Best car YouTube channels

1. The Late Brake Show

Jonny Smith has over 20 years’ experience as a print and TV motoring journalist and was previously a presenter on the popular automotive television program Fifth Gear.  His YouTube channel, The Late Brake Show, has gained a massive following, particularly over the last three years and is currently nearing 600,000 subscribers.  The diversity of content really appeals to me, with Jonny featuring barn finds, new car reviews and interviews with those involved in the automotive trade and motorsport.  Some of those interviewed by Jonny include Gordon Murray, Ant Anstead and Mike Brewer.  The barn find episodes are my personal favourites, with a Lamborghini Espada, Ford Escort Mk1 Mexico and Aston Martin DB4, among many others, being discovered in the last year.  Jonny is a wonderful storyteller and in the ‘barn find’ episodes, he not only has a love and respect for the car being found, but also engages with the viewer on an emotional level.  He does this by talking to the owner of the car and having them tell the sometimes sad story of how the car ended up in its current state.

2. Harry’s Garage

Harry Metcalfe is a farmer and in the automotive world is known for being the founder of the very popular evo magazine back in 1998.  He also formed Harry’s Garage in 2014 and has amassed 653,000 subscribers.  On this channel, videos can be found on old and new performance car reviews, showcasing what cars are available to buy at different auctions, talking to different people involved in the automotive industry and the restoration of his many classic cars.  Some cars owned by Harry that have had recent restorations include his Lamborghini Espada, Lamborghini Countach, Lancia Fulvia Zagato, Jaguar XJC V12 and Ferrari Testarossa.  Harry is a great presenter with a deep depth of knowledge on different cars and specifications.  He has a relaxed presentation style and I enjoy his humble approach to reviewing cars.

3. Tyrrell’s Classic Workshop

Iain Tyrrell is a classic car expert, mechanic, restorer, and automotive historian.  He owns Tyrrell’s Classic Workshop and has over 35 years’ experience as a classic car specialist.  His YouTube channel called Tyrrell’s Classic Workshop was established in 2018 and currently has 165,000 subscribers.  Most of Iain’s videos come from cars that are getting serviced, repaired, or restored in his workshop.  He has an unmatched knowledge level of classic cars, particularly older models from Ferrari and Lamborghini.  My favourite videos have been on the Ferrari F40 restoration, driving Ferrucio Lamborghini’s personal Countach and driving ‘The Italian Job’ Lamborghini Miura.  Iain has a detailed historical and mechanical knowledge of every classic car that he works on, and he can clearly and concisely convey this knowledge to the viewer.

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