Dan Mihalascu

Dan Mihalascu

Email: dan.mihalascu@lastgear.com

Cars have intrigued Dan ever since he could tell the difference between a Dacia 1300 and a Skoda 105 - that happened not long after he started distinguishing shapes and colors. His favorite pastime soon became dismantling toy cars and reassembling (most of) them, something his mother was not very pleased about. He then started collecting piles of car magazines, an activity his mom wasn’t too fond of either.

Finally, something good (or bad, depends on whom you ask) came out of his passion as he decided to turn it into a career. Since he was better at typing than changing spark plugs, he chose to study journalism rather than becoming a mechanic (thank God for that). While most of his university colleagues fantasized about the Pulitzer prize, all he wanted was to write car reviews. Which he started doing right after graduation, when he got his first job as an editor for a car magazine.

One thing led to another and at the age of 26 he contested his first hillclimb race in a yellow Peugeot 205 GTi. It went well for a debut, but the second race ended up with a totaled car. He blamed that on the poor choice of tires, but everyone knows he was just too fired up and unexperienced to keep a cool head on a wet course. Thinking of himself as Senna at Donington in 1993 didn’t help either. Weeks after, he returned to racing in a blue Peugeot 205 GTi and carried on without incidents for two seasons before quitting for financial reasons. Fast forward many years and news outlets and he is now an editor for drivemag.com, where he reminisces about the good old days while reviewing econoboxes.

https://cdn.drivemag.net/images/icons/interface-icons.svg
Lowest-car-leases-opening-photo
Who knew you could drive a brand new car for under $200 a month?
By Dan Mihalascu |
2018-Mercedes-AMG-G-65-Final-Edition-0
Only 65 units will be made, each sporting distinctive bronze accents
By Dan Mihalascu |
2018-729-Wide-Body-Ford-Mustang-TriAthlete-by-Roush-Performance-0
With a total of 50 vehicles from the Blue Oval at the show, they may as well call it Ford Tuning Fest
By Dan Mihalascu |
IMSA-RXR-One-based-on-Mercedes-AMG-GT-0
Chances are it will leave the real Mercedes-AMG GT3 race car in the dust
By Dan Mihalascu |
RMD-Garage-1959-Chevrolet-Apache-custom-truck-0
It's completely modified inside and out and packs a 550-hp V8
By Dan Mihalascu |
McLaren-next-Ultimate-Series-model-teased-0
What's it gonna be, this or the BP23 "Hyper-GT"?
By Dan Mihalascu |
Hyundai-N-2025-Vision-Gran-Turismo-0
The virtual fuel-cell racer gets a new livery in the process
By Dan Mihalascu |
2019-VW-Jetta-spy-photos-0
VW's best-selling model in the U.S. will become more "emotional"
By Dan Mihalascu |
1997-McLaren-F1-0
It has never been registered and comes with the McLaren pre-delivery test mileage
By Dan Mihalascu |
Green4U-Technologies-MTU-6-0
If you think six doors are too many, there's also an eight-door version in the works
By Dan Mihalascu |
Dacia-Duster-Pickup-rendering-0
The pickup version has the most chances of becoming a production model if you ask us
By Dan Mihalascu |
This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Find out more.
I Agree