Samuel Spencer, Contributor

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Sam is currently a fourth year Journalism major at the University of Cincinnati. He has been a lot technician at a Ford dealership since 2007, where he has logged hours behind the wheel of a wide assortment of cars. He is a particular fan of British cars, but doesn't mind a bit of American muscle when it is done right. He currently drives a Miata, which he got after serving time in a horrid old Geo Prizm. When his life isn't completely consumed by the automotive world, he likes to spend his time doing photography and playing music.

Articles

  • Ford engineers have been caught testing the new Focus ST hot hatch set for a reveal very soon.

    Ford unveiled a new generation of the Focus in April, and we were meant to get one variant of the...

  • New Stratos will cost $617,000, plus a Ferrari 430 Scuderia

    Multiple World Rally Champion. Bertone design. Ferrari engine. All of those added up to make the original Lancia Stratos one of the seven wonders of the automotive world. Now there's a New Stratos up for sale, only it isn't being built by Lancia. Rather, it's a coachbuilt special designed by...

  • 2019 Volkswagen Jetta teased ahead of Detroit debut

    Volkswagen has given a hint at the final design of its new Jetta debuting next month at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. We recently had a chance to sample the 7th-generation model in prototype form and found it to be a solid drive but not particularly sporty. Hopefully...

  • Toyota teams up with Getaround to trial car-sharing service

    Many within the industry are predicting a future where car sharing becomes more popular than actual ownership. Though this represents a threat to automakers, rather than ignore the trend most are looking at ways to profit from it. One strategy for automakers is launching their own car-sharing...

  • 2017 Kia Sportage: 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show Live Photos & Video

    Kia’s new Sportage has been revealed, and we’re glad to report it features an attractive, unique design that should help distinguish it in the marketplace from the sea of more conservatively-styled compact crossovers, including its Hyundai Tucson corporate cousin. This is the...

  • Honda Civic Type R Production Gets Underway In U.K.

    Production of Honda’s new Civic Type R hot hatch is finally underway at the Honda plant in Swindon, England. The plant is the global hub for the Civic Hatchback, meaning it will also be supplying the United States with cars once the new Civic range goes on sale here in the fall. Other Civic...

  • Honda’s all-new, 10th-generation Civic is due on the market later this year. The car was recently previewed in concept form and now we have spy shots showing the sedan variant. A new Civic...

  • Final 'Top Gear' Episode Starring Jeremy Clarkson Teased: Video

    It was only yesterday that we brought you news that filming for the final episodes of Top Gear set to star Jeremy Clarkson had been wrapped, and that those episodes were likely to air sometime in the summer. The BBC has now confirmed that it will air a single “special” episode with...

  • 2016 Chevrolet Volt: All-New Design And 50-Mile EV Range

    Chevrolet’s second-generation Volt extended-range electric sedan has finally landed, making its debut in Detroit on the eve of the city’s annual auto show. The new Volt goes on sale later this year as a 2016 model and brings with it a much sleeker and sexier shape as well as an improved...

  • C-X75 Coming At Last: Bond Villain To Drive Jaguar Supercar In ‘Spectre’

    While James Bond will be driving the new Aston Martin DB10 in the upcoming movie Spectre, his nemesis is reported to be getting an even cooler set of wheels: Jaguar’s canceled C-X75 supercar. Such a role would tie in with Jaguar’s Good to be Bad advertising campaign for the F-Type...

  • Report: Lotus CEO hints at new SUV and sedan

    It was at the 2010 Paris Auto Show that previous Lotus CEO Dany Bahar shocked the automotive world by unveiling six separate concept cars and promising to bring all of them to production within five years. What didn’t come as a shock was the plan falling flat on its face and Bahar eventually...

  • 2016 Mazda 2 Revealed: Video

    The all-new Mazda 2 made its debut in Japan overnight ahead of its market launch in the U.S. next year, as a 2016 model. The popular subcompact, which in its home market is labeled a Demio, is now in its fourth generation, although in the U.S. the new 2 only represents the second generation of the...

  • Ford is in the final stages of development of its next-generation Edge crossover, a prototype for which has just been spotted. Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] previewed the new Edge with a thinly-veiled...

  • 2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO Mega Gallery And Video

    Nissan surprised fans at the recent ZDayZ gathering in North Carolina with the unveiling of the 2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO, and we now have some photos and a video taken at the event. The 370Z already had a NISMO variant but now the car’s styling has received the aggressive new look the NISMO...

  • The Virtues of Being Small

    The other day I was driving with a friend when they pointed at the Lincoln Town Car in front of us and said "Hah, look at that boat." Granted, he was really talking about a toy sail ship seated on the rear deck, but the word boat has been frequently used to describe vehicles that travel on pavement...

  • Top 5 Cool College Coupes

    Coupes are all about one thing: style. You might think that style comes at a price. For your third or fourth passenger, the price may be a lack of room. Thankfully, for the other 99% of the time where only you are in the vehicle, looking good doesn't have to cost tens of thousands of dollars...

  • Can Your Car Be a Study Hall?

    What is your favorite study spot like? I'll assume it has a comfortable chair, some way to play music, peace, quiet and solitude. What if your living arrangements are with a bunch of rambunctious roommates that don't care about their grades? What do you do when every time you're home you're handed...

  • College Car Time Machine: The Chevrolet Chevette

    It is quite possible that you had to make some compromises with your college car. You had to find something that runs that you could afford instead of something sexy with leather. Hey, chances are life in your old Saturn or Nissan isn't all that bad. You don't believe me? Take a look at what many...




  • The holiday season is a great time to visit friends, family and loved ones. Sure, for most of the United States it's uncomfortably cold, dark and wet right now and most of us would rather curl up...
  • Video: Do Snow Tires Work?

    Let's say you are me for just a minute. That is, you're a Miata owner. Ah yes, the spring and summer months are full of wonderful top-down drives along dry twisty backroads with the sun shining and the birds chirping. However, if you were me this morning you would have been yelling and cursing. A...

  • Best Year Ever: The 2010 Musclecar Wars

    2010 was a great year for musclecar fans. The Chevrolet Camaro came back into the game in 2009, and the war began. At the beginning of 2010 Ford announced its brand-new engines for the Mustang. We were going to get a 306-horsepower 3.7-liter V-6 and an all-new 5.0-liter generating 412 horses. With...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Versus The World

    The Chevrolet Cruze is starting to pop up everywhere, including college campuses. Last week there was one parked in the middle of my home campus, and I got to take a closer look. I was a bit disappointed, because the GM marketing girls brought along an LT with leather and other premium bits. In...

  • Top Gear USA Episode 3: Back Downhill

    Episode 3 of Top Gear USA has aired and passed, although you can still watch it at History Channel's website. This episode really had some potential to be a hit. They did a classic cheap car challenge, where they had $1,000 to spend on some beaters. It was a chance to see some forgotten American...

  • Just What the 2011 Honda CR-Z Needed: A Turbo

    The 2011 Honda CR-Z was promised to be the world's first sports hybrid. It was something that had never been done before, and still really hasn't, because the CR-Z just isn't exceedingly sporty, or exceedingly economical. Nine seconds to 60 mph is a number that could be laughed at by many mid-size...

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