Sam Smith

The Madness and Ecstasy of Your First Motorcycle Track-Day

Your first track-day on a bike will leave you wanting more, and to never want to do it again.

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Why Mom's SUV Is Quicker Than a Million-Dollar Le Mans Winner
Three legendary marques, synonymous with racing glory, and the SUVs that now pay their bills. In a changed world, we took the old noise…
Why We Love Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

America's greatest road course is special for a reason.

Why Prewar Car Engines Need Bearings Made From Scratch

The lost art of babbitt bearings.

Reliving the RUF CTR "Yellow Bird" Legend

Obsessions in the rearview.

A 2017 Acura NSX On Your Driveway Is a Wonderful Distraction

Long-term supercars and other distractions.

The Genius Who Beat Ferrari and Porsche to the World's Fastest Car

How Alois Ruf built a 211-mph yellow streak in his garage... and beat the world.

What Made the McLaren F1 the World's Greatest Car

The McLaren F1 turns 25 years old in 2017. Owners, drivers, and the team behind it give us the full story of this astounding vehicle.

2017 Ferrari GTC4 Lusso: The Loneliest Ferrari

Escaping America's Din by way of its great wide empty.

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Alfa Romeo Is Its Own Worst Enemy

How one of the greatest brands in automotive history might squander what goodwill it has left.

Week With a Car: 2017 BMW i3 With Range Extender

Sam Smith is R&T's resident BMW super-nerd. He spent a week driving BMW's hybrid commuter. And thinking about E30 M3s.

Week With a (Rental) Car: 2016 Ford Focus SE

You ever throw a bag of pennies off a fourth-story balcony? Driving 2000 miles in a rental car is like that.

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In Praise of Using Your Car to Unplug

When our man Sam Smith's laundry started piling up, he headed for the mountains. As you do.

Race to the Bottom

You can run from fail, but you can't hide.

The Best Parts of Amateur Racing Are the People, Not the Cars

Yes, racing is great. But the people are even better.

Answers to Every Question You'll Have About the Ferrari GTC4Lusso

From strangers to staffers to a three-year-old, we answer everything that came our way.

There's a Dumb Stereotype for Every Car Under Heaven

Take, for example, the Miata.

Can Cars Answer Existential Questions? Yes, If You Drink Enough Bourbon
Sam Smith sat down in his garage with a bottle to see if he could get his 1970 BMW 2500 to answer the Proust Questionnaire. It took a l…
Jurassic World: 2016 Mercedes-AMG G65 & 2016 Ural Gear Up Sahara
Two cold-war dinosaurs, the active volcanoes of the Pacific Northwest, and a raw and wild land where "old and dangerous" is a complimen…
WEEK WITH A CAR: 2017 McLaren 570 GT

McLaren is unlike any other company.

WEEK WITH A CAR: 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage GT

Despite its name, the Mirage really exists. But is it really a car?

Week With a Car: 2017 Jaguar XF 20D R-Sport AWD

Globetrotting editor at large Sam Smith spends a week with a diesel Jaguar. If you love Jags, this car makes a lot of sense.

Miatagasm
Sam Smith tracked 19 modified Miatas in one crazy, marathon weekend: a deep dive into what makes the world's greatest roadster—an…
Adam Carolla's 'The 24 Hour War' Is a Car Movie by Car People That Isn't Just for Car People

Henry Ford, Ferraris, and one of racing's greatest stories.

Indoor Storage

Moving on, one parking spot at a time.

Racing Karts Are Brutal, Ridiculous, and You Need One Now

Better living through self-mutilation.

The Magic of Karts

Like a race car, just smaller and a whole lot weirder.

This 525-Horsepower V8 Miata Will Fix Every Problem You've Ever Had With Miatas

Our exclusive first track test in the slidey slidey goon Miata for crazy people, courtesy of Flyin' Miata.

First Drive: 2017 BMW Alpina B7 xDrive

Wherein the Bavarians give a luxury sled to some other, crazier Bavarians, we get 600 hp, and everyone wins.