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Photography, Travel

Postcard From New Zealand

While I’m fortunate that my travels covering motorsports takes me around the world, I mostly go to the same places year after year, which can get a bit dull.

For 2017, I’m trying to shake that up that by visiting some new locations, off the beaten path from the racing world, and New Zealand was at the top of the list.

Following last weekend’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, I hopped across the Tasman Sea to Queenstown, where I explored Fiordland National Park, New Zealand’s largest national park, including a trip to Milford Sound, by bus and plane.

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Photo: John Dagys
Photography

First Impressions: Fujifilm X-T2

For the past three months, I’ve been testing the new Fujifilm X-T2, which in the mirrorless camera world, has been one of the most highly anticipated cameras to be released this year.

Announced in July, the X-T2 is the latest addition to Fujifilm’s X Series lineup and as I’ve found out through initial real-world testing, is a significant leap forward, not only on the company’s flagship X-T1 model, but also the recently released X-Pro2.

While the X-T1 and X-T2 may look nearly identical side-by-side, there have been some massive upgrades made “under the hood” that has put the X-T2 in a league of its own.

The X-T2 utilizes a 24.2MP X-Trans CMOS III sensor, and while the same sensor and processor from the X-Pro2, it’s the first X Series model to feature 4K video recording, at speeds up to 60fps.

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Automotive

TEST DRIVE: Cadillac ATS-V Coupe

As a millennial growing up in the ’90s, there were car brands you associated with your grandparents. Oldsmobile, Buick, Lincoln and Cadillac were some of the most luxurious cars on the market, but ones you wouldn’t necessarily have as posters plastered on your bedroom walls.

While exotics from Ferrari and Lamborghini and even American muscle from Ford, Chevy and Dodge were the favorites for many young automotive enthusiasts in America, the trend in the last ten years has changed significantly.

In 2004, Cadillac set out to change its image of being a company just for those on Social Security by launching a high-performance division called V-Series.

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Motorsports

What if the ALMS/Grand-Am Merger Didn’t Happen?

The face of North American sports car racing has changed drastically in the last three years with the unification of the two leading series into what’s now known as the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

But what if the merger didn’t happen? What if the impromptu meeting between Scott Atherton and Jim France at an ACCUS meeting in February 2012 didn’t occur?

Would both the American Le Mans Series and Grand-Am still be in existence today? And if so, what would each series look like, amid the evolution of class structures and emerging global platforms?

It’s a question that popped into my head just this week. And while there’s no clear-cut answer on where the sport would be right now if the ALMS was not acquired by Grand-Am, it still does pose an intriguing situation.

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