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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.
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 ...

 
How About a Pink 1955 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria With 361 Miles on the Odo?
How About a Pink 1955 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria With 361 Miles on the Odo?

1 May 2024, 10:09 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Car enthusiasts with a soft spot for the original Ford Fairlane should gather around and grab a seat, as we just found a copy worthy of your attention, which is looking for a new owner to cherish it for years to come. You are looking at a 1955 m...

 
Novitec Remembers the Ferrari Portofino M, Spruces It Up With Carbon Fiber Add-Ons
Novitec Remembers the Ferrari Portofino M, Spruces It Up With Carbon Fiber Add-Ons

1 May 2024, 09:42 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Production of the Portofino ended last year with Ferrari replacing it with the more modern Roma. However, the successor to the California remains a great open-top GT, and Novitec keeps celebrating it, this time by releasing images of another tuned ...

 
This Squeaky-Clean Range Rover Has the Tuning World To Thank for Its Refreshed Stance
This Squeaky-Clean Range Rover Has the Tuning World To Thank for Its Refreshed Stance

1 May 2024, 09:01 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Land Rover invented the premium/luxury SUV class in 1970 with the original Range Rover. This model has withstood the test of time and has been further refined over the years, becoming a true motoring icon and inspiring generations of high-riding en...

 
Why Is Lamborghini Testing a Porsche Cayenne?
Why Is Lamborghini Testing a Porsche Cayenne?

1 May 2024, 08:35 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Sitting outside Lamborghini's Sant'Agata Bolognese facility in Italy certainly has its perks. You are likely to see some of the brand's hottest modern-day machines driving in and out all day. If you're lucky, you may also spot s...

 
BMW 118i Hatch and 220i GC Sport Collection Debuts With Exclusive Touches
BMW 118i Hatch and 220i GC Sport Collection Debuts With Exclusive Touches

1 May 2024, 08:00 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Do you think the regular BMW 1 Series and 2 Series Gran Coupe are a bit bland? We can't argue with that logic, as they're front-wheel-drive models (with optional xDrive AWD), yet the lineup has become a bit more exciting with the introduc...

 
2025 Kia Tasman Unofficially Drops All Camouflage in Realistic Renderings
2025 Kia Tasman Unofficially Drops All Camouflage in Realistic Renderings

30 Apr 2024, 21:08 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / After the numerous spy shots and an official teaser released last week, the Kia Tasman is back under the spotlight, this time with a few unofficial renderings. The Kolesa peeps have digitally peeled its fake skin off, revealing an intricate desi...

 
Next-Gen Audi Q8 e-tron Cosplays a Porsche Macan EV
Next-Gen Audi Q8 e-tron Cosplays a Porsche Macan EV

30 Apr 2024, 14:51 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Previously known as the Audi e-tron until 2023, the Q8 e-tron was previewed by a concept car back in 2015, which debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The production version was presented three years later, so it is currently six years old. As a res...

 
New Lamborghini Urus SE (PHEV) Arrives in America
New Lamborghini Urus SE (PHEV) Arrives in America

30 Apr 2024, 14:13 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / The first-ever partially electrified Urus, the SE, has just pledged allegiance to the red, white, and blue flag. Lamborghini has brought it to our shores for the first time since it broke cover last week. Contributing to the automaker's pat...

 
McLaren Senna Thinks It's a Mustang, $1.5-Million Hypercar Crashes in LA
McLaren Senna Thinks It's a Mustang, $1.5-Million Hypercar Crashes in LA

30 Apr 2024, 12:28 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Hypercar fans, especially those who have a soft spot for the McLaren Senna, should look away. Unless they want to see one copy being crashed after its owner showed off in front of the camera. The incident occurred on a public street in Californi...

 
2024 Cupra Formentor and Leon Debut With Sharper Styling and More Oomph
2024 Cupra Formentor and Leon Debut With Sharper Styling and More Oomph

30 Apr 2024, 09:20 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / SEAT performance-oriented brand Cupra has just unveiled the updated Formentor and Leon. This is the first facelift of the two models, and besides the visual updates, they also sport additional novelties beneath the skin. The 2024 Cupra Formentor...

 
Dodge Journey Digitally Returns From the Dead, 2025 Model Joins the Hornet and Durango
Dodge Journey Digitally Returns From the Dead, 2025 Model Joins the Hornet and Durango

29 Apr 2024, 21:08 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Dodge's current vehicle lineup is anything but vast. The Stellantis-owned car brand only has the Hornet, a rebadged Alfa Romeo Tonale, and the aging Durango in the making, with the all-new Charger series set to launch soon. Speaking of the ...

 
BMW M3 Touring Becomes an Unofficial CS in G-Power's Hands
BMW M3 Touring Becomes an Unofficial CS in G-Power's Hands

29 Apr 2024, 18:04 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / The BMW M3 Touring will blow two candles off its birthday cake this June, and since the official unveiling almost two years ago, we've seen the Audi RS 4 Avant and Mercedes-AMG C 63 S E Performance Estate rival in all kinds of scenarios. Th...

 
This C4 Corvette Wants To Be Your Maybe, Costs Less Than America's Cheapest New Car
This C4 Corvette Wants To Be Your Maybe, Costs Less Than America's Cheapest New Car

29 Apr 2024, 11:18 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / We'd boldly claim that the latest generation Corvette is one of the best-looking ones. However, not everyone would agree. However, a used older one suddenly becomes more appealing after factoring in its cost, especially in the E-Ray or Z06 con...

 
Tuning Fairy Virtually Visits Mercedes' G-Class Electric, Do You Like the CGI Makeover?
Tuning Fairy Virtually Visits Mercedes' G-Class Electric, Do You Like the CGI Makeover?

29 Apr 2024, 09:29 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / If you had asked us about a possible electric G-Wagen from Mercedes a few years ago, we would have told you that you were tripping. However, the three-pointed star brand has brought its iconic off-roader with a premium twist into the EV world with ...

 
Genesis GV80 Steps Into the 2025MY Losing Base Powertrain and Gaining More Goodies
Genesis GV80 Steps Into the 2025MY Losing Base Powertrain and Gaining More Goodies

29 Apr 2024, 08:35 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / The Genesis GV80 has just entered the 2025 model year in Australia, boasting a few novelties. The lineup comprises the six- and seven-seater versions of the GV80 and the GV80 Coupe for those who favor style over practicality. They all pack a 3.5...

 
Bugatti Veyron on Aftermarket Wheels Wants To Make You Forget About Modern Hypercars
Bugatti Veyron on Aftermarket Wheels Wants To Make You Forget About Modern Hypercars

28 Apr 2024, 21:08 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / It's been nearly a decade since Bugatti officially discontinued the Veyron, yet this modern-classic hypercar keeps a good chunk of the petrolhead crowd up at night. Back then, the Molsheim brand was all about establishing records, so the Ve...

 

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