagen ID.3 has now been further improved, with the German car manufacturer launching the refreshed ID.3 Pro S. This model can charge faster, features more power, and gains the same infotainment syst...

 
ABT's Audi RS 3 Is Quicker Than a Ferrari Enzo, Costs a Fraction of Its Price
ABT's Audi RS 3 Is Quicker Than a Ferrari Enzo, Costs a Fraction of Its Price

3 May 2024, 07:32 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / It's been a while since we last heard about ABT Sportsline, but the renowned tuner is back, this time with a project that targets the hatchback and sedan versions of the Audi RS 3. The two models boast a healthy power boost, some exterior a...

 
Bentley Bentayga Pickup Is Ready for CGI Hauling, Mercedes X-Class Has Left the Chat
Bentley Bentayga Pickup Is Ready for CGI Hauling, Mercedes X-Class Has Left the Chat

2 May 2024, 21:08 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Here's a question that has been answered a few times: is there room in the pickup class for a premium/luxury model? Mercedes would tell you no. After all, its Nissan Navara-based X-Class was a huge failure. Production ended in 2020 after tw...

 
Ferrari's 812 Successor Due May 3, Listen to Its Glorious V12 Engine Here
Ferrari's 812 Successor Due May 3, Listen to Its Glorious V12 Engine Here

2 May 2024, 10:02 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Ferrari just took to its social media accounts to release a couple of teasers for an upcoming product. The model is a V12-powered supercar, and all details suggest it is the 812's successor. The 8-second clip posted on X reveals a few highl...

 
GM-Based 2024 Acura ZDX Arrives at Dealers With Good News for Potential Buyers
GM-Based 2024 Acura ZDX Arrives at Dealers With Good News for Potential Buyers

2 May 2024, 09:27 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Having officially announced the pricing of the 2024 ZDX at the beginning of the year, Acura says the first units of the electric crossover have now arrived at dealers. The Type S leads the lineup and is the brand's most powerful vehicle ever. ...

 
New GR Sport II Leads Toyota's 2024 Hilux Family in Tackling the Ford Ranger Raptor
New GR Sport II Leads Toyota's 2024 Hilux Family in Tackling the Ford Ranger Raptor

2 May 2024, 07:46 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / After last fall's grand unveiling, the 2024 Toyota Hilux has gone on sale in the United Kingdom. The GR Sport II grade leads the family, promising an elevated driving experience, yet potential customers will be disappointed by its performance....

 
Your Neighbors Will Envy You if You Buy This 1965 Shelby Cobra Replica
Your Neighbors Will Envy You if You Buy This 1965 Shelby Cobra Replica

1 May 2024, 13:38 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / It's almost summer in the northern hemisphere, and it's a great time to shop for a great open-top model—assuming you're into these kinds of rides. We think they're certainly your cup of tea. Otherwise, you wouldn't be...

 
Tuned Alpina XB7 Loses Its Spirit With Just a Few Mods
Tuned Alpina XB7 Loses Its Spirit With Just a Few Mods

1 May 2024, 12:14 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / As if the split-headlamp face wasn't already controversial enough, this Alpina XB7 from the model's latest iteration has become even flashier with a few aftermarket touches. Mind you, the modifications aren't extreme at all, yet w...

 
This Overlanding Lamborghini Urus Is (Probably) the Most Hilarious Thing You'll See Today
This Overlanding Lamborghini Urus Is (Probably) the Most Hilarious Thing You'll See Today

1 May 2024, 11:40 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Lamborghini may have struck gold with the Urus from a financial perspective, but as much as some enthusiasts would want this exotic crossover to be a real off-roader, it's not. First and most important, it doesn't feature a body-on-fra...

 
Black Lamborghini Aventador Roadster Deserves a Role in the Next Batman Movie
Black Lamborghini Aventador Roadster Deserves a Role in the Next Batman Movie

1 May 2024, 10:34 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Lamborghini has always referred to certain models born at the Sant'Agata Bolognese facility as boasting several elements inspired by fighter jets. And if it is one automotive equivalent of such a magnificent machine, it is none other than the ...

 

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