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Daniel Patrascu

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"I truly believe men and fish can coexist peacefully" – George W. Bush

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Daniel loves writing, or so he claims. and he once loved to use his 10-words-per-minute typing skills to bring you a "behind the scenes" look at the automotive industry, rather than keeping you up to speed with new vehicles and their performances.

Following several years off the grid, Daniel is back at autoevolution, and seeing how the great crisis of the past decade made the auto industry boring, he grew bored with it too, so he slowly shifted his focus to custom cars, custom motorcycles, and other weird stuff. He also loves ranting about space exploration and robots, because in his view the only way forward for humanity is away from this planet, in metal bodies.

During his time at autoevolution, Daniel put his name on more news articles, coverstories, auto guides, reviews, and editorials than we care count. To slow him down a bit, he was given more responsibilities not long ago, so he is now also in charge with coordinating the editorial team on autevolution.com.

Long time ago, Daniel also translated Arthur C. Clarke’s novel “The Fountains of Paradise” to Romanian for Paladin Publishing.
1,640-Foot-Deep Pit May Hold the Secret for the Future of Humans on Mars
1,640-Foot-Deep Pit May Hold the Secret for the Future of Humans on Mars

If you’re even remotely interested in the study of Mars, then you’re used to seeing images of the many impact craters scattered all across its surface. But for what it’s worth, craters are not the only scars that dig deep into the...

 
Massive Joint USAF-USMC Elephant Walk Shows China Who’s Boss
Massive Joint USAF-USMC Elephant Walk Shows China Who’s Boss

These are some very intense times for the people living in mainland China and over the Strait, in Taiwan, with the two showing off their military might in the aftermath of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island. At an official l...

 
Evolution-Engined Harley-Davidson Black Belly Is Black Everywhere, Actually
Evolution-Engined Harley-Davidson Black Belly Is Black Everywhere, Actually

Custom motorcycle shops know that a proper build needs a powerful name attached if it is to make an impression. And most of the time, they somehow manage to pair visual appearance with the proper moniker, resulting in worth-remembering creations. M...

 
Ego Is the Undersea Explorer That Puts Half-Naked Humans in a Bubble for Two
Ego Is the Undersea Explorer That Puts Half-Naked Humans in a Bubble for Two

In our quest to find the watercraft contraptions best suited to be brought under the spotlight, we come across a wealth of weird stuff. And at the top of the list of weird things are submarines – not the ones the militaries of the world use, ...

 
Custom 1982 BMW R100 RS Is Proof Simpler Is Often Better
Custom 1982 BMW R100 RS Is Proof Simpler Is Often Better

When it comes to new motorcycles in need of custom work, there are really only two names that matter for shops across the world: Harley-Davidson and Indian. But when talking about vintage two-wheelers in need of a new life, BMW definitely rules the...

 
Harley-Davidson’s Apex Paint Scheme Is Out, Sturgis Bikers Saw It First
Harley-Davidson’s Apex Paint Scheme Is Out, Sturgis Bikers Saw It First

At the end of last week, American bike maker Harley-Davidson pulled the wraps off its latest product. It’s not a motorcycle, as you might have expected, but a new custom paint scheme for an entire range of two-wheelers, which should now look ...

 
The Aresteas Yacht Has a Tasty Piece of the Himalayas Inside
The Aresteas Yacht Has a Tasty Piece of the Himalayas Inside

Yachts are without a doubt some of the most fascinating vehicles in the entire world. Interest in such contraptions has gone through the roof since the pandemic hit, and it's doubtful it’ll ever fall to pre-2020 levels ever again. Ove...

 
Cali-Raised 1966 Chevrolet C10 Is $160K of Pure Custom, Almost Brand New
Cali-Raised 1966 Chevrolet C10 Is $160K of Pure Custom, Almost Brand New

There was a time not long ago when the collectors’ market was simply flooded with custom pickup trucks. In the meantime, the hype has someone cooled down, in preparation of things heating up again when the buyers of 2018 - 2020 decide to beco...

 
This Martian Crater Is a Preferred Target for Space Photos Since the 1970s, Changed Little
This Martian Crater Is a Preferred Target for Space Photos Since the 1970s, Changed Little

Looking at the tens of thousands of photos sent back over the years from all the way over on Mars, one could be left with the impression that once snapped in a pic, a region of the planet is not revisited. After all, there are so many interesting t...

 
P-51 Mustang Chases F-22 Hard, High-Tech Fighter Barely Notices
P-51 Mustang Chases F-22 Hard, High-Tech Fighter Barely Notices

Going to an aerial show is the perfect way to get your dose of high-adrenaline, airborne machines doing incredible stuff. Generally, these air shows come offering a wide range of airplanes on display, depending on the show’s specifics. Sadly,...

 
Harley-Davidson Sportster SPS 1250 Looks Like That Firefighting Tank, Only on Two Wheels
Harley-Davidson Sportster SPS 1250 Looks Like That Firefighting Tank, Only on Two Wheels

We’re used to seeing incredible, custom two-wheeled contraptions here on autoevolution, but most of the time, they are just that, two-wheeled contraptions that don’t look like anything else. Not the thing we have here though, a motorcyc...

 
This Is How Boeing and Airstream Make Space Exploration Boring
This Is How Boeing and Airstream Make Space Exploration Boring

One of the most important moments in the history of space exploration is right around the corner. On August 29, the Space Launch System rocket is expected to put the Orion spacecraft on a route to the Moon, effectively kicking into motion our speci...

 
Spooky Gunship Caught Refueling Mid-Air, Scary Bird Is Known to Do That
Spooky Gunship Caught Refueling Mid-Air, Scary Bird Is Known to Do That

When one brings into the spotlight the C-130 Hercules and its many variants, you know what generally follows is a talk about the plane’s lifting capabilities and its transport exploits. But there’s one version of it that has an entirely...

 
Martian Crater May Hold Liquid Water, Something Seems to Be Throwing Boulders in There
Martian Crater May Hold Liquid Water, Something Seems to Be Throwing Boulders in There

Do you know that habit we humans have of throwing stones and pebbles into bodies of water, just to see them sink or skid? Well, something similar seems to be happening over on Mars, only the pebbles are large boulders, and the body of water is not ...

 
Harley-Davidson Black Lion Red Line Is Street Rod With a Bad Attitude
Harley-Davidson Black Lion Red Line Is Street Rod With a Bad Attitude

It’s generally agreed that custom motorcycles look their best in black. Sure, some may try and go off the rails and come with more intricately painted two-wheelers (some even white, the ultimate sacrilege to these eyes), but those are only th...

 
This 7,500 HP Beast of an Engine Will Spin the Blades of America’s Next Assault Helicopter
This 7,500 HP Beast of an Engine Will Spin the Blades of America’s Next Assault Helicopter

There are just a few helicopters in human history as successful as the mighty Black Hawk. Born in the hangars of Sikorsky back in the 1970s, the machine quickly rose to star status in the ranks of the American military, and later allied ones, and i...

 
There Are Brains Over on Mars, But Not the Kind You Think
There Are Brains Over on Mars, But Not the Kind You Think

One has to admit, despite fascinating and promising features our neighboring planet Mars is filled with, humans are not very creative in naming stuff there, as we generally stick to calling stuff as we see it. Some terrain there looks like a spi...

 
Inverted F-16 Fighting Falcon Shows Belly Full of Weapons
Inverted F-16 Fighting Falcon Shows Belly Full of Weapons

That the F-16 Fighting Falcon is a machine made to bring death from above is no secret. Officially a multirole fighter, the General Dynamics (and later on Lockheed) bird of prey can pack serious punch when it needs to prove a point. The F-16 is ...

 
Enter the $90,000 Harley-Davidson Performer, And the Road Is Its Racing Scene
Enter the $90,000 Harley-Davidson Performer, And the Road Is Its Racing Scene

The present lineup of American motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson includes many incredible two-wheeled machines. The Fat Bob is one of them. Described by the U.S. bike maker as a “street-eater” built with “muscular style and perform...

 
1938 Indian Four Is $140K Worth of Stunning Motorcycle Making
1938 Indian Four Is $140K Worth of Stunning Motorcycle Making

Together with Harley-Davidson, Indian is one of the two American motorcycle makers to have survived the harsh years of the Great Depression. And one of the models that helped it do that is the Four. This model had a relatively short stint on the...

 

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