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Basem Wasef

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Basem Wasef is an automotive and motorcycle journalist and photographer with two coffee-table books to his credit: Legendary Race Cars and Legendary Motorcycles. A contributor to publications including Automobile, Men’s Journal, and Wired, he has logged tens of thousands of miles in all manner of exotica—from V-8-powered motorcycles to jet-powered racecars. He has produced over 100 video segments for Edmunds.com and has served as an on-air personality for Car & Driver’s “Tested” videos, amassing over 5 million views. When’s he’s not testing the latest two-, three-, and four-wheeled vehicles, he serves as a marketing and communications consultant for Icon Aircraft. He enjoys calling Los Angeles home.

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