I spend way too much time watching car videos on YouTube. In the past couple of weeks I’ve developed a bit of an obsession with the Maserati Ghibli, I’d quite like to own one but can’t afford it so the next best thing is to watch other people driving theirs (reading that back I can see how ridiculous that sounds!).
But I suspect I’m not the only one with that problem. Given the number of car based channels on youtube you could probably waste an entire lifetime (so I’m not that bad!).
To help you with your youtube browsing I thought I’d set out my top 5 channels for procrastinating about cars. There are many good ones and narrowing down to five was no easy feat, but here goes (in no particular order).
- Chris Harris on Cars – I suspect new videos will slow down or disappear completely given Chris’ new role with Top Gear (as an aside I think he’s the best presenter they have!) but I’ve followed Chris both in print and online for many years. The video’s are top quality and come highly recommended.
- Harry’s Garage – in a similar vein to Mr Harris, Mr Metcalfe has moved from print (he was the founder of Evo Magasine) to video. New video’s are infrequent, but well worth the wait. Harry gets his hands on some very exclusive cars, many of which he owns personally, and his video’s take the form of a diary episode. He’s also currently working for Jaguars’ SVO division so get his hands on early prototypes if Jag’s are your thing.
- The Smoking Tyre – it took me a while to get into this one, but it slowly become very addictive. Essentially the format is you bring your car to a specific point in the California Canyon’s (or track in certain circumstance) and hand it over to Matt Farrar. Matt takes your car for a spirited drive and shoots the video all in one-take. Great for keeping up with some US spec videos for anyone, like me, not based there.
- TaxtheRich 100 – if you haven’t come across these chaps, you will love it. They get their hands on very exclusive luxury and hyper-cars of all generations and hoon them around in field like it’s a rally car! No commentary or reviews, just some amazing driving capabilities in some very special vehicles.
- Petrolicious – this is the place for very high quality professional video’s. I came across Petrolicious about 18 months ago and viewing is a MUST. New videos are released each Tuesday which in my household has officially been renamed ‘Petrolicious Day’. In fact it’s Tuesday today, so I’m off to watch the next instalment now!
Let me know your favourites by commenting below!