YouTube Channels

I just wanted to post some of my favorite auto related YouTube channels.  No, Jay Leno’s Garage is not one of them.  If anyone has any suggestions for me, please post them in the comments.  I’m always looking for more stuff to watch.

/Drive – YouTube channel

Drive Network – Website

Drive posts new videos seven days a week, each day focusing on a different subject.  This is probably my most watched YouTube channel.  These guys have some of the most consistently interesting and high quality content around.  They cover car reviews, automotive news, tuned and classic vehicles, car buying advice and inside views of different car companies.

Motor Trend – YouTube channel

Motor Trend – Website

This is the YouTube channel for Motor Trend magazine.  They put out footage on a regular basis, and much of it can be viewed as companions to the magazine articles.

If you like reading automotive publications, I would highly recommend Motor Trend’s channel.  I personally believe they have the highest quality output of any automotive publication.

EVO TV – YouTube channel

EVO – Website

Like Motor Trend, EVO TV is the YouTube channel for the automotive publication of the same name.  EVO, being a UK-based publication, tests out a lot of stuff that we don’t have in America.  They don’t put out videos as often as some of the other channels, but all of their stuff is high quality.  They also focus more on sports cars than Motor Trend.

They also have a long-term McLaren MP4-12C with regular updates on how useful a supercar can be as a daily driver.

The Smoking Tire – YouTube channel

The Smoking Tire – Website

Matt Farah, who posts the Tuned videos on /Drive also has a separate channel and website, The Smoking Tire.  Self described as “No Hollywood, no bosses, no bullshit,” The Smoking Tire takes a look at some interesting production and tuned vehicles, as well as a look at some amazing car collections with Farah giving very honest and colorful commentary.

Petrolicious – YouTube channel

Petrolicious – Website

These are some of the best videos on classic cars I’ve ever come across.  The production quality is top-notch and I look forward to Tuesdays when the group posts new videos.  I see these more as short films than just YouTube videos.  You get the sense that everyone involved, from the subjects to the people at Petrolicious, are truly passionate about what they talk about and create.

After watching these videos, all I can think about is how to get my hands on a classic Alfa Romeo.

Electric Federal – YouTube channel

Electric Federal – Website

This channel is similar to Petrolicious.  Both put out high quality videos, but Electric Federal seems to fall a little more in the tuner culture side of things.  Not that it’s a bad thing, it’s just not for everyone.  My largest complaint is the lack of regular posts.

Regular Car Reviews – YouTube channel

Warning: There is some NSFW language and subject matter in these videos, and most devolve into nonsensical ramblings.  That being said, these are some of the most consistently funny videos I’ve watched about cars.  It’s just a couple of guys going around reviewing everyday cars while making fun of the culture that surrounds them.  A lot of the jokes might go over the head of non-gearheads, but that shouldn’t deter you from watching if you don’t mind a bit of crude humor.

The videos might be on hold for a bit.  The Toyota Echo that the pair used to travel in was recently totaled, although a Fund Anything campaign to purchase a new car was such a success that I don’t see much downtime.


One comment

  1. Michael Fuhlhage · February 14, 2014

    Great links here, Reese! Thanks for posting this. Hey, if you want some insight on how things are done on the automotive beat at the Wall Street Journal, which does it very well for a general-purpose news site, look up Phil Daquila. He is a digital media producer at UNC-Chapel Hill and has worked with before. He and I were in grad school at the same time, and he’s a great guy. I bet his advice on the multimedia automotive beat is outstanding.

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