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Matt Says: Check Out My 5 Favorite YouTube Channels

Posted by Matt McMurray on Jun 1, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Expedition Overland:

expedition_overland.jpgClay Croft and the crew at Expedition Overland go on expeditions to the most remote parts of the world and document the journey in a YouTube series. They have been to Alaska and the Yukon Territory and well as Mexico and Central America. This is probably my favorite of the 5-plus YouTube channels I watch. Their content is very professionally produced so it takes a long time for new content to pop up plus I think they have regular jobs so they have to save up and plan their expeditions carefully. If you start watching them, I promise you wont stop.

The Fast Lane Car/Truck:

tflcar.jpgThe Fast Lane Car and The Fast Lane Truck, commonly referred to as TFL Car and TFL Truck, is a mostly new car video blog where they test new cars as they come out. There are lots of sites that test new cars but what piqued my interest here was the fact that they took essentially every SUV, CUV, and Truck that they tested off road in Colorado. In addition, they have a series called the IKE Gauntlet where they test trucks towing heavy loads up Intestate 70 in Colorado through the Eisenhower tunnel which is the highest point, over 11,000ft, in the Interstate Highway System. This passage is known to test the very limits of vehicles due to its extreme elevation and weather. I have personally driven a 2007 Dodge Ram Pickup with a 345 horsepower Hemi up the gauntlet and I felt like I had 100 horsepower at the tunnel. It’s a little rough around the edges in terms of production but I think that’s why I like it so much. Plus Roman and Nathan are quirky as it gets.

The Smoking Tire:

the_smoking_tire.jpgMatt Farah is a video journalist for a show on NBCSN called Drive. He also has his own YouTube channel called the Smoking Tire where he runs Drive B-Roll and a series he calls One Takes where he takes fans cars through the canyons in California. New cars, old cars, modified cars, and some race cars make appearances. He posts several of these one takes per week and they are very entertaining.


Motor Trend:

motor_trend.jpgMotor Trend is what it is, a magazine turned full media company with tons of content on new cars. They have some very cool content that is very well produced. The only problem is that they have now launched a premium paid channel called Motor Trend On Demand, which is $5.99 per month. I don’t pay for that because I believe that there’s plenty of good content out right now for free. Plus Netflix isn’t much more expensive.


motorweek.jpgGood old Motorweek from Owings Mills, Maryland has been on public access tv for years and they have been on YouTube for quite some time. They do new car reviews and they post all of their old shop content on there, too. Want to know about a 1991 Mitsubishi Montero? You can find their review. All of those old reviews take me back to when I used to have my mom go in car dealerships and call all of the 1-800 numbers from the car companies when I was a boy to get all of the new car brochures. It’s always been a little dry because they have only had one host the entire time it has been around. I like it, though.

Bonus: Powerstroke Help

powerstroke.jpgOl’ Bill Hewitt has made a good living working on Ford Power Stroke Engines. He built this YouTube channel after he saw how much frustration there was in the early 2000’s with the 6.0 Ford Power Stroke Engine. They were junk and cost a fortune to repair. He figured out a way to market his shop as the go to shop in the south to repair these trucks. He is factory trained and has a wealth of knowledge on all Ford Power Stroke Engines. Anyone who has one of these trucks likely has run across a video or two in his series. He does the video himself and it’s not edited or produced very well but the information is so critical and in demand that he has tons of views. We've used his videos in the shop.

One last thing I'll mention is that we're starting to work on building out our own YouTube channel here at Campus Automotive. We've also been adding a good bit of video to our Facebook page lately. I'd like to invite you to subscribe to our YouTube channel and if you're not already doing so, follow us on Facebook. Things are really getting good over there.


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