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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.

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Photo courtesy of: drivetribe.com

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.

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Photo courtesy of: drivetribe.com

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!

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Photo courtesy of: drivetribe.com

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.

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Photo courtesy of: drivetribe.com

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!

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Photo courtesy of: drivetribe.com

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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Comments (42)

  • As someone who works for DRIVETRIBE it’s fantastic to hear your views Chris, as well as read all the positive comments that followed. At the risk of sounding corny, it’s the community and its global diversity that makes it the platform it is. Thanks to everyone that takes part. We’re only just over two years old, but really looking forward to seeing how things evolve.

      1 year ago
    • this forum even provides a place for an admittedly curmudgeonly sort like myself who has no use for the newfangled pieces of technological wizardry that are infesting the motoring society and roads of today. i have even managed to find a few...

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        1 year ago
    • Ha! Gizmo, curmudgeon? You? Hardly!

        1 year ago
  • If I didn’t have the support of the community I would have never started writing articles again. Cheers DT community. You’re great!

      1 year ago
    • The support around here is amazing. Keep on writing, Joseph!

        1 year ago
    • I will! Thanks for making this post. It’s posts like this that bring the community together!

        1 year ago
  • As you know Chris I'm from the states. One of the things I most look forward to is a guy named Javad dropping into chat. See Javad is from Iran. I can read about our differences on every other news outlet, forum, website you name it. Somehow here at Drivetribe we speak mostly about things we have in common and our passion for Motorsport. I have yet to see that anywhere else and very nice write up!

      2 years ago
    • Thanks, Ben! I've had some great convos with people all over the world, too! Its strange to think of cars as a uniting thing, but they really are. I'm 100% convinced that gearheads are the same EVERYWHERE!

        2 years ago
    • I have a feeling *people* are the same everywhere, Chris. It's the odd one or two who make enough of a fuss about being in charge who "divide and conquer" us by highlighting largely imaginary differences.

      The reason Drivetribe shows it up so...

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        2 years ago
  • I love DriveTribe.

      1 year ago
  • Drivetribe for me is an actual car website I Enjoy, there's not a single opinion but rather multiple individual opinions allowing free speech contentwise, and of course you can also post funny stuff, cringy car stuff... The limits are only your imagination, I hope DT keeps going strong for many years.

      1 year ago
    • I agree with you 100%, Omega! I'm really amazed by the amount of work people put into things and the level of journalism, photography, and videos just keep getting better. Thanks for the comment!

        1 year ago
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