by Brandy D. Anderson
When it comes to passionate subcultures, few elicit more dedication than the world of automotive enthusiasts. Even Steve McQueen, the King of Cool himself, was a huge auto enthusiast and professional race car driver. There’s just something about working on and driving a vehicle that nothing can compare to. You either “get it” or you don’t. It can’t be explained, it can only be felt. One thing automotive enthusiasts love more than anything else is sharing their passion with others. Here are the five best YouTube channels to satisfy any enthusiast’s yearning:
About: “Get your automotive adrenaline charge right here on the Motor Trend channel. From first drives and tests of the hottest new supercars and classic muscle cars to the latest automotive news from around the world, to the incredible machinery and personalities from beyond the automotive mainstream, the Motor Trend channel has it all, delivered daily. The Motor Trend channel. Drive it. Ride it. Live it.”
This automotive page has been going strong for a long time, and boasts a lot of big-wig sponsors. They feature all sorts of awesome play lists like “2014 Best Driver’s Car Powered by Mobil” series, “Infiniti Presents The Beast Within – Unleash It Now”, “Tuner Battle Week”, “SEMA Week”, “Ultimate Adventure Week”, and “Top Truck Challenge 2014”. Probably their most popular series, though, is called “Roadkill” and they feature new “Roadkill” videos every fourth Friday of the month. There’s also the “Head 2 Head” videos (released every fourth Wednesday), “Ignition” (uploaded every other Monday), and “Dirt Every Day – Presented by 4 Wheel Parts” (released every fourth Tuesday). “Roadkill” is the most amusing series and is hosted by these two everymen (along with their trusty dog) who clearly have a good time driving around and gabbing about cars.
About:”“Awesome cars. Awesome channel. XCAR is a home for everyone who has a passion for cars.”
XCAR will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about automobiles. They start their videos out with the caption: “XCAR: For the love of cars” and their enthusiasm is palpable. The videos are more like love letters to the cars themselves, with sweeping music, extreme close-ups, and loving details and statistics provided for each vehicle. The most interesting thing about this channel is the way their series “Fast & Furious – Over The Years” provides the back story for each car, chronicling how each model came into existence in the first place. They also have play lists for “Custom Cars Global”, “Chevrolet”, “The Fast Lane Car – New York Auto Show 2015”, “Lexus”, “Nissan”, “Lotus”, “Geneva”, “Toyota”, and many more.
About: “DRIVE celebrates the culture of cars, taking our audience on the road, to the races, to the factories, to the studios — and to other places car lovers have always wanted to go, but never had the chance. We’re currently rolling out Season 10, with short videos on /DRIVE, and full-length videos and bonus content on /DRIVE+.”
If you’re looking for a sleek automotive site, chances are good that you’ll love /Drive. The filming is beautiful and looks like a movie, the vehicles are shown in exotic locations across the world, like South Africa, and the channel features inside looks at the cars, the manufacturers, and the drivers. On the YouTube channel you’re able to watch 9 – 10 minute features, with the option of watching longer videos on their website, but you have to pay a small subscription fee in order to have that unlimited access. Many videos feature interviews with professional drivers such as German F1 race car driver Nico Hulkenberg. Some of their play lists are “/Matt Farah On Cars”, “/Aussie Racer”, “/Drive On NBC Sports”, “Goodwood Festival of Speed”, “Off the Grid”, “Test/Drive”, “/Inside Quattro”, “/Momo Slowmo”, and many more. They upload about 4 or 5 videos each week.
About: “A new video every Sunday! Visit Jay Leno’s Garage, the Emmy-winning series where Jay Leno gives car reviews, motorcycle reviews, compares cars, and shares his passion and expertise on anything that rolls, explodes, and makes noise. Classic cars, restomods, super cars like the McLaren P1, sports cars like Porsche 918 Spyder and Camaro Z28, cafe racers, vintage cars, and much, much more. Subscribe for more: http://full.sc/JD4OF8”
Jay Leno is just a pretty likable guy, a guy who kind of seems like your funny neighbour whom you kick back with from time to time, drinking a beer or coffee, feet on the table… and his channel has that type of atmosphere to it. He explains: “My favourite thing about my website here is that people get to see the cars in motion. You know I get all the car magazines and you look at all the pictures and they’re all static shots of the car. The fun thing is… shooting the video and seeing them going down the road.” You’ll see a plethora of cars here, classics and modern, and you’ll also see some big-name guest stars, too, like Jerry Seinfeld showing off his amazing car, previously owned and driven by Steve McQueen, the famous 917 Porsche from Le Mans. Leno’s play lists include “Jay Leno’s Garage Classics”, “Jay Leno on Last Comic Standing”, “Featured Videos”, “Amelia Island 2013”, “Lamborghini”, “Steam Powered Vehicles”, “Jay’s Book Club – Best Auto Books”, “Restoration Blog – Car Restoration Videos And Tips”, “Legend Interviews”, and “Official Channel Play list”.
About: “Marty & MOOG show you how to modify your car yourself.”
“Cars, Mods, Zombies & Girls All In One Show, Incredible!” This channel is hilarious. They have a “Mighty Car Mods YouTube Trailer” which starts out like this (narrated, of course, by that deep voice you hear in every movie trailer): “In a world where cars are everything, and the streets call your name in the dead of night… one man – and another man – are changing the way the world modifies cars… Do you have what it takes? Will you risk it all? Will you void your warranty? Are you ready to drive? Mightycarmods.com because a mod worth doing is worth doing yourself.” These affable Australian mod masters inject humour and enthusiasm into all of their automotive know-how and they’re just so fun to watch. There’s a hilarious new series they started called “Mod Max” where they find and fix cars with the idea that you could do this in the event of an apocalypse – seriously. Their other play lists include “Gramps the 11 Second Car”, “Lend Us A Ride”, “MCM National Tour 2010”, and separate play lists for all 6 (so far) of their seasons. You really have to check this channel out, it’s so entertaining that you’ll probably like it even if you’re not into modding cars at all.