Articles By Andy Jensen

Andy Jensen

Andy Jensen learned to love cars during the dark ages; the 1980s. Power and performance weren’t available, but questionable styling was everywhere, so of course his first love was a black Trans Am named KITT. His first ride mimicked his grade school days, when he purchased a 1991 Pontiac Firebird and jumped onto modding. From there, he never really grew up.

Educated as a reporter, he freelanced for a while, but luckily the economy wasn’t there, so he went on to other work. From Air Force aircrew, to sales, offset press, tele-work, freight, and social services, he found his most satisfying work in automotive writing. It allows truthful storytelling about an ever-changing and fascinating subject involving science and art. Outside Provectus Media websites, his experience covers everything from ghostwriting the Haynes Manuals blog to covering Volvo for Jalopnik.

Although raised on American performance, he enjoys a little bit of everything. A dream garage would have: 1992 Firehawk Comp R, Lancia Stratos HF, Mark III Mini, MK1 Supra with 2JZ swap, R34 Skyline GT-R Z-tune (needs a longer name), Aston Martin DB9, Saleen S7, Ultima GTR, RX7 FD with LS7 swap, 1971 GTO, 1969 Trans Am RAIV,  Pagani Huayra, and a Lotus C-01. The warehouse garage would have more.

Dream Cars: Pagani Huayra, 1992 Firehawk Comp R, Aston Martin DB9, Saleen S7, Ultima GTR

2020 Toyota Supra Review

They say you should never meet your heroes. I’m not sure who “they” are or when they “said” this, but the point of the old saying is that your expectations often outweigh reality, and meeting a person/goal/car can be disappointing compared to the dream of it. When the A80 Supra (commonly called a fancy MKIV in the States, or less fancy fourth generation) debuted and blew the doors off ...
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Cars Douchebags Love to Buy

In the automotive community, there is a limitless range of characters; from the urban cowboy polishing the 28” chromes on his body lifted Super Duty, to the heavily branded jort wearing middle aged Corvette guy. Within the car culture, it’s common to lightheartedly poke fun and tease each other for falling into these stereotypes, but one assortment that regularly falls short of being a ...
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Is the Subaru WRX STi Worth it?

This car needs no introduction, but I’ll do it anyway. If you’re “of a certain age,” you probably used the Subaru WRX STi in Gran Turismo or Need For Speed. An affordable rally car for the street that rocked on or off pavement. A low price, easy upgrades, and all-wheel drive grip made for a fantastic video game hero. Many gamers found out the real car rocked too, and put down their PS2 ...
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Should you buy the Genesis G90?

Hyundai is a lot like Chris Pratt... Originally just the pudgy funny guy on The Office, Pratt lost weight and ripped up for big name roles from Zero Dark Thirty, to Jurassic World. Hyundai was the pudgy funny guy you turned to when you needed an unashamedly cheap economy car to get you through 100,000 miles of commuting.  Then, in a startlingly short amount of time, Hyundai turned from el ...
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Scion FRS Release Series 1.0 Car Review

The Scion FRS has been on sale since 2012. We recently picked one up as a dealer loaner car (yup, that’s odd), and figured it was due a review. This isn’t your girlfriend’s base model, but the limited edition FRS Release Series 1.0. Yeah, that name is too long, but Scion went under in 2016 so they don’t care. Here’s what the car is like. The Scion FRS is often called a Toyobaru due to the ...
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New BMW 7-Series Review | Big Sedan. Big Price. Big Appeal.

The BMW 7 Series has traditionally delivered some of the highest levels of technology, performance, comfort and luxury to the driver and passengers. Tradition is fine, but is this still true in 2017? We headed down to our local BMW dealer to take a test drive and find out. What’s New New for 2016, the 6th-generation 7 Series updates and modernizes the top of the line Bimmer. Beyond just ...
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Power-to-Weight Better than a Veyron

The various iterations of the Bugatti Veyron are collectively in a very rare class. The 300 cars built are some of the priciest and fastest cars ever, and still hold the top speed record for a production car at 270.49 mph. With 1,000 hp and weighing in at a not so svelte 4,162 lbs, you have a power-to-weight ratio of 4.2 lbs per horsepower. Impressive, but we’ve compiled a list of ten cars ...
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Bad Automotive Ideas, Designs & Features

Everyone makes mistakes. Especially car designers, engineers, and corporate bean counters. Usually mistakes are made when trying a new daring design, or following a trend, or trying to get ahead of advanced safety technology. Unfortunately for them, when these mistakes hit the production line, they become infamous advertisements for the next few decades, showing off terrible ideas or poor ...
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Toyota Avalon vs Lexus ES – Is the related upscale model worth it?

Everyone knows what a luxury car is, even when the term “luxury car” is a bit hard to define. It gets even more difficult with platform sharing, due to the complexities of modern industrial production and demands of cost cutting. Most luxury vehicles are built on the same chassis as a lesser, non-luxury model, which brings up the inevitable question of buying the luxury ride, or the same ...
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Drag Racing 101: How to Drag Race

Ever wanted to go drag racing, but don’t know how to get started? You’re in luck friend, as we recently hit up our local quarter mile drag strip to check out the action and get some advice from several people that have been doing it for years. Take the jitters out of your first run, with our complete guide to your first time at the drag strip! Newb: So, what is drag racing ...
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