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Damon Lowney

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Damon Lowney has been fascinated by fast things since he was a child – planes, trains and automobiles (no joke!) – and that fascination ultimately led to his current obsession with fast sports cars and the art of performance driving, though he enjoys almost any automobile that sits left of center. After graduating from Cal State Fullerton and landing an internship at one of his favorite magazines, Excellence: The Magazine About Porsche, he was hired on there as Associate Editor in the Fall of 2010. Recognizing the pervasiveness of the Internet and digital media devices, in July 2013 Damon started working at Autoblog.comas a Daily News Writer to pursue his passion producing digital automotive media. In his pastime, he loves to autocross his Porsche 944 S2 (or anything with four wheels) and drive his hotrod BMW 2002.

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    Video: Why we love racing and racing drivers
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    The Racers starts off with a quote from legendary racecar driver Sir Stirling Moss: "There are two things no man will admit he cannot do well... Drive and make love." Whether that's true or not, it sets the tone of the video, to be sure, and is fitting for a film that romanticizes Formula One ...

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    Study: GM, Chrysler bailouts saved 2.6 million jobs
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    The Center for Automotive Research (CAR) has been studying the effects of the General Motors and Chrysler bailouts in 2009. Now that the US Treasury has officially sold off the rest of its stake in GM (and Chrysler has already paid back its loan), CAR has released its study on the effects of the ...

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    Video: Danica Patrick not a big fan of Jay Mohr's humor at NASCAR banquet
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    Friday was the night of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series annual Champion's Awards banquet, and the host, comedian Jay Mohr, cracked off some jokes about Danica Patrick that visibly rubbed her (and her fellow NASCAR-driver boyfriend, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.) the wrong way. We're not going to judge ...

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    Report: Toyota vows to fix poor Camry crash test result that irked Consumer Reports
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    Many Toyota vehicles haven't been performing well in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) small overlap frontal crash test, and the Camry is one of them. The 2012 and 2013 Camry both received "Poor" ratings, IIHS' lowest rating, in the test, which spurred Consumer Reports to take ...

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    Followup: Tesla not bought with Bitcoin currency after all?
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    The story we posted about a dealership accepting Bitcoins as payment for a Tesla Model S is reportedly only partially true. Lamborghini Newport Beach instead used BitPay to exchange the electronic currency for US dollars before completing the sale, according to "Squawk on the Street" on ...

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    Official: Dubuc Canadian DIY supercar to debut in Montreal [w/video]
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    A new Canadian kit car manufacturer, Dubuc Super Light Cars (SLC), has unveiled the Tomahawk, a lightweight, mid-engine kit car that's promised to weigh under 2,000 pounds. The Tomahawk will debut at the Montreal International Auto Show in January. Dubuc SLC says the car will feature a 300-pound ...

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    Report: Lewis Hamilton never paid his father for being his manager
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    Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton once offered to give his father and former manager, Anthony, a cash gift of up to $4 million after the father-son pair split in 2010. But in a court hearing, he said he never was paid by his son nor accepted cash gifts from him, The Telegraph reports. The court ...

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    Report: Production Lexus NX small CUV headed for Geneva
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    Just five months ago, our spy photographers caught what appeared to be a mule for the forthcoming Lexus NX crossover with the body of a CT 200h for disguise. Then the LF-NX Concept CUV debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show (it showed up at the Tokyo Motor Show as well) with a massive spindle grille ...

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    Study: Hyundai tops Toyota in annual CarMD Vehicle Health Index
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    CarMD has released its third annual Vehicle Health Index, which for the 2013 tracked the frequency and cost of repairs for "check engine" problems of 119-million vehicles built between the 2003 and 2013 model years. For the first two years of the index, Toyota ranked at the top of the list, but ...

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    ETC: Tesla Model S purchased with Bitcoin from Lamborghini dealer
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    Maybe you've heard of Bitcoin by now, but if you haven't, here's what you need to know: it's a decentralized, electronic currency contained in the world's first completely open financial network (for a better understanding, visit this informative Washington Post article). Bitcoin can be used to ...

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    Video: World's Strongest Man champion pulls a dozen Nissan Note hatchbacks to set record
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    On December 1, Zydrunas Savickas, a five-time World's Strongest Man champion, pulled 12 Nissan Notes (the equivalent to our Versa Note) weighing 28,530 pounds over 16.4 feet in 32.9 seconds. The feat, performed in Lithuania at the end of the country's Car of the Year test camp, was enough to ...

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    Report: Ex-Ford and Carbon Motors exec working on robot security guards
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    Back in 2003, former Ford executive William Santana Li and former police officer Stacey Dean founded Carbon Motors, a company that designed a purpose-built diesel police car that recently filed for bankruptcy. But they're at it again, this time with a new company and a new invention that looks ...

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    Followup: Woman ticketed for driving with Google Glass to fight charge
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    A San Diego woman who was ticketed in October by the California Highway Patrol for wearing Google Glass while driving pleaded not guilty and will fight the citation in court, Yahoo reports. The woman, Cecilia Abadie, was pulled over for driving 80 miles per hour in a 65-mph zone. After Abadie ...

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    Report: Lohan drafting lawsuit against GTA V's Rockstar Games? [w/video]
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    The Grand Theft Auto videogame series is loved and loathed by many, and, as it turns out, Lindsay Lohan can be added to the latter group - unless GTA's publisher, Rockstar Games, cuts her a check. More specifically, TMZ reports, the troubled actress and her lawyers are drafting a lawsuit against ...

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    Video: Subaru revisits 1998 Impreza 22B STI
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    It was 1998 when Subaru made some crucial changes to its World Rally Championship Impreza, such as increasing the displacement of the turbocharged flat-four-cylinder engine from 2.0 to 2.2 liters and fitting wide fender flares. Subaru won the WRC manufacturer championship with the car that year, ...

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    Report: Ohio Senate strips anti-Tesla amendment from bill
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    Tesla's strategy to sell cars, such as the Model S, through manufacturer-owned retail stores has rubbed traditional franchise auto dealerships the wrong way. The battle between Tesla and the Ohio Auto Dealers Association heated up quickly over the past week because a proposed amendment to an Ohio ...

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    Official: Tesla says Germany concludes Model S fire probe without further action
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    It was the perfect storm: three Model S fires in six weeks were enough for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to start an investigation into the two US fires in mid-November, but as it turns out, the German government was paying attention too. According to Tesla, Germany's ...

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    Video: Is Honda working on airbags for smartphones?
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    Smartphones are expensive yet delicate - a single impact on a hard surface can shatter their touchscreens, often damaging them beyond repair. Fitting a case offers only so much protection, but what about an airbag? Honda has explored the concept with the airbag-equipped Case N and even made a ...

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    Official: BMW and Mini shuffle NA management, McDowell to retire
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    BMW and Mini recently shuffled top personnel in their design departments, and now BMW of North America will reorganize its management to improve customer relations. Peter Miles (pictured), currently the executive vice president of operations, will take a newly created position, vice president of ...

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    Report: GM Canada under fire for Cruze fuel economy issues
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    The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze that owner Farah Mocquais bought for commuting to work hasn't achieved the fuel economy ratings that the Canadian arm of General Motors advertised, CBC News reports, and the couple is accusing GM Canada of misleading them. Instead of burning 5.5 liters of gasoline per 100 ...

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