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Brandon Turkus

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A longtime automotive enthusiast, Brandon Turkus’ inauspicious beginnings in the industry (he was fired from his first car-related job at an exotic car dealer) have grown into a nearly 10-year career. During that time, he’s done everything from scheduling and delivering the same cars you see reviewed on Autoblog, to reviewing and photographing cars for Winding Road as Fleet Manager and Online Editor. Turkus is a proud member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, a keen amateur photographer, and a fan of odd British roadsters and French hatchbacks.

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    Report: All Porsche 911s to get turbos in 2015?
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    Currently, Porsche builds two turbocharged 911s – the Turbo and the Turbo S (and their cabriolet counterparts). The rest of the 911 range, meanwhile, is motivated by either 3.4- or 3.8-liter flat-sixes of varying outputs. This clear separation could be set to change in the very near future, ...

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    Motorsports: Infiniti Q50 to enter British Touring Car Championship
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    Infiniti doesn't have much in the way of motorsports heritage. Sure, its logo is currently plastered all over the open-wheelers of the Red Bull Racing Formula One team, but that's little more than a series of stickers – the turbocharged V6 hybrid still comes from corporate cousin ...

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    Report: Porsche becomes first company to rent out Vatican's Sistine Chapel
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    We wouldn't go so far as to say God is a Porsche fan, but those in charge of one of the holiest Christian spots on our little blue marble are welcoming the German automaker into one of the religion's most revered and beautiful settings – the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City. In so doing, ...

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    ETC: Best military photos of the week: October 17
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    Aircraft and ships feature heavily in this week's shots, with our interesting lead image coming from aboard the USS Halsey, a US Navy guided-missile destroyer at sea in the Asia-Pacific region. This shot comes from the DDG's flight deck, at the aft of the ship. Scroll down for the rest of this ...

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    Report: Honda accused of not reporting all airbag problems
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    The Takata airbag recall that has afflicted a number of automakers may have just taken a very bad turn for Honda, which has already recalled over one million vehicles. Clarence Ditlow and the Center for Auto Safety have accused the Japanese manufacturer of failing to report two "injury-and-death" ...

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    Video: Soundtrack-free, in-cockpit F/A-18 video is almost like being there
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    Aside from cat videos, fighter jet videos are one of the things the Internet has a vast surplus of. And while those vids are often breathtakingly beautiful, watching them means enduring whatever stupid soundtrack that's been overlaid on the action. This video is not like that. Okay, well it is ...

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    Report: RAF to deploy Reaper drones as part of anti-ISIS operations
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    One of the most indelible marks left by US involvement in the war-torn Middle East is the use of drones. Specifically, we're talking about the notorious Predator and Reaper, two relatively small drones that are armed to the teeth with air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles. While America's use of ...

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    Official: Jaguar Heritage Driving Experience throws you the keys to the museum
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    As automotive journalists, we get to drive a lot of really cool, high-performance vehicles. It really is the single best thing about this job. However, our access to vehicles is generally limited to the newest offerings on the market. That means, much like the general public, we don't really get ...

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    Video: Motor Trend pits Camaro 1LE vs Mustang with Performance Pack, surprises ensue
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    With the 2015 Ford Mustang firmly on the scene, the inevitable comparisons with its arch rival, the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro are just starting to trickle out. Over the next several months, you're likely to be inundated by every outlet's muscle car comparison, whether it be the turbocharged Ford ...

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    Report: Convertible demand has tanked over last seven years
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    Few things match the joy of open-roofed motoring. The wind runs through your hair, the sun beats down and the trees flash overhead, and it's then that you realize that this elemental experience is just better than being permanently ensconced in stylized cage of steel and glass. Unfortunately for ...

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    Study: Kids 39% more likely to buy parents' car brand
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    Children are a blank slate. They draw their habits, behaviors and mannerisms from their parents. If you subscribe to that viewpoint, then this study out of Michigan State University won't really come as a surprise. According to Soren Anderson, and MSU economist, kids are 39 percent more likely to ...

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    Report: Porsche exec confirms Macan Diesel for US
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    The idea of a diesel-powered Porsche is the sort of thing that sounds really, really weird... until you actually drive it. The result of sticking glow plugs under the hood of Stuttgart's finest, though, is a vehicle that's nearly as entertaining as a gas-powered model but with much more torque ...

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    Spy Shots: What in the name of Gottlieb Daimler is Mercedes-Benz up to?
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    Start speculating folks. This is apparently a new Mercedes-Benz concept car, and judging by this gallery of spy photos, it's the most bizarre and unusual concept we've seen in quite a long time. Based on these images, we're going to hazard that this some sort of ultra-efficient fuel-sipper, in ...

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    Video: Petrolicious documents the motorsport-changing Ferrari 512M
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    Petrolicious has had plenty of beautiful cars and big-time personalities in its videos, but today's interview is sees one of the series' most well known subjects – US Formula 1 commentator David Hobbs. Hobbs is an accomplished racer, capturing a number of podiums and a pair of class wins ...

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    Official: GM delivers best Q3 sales since 1980, 2.4M vehicles sold
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    People are a weird sort. Even after registering over 70 recalls through the first three-quarters of 2014, General Motors saw its best Q3 results since Jimmy Carter was in the White House, registering over 2.4 million global sales between June and September on the back of strong results in the US ...

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    Followup: Root cause of June F-35 engine fire determined, fix in the works
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    The cause of a June engine fire involving an F-35 Lightning II has been determined, according to a joint report from the Department of Defense and engine supplier Pratt and Whitney, Military Times reports. The fire, which grounded the military's fleet of the next-generation frontline fighter, ...

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    Official: Honda CR-V named Motor Trend SUV of the Year for 2015
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    Motor Trend has announced the results of its 2015 SUV of the Year competition, and from a field that included the new Porsche Macan, Cadillac Escalade, Subaru Outback, Chevrolet Suburban and BMW X5, the buff book has awarded the gold calipers to the 2015 Honda CR-V. If that result surprises you ...

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    Followup: Johan responds to critics again about Cadillac's NY move
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    Cadillac's new President Johan de Nysschen has faced a fair amount of criticism since assuming his position at the head of the American luxury manufacturer. From the company's move to New York City to a controversial new naming scheme, the first few months of his tenure have not been smooth ...

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    Video: Razor releases adult-friendly Crazy Cart XL, Autoblog office loses mind
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    Adult-sized children, rejoice. The Razor Crazy Cart, which we showed you way back in July of 2013 and which one fun-hating Autoblog staffer called "a pediatrician's nightmare," is now available for grownups. This is the best news you'll read all week. For those that need a refresher, the Crazy ...

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    Official: Mazda2 nets Japan Car of the Year, Cherokee first US model to ever crack top 10 [UPDATE]
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    The 2015 Mazda2 is quite high up on our must-drive list. Yes, the teeny, tiny successor to the 100-horsepower five-door is worth getting excited over, largely because the previous generation was one of the absolute best smiles-per-dollar values on the market. While we eagerly await for our ...

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