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Angus MacKenzie

Angus MacKenzie
Born on the cold, barren Canadian plains of Calgary, Alberta, Angus MacKenzie couldn’t decide between marketing, automotives or an entrepreneurial path - so he chose all three. With an education in automotives and marketing, Angus has rebuilt the carburetor on his 1963 Rambler Ambassador twice, gotten a speeding ticket in an F430 once, and driven & photographed everything from Lamborghinis to Maseratis to various German and Asian designs. When not writing, Angus has for the past six years been Editor-in-Chief for elemente, an internationally recognized architecture/design magazine.
Top Articles by Angus MacKenzie
  • Body Dryer offers an alternative to the yucky ol' bath towel

    From Dyson’s Airblade to more straight-forward designs, hand dryers are run-of-the-mill these days. Now a team of designers out of the US has turned the idea upside down to create the Body Dryer. ...

  • Lamborghini's .3 million topless Veneno

    Ever since the release of Lamborghini’s limited edition .3 million Veneno earlier this year, rumors of a topless version have been growing. This week Lamborghini turned rumor into reality with the announcement of its most expensive supercar to date...

  • Luxury muscle: The Equus Bass 770

    A boutique auto manufacturer in Michigan has developed its own interpretation of the muscle car genre. The Equus new Bass 770 is an unashamed impersonator that mixes the old world and the new to create a muscle car with a taste for life's little luxu...

  • Jessi Combs breaks 48-year old land speed record

    Back in 1965, Lee Breedlove set the women's land speed record on Utah’s Salt Lake Flats with a speed of 308.51 mph (496.49 km/h). That record stood for 48 years until this month, when Jessi Combs took her 52,000 hp Supersonic Speed Challenger to a sp...

Audi announced it will be the first auto manufacturer to receive an autonomous driving per...

Audi has announced that it will be the first auto manufacturer to receive an autonomous driving permit from the State of California. The new autonomous vehicle laws that went into effect yesterday require the German automaker to submit a surety of bond of at least US$5 million per vehicle in order to qualify.  Read More

Toyota's new Maker-inspired U2 concept vehicle

Maker Faires are not only places for do-it-yourselfers, innovators and inventors to share their latest and greatest creations with each other, but are also hugely popular with the general public. The Bay Area Maker Faire a few months back, for example, attracted 1,100 exhibitors and 130,000 visitors. Now Toyota is looking to capitalize on the buzz surrounding the Maker movement with a new Urban Utility concept vehicle called the U2.  Read More

The Jaguar's long fast roofline, running from the base of the windshield to the tail is on...

Jaguar’s F-type, successor to and loosely based off the iconic E-type, has rightfully been acknowledged as a brilliant new take on one of the industry's most famous rides. Following on from my time behind the wheel of a gorgeous 495 hp F-type V8S roadster a few months back, I recently had the opportunity to drive the less powerful (but equally gorgeous) 380 hp V6S Coupe version. So how did the car hold up to the V8S in terms of performance and value?  Read More

A tri-level alert system notifies drivers of a tire's condition and informs if the tire be...

The days of guessing how much air is in that one leaky tire may be over. Paired up with an Android or iOS device, Fobo’s new Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) uses Bluetooth 4.0 and individual tire sensors to actively monitor pressures and provide real time data to user’s smartphones on a 24/7 basis.  Read More

Mazda's all new, much lighter 2016 MX-5 Miata that was unveiled in Monterey

The 2016 Mazda MX-5, aka the Miata, had its global unveiling in Monterey, California tonight after remaining one of the industry’s best kept secrets. This year marks the 25th anniversary for the car, which holds the title as the best selling roadster of all time – so no pressure on the design team.  Read More

The Aston Martin DP-100 Vision Gran Turismo concept was on display at a private event at t...

During the concept lawn show at Pebble Beach’s Concours d’Elegance a few weeks back, Mercedes-Benz’ Gran Turismo inspired AMG VGT literally stole the show. But while that PlayStation concept enjoyed its 15 minutes of fame down by the Pacific, another GT6 concept was enjoying its North American debut at a private event up in the sun-scorched hills east of Monterey. Aston Martin had invited a select group of media and clientele to not only drive and experience cars like the Vanquish and V12 Vantage S, but also to view firsthand the digital-inspired awesomeness that was the DP-100 Vision Gran Turismo.  Read More

Steve McQueen's old 1956 Jaguar XKSS sports a number of design elements from the D-type ra...

Recently, we witnessed the coming together of millionaires and their million dollar car collections on the misty coast of Monterey, California. While US$40 million Ferraris were being auctioned off, the Concours d'Elegance provided visitors with spectacular automotive eye candy. But events like The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering and the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion have proven equally engaging.  Read More

The Mercedes Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo Concept car took time away from its Gran Turismo...

Since 1950, automobile aficionados have flocked to Pebble Beach to celebrate the world's rarest and most collectible cars. This weekend’s 2014 show saw not only the gathering of Tatras and rare Ferrari Testarossas but also the latest in concept and production cars. Gizmag was on hand to capture it all.  Read More

Begun in 1950,  the annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance has grown in stature over the ...

Last weekend some of the world's biggest auction houses came together on the misty hills of Monterey for the annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and automotive auction extravaganza. Featuring big names like RM Auctions, Bonhams, Gooding & Company, Mecum and Rick Cole, the weekend provided a number of surprises for buyers and watchers alike. Gizmag's Angus MacKenzie was on the ground for auction action that saw US$400 million change hands.  Read More

The FourSixteen is claimed faster through initial acceleration than a Model S thanks to a ...

On the road and stylistically, the Tesla Model S is simply outstanding. But If you’re Saleen Automotive founder and performance mod-guru Steve Saleen, you see room for improvement. I spoke to him on the concept lawn at Pebble Beach's Concours d’Elegance about his vision of a better Tesla, which is realized in the FourSixteen.  Read More

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