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Blake Z. Rong
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Invading European territory at the Petrolicious Rally: it's VICE SQUAD '72, in a Pontiac Le Mans. http://jalopnik.com/we-crashed-a-rally-for-old-alfas-and-porsches-in-this-b-1715486409
When Petrolicious invited the auto elite to the Drive Tastefully: Barker Hangar Rally, they expected Magnus Walker 911s and Ferrari 250 Lussos — and they got ‘em. What they didn’t expect was the Vice Squad in our gleaming white piece of ‘70s Americana.
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Surviving Los Angeles (and Pebble Beach!) on a Moto Guzzi V7, day in, and day out.
http://rideapart.com/articles/moto-guzzi-v7-conquers-commute
I bought this 2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Special—say "spe-see-ah-l é, " Italian flair on the e and everything—almost exactly a year ago this month. It was,...
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Aston Martin Music across the Mulholland hills. (Jalopnik, February 4, 2015)
http://jalopnik.com/i-drove-every-aston-martin-1683613093
A scream rang from across the canyons. A dull roar, really, dull only because I haven't yet punched it, sitting Right Here in an Aston Martin Vanquish, and I am in a devastating, crippling traffic jam that only the Malibu hills could provide: Ferrari 430, McLaren MP4-12C, Nissan GTR, Maserati GranTurismo convertible, a sibling Vantage Volante, and then the crème de la crème, today's MVP—an early Acura NSX, on stretched tires wrapping BBS wheels, ...
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The Jaguar XJR-9 has fender skirts. Your Daytona-winning race car doesn't have fender skirts.
http://autoweek.com/article/auctions/jaguar-xjr-9-once-conquered-daytona-now-auction
On March 14, RM Auctions returns to the Ritz-Carlton at Amelia Island for its Concours d'Elegance auction. With an estimate over $3 million, this 1988 XJR-9 (with XJR-12 specification!) will be among 80 cars for sale. Some of the other cars may have fender skirts, but none will have won Daytona.
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No, but it has better brake cooling. :P
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It's been 20 years since Steve Millen had the greatest season of his life, in the greatest race car ever made, based on the greatest car ever. Greatness.
http://autoweek.com/article/car-life/steve-millens-imsa-300zx-and-his-dream-season-1994
Millen looks back at winning Daytona, Sebring, and his class at Le Mans, 20 years later. It was on June 27th, 1993 at Watkins Glen where Steve Millen, having already won the previous year's overall championship, found himself again in the IMSA GTS Nissan 300ZX -- leading the IMSA GTS points ...
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See America Right: how to drive (nearly) 834 miles from Albuquerque to San Diego, in the Audi A3 #TDIChallenge, on one tank of diesel. Rolling roadblocks, angry cops, glowing green ice caves, beef jerky, and one adorable cat named "The Mayor." http://autoweek.com/article/car-life/see-america-right-albuquerque-san-diego-one-tank-diesel
Losing our minds for 834 miles on Audi's TDI Challenge. Somewhere outside Flagstaff, Ariz., inside the world's slowest-moving Audi, photographer extraordinaire Mike Juergens and I had endured an entire day of headwinds, uphills, range anxiety, careening trucks, desert-induced ennui, furious cops ...
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Japanese Nostalgic Car's first-ever Touge California rally Super Exceed-ed my expectations. 
http://jalopnik.com/killing-clutches-and-driving-japanese-dream-cars-at-the-1712416638
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"like a riflebolt..." and yep there it is.
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300cc bikes are in. Ridiculous 200hp bikes are in. Bikes are in, don't ya know.
http://autoweek.com/article/motorcycles/long-beachs-motorcycle-show
It's the year of the entry-level bike with attitude, as well as the genuine superbike. The Long Beach Motorcycle Show of last year, even two years ago, seemed to celebrate the exuberance of a motorcycle revival. It was in the atmosphere, this electric notion that motorcycles were back, baby!, ...
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The world's most legendary Gulf Porsche 917K, now up for sale. Every single 917K is equally legendary, of course. 
http://autoweek.com/article/car-life/your-chance-own-worlds-most-legendary-porsche-917k
Not all Porsche 917s were created equal. Now, 004/017 can be yours. It all started with a conversation. On March 21, 1969, the night before the 12 Hours of Sebring, Porsche racing director Rico Steinemann met with manager John Wyer. Steinemann was on a mission from God, or Porsche upper ...
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An endurance champion, one of twelve ever made, could be yours. For the right price. 

http://autoweek.com/article/classic-cars/three-time-le-mans-veteran-ferrari-275-gtb-c-block-scottsdale
6 of 17Legendary journalist Dean Batchelor said of the Ferrari 275 GTB/C: "The C is very fast and highly manoeuvrable and reliable, yet it is docile and tractable enough to allow normal road use with complete impunity." Photo by Bonham's. Ferrari 275 Competizione driving, rear ...
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Would Ronald Reagan approve of the pink Honda S2000 from 2Fast 2Furious in his Temple to Reaganomics? 
http://autoweek.com/article/car-life/petersen-car-museum-moves-reagan-library
Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this museum: Petersen cars head to the Reagan Library. OK, so Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev, sixth general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, won't personally take a hammer to the Googie fins of the Petersen Museum. That would be the architectural firm ...
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  • Hooniverse Podcast
    Cohost, 2013 - 2015
    Served as one of two cohosts of The Hooniverse Podcast. Interviewed guests including executives, race car drivers, builders and journalists. Pontificated at length on the state of the contemporary auto industry. Led the show into the top 5 automotive-themed podcasts on iTunes.
  • Petersen Automotive Museum
    Curatorial Assistant, 2015 - 2015
    Worked as a team to plan new exhibits for museum’s 2015 reopening. Arranged loans of vehicles and artifacts from around the world for display. Conducted research on automotive and cultural history, reinforced communication and organizational skills.
  • Autoweek
    Associate West Coast Editor, 2012 - 2014
    Wrote long-form feature stories, profiles, and product reviews for both print and online. Arranged photo shoots and created editorial on deadline. Worked with fleet companies to organize weekly press car schedule for two West Coast editors.
  • Automotive.com
    Associate Online Editor, 2011 - 2012
    Worked at Automotive.com, a consumer-oriented site part of Source Interlink Media (now TEN). Reviewed new products, covered auto shows, and published daily news stories. Collaborated on site strategy and direction with a team of six editors.
  • Autoguide
    Freelance Contributor, 2011 - 2011
    Contributor to Autoguide, an automotive news and car-buying site aimed at consum- ers. Wrote news stories covering the automotive industry. Worked remotely with editors in Toronto, Canada. Covered new vehicle launches at the New York Auto Show.
  • Hooniverse
    European Editor, 2009 - 2011
    Produced features, photography, opinion and car reviews to niche automotive blog with an emphasis on culture and unusual vehicles. With colleagues, launched a bi-weekly podcast distributed via RSS and iTunes. Wrote feature articles on subjects ranging from budget racing to obscure British manufacturers.
  • Intertext Magazine
    Design Editor, 2010 - 2010
    Managed art direction for annual Syracuse University literary magazine. Oversaw graphical layout and artwork. Collaborated with fellow editors on content, recruited contributors, and edited with writers on feature articles.
  • The Daily Orange
    Assistant Features Editor, 2009 - 2009
    Responsible for planning daily stories, editing with writers, reviewing films and on-campus shows for daily college newspaper. Wrote feature stories and editorials on deadline, while collaborating with staff from different departments.
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Writer, editor and journalist with over six years’ experience in online, newspaper and magazine publishing.
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