How One Man Got the Best Job in the World

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Welcome back. This week we have another episode of the TTAC podcast!

This week we chat with prolific automotive journalist Sam Smith about his new book "Smithology: Thoughts, Travels, and Semi-Plausible Car Writings, 2003 – 2023" and what it's like to make a living working with words about cars and car culture.

TTAC contributor Matthew Guy also stops by to discuss power inverters and a NASCAR race at Darlington that included retro color schemes and a post-race beef on pit road.

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[Image: Sam Smith/TTAC/VerticalScope]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on May 18, 2024

    Wait there's a TTAC Podcast?

  • Lou_BC Lou_BC on May 18, 2024


  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on May 22, 2024

    Interesting guest. I ordered his book. Sifting through Tim's angst was a bonus, I guess.

    Side note: I apologize for crashing the U.S. electrical grid today -- the Milwaukee M18 tools were delivered from Home Depot this morning (Memorial Day sale, choose your 'free' tools carefully) and I was charging the new batteries at the same time as the electric mower batteries (podcast time), and now the headphones (podcast, did I mention the pocast?). Anyway the power is still on but I'm sure it won't stay on.

    I won't know what I think about the book until I receive it and spend time with it -- thank you for understanding.

    • ToolGuy ToolGuy on May 28, 2024

      Book ain't bad so far. (Podcast has jumped the shark.)