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Dragos Chitulescu

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I have been obsessed with cars and motorcycles for as long as I can remember. From agreeing with dentist appointments only in exchange for diecast cars, to buying diecast cars with my lunch money in elementary school, to spending hours and hours playing any video games with cars and bikes in it.

The Fast and the Furious series has had quite an impact on me back in the day, and Tokyo Drift made me realise that drifting would be one day a part of my life, and that I would also absolutely have to go to Japan and experience the amazing car scene over there for myself.

A few years later I was graduating from the MyWay Drift School in Hungary, and actively being involved in the professional drifting scene in Europe. Attending the SEMA Show for a few years in a row only added to my love for cars, and experiencing Japan first hand on two different occasions ultimately almost had me relocate so that I could go immerse myself deeper into the drifting scene.

Instead, I chose to follow up on two other dreams, and I ended up spending a good chunk of my life savings buying a rotary powered, 1991 Mazda RX-7 FC3S Turbo II, which I had been actively dreaming about for more than a decade. And because the love for two wheels never faded either, I even went on to ride a few race bikes around the local racetrack, alongside with buying a 1999 Suzuki SV650-S for daily adventures.

I have been actively working on various media projects, mostly revolving around motorsports since 2009, and joining Autoevolution has come as sort of a natural progression, as I aim to share my love for cars and motorcycles with the world and further experience more of what the automotive industry has got to offer.
Hot Wheels Unveils a Special Batman Six-Pack For $50
Hot Wheels Unveils a Special Batman Six-Pack For $50

17 Jun 2024, 13:00 UTC · By: Dragos Chitulescu / After watching Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai," I will likely look at some other classic Japanese movies. But I'll likely add some modern films in between for the sake of diversity. I haven't paid much attention to at least o...

 
Hot Wheels Bad Bagger Is Back Thanks to a New Motorcycle Set
Hot Wheels Bad Bagger Is Back Thanks to a New Motorcycle Set

16 Jun 2024, 09:40 UTC · By: Dragos Chitulescu / It's June already, and I haven't ridden my bike this year yet. But that moment is coming right up. I spent almost $1,000 on new parts to have it ready for the season, including new Dunlop tires and a new clutch. Not only do I plan on ...

 
Hot Wheels NFT Garage Series 7 Treasure Hunt Is a Lambo
Hot Wheels NFT Garage Series 7 Treasure Hunt Is a Lambo

16 Jun 2024, 07:23 UTC · By: Dragos Chitulescu / Something very interesting happened to me yesterday. While driving, I noticed an orange Datsun 240Z parked in front of a car shop. I stopped and talked to the owner for 30 minutes. But I was sad to hear he preferred to stay anonymous rather than sh...

 
2017 Mercedes-AMG GT R Requires Some Serious Skills for GT7 Gold
2017 Mercedes-AMG GT R Requires Some Serious Skills for GT7 Gold

15 Jun 2024, 18:57 UTC · By: Dragos Chitulescu / I recently started watching older movies, returning to the '60s and even the '50s. I didn't enjoy Bullitt as I had hoped, but I had a blast watching Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai." I disliked Steve McQueen's movie...

 
10 New Matchbox Cars That Collectors Will Likely Love
10 New Matchbox Cars That Collectors Will Likely Love

15 Jun 2024, 15:47 UTC · By: Dragos Chitulescu / I am going on another long road trip tomorrow. And my wife decided to do a bit of cleaning inside the car. She just walked in the door and said: I found more Hot Wheels; when did you buy these? If you walked into my house two years ago, you'...

 
Inside the New Hot Wheels Japanese Car Culture Set of Six Cars
Inside the New Hot Wheels Japanese Car Culture Set of Six Cars

10 Jun 2024, 11:47 UTC · By: Dragos Chitulescu / For my upcoming Hot Wheels story, I plan on unboxing 25 or more collectibles. I'm unsure if it will be painful, exciting, or both, as I've recently kept most of them intact. I went to buy some donuts earlier today. And it "just so...

 
The Secret to Scoring GT7 Gold at Le Mans With the F1 GTR
The Secret to Scoring GT7 Gold at Le Mans With the F1 GTR

9 Jun 2024, 09:52 UTC · By: Dragos Chitulescu / In less than one month from now, I'll take my RX-7 up a very special road. It has been on my bucket list since I bought it. And then, in late August, I'm heading back to the racetrack with it. I don't get as much racetrack seat t...

 
Ford Crown Victoria With a V12 Tank Engine Is Such a Tease
Ford Crown Victoria With a V12 Tank Engine Is Such a Tease

8 Jun 2024, 13:39 UTC · By: Dragos Chitulescu / A friend of mine recently told me how much he loved Cars 3. I realized I hadn't seen it yet, even though it appeared in 2017. After watching it last night, it left me with a strong sense of hope for the future. Sometimes, people who don�...

 
Red Bull Racing Confirms Second Driver for 2025 and 2026
Red Bull Racing Confirms Second Driver for 2025 and 2026

6 Jun 2024, 12:32 UTC · By: Dragos Chitulescu / One of my childhood friends is currently leading a fairly good life. He took on a senior management role at a huge automotive company and probably earns 10 to 20 times more than I do. But all that comes at a huge cost: almost zero free time and ple...

 
Ferrari Is the King of the Hot Wheels Speed Machines Series
Ferrari Is the King of the Hot Wheels Speed Machines Series

6 Jun 2024, 08:52 UTC · By: Dragos Chitulescu / I must confess: I don't understand people who don't have hobbies. Hobbies are an exciting path to follow in life, with all the ups and downs involved. They keep boredom away and can bring joy in times of need. Having multiple hobbies ...

 
New Hot Wheels Team Transport Set Looks Like an Instant Classic
New Hot Wheels Team Transport Set Looks Like an Instant Classic

1 Jun 2024, 14:31 UTC · By: Dragos Chitulescu / I have several family members who love driving trucks. It's not just a job for them; it's a passion for big rigs. I've never driven one myself, but I see how it could be fun. I guess that's why so many non-truckers turn to Euro ...

 
1959 Chevy El Camino Loses Layer of Rust to Shine as a Lowrider
1959 Chevy El Camino Loses Layer of Rust to Shine as a Lowrider

31 May 2024, 15:02 UTC · By: Dragos Chitulescu / I loved learning foreign languages growing up. I picked up Spanish mostly by listening to Cypress Hill, while my wife knew it by watching soap operas. So, we both have different vocabularies when it comes to this language. Money is not an issue...

 
I Chose Drifting After a Highside Crash Changed My Life
I Chose Drifting After a Highside Crash Changed My Life

31 May 2024, 13:50 UTC · By: Dragos Chitulescu / I miss professional drifting for a host of reasons. It's not just the action, the racetracks, or the traveling. I miss seeing all the people I became friends with through the sport. Likeminded people will form strong bonds like that. In 20...

 
Third Hot Wheels Car Culture Set for 2024 Is Coming Right Up
Third Hot Wheels Car Culture Set for 2024 Is Coming Right Up

31 May 2024, 11:05 UTC · By: Dragos Chitulescu / I was checking out my Hot Wheels/Matchbox haul for May when I realized that most of the cars I bought were Porsches or JDM machines. That's just me, and I'm sure other collectors prefer some good old American Muscle instead. I have se...

 
Hot Wheels Legends Tour Returns to the United Kingdom
Hot Wheels Legends Tour Returns to the United Kingdom

31 May 2024, 08:38 UTC · By: Dragos Chitulescu / I think we all desire to leave something behind before we're gone. There are many ways you can do that. But very few of them will manage to echo through the ages. Life goes by in a blink of an eye. A company as huge as Mattel will come up ...

 
Five New GT7 Cars Will Cost a Cool 1.8 Million Credits
Five New GT7 Cars Will Cost a Cool 1.8 Million Credits

31 May 2024, 06:23 UTC · By: Dragos Chitulescu / Can you believe Gran Turismo debuted almost 30 years ago? It has shaped the lives of so many people and continues to do so daily, so it's no wonder it's like a micro-universe on its own. People have talked about the Gran Turismo 1.48 ...

 
How to Get Two Million GT7 Credits in Just Over 73 Seconds
How to Get Two Million GT7 Credits in Just Over 73 Seconds

30 May 2024, 21:10 UTC · By: Dragos Chitulescu / My birthday is coming up. And I plan on doing something I've been thinking about for six years: driving my FC RX-7 to my hometown for the first time. It's a 200-mile return trip, so I'll likely use a full gas tank. With any luck, ...

 
Top Secret Fairlady Z Looks Like a $315 Reason To Stop Collecting Hot Wheels
Top Secret Fairlady Z Looks Like a $315 Reason To Stop Collecting Hot Wheels

30 May 2024, 12:15 UTC · By: Dragos Chitulescu / I have amassed almost 300 1/64th-scale cars in my collection, but I realize most of them are basic items you can get for $10 or less. I'm happy to own a few special castings from various manufacturers, but even those are worth less than $100 e...

 
10 Exciting Hot Wheels Cars That Are a Blast From the Past
10 Exciting Hot Wheels Cars That Are a Blast From the Past

30 May 2024, 11:02 UTC · By: Dragos Chitulescu / I just finished organizing my May Hot Wheels haul. I will soon be unboxing and shooting over 20 tiny cars for an upcoming story. Seeing all these new collectibles is fun, but you can also take a different approach. By that, I mean journeying thr...

 
New Hot Wheels Premium Collector Set Is a BRE Special
New Hot Wheels Premium Collector Set Is a BRE Special

29 May 2024, 08:45 UTC · By: Dragos Chitulescu / I find myself in a rather dangerous situation today. I'm visiting the city I lived in for 15 years. And with plenty of time to spare, I'll be going on another Hot Wheels Treasure Hunt. That means I'll search seven or eight stores ...

 

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