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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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    Video: DeLorean DMC-12 illustrates how a good idea goes bad with Xcar
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    When John Z. DeLorean set out to build a car, he had good intentions – it'd be small, efficient, sporty, affordable and safe, complete with a rust-free, stainless-steel body. The outcome, though, was a lamentable mess, a coupe whose prestige rests more with its gullwing doors and its ...

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    Video: Video proof that LaFerrari has a pure electric mode
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    Typically, a hybrid car, with its gas engine and an electric motor/battery pack is able to run on both forms of propulsion independently of each other. That means you can sip gas, run on pure electricity or some variation there of. The Ferrari LaFerrari is not like other hybrids. See, the ...

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    Report: Are America's railroads snubbing car shipments?
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    Building a car, delivering it to a dealer and then selling to a consumer represents an enormous and elaborate process that relies on the seamless and often invisible work of many parts. The use of railways represents a huge part of that process, but according to a new report from Automotive News, ...

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    Official: Space-minded Ural MИР comes with solar panel, unique repair instructions
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    The individualist aspect of motorcycle culture is a well-known thing. Bikers pride themselves on being different, whether they're on the back of a Suzuki or a Harley-Davidson. Ural riders are particularly unique. These Russian bikes are known for being robust, go-anywhere things, and they ...

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    Report: Mysterious Air Force X-37B completes 674-day mission [w/video]
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    The US Air Force's mysterious X-37B completed its most recent mission over the weekend, landing at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base over the weekend after spending the last 674 days in space. What it was doing up there, though, remains a mystery. The X-37 originally launched from Cape ...

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    Report: 1 in 5 vehicles has been recalled this year
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    2014 will forever be known as the year of the recalls. General Motors has been the biggest culprit, with over 70 recalls to date, but there have been plenty of other notable recalls competing for our attention. Now, CNN Money is reporting that 2014 has seen a total of 544 recalls, or about two a ...

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    Official: Porsche slathers Martini livery on 911, Panamera, Macan and Cayenne
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    This is how we imagine the conversation went in Porsche's Stuttgart headquarters: "Martini livery. Martini livery all the things." Okay, so maybe not, but that hasn't stopped Porsche from showing off images of most of its lineup bearing the iconic racing livery. While we aren't sure about the ...

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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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