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Seyth Miersma

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Raised and groomed in the art of car writing by way of the magical internet, Seyth Miersma has carved out a career in the automotive world by telling stories about great roads and great cars. With fleeting exceptions being made for a few newspapers in Texas, Miersma’s words have been rendered with ones and zeros in the digital pages of Winding Road magazine, where he began as a freelancer in 2006 and left as Editor-in-Chief in 2012. Miersma brings the experience of hundreds of car reviews and comparison tests to the Autoblog crew, as well as a love for first-wave Japanese imports, racing video games that only rarely involve stuff blowing up, and driving through the dark of a fall morning in third gear with the radio off. He is very tall (the 97th percentile-set should read Miersma’s reviews with a close eye).

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    ETC: Austrian policeman victim of explosive poo trap
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    My cousins lived next to a big cow pasture in Platteville, WI, when we were all kids. Those boys knew how to have a good time in the country, and when my brother and I came to visit one year, they divulged the fun that could be had by rigging cow patties (that's a pile of poo, for you city ...

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    Breaking: Lotus to layoff a quarter of its workforce
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    Lotus has issued a press release to day, wherein it indicates that a "need to both reshape its organisation and to reduce costs" may result in the loss of "up to 325" jobs. That's a fairly significant number of layoffs for any company, but considering that Lotus currently employs 1,215 people ...

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    Spy Shots: Complete set of Batmobile images snapped on streets of Detroit
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    Detroiters have been spotting the newest Batmobile from the upcoming film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, for a few weeks now. The leaks were steady enough that director Zack Snyder even tweeted out a glossy (yet cropped) image of how the vehicle will actually appear in the movie. Still, we ...

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    Study: Is it illegal to use the Apple Watch while driving?
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    In conjunction with the typical Internet feeding frenzy that goes hand in hand with the announcement of each new iPhone, Apple has been cited in countless headlines this week after its debut of its new Apple Watch on September 9. The so-called "smartwatch" is far from an industry first – ...

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    Video: Mercedes-AMG GT attacks Circuit of the Americas
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    Mercedes-Benz is having a banner year with its Formula One team. Through 2014, the constructor has 454 championship points; ahead of its nearest competitor (Red Bull-Renault) by a margin of 182 tally marks. We're sure they can almost taste the champagne. It's fitting then, and a little big cocky ...

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    Video: Leno samples Corvette Z06, steam cars, supercars and the wonders of Pebble Beach
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    While Jay Leno's Garage was conceived to highlight the wonders of The Big Chin's eponymous storage facility, Leno does occasionally get out an into the larger world. Pebble Beach and the festivities around Monterey recently provided a great excuse for a road trip, and Leno seemingly had a pretty ...

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    Video: Donkervoort D8 GTO is the meanest Lotus 7 knock-off you've ever heard
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    Dutch company Donkervoort may have launched its nutty D8 GTO a few years ago already, but that doesn't mean we find the car any less insane today. With 380 turbocharged horsepower produced by its Audi-sourced 2.5-liter engine, and just about 1,500 pounds to move around (plus driver), the Lotus ...

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    Featured: Autoblog remembers its favorite Ferrari models of the Montezemolo Era
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    Italian cars have a reputation for drawing out the fiery, emotional and passionate sides of car enthusiasts – something that becomes abundantly clear when you ask a group of Autoblog editors to rank a list of their favorites. With the departure of Luca di Montezemolo from Ferrari being ...

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    Video: Vaughn Gittin Jr. takes his dog for a drift
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    Vaughn Gittin Jr. spends a great deal of his workday going sideways, but he's usually alone in the endeavor. For a guy that is clearly a dog lover, we imagine that can get a bit lonely. That won't be a problem for Gittin in this latest video, which features the racer hanging out with his good ...

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    Spy Shots: Koenigsegg Agera R-based mule crashes during Nürburgring testing, two injured
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    Ill news from our spy shooters at Germany's Nürburgring today, as we're saddened to report that the test of a Koenigsegg Agera R-based mule has gone very wrong. As you can see from the sobering photos above, the Swedish supercar crashed while testing at the track, with both driver and ...

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    Official: 2015 Dodge Challenger configurator has all the Hellcat you can dream of
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    The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat has sucked up a lot of air in the automotive news world this summer, so it's good to know that you can actually go out and, you know, buy the sucker. With 2015 models headed for your local showroom, Dodge has seen fit to also pull the wraps off it's latest ...

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    Quick Spin: 2015 Lexus RC 350
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    Luxury coupes like this new, 2015 Lexus RC 350 have got, to my mind, a more challenging mission than their all-out-performance variants; in this case, the recently reviewed RC F. That's not to say that I think actual owners and shoppers of cars like the RC F, BMW M4 and Cadillac CTS-V Coupe only ...

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    Spy Shots: Jaguar XE spied flying over London
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    We only have a few hours to wait before Jaguar finally, and fully, unveils its oft-teased XE sedan. But the Internet is no respecter of secrets, as these very last-minute spy shots make clear. Presumably being airlifted to its spectacular debut location near Earl's Court in London, the BMW ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Lexus RC F
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    I didn't get a chance to drive the Lexus IS F until 2009, two years after the car had gone on sale, but I still vividly remember the day it happened. Having piloted almost every other vehicle in the Lexus lineup at that point, I was stoked to finally get some wheel time in the V8-powered, ...

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    Official: 2015 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak previewed
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    Dodge and Mopar have never strayed far from success in drag racing, be it on run-what-you-brung nights at the local strip or at the highest levels of the sport. Hoping to both add to that heritage and capitalize on some of the media spotlight that's shown so brightly on the brand of late, Dodge ...

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    ETC: Challenger A/T Unlimited Concept could be your next Hellcat-powered ORV
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    This past June I spent an excellent day hanging out with Joey Ruiter, driving and discussing his Reboot Buggy project. Before heading home, I let him know that he was more than welcome to keep me abreast of whichever new automotive project he'd get into. You can never have too many car designers ...

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    Official: John Deere announces second big round of layoffs
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    Farm and heavy equipment manufacturer Deere – of John Deere tractor fame – has announced that it will indefinitely layoff some 460 workers at its Waterloo, IA facility, effective as of October 20. This latest round of layoffs comes just about a week after Deere revealed it would be ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Land Rover Range Rover HSE
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    When this current generation of Range Rover first debuted for the 2013 model year, much was made of its aluminum-intensive superstructure, and the hundreds of pounds of curb weight – some 700 of the suckers – shed as a result. Not having had the opportunity to drive the newly ...

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    Quick Spin: Nissan NV200 Taxi
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    "You're a long way from home!" When I signed up to drive a pre-production version of the Nissan NV200 Taxi, I expected to have a higher-than-normal level of interaction with the public at large. However, while I was hoping for unsuspecting Ann Arborites to perhaps hail me down, or maybe even get ...

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    Quick Spin: 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray [UPDATE]
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    UPDATE: Our sources at Chevy have updated their estimate of the cost of the eight-speed automatic from $1,800 to $1,725. We've changed the text to reflect the new number. Per the same source, we have also included an estimated as-tested price, though we'd like to reiterate that pricing is not ...

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