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Daniel Patrascu

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Personal motto:

"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.
Parallel Landings Are Like Airborne Drag Races for Airplanes
Parallel Landings Are Like Airborne Drag Races for Airplanes

Airplanes are machines so fascinating that people have devoted their entire lives to them. And by that, we don’t mean those who build and fly them, but the spotters, those people with nothing better to do than to stalk airports in the hopes o...

 
Sanglas 400Y Is the Bike You Do Not Know, Goes From Stock Frog to Custom Prince
Sanglas 400Y Is the Bike You Do Not Know, Goes From Stock Frog to Custom Prince

In today’s world, there are only a handful of motorcycle makers that deserve (and get) the attention of the world, be it of regular clients or of customizers willing to try their hand at entering the history books with insane projects. So, ch...

 
Slo-Mo Landing of Empress of London City Embraer 190 at St. Maarten Will Make You Gasp
Slo-Mo Landing of Empress of London City Embraer 190 at St. Maarten Will Make You Gasp

Sint Maarten (St. Maarten, Saint Martin) is a place in the Caribbean that likes to describe itself as “the smallest landmass to consist of two nations.” Known and cherished for its nightlife, beaches and rum, it’s also known globa...

 
Reusable Neutron Rocket Takes Flight for the First Time in Unofficial Animation
Reusable Neutron Rocket Takes Flight for the First Time in Unofficial Animation

Animation specialist Hazegrayart treats the world to short videos of rockets in action. Most of the time, we get to see concepts from the early days of space exploration, ideas that never got a chance to fly, being animated into existence and uploa...

 
Sub Fun Cinco Is the Ultimate Group Submarine Safari Toy, $3M Gets You Bragging Rights
Sub Fun Cinco Is the Ultimate Group Submarine Safari Toy, $3M Gets You Bragging Rights

When we think of fun out at sea, most of us imagine that to involve some type of mechanical toy. It can be a motorboat, a yacht, or a ski jet. In some cases, it can even be some scuba-diving gear. But for most of us, that piece of equipment is almo...

 
1-of-17 1971 Plymouth Cuda Could Easily Snatch Over $1 Million, Original V-Code on Deck
1-of-17 1971 Plymouth Cuda Could Easily Snatch Over $1 Million, Original V-Code on Deck

We all love a good, properly-made custom car, but for the truly passionate it is originality that makes them empty their bank accounts. And this month, few cars get as original as this here 1971 Plymouth Cuda. We uncovered the bright red over bl...

 
Here's Most Recent Proof Unshielded Mars Still Gets Bombarded From Space
Here's Most Recent Proof Unshielded Mars Still Gets Bombarded From Space

There’s no way to actually tell, but humanity’s best guess is that neighboring planet Mars gets hits by some type of space rocks at least 200 times per year, as per the University of Arizona. Most of them are up to 6 feet (2 meters) acr...

 
Overhead Shot of F-16s Flying Over an Ocean City Beach Is 100 Percent USAF Cool
Overhead Shot of F-16s Flying Over an Ocean City Beach Is 100 Percent USAF Cool

Back at the beginning of June, Ocean City, Maryland, hosted its annual Air Show. As usual, the skies there were filled with airplanes doing amazing stuff, and the eyes of the onlookers flooded with bewilderment as the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, ...

 
Harley-Davidson Silverna Hides Screamin’ Eagle Upgrades Under Clean Looks
Harley-Davidson Silverna Hides Screamin’ Eagle Upgrades Under Clean Looks

Harley-Davidson’s entire lineup of motorcycles includes more defunct models than ones that are still in production. That’s pretty natural, given how the company is well over a century old, and during all this time it tried its hand with...

 
This Painting-Like Region of Mars Is a Candidate for Sample Return Landing Spot
This Painting-Like Region of Mars Is a Candidate for Sample Return Landing Spot

The Martian region before your eyes may seem a bit too irregular to allow for a safe landing of a human-made machine, but that’s an impression. What you’re looking at is, in fact, one of the landing sites NASA is considering for the upc...

 
Strike Eagles Set Off Flares Behind a Fuel-Loaded Stratotanker, Is it Dangerous?
Strike Eagles Set Off Flares Behind a Fuel-Loaded Stratotanker, Is it Dangerous?

Aerial refueling may seem like a complicated job for us ground-based Joes, but aviators do it routinely and are so casual about it that they mostly talk about food while their high-speed planes transfer fuel between them. But are they so used to it...

 
Harley-Davidson Makalu Is a Short and Stubby Softail, So Not a Mountain
Harley-Davidson Makalu Is a Short and Stubby Softail, So Not a Mountain

Although in some places on this Earth, people might use it to designate some other stuff, for most of us the name Makalu means only one thing: a mountain in the Himalayas. Not just any mountain, but at 8,485 meters (27,838 feet) high, the fifth-tal...

 
If You Look Close Enough, These Martian Polygons Look Like the Remnants of an Ancient City
If You Look Close Enough, These Martian Polygons Look Like the Remnants of an Ancient City

There is a great deal of strange shapes in nature, shapes one would normally associate with the activity of an intelligent species. But that’s not always the case. Take polygons, for instance. We can find them here on Earth in the form of cry...

 
This Is the Most American Photo You’ll See All Weekend: Fighter Planes, Racing and Flags
This Is the Most American Photo You’ll See All Weekend: Fighter Planes, Racing and Flags

It was not that long ago that America celebrated its 246th Independence Day, and as usual, this 4th of July was too filled with fireworks, BBQs, and a sense of pride, especially in these difficult times. And we also got tons of images that will las...

 
Tri-Shade Breakout Keeps Things Dark, Because That’s How Most Custom Harleys Roll
Tri-Shade Breakout Keeps Things Dark, Because That’s How Most Custom Harleys Roll

It doesn’t take great observation skills to see that most of the custom motorcycles out there, especially those originally put together by Harley-Davidson, play the dark color card most of the time. That’s because black and other such s...

 
VIPER Lunar Rover Fights Quicksand and a Tilt Bed in Most Realistic Tests to Date
VIPER Lunar Rover Fights Quicksand and a Tilt Bed in Most Realistic Tests to Date

Come late 2023, one of the many missions planned for the Moon is set to take off. It’s called Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, but given how that’s too long and twisted, people, including those at NASA, simply call it VI...

 
Perseverance Promoted to Sample Return Rover, NASA to Send More Helicopters to Mars
Perseverance Promoted to Sample Return Rover, NASA to Send More Helicopters to Mars

In the first years of next decade, humanity should have in its grasp the first ever purposely fetched pieces of Mars. A series of missions collectively known as Mars Sample Return Program will help achieve that, and several more exciting details ab...

 
Dangerous Bird’s Eye View of Antonov An-225 Mriya Taking Off Is Simply Breathtaking
Dangerous Bird’s Eye View of Antonov An-225 Mriya Taking Off Is Simply Breathtaking

In the six months or so it has been raging, the war in Ukraine has forever changed our world, and its effects will probably be felt for years to come. The human and economic costs are immense, but the war also has another side effect: it takes out ...

 
This Photo of Mars Is Not a Camera Fail, But Shows Alien Processes at Work
This Photo of Mars Is Not a Camera Fail, But Shows Alien Processes at Work

Although humans have not actually been there to feel it against their own skin, we do know, thanks to the hardware already on location, that Mars is a place of strong winds. Typically, they blow at 10 to 20 miles per hour (16 to 32 kph), but instr...

 
Who’d Have Thought Parking a B-1B Lancer Would Look So Spectacular?
Who’d Have Thought Parking a B-1B Lancer Would Look So Spectacular?

At the time of writing, the American military relies on only three full-fledged bombers, affectionately called the Bees, or Bomber Trifecta: the veteran B-52 Stratofortress, the alien spacecraft-shaped B-2 Spirit, and what I personally consider to ...

 

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