Sam Mitani is a Japanese-American writer and author, best known for his work as International Editor for Road & Track magazine, where he spent 22 years, and as the author of his debut novel, The Prototype.
His responsibilities as an automotive journalist included covering and test driving cars from around the world. He also wrote a monthly column for XaCAR, and regularly contributed to Best Car, two of Japan’s most popular auto magazines. His limited-run car magazine, called SPEED, won him a Maggie Award in 2004. Mitani also appeared as a guest host for the Best Motoring DVD series and has an Emmy Award to his credit for co-hosting for KABC’s Eye on LA television series.
As part of his job, he participated in a number of adventures, including the Dakar Rally in 1996, two stints in the Malaysian jungle in the Trans Peninsula Rally, the Baja 1000 and in 2010, he set a speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats in a Suzuki Kizashi, going 203.73 mph. The run qualified him to join the exclusive 200-MPH Club.
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