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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

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
— Automotive

Mercedes-Benz branding changes reflect F1 dominance

By - May 11, 2014 24 Pictures
In a move which indicates that its technological dominance of F1 this year has caught even its own marketing folk by surprise, Mercedes-Benz has renamed its Formula One racing car mid-season, announcing the Silver Arrows will now carry the same hybrid branding as Mercedes-Benz road cars. With just five rounds of the 19-race championship run, so fast is the Silver Arrow that those bookies still accepting bets have a Mercedes-Benz championship at 100/1 on! Read More
— Automotive

Hydra Gator: US$60,000 diesel-electric hybrid amphibious vehicle surfaces

By - May 6, 2014 81 Pictures
Amphibious Vehicle manufacturer CAMI has added yet another amphibious vehicle to its range: the hybrid-diesel-electric Hydra Gator. Unlike the existing amphibians already established in the range, the cheapest of which starts at US$275,000, the Gator will sell for just US$60,000 and though it cannot be used on-road, the tiny 4X4 can take four people just about anywhere else you wish – silently in electric mode, or for long distances using the diesel engine as a generator for the electric drives. Read More
— Marine

Historically-significant marine chronometer accompanied Darwin

By - May 5, 2014 4 Pictures
In an age where accurate time measurement is taken for granted, the upcoming auction of an 1825 marine chronometer highlights just how far science has advanced in the last 200 years. The marine chronometer was a critical technology enabling navigation at sea. This 190 year-old example, which is heading for the auction block on July 9, has certainly witnessed its fair share of history in fulfilling that critical scientific role, having accompanied Charles Darwin on his epic five-year second voyage (1831-1836) to South America and the Galapagos Islands, the North American Boundary Expedition (1843-1846) which established the border between the USA and Canada and the 1857 survey of the Australian coastline which saw the naming of Darwin and the Fitzroy River. Given its stellar provenance, the chronometer seems ridiculously cheap if it does fall within its expected price range of … £30,000-50,000. Read More
— Marine

Sealegs begins licensing its amphibious drive system to boat builders worldwide

By - April 12, 2014 24 Pictures
NZ-based Sealegs has begun licensing its amphibious boat technology. Already the world's largest amphibian manufacturer, Sealegs' first licensee under the "Powered by Sealegs" scheme is Dubai-based ASIS Boats, one of the world's largest manufacturers of Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats. Sealegs current motorized, retractable and steerable wheeled system is suitable for boats up to 2.5 tonnes, but the company will launch an entirely new system suitable for boats up to 6.5 tonnes in June. ASIS will offer Sealegs amphibious technology across its entire range of recreational, commercial and military boats up to 12 meters. Gizmag spoke with Sealegs' CEO David Glen to get an outline the company's development plans. Read More
— Motorcycles Feature

Honda's 750cc NM4 Vultus: A new species of motorcycle

Honda, the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer, has announced a new motorcycle – the 750 cc NM4 Vultus – and it's a bold departure from tradition with anime/manga styling, a "fighter pilot" feet-forward riding position, an ultra-low seat and advanced electronic rider assistance to make it easier to ride. This is a motorcycle aimed at the next generation of motorcycle enthusiast raised on video games and a different visual vocabulary. If you are a traditionalist, you'll probably hate it. Read More
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