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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: Audi mechanic takes owner's S4 home for the weekend
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    When you bring your car to a dealer, you expect a technician to take it out for a spin, just to make sure there aren't any noises, rattles or other behavior that you may have missed. Maybe they run a few miles along a predetermined test route or take a quick run down the highway. You do not, ...

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    Report: Next Mercedes GLK to get AMG variant after all?
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    The Mercedes-Benz GLK has stood out from the rest of the brand's portfolio for a less-than-flattering reason – it's been the sole vehicle to wear a silver arrow on the nose, but not wear an AMG-badge on its trunk (unless you count the coupe and convertible variants of the E-Class, which we ...

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    Spy Shots: Next-gen Toyota Tacoma mule caught towing in the desert
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    With the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon set to arrive in dealers in the near future, it's high time Toyota got to work on a replacement for the Tacoma, a vehicle whose present generation debuted in the middle of the Bush Administration. Now, we have images of that new pickup undergoing ...

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    Read This: Making the case for more drone investment
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    Today, America's armed forces aren't known for its aircraft carriers, fighter jets, tanks or guns – it's known for its drones. Whether they be Predators, Reapers, Global Hawks or something that takes up slightly less headline space, the US use of drones has been the single most identifying ...

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    Video: 2014 Le Mans in photographs makes a beautiful video
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    There are any number of ways to experience the 24 Hours of Le Mans. You can watch it on TV or online. You can attend in person. You can follow it on Twitter. You can even catch the recap of it here on Autoblog. Or, compared to all of these fairly modern methods, you can go old school and analyze ...

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    Video: A Ferrari Dino 308 GT4 retrospective, by Gear Patrol
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    When we think of desirable Ferraris from the 1970s, the choices are somewhat thin. Obviously, there was the 365 GTB/4, better known as the legendary Daytona, but that was initially a product of the 1960s. Really, aside from the arrival of the stylish 308, the 1970s weren't a strong decade for ...

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    Auctions: Range Rover #1 headed to auction block
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    There's a scene in the Nicholas Cage version of Gone In 60 Seconds, where the lead car thief marches into a Ferrari dealership and laments a newer version of Maranello's finest, claiming he saw three outside his local Starbucks and calling their drivers "self-indulgent wieners," before talking ...

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    Report: Even with delays, Virginia-class attack sub will be delivered on time
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    The littoral combat ships. The F-22 Raptor. The F-35 Lightning II. Each of these government production contracts has garnered plenty of headline space for cost overruns and delays. The F-35 alone has gobbled up $400 billion during its development and service life so far and, for a time, the F-22 ...

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    Read This: Tony Stewart and Kevin Ward Jr. tragedy dividing opinions
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    Barely two days removed from the tragic incident between NASCAR Sprint Cup star Tony Stewart and young Kevin Ward Jr., we're still far from certain of the particulars of the events that led to Ward's death. What is certain, though, is that the Internet's proselytizing of the incident has hit its ...

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    Teased: Are you the 2016 Mazda Miata?
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    Tech nerds are spoiled. Every year, there's a new iPhone that arrives following months and months of breathless speculation and rumormongering. We car folk have a more difficult life, because vehicles with the iPhone's cult-like devotion and following, while plentiful, only receive hefty updates ...

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    Report: Vets say last goodbye to carrier USS Saratoga
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    Over 100 veterans said their goodbyes to the USS Saratoga, a Forrestal-class carrier that protected the United States for nearly 50 years and saw action in Vietnam and in Operation Desert Storm. The ship's sailors were given a last look on Friday. "I wanted to see her before she goes to that big ...

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    Official: 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR unleashed with 550 hp for $110,475* [w/video]
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    Your options for a highly sporty luxury SUV have just become more complicated. That's because in addition to the Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG and Porsche Cayenne Turbo, Land Rover has just busted its way onto the scene with this, the 550-horsepower, supercharged Range Rover Sport SVR. Land Rover has ...

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    Official: 'Q by Aston Martin' bringing unique creations to Monterey
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    Want an Aston Martin unlike any other on the road? You'll need to look to Q, and no, we're not talking about the inimitable Desmond Llewelyn. No, we're referring to Aston's in-house customization shop, a one-stop destination that can set your Vantage or Vanquish even further apart from every ...

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    Report: Chrysler, Nissan looking into claim that their cars are industry's most hackable
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    A pair of cyber security experts have awarded the ignominious title of most hackable vehicles on American roads to the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, 2014 Infiniti Q50 and 2015 Cadillac Escalade. Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek are set to release a report at the Black Hat hacking conference in Las Vegas, ...

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    Video: How GM is 3D laser-scanning its plants and using Google Glass
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    There is much, much more that goes into building an automotive factory than simply screwing the structure together, tossing a bunch of robots and employees in and supplying it with raw materials. There is a huge amount of planning that governs how the factory will be laid out, where the various ...

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    Report: Lexus talks LFA successor
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    Did you just miss out on purchasing one of the 500 Lexus LFA supercars built between 2010 and 2012? "No big deal," you're probably thinking, "I'll just wait until the next time Lexus builds a supercar." Well, we're afraid that you'll be waiting quite a long time. And by long time, we mean about ...

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    Video: Forza Motorsport profiles courageous paralyzed racer
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    It's easy to look at racing video games as just a time waster or a hobby. In reality, though, they're often powerful tools for aspiring racers to learn tracks, race craft and how to set up a car in an easily accessible, risk-free environment. We aren't just talking about proper computer-based ...

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    Official: Hyundai fined $17.35 million for late Genesis recall
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    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has slapped Hyundai with a $17.35 million fine for delaying a recall on the 2009 to 2012 Hyundai Genesis sedan back in 2013. The recall grew from the original figure of 27,500 units to 43,500 sedans in November of last year, and focused on brake ...

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    Official: GM will no longer remove parts from trucks to calculate curb weights
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    Following last week's mild uproar after it was discovered that Ford and General Motors were removing some optional parts from their pickups to lower the curb weight and consequently increase the maximum payload, GM has come out and committed to a base curb weight for its upcoming Chevrolet ...

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    Official: 2015 Dodge Charger Pursuit is ready to serve and protect
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    Okay speed freaks, it's time to update your cheat sheet of police headlights, as Dodge has just unveiled the new 2015 Charger sedan's police variant, the Pursuit. Like previous Charger Pursuits, the 2015 model is based on a modified version of the civilian sedan, featuring the same basic batch ...

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