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Mike Hanlon

Mike Hanlon

Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.

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— Automotive

Toyota wins "battle of hybrids" and World Endurance Drivers Title

By - November 17, 2014 14 Pictures
Toyota Racing has won the Six Hours of Bahrain, completing its fifth victory from seven races of the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season and giving Anthony Davidson and Sébastien Buemi the WEC drivers' title with a race to spare. The weekend's result almost guarantees Toyota's TS040 Hybrid will also win the WEC manufacturers' World Championship, extending its lead over Audi to 40 points with only 44 points available in the final race at Sao Paulo on November 30. Read More
— Motorcycles

Captain America Chopper from Easy Rider sells for US$1.35 million to become world's most expensive motorcycle

By - October 18, 2014 14 Pictures
The Harley Panhead Chopper ridden by Peter Fonda in the 1969 "road movie" Easy Rider sold today for US$1.35 million ($1.62 million including auction fees), more than doubling the price of the previous most expensive motorcycle ever sold at auction (a 1910 Winchester). "Captain America" will now sit atop our Top 100 most expensive motorcycle list, and we're predicting that it will be there for quite some time. Read More
— Motorcycles

Midual's remarkable US$185,000 Type 1 takes its place among the world's most expensive motorcycles

By - September 1, 2014 74 Pictures
French company Midual has joined the limited-edition hyper-priced motorcycle marketplace with an ingenious redesign of the century-old horizontally-opposed motor, an aerospace-quality, cast-aluminum monocoque frame, bespoke personalization, a we-come-to-you service model, a rare standard of detail and craftsmanship, and a €140,000 (US$185,400) price tag. Read More
— Marine

DeepFlight Dragon set to usher in the era of the personal submarine

By - August 27, 2014 22 Pictures
No one with red blood in their veins buys a sports car and hands the keys to a chauffeur, so one of the barriers to truly personal submarining has long been the need for a trained pilot, not to mention the massive logistics involved in transporting, garaging and launching the underwater craft ... until now. Pioneering underwater aviation company DeepFlight is set to show an entirely new type of personal submarine at the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show next week, launching the personal submarine era with a submersible that's reportedly so easy to pilot that it's likely to create a new niche in the tourism and rental market. Read More
— Automotive

Ferrari 250 GTO smashes world auction record fetching US$38.1 million

By - August 16, 2014 49 Pictures
It was the 26th anniversary of the death of Enzo Ferrari on Thursday (August 14), and "Il Commendatore" continues to cast a shadow over the automotive industry that is perhaps now more influential than ever. On Thursday one of his creations recaptured Ferrari's "most valuable car sold at auction record" when a 250 GTO sold for US$38,115,000. Perhaps even more importantly, by Sunday evening (August 17), we expect Ferraris will populate more than half the top 100 most valuable cars ever sold at auction, confirming Maranello is more dominant than ever in the automotive investment marketplace. Read More
— Automotive Feature

Pebble Beach Preview – records set to fall as the rare car market heats up

Once a year, the world's most monied automotive enthusiasts converge on California's Monterey Peninsula for a week-long festival of automotive celebration, culminating in the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. This year, the accompanying rare car auctions look set to provide some major entertainment. We look at the main cars slated to cross the auctioneers block and the state of the collectible car market with analysis of the top 100 most valuable cars sold at auction. Read More
— Automotive

Audi wins the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hour war

By - June 16, 2014 24 Pictures
For the last decade and a half, Audi has dominated the World Endurance Championship racing. It would be easy to dismiss yesterday's 13th Le Mans 24 Hour Race win for the company in 16 years as "same stuff, different year." In that time, it has significantly changed the world's perception of both diesel engines and hybrid power trains. Yet yesterday's win is probably its finest achievement. Read More
— Motorcycles

Mugen takes IoM TT Zero (electric motorcycle race) with 117.366 mph lap

By - June 1, 2014 14 Pictures
After six runnings of the Isle of Man TT electric motorcycle race, just short of five decades of progress had been achieved in five years. After dominating all three practice sessions for the sixth running of the TT ZERO event setting a new lap record with every session, the Mugen Shinden San electric racebike delivered a clear 1-2 victory. Across the three sessions and race, average speeds have increased 6 mph, surpassing Joey Dunlop's 115.2 mph lap record from 1981 set on a Yamaha TZ750. It is very exciting to watch such massive progress being made in seemingly real time. Read More

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