Autographed copy of Smithology
Autographed copy of Smithology
Autographed copy of Smithology
Autographed copy of Smithology
Autographed copy of Smithology

Autographed copy of Smithology

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Why are the high points of a life in cars so memorable and the low points so easy to forget?

Autographed copy of Smithology

Sam Smith doesn’t know the answer, but he writes about the question like no one else. Twenty years ago, Smith began contributing a monthly column to the BMWCCA’s Roundel. It was the first act of an unlikely career—his work would later appear in outlets as diverse as Car and Driver, Esquire, and The New York Times, and he would go on to spend nearly a decade traveling the world as executive editor and then editor-at-large at Road & Track.

BMWs have loomed large in Smith’s life: He’s owned dozens, breaking them, fixing them, and driven them coast-to-coast at the drop of a hat. He’s also a club racer, a 2002 and E30 M3 obsessive, and a man hopelessly in love with the high points of Munich’s favorite carmaker. 

This funny, thoughtful, and deeply joyous anthology of Smith’s writing features both new material and stories originally written for Road & Track, Hagerty, and Roundel. It includes the five-part tale of rebuilding a lost-cause 1972 2002tii “the wrong way” on purpose because, as Smith says, “it was a Tuesday, and Tuesdays are good for bad ideas.”

About the Author

Sam Smith is a writer, an amateur racing driver, and a former contender for the title of world's slowest professional mechanic. He has hosted TV for NBC Sports, contributed to publications such as Wired and The New York Times, and served as executive editor at Road & Track. He lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, with his family, two scruffy old European motorcycles, and a BMW 2002 that is approximately 78 percent iron oxide by weight.