Slaying the Tail (of the Dragon)

(Org. published on Carsumo.com by Olivia Carmen on November 11, 2016–prior to its closing) If you’re on the hunt for a road that gives you the ride of your life, this was written for you. A section of US129 has a secret identity known only to car and motorcycle enthusiasts as the Tail of the […]

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Best Driving Shoes

(Org. published on Carsumo.com by Olivia Carmen on October 16, 2016–prior to its closing) It’s been said that it’s a poor workman who blames his tools, but when it comes to driving, if your tools (shoes) have thick soles and chunky traction, the finished product (smooth shifting) is going to be riddled with shoddy workmanship. […]

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Reviewing the E46 330CI

(Org. published on CarSumo.com by Olivia Carmen on September 7, 2016 prior to its closing) As the fourth generation of BMW’s 3 Series models, the E46 has maintained popularity in the market ever since its release in May of 1998. For over eighteen years and counting, enthusiasts have lusted after this Series, especially lionizing the […]

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///Mvasion | New Jersey

The sun is straining to break through a thick layer of clouds covering the sky, and the humidity is making your skin sticky and your hair curl as you wander around at 8:00 a.m. on a summer Saturday morning. Suddenly, you find yourself in a world whose landscape is a strip of asphalt that is […]

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///M Invasion | Charlotte

(Org. published by Olivia Carmen on March 23, 2016 on NinerTimes) Early in the morning on February 27th just miles from downtown Charlotte, the sounds of roaring engines echoed throughout the city, calling all BMW ///M enthusiasts to rendezvous at GMP Performance for the aptly named ///M Invasion. BMWs of all kinds poured into the […]

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Tail of the Dragon

(Org. published by Olivia Carmen on November 17, 2015 on NinerTimes) If you’re a car enthusiast on a quest to find a place with a road has an abundance of thrilling twists and curves, look no further than Deals Gap, North Carolina. Paved along the border of North Carolina and Tennessee, there is a mountain pass […]

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Journeys

Before the sun rose today, my brother embarked for D.C. to attend George Washington University’s school of law. The next three years of his life will consist of the most difficult work he has ever done. But if there’s anything I’ve learned from being a part of his life for the last nineteen years, it’s […]

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A Graduation Observed 

Today, I watched my big brother graduate in Kenan Stadium among a sea of Carolina blue in the Tar Pit. From the inspirational commencement speaker to the Clef Hangers’ rendition of “Carolina in my Mind,” the pageantry of the ceremony was like no other, and the best part was that it was genuine, real. Every […]

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