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Sam has been an avid car enthusiast since his teens. Born and raised in Seattle, he began his professional life working at a European car tuner called Evolution Sports. After graduating from the University of Washington, he moved to California and started a new life in automotive enthusiast media with eurotuner magazine in April 2006. He served as eurotuner's feature editor specializing in photography, writing, event coverage, technical guides and more. In April 2011, he moved to Super Street magazine as the Senior Features Editor where he continued to excel in his line of work. In 2014, Sam became the Editor-in-Chief at Super Street.

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1,000hp Pontiac Firebird Trans Am is your 2020 Hot Wheels Legends Tour Winner!
Two years after debuting at the 2018 SEMA Show, Riley Stair is back making some big news as the champion of the Hot Wheels Legends Tour with his insane 1970 Pontiac Trans Am racecar. What’s that mean exactly? Well, picture walking through your local Walmart to find a 1:64 scale diecast version of Riley’s build
Sam DuDec 11, 2020
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2021 Polaris Slingshot Update: More affordable base model and an automatic transmission that doesn’t suck
To most seasoned car guys, the three-wheeled Slingshot comes across as being a bit odd-looking and somewhat pointless. Half of us wouldn’t be caught dead driving/riding one, considering we know the project cars we’re accustomed to building will be faster and more tunable. I shared the same exact same sentiment, – that is, until I
Sam DuDec 10, 2020
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Toyota GR Supra Originaly Set to Debut at SEMA Reveals JDM Makeover
I don’t break my neck often, but damn, I was all over Tom Nguyen’s 2020 Toyota GR Supra two months ago when I ran into it at the Supras in Vegas car show. The car was set to debut inside the Mackin Industries booth, but with a physical SEMA Show cancelled this year, Tom decided
Sam DuDec 8, 2020
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1999 Honda Civic Hatchback with California-legal JDM B16A Swap, Type R styling and Porsche Paint
I had the master plan of collaborating with a group of buddies to build a 1999 Honda Civic “EK” hatchback. It would’ve been a joint venture with the guys from the NorCal Honda crew ATS Garage, my good friend Phillip Trinh and myself. The project started as a $1,500 fixer-upper, needing virtually every major component
Sam DuDec 7, 2020
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Dai Yoshihara’s ITB Honda-powered Mercedes 190E X Rywire’s Tesla-Electrified Honda S2000
Yup, 2020’s definitely been a rough one. The usually jam-packed summer schedule that leads right into SEMA week and a few assorted yearend gatherings, for the most part, were wiped out this year with no relief in sight as we inch closer to 2021. Fortunately, outfits like Turn 14 Distribution, the performance distribution giant responsible
RodrezDec 4, 2020
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This Mitsubishi Delica Turbo Diesel 4x4 Might be the Best JDM Overland Van
Imagine all the places you could conquer in a lifted, off-road-spec Mitsubishi Delica: a jungle safari across Kenya, overlanding in the snowcapped mountain ranges of Alaska, exploring the tropical rainforest in Brazil – you get the picture. These thrill-seeking vibes don’t exactly come off when you’re driving around town in your Land Rover, G-wagen or
Sam DuDec 4, 2020
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2021 Mazda3 Hatchback: Now turbocharged but leaves us on the fence..
When Mazda North America Operations scheduled me to be one of the first to test drive the all-new 2021 Mazda3 2.5 Turbo Hatchback, I was literally calling all my friends with excitement and clearing my weekend schedule. As far as looks go, it wasn’t too much of a departure from what we’ve already seen with
Sam DuDec 3, 2020
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The 6-figure, 8-passenger, Limited 2021 Edition Lexus LX 570 That You Don’t Need But You Really Want
I don’t plan to have six kids or ever find myself needing an eight-passenger van or SUV very often in my lifetime. In the rare instance I do (and if money were no option), the 2021 Lexus 570 would be at the top of my list. For budget conscious buyers, Chevy is the king of
Sam DuDec 1, 2020
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Victoria’s Secret: Canada-built Subaru STI wears Varis widebody & Volk CE28SL
In 2011, Subaru brought back the STI sedan after what felt like they’d been testing the waters with their five-door hatchback. Many enthusiasts believed the hatch to be “less STI”, so the Subie faithful were delighted once the news of a lower, wider and meaner sedan would be returning. Sexy features like a quad exhaust,
Sam DuNov 30, 2020
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Iconic Back to the Future DMC DeLorean Turned Stanced Superhero.
Aside from what most automotive journalists think, the DMC-12 DeLorean was one of the dopest cars ever made. Of course, that isn’t due to its 130hp fuel injected V6 engine or suspect build quality, but for its iconic role in the Back to the Future Trilogy and also for its unforgettable, boxy design, brushed stainless
Sam DuNov 30, 2020
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Toyota Corolla: Weighing in on a Modified Hatchback by Auto Tuned vs. Toyota’s 2021 Apex Edition
LOOKING BACK AT THE SUPER STREET COROLLA The new 2021 Toyota Corolla is an entry-level car that we’ve had a ton of experience with as we built a 2019 hatchback two years ago. With the help of our friends at Auto Tuned and a rendering by Jon Sibal, we transformed our little XSE into a
Sam DuNov 24, 2020
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Toyota GR Supra Cheat Code: Volk Racing TE37s & Carbon Fiber Lip Kit
The turbocharged Toyota A90 Supra has been out on the streets for over a year now. The 2021 model has even been updated with a more powerful 382hp 3.0L engine as well as a 255hp four-cylinder option. It’s a blast to drive in case you haven’t already driven one, but despite this, it still receives
Sam DuNov 18, 2020
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KW Suspensions knows how to throw a party with their industry track day & Variant 5 coilover launch
With the absence of a physical SEMA Show this November, KW Automotive North America decided it was time to take matters into their own hands, making lemonade out of lemons, if you will, and host their own shindig called the KW Tech Expo & Trackfest. Due to COVID19 restrictions, space was very limited at Buttonwillow
Sam DuNov 17, 2020
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First Drive: 2021 Lexus IS 350 F Sport
10 takeaways from the “sorta all-new” IS. Better Proportions. Overall, it’s about 1.2-inches longer and wider. Doesn’t sound like much but it fits the presence and stature of the IS as a sport luxury grown-man’s sedan. Sweeter Lighting. Keeping up with the times are triple-beam LED headlights that look and work great; however, the relocation
Sam DuNov 17, 2020
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Toyo Tires Treadpass 3D Debuts
In lieu of a SEMA display, Toyo Tires invites the world to check out its renowned Treadpass car corral for the first time via virtual 3D experience, and we get a sneak peek at the amazing builds in store.
Bob HernandezNov 16, 2020
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