Longtime european car magazine supporter Fabryce Kutyba and pro racer James Sofronas have decided to share their love of motorsport with the rest of us. On February 7, 2005, GMG opened its doors with a simple plan: Make cars go faster. Some 200 folks drove up in assorted Porsches, Ferraris, Bentleys and Audis and toured GMG's expansive 10,000 square foot facility equipped with cutting edge diagnostic equipment, multiple lifts, a dyno room and a machine shop. More importantly, GMG employs several master technicians who know every inch of Europe's best hardware. GMG is the official So Cal distributor of GIAC technology and has chosen Eibach, APR, HRE Wheels, Cargraphic, BBS and Moton Suspension as its technology partners. Sofronas' experience in GrandAm and the American LeMans series and Kutyba's tight relations with both OEMs and the aftermarket will make a formidable combination. european car is currently planning the mother of all Porsche projects with GMG. Ultimately, our Boxster R (yes, it's still alive, kind of) will leave with twice the horsepower and a revised profile and our new Project GT3, well, you'll have to see it to believe it.
"This has been a lifelong dream of ours" said Kutyba. "We've got a crew that is totally dedicated and we've got the ability to make good stuff happen."
We look forward to great things.
Editor's note: We will deeply miss Casey Allinder, whose life was tragically cut short several months ago. Casey was an important part of GMG, helping lay the framework that made the dream become a reality. Casey attended several of ec's shootouts and was always there with an extra hand or hardware. He once actually removed his S4's MAF and lent it to a competing Audi just so the owner could stay in the game. That spirit of sportsmanship makes the world a better place. We will miss him.
Multiple OffensesA teenager in Bern, Switzerland, lost his license after deliberately speeding past a Gatso camera 19 times in a single night.
The 19-year-old swapped his car's plate with a false one and cockily drove through the Gatso with three friends, who were snapped hanging out the windows and making obscene gestures at speeds up to 90 mph.
While they believed they would get away with it, they were traced after police circulated the pictures. The young prankster was arrested with the false plate still attached to his car.
The Breakfast ClubGerman woman Julia Bauer caused carnage and $30,000 worth of damage when she crashed her car after trying to make her breakfast behind the wheel.
Bauer laid out a bowl, a packet of muesli, a pint of milk and a spoon before setting off. She lost control of her car, unsurprisingly, when she tried to stop the bowl from tipping and staining her car seat.
Sadly, she ended up crying over far more than a little spilled milk, as she crashed into another car and a lamppost.
Blind JusticeHere's another crash story, but Romanian Alin Popescu had a better excuse. Not only was he driving a stolen car, he was also blind!
The 24-year-old from Izvoare stole his friend's car by smashing the window, jimmying the ignition with a screwdriver and then driving off. He crashed a half mile later.
Popescu told police: "I just wanted to prove to myself that I could do anything I wanted, despite my handicap. I only crashed because I wasn't sure of the way home."