Opinion: Why DRIVETRIBE matters
No one's asked my opinion, not gonna stop me from giving it!
I wake up every week day at about 0930 central U.S. time. Not because I'm overly lazy (just slightly), but because I work every weekday night and do not get home before 0230. I figure 7 hours of rest is plenty. Before heading back to work everyday at 1400, I check out what has happened on Drivetribe during the working day on the other side of the Atlantic. I know I'll always be in for a treat!
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Whether it's James May posting some art or Clarkson going on about where he happens to find himself in the world, I know there's a good chance I'll see an update about the trio. That's great, but it's not really why I dropped in. I've really come to Drivetribe to read stories written by people who don't have a vested interest in the automotive establishment. People who are giving their honest opinion about everything from California street racing to small English car meets (I learned recently the phrase car show doesn't mean the same thing in England as it does in the U.S.) that are in places I'll probably never get to go to, that are full of cars I'll probably never get to see.
Take the above story as an example. Until last year when I was introduced to the Goodwood Hill Climb, through DT, I had never heard of such a thing. Yes, I knew about Pikes Peak, but to my mind the idea didn't go much further than that. The thought of a hoard of automotive enthusiasts descending upon a country estate, while race drivers attempted to cut the best time up the old man's driveway in some extremely expensive, majority vintage, race cars never really entered my mind as a thing that existed.
Then there is the fact that a large number of otherwise sane looking people go to an island in the Irish Sea every June and attempt to go around a course that was undoubtedly purposely laid out with every bad thing a motorcycle rider could encounter while on a public roadway. The absolute crazy spectacle that is the Isle of Man TT was covered in depth here on DT. In fact, of all the things I've learned about on DRIVETRIBE this is the one I am the most grateful for stumbling across. Knowing there is still a place where a motorsports fan can watch as a rider gets as close to chaos as possible is a heartwarming thing. After all, a rider/driver that can balance the fine line of speed versus chaos is, at its core, what racing is all about!
Of course, DT is full of content from all over the world. South America, South Africa, Australia, France, even China & other places I haven't been able to figure out, yet. These people are all on here. They are all sharing a single love for the automobile. When you really think about it, that is a truly astounding thing. Arguments? I've seen people get into disagreements in the comments section on DT before, but I don't think I've ever seen any name calling. In today's world, that's an amazing thing. I don't need to remind everyone just how cesspool like the comments section usually is on almost every other site.
So what does all of this have to do with the importance of DT? That's easy, the very fact that DT sort of requires you to create your own content in order to say something, makes it different from most other forms of Social Media. It's almost like DT is saying, "Very well you can disagree, but no 240 character personality assassinations, if you feel differently than what someone has written, then feel free write a long form dissenting comment, just please put in the form of an article... Oh and be sure to include some pictures that'll be just lovely." It's brought a little of the 19th Century to the 21st without all of the dysentery and cholera. It seems to me that most of the members are here to talk about the things in the car world they most love. They do that without the slick polish and prejudices of an indoctrinated Journalist. They do it without the same old stories about the same old expensive cars. Yes, there is a lot of posting on here about the best Super Car or what should you buy when you find yourself with a few million extra dollars, but for the most part the truly best stories are written about the most common of cars. Drivetribe is important because it is, a place for car people to discuss everything from an extraordinary Bugatti, to the ordinary old VW with equal enthusiasm for both. For a gear/petrol head, that's a special place, indeed!
So keep writing about the Holy Trinity of car show hosts, Ford Cortina's, Alpha's & putting up pictures of random cars you see on the street. You guys keep doing what you love & I'll keep writing about what I love, The Custom & Hot Rod car scene in the U.S. of A..
Basically, I'm saying we just need to, Keep on Cruisin'!
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