My fellow drivers of tribe: yesterday, I hosted a livestream alongside DT’s favourite Brazilian car nerd Patricia Pedrosa, where we presented to you the finest pieces of community-created content we’d seen on the site this week. In case you missed it:
We’ve had some lovely feedback from those who were watching, and we hope to make this a weekly series going forward. After all, there are so many outstanding contributors on DT who - due to the sheer volume and variety of stuff on the site - are being criminally under-appreciated. Hence the value of a weekly platform where we can draw some attention to those deserving more of it.
Without further ado, allow me to recap the pieces we've most enjoyed this week. I strongly recommend you do yourself a favour and go and follow all these people immediately:
The Ignorant American
We have some really excellent Formula 1 pundits at DT. We have our motorsports editor Rob Burnett, a walking encyclopaedia of F1 past and present. We have ex-drivers such as Karun Chandhok and Damon Hill. We even have the Tiff. But frankly, your f1 post-race intake is incomplete if you aren’t following Grizzly Adams: The Ignorant American.
Grizzly is chap who, while twiddling his thumbs, recovering from a surgery a few months ago, decided to dip his toe into the world of Formula 1 and became enthralled. He now publishes a reaction piece after each race, giving his uniquely ignorant and American perspective on things, and marvelling at the amount of factors that go into winning a race, such as tyre strategy, and having to turn left AND right.
Anyway, go check him out immediately. He is articulate, funny and, amazingly insightful for one so new to the sport. He’s also a classy chap, evidenced by this lovely piece he wrote yesterday after we have him a shoutout:
The Next Clarkson
An intriguing username - which I presume means that either he (or she!) is passionate about motoring journalism, or has pubey head hair and keeps getting sued by Elon Musk.
Either way, The Next Clarkson is another exceptionally eloquent writer, deserving of a much larger following on DT. Most recently, they’ve written a list of the sexiest ugly cars of the 80’s - the glory days of the boxy automobile, before tedious things like pedestrian safety laws and fuel efficiency made cars all… blobby.
Subscribe to The Next Clarkson for plenty of Moto GP content and (hopefully) more creative listicles of this nature. POWERRR!
Thoughtful, well-written, humorous articles are a wonderful thing, but you know what else is wonderful? Videos of cars going BRAAAAAAPSUTUTUTUTUTU.
Enter Nick Zeta. Nick is a youtuber first and foremost, but for your convenience, he also shares his videos to DT. Nick really is doing the lord’s work: posting videos of supercars being obnoxiously loud, and smoking their tyres. We can't get enough.
Most recently, Mr Zeta was at the Top Marques car show in Monaco which, for those of you who don’t know, is a bit like Disneyland for millionaire playboys and their souped-up noise machines. And that’s just Monaco the other 364 days of the year.
Anyway, my favourite of his Monaco videos showed a heavily modified Alfa Giulia QV burbling around the closed streets of Monaco, making very, very naughty noises. Watch it immediately. Pull your headphones out and play it full blast in your office. Your coworkers will respect you more.
Earlier this week, when I asked the DT community to give me some recommendations for people deserving more of a following, there was one name in particular which kept popping up. Having gone through his page and read several of his articles, I have no trouble understanding why.
Almost since the genesis of Drivetribe, Dylan Smit has been steadily churning out some of the most unique and engaging content to be found anywhere on the site. In each piece he selects a weird or wonderful race car from history and tells its story. The volume of his body of work is impressive enough, but what sets Dylan apart is his seemingly endless depth of knowledge, and ability to break down fairly complex information in a way that is intriguing even to motorsport casuals. Not into racing? Go and read his stuff anyway. The man tells a great story. Plus there are lots of pretty pictures.
So there you have it folks. Go and follow these excellent humans, and please keep the recommendations coming. If you want to be featured next week, or feel someone else should, share a link to their stuff below and I’ll have a gander between now and next Wednesday.
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