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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.
ACC Takes Racing to the Home of the Brave With Three New Legendary Tracks
ACC Takes Racing to the Home of the Brave With Three New Legendary Tracks

Have you ever wondered why racing video games have such a profound effect on us? One might say that the answer is pretty simple. For most people that are passionate about motorsports and racing, these video games are their sole option of living the...

 
1972 Cuda Joins 962 and R34 Skyline in New Hot Wheels Set, It's Free It Wednesday
1972 Cuda Joins 962 and R34 Skyline in New Hot Wheels Set, It's Free It Wednesday

Yesterday the Hot Wheels Red Line Club members had the chance of buying the newest Chevy 454 SS, but we'll get back to this topic later on. Meanwhile, Mattel has come up with some more Car Culture goodness, in the form of Hot Wheels Team Trans...

 
Honda Prelude Goes From Zero to Hero in Digital Render, Looks Eager to Race at Pikes Peak
Honda Prelude Goes From Zero to Hero in Digital Render, Looks Eager to Race at Pikes Peak

The 100th running edition of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb was held this past weekend in Colorado. This means that we'll have to wait another year until the next edition. But that's ok, especially seeing as this year's race...

 
Delage D12 Roars Into Action at Goodwood FOS, Looks Like a Fighter Jet on Wheels
Delage D12 Roars Into Action at Goodwood FOS, Looks Like a Fighter Jet on Wheels

What a time to be alive! While some of the world's most brilliant automotive engineers are developing the electric hypercars of tomorrow, others are still using F1 race cars as a source of inspiration for their projects. There are quite a few ...

 
1969 Shelby GT500 Is a True Survivor, Will Require Deep Pockets
1969 Shelby GT500 Is a True Survivor, Will Require Deep Pockets

The first-ever Shelby GT500 became available to customers back in 1967. It was going to last long though, as production stopped in 1969 after Carroll Shelby terminated his agreement with Ford. It would take more than three decades before the Shelby...

 
PAC13B RX-3 Sets a New 1/4-Mile World Record, Celebrates With a Night Drive
PAC13B RX-3 Sets a New 1/4-Mile World Record, Celebrates With a Night Drive

The year was circa 2011. At that point, the fastest car I had ever seen with my own eyes was a turbocharged Honda Civic that could do high 8-second passes down the quarter-mile. One day I stumbled upon a video of what seemed to be a Mazda 6. It was...

 
Rod Millen Drives Pikes Peak Toyota Tacoma Up The Mountain, It's Like 1999 All Over Again
Rod Millen Drives Pikes Peak Toyota Tacoma Up The Mountain, It's Like 1999 All Over Again

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb celebrated its 100th anniversary this past weekend. The weather was less than ideal for such a difficult challenge as the Race to the Clouds. But 70 drivers still lined up at the bottom of the mountain for th...

 
Wooden Block Turns to Toyota Tacoma Pro in 493 Seconds, You Can't Drive It Though
Wooden Block Turns to Toyota Tacoma Pro in 493 Seconds, You Can't Drive It Though

If you are an avid consumer of memes, you're bound to know the "Mom, can we have a ..."/"No, we have that at home" format of images used to convey humor. Oftentimes, the hypothetical mom talks about a less than authentic re...

 
Strong 1-2 Finish for Ducati at MotoGP Race in Assen, Quartaro Wasn't So Lucky
Strong 1-2 Finish for Ducati at MotoGP Race in Assen, Quartaro Wasn't So Lucky

You can always count on a fair share of adrenaline-pumping action during a MotoGP race. Overtaking of any kind is spectacular to watch, and the crashes that occur quite often will have you holding on to dear life on the edge of your seat. As with a...

 
2023 Mercedes-Benz GLS Facelift Spy Shots Tease Future Release, Shouldn't Be Long Now
2023 Mercedes-Benz GLS Facelift Spy Shots Tease Future Release, Shouldn't Be Long Now

To say that competition is fierce in the automotive industry today would be an understatement. The market for brand new vehicles is on a course to hit 80 million units per year, and everyone wants a piece of the action. To achieve success and thus ...

 
1968 Ford Mustang and Owner Are Parting Ways, It Hasn't Been a Fruitful Love Story
1968 Ford Mustang and Owner Are Parting Ways, It Hasn't Been a Fruitful Love Story

I'll start dieting tomorrow. I'll start being more responsible tomorrow. I'll stop smoking tomorrow. People often tend to postpone things they find difficult to carry out. And that's not quite a healthy thing to do. Oftentimes, ...

 
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The concept of a fast car has changed quite a bit over the past 100 years. You don't need to own a supercar to achieve ludicrous speeds these days. Of course, going fast in the real world is not the same as it would be on the race track. So it...

 
Spéirling Fan Car Writes History at the Goodwood FOS, Crushes F1 Record After 23 Years
Spéirling Fan Car Writes History at the Goodwood FOS, Crushes F1 Record After 23 Years

What happens when technology is too ahead of its time? People might feel that it's useless, or they can even look at it with fear. Something that may seem brilliant can be forgotten aside for years to come until the time is right. Just look at...

 
Creating Race Car Liveries Is a Job This Man Loves, Also Has the Skills To Pull It Off
Creating Race Car Liveries Is a Job This Man Loves, Also Has the Skills To Pull It Off

If you're planning on becoming a race driver, you need to know that being a professional isn't all about being fast on the racetrack. There are plenty of things you need to work on when you're away from the track as well. If you don&...

 
Rims Real Big, Truck Real Big, Ford F-450 Super Duty Will Show People How You Live
Rims Real Big, Truck Real Big, Ford F-450 Super Duty Will Show People How You Live

In some countries in the Middle East, you need to keep in mind one thing when you're driving. Smaller cars have to give way to the bigger ones. With that in mind, driving a Ford F-450 should make things quite easy for you. It might not be as f...

 
1967 Ford F-100 Will Make You Feel Like the King of the Road, Priced Like a 2022 F-150
1967 Ford F-100 Will Make You Feel Like the King of the Road, Priced Like a 2022 F-150

Nostalgia is a tricky thing to deal with. It can sway your decisions one way or another while disregarding even the most basic principles for the sake of the good old days. If you've ever dealt with a car that's 20 or 30 years old, you�...

 
Hot Wheels Exclusive RLC Chevy 454 SS Coming Right Up, You Can Get Two
Hot Wheels Exclusive RLC Chevy 454 SS Coming Right Up, You Can Get Two

It was just a few days ago that Mattel released the exclusive Red Line Club, NISMO-themed Nissan Skyline R34. Upon hearing the news, I decided I would buy it for my collection. But everyone warned me that it might be impossible to get it, seeing as...

 
Three Way Drag Race Has Some of the Fastest Cars in Europe Fighting for the Win
Three Way Drag Race Has Some of the Fastest Cars in Europe Fighting for the Win

Do you ever fantasize about winning the lottery and buying all the cool cars and bikes you've been dreaming of? It's at that point that you wouldn't have to choose between brands. You can get one Ferrari, one Lamborghini, one Porsche...

 
Inside the 2022 Hot Wheels N Case, Audi RS2 Super Treasure Hunt Is Revealed
Inside the 2022 Hot Wheels N Case, Audi RS2 Super Treasure Hunt Is Revealed

It has been almost three weeks since the 2022 Mainline case M has been released by Hot Wheels. And fans of the 1/64 scale diecast vehicles around the world were already anxious for the release of case N. That moment has finally arrived, and it is b...

 
1980 Triumph Spitfire Is Not a Garage Queen, Gets Love From Its Owner Despite the Quirks
1980 Triumph Spitfire Is Not a Garage Queen, Gets Love From Its Owner Despite the Quirks

Working in the automotive industry for over a decade means that I've had the privilege of meeting a lot of people, ranging from race drivers, engineers, company owners, photographers, and event organizers. You don't always get to keep in ...

 

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