DriveTribe: Why we love hot hatches and roadsters

Having been selected as a Tribe Leader on Clarkson, Hammond and May’s new online motoring community DRIVETRIBE, I was naturally elated. It isn’t just a chance to get your opinion heard across the world; the trio are offering an opportunity to some of the leaders to be a part of their new show The Grand Tour, on Amazon Prime.

The Grand Tour is expected to begin airing in the next few months and will continue the misadventures of these three car enthusiasts. (Image source: The Grand Tour Facebook page)
The Grand Tour is expected to begin airing in the next few months and will continue the misadventures of these three car enthusiasts. (Image source: The Grand Tour Facebook page)

This motoring social media network will bring the world’s car community to one place when launched in November. As it is essentially a forum, my expectations can be summed up like this:

  1. Arguments about which is the best car
  2. Trolls trolling and moderators throwing them out
  3. And a NSFW (Not-Safe-For-Work) section.

Richard Hammond and James May’s explanations make the picture a little clearer:

“Gamers have got twitch, travellers have got Trip Advisor and fashion fans have got, oh, something or other too. But people who are into cars have got nowhere. There’s no grand-scale online motoring community where people can meet and share video, comments, information and opinion. DriveTribe will change that. And then some,” Hammond wrote.

“This is pure digital inclusivity. Some of the world’s most endangered tribes – Volvo enthusiasts, for example – will now have a voice as loud as everyone else’s,” May said.

Clarkson’s explanation, while inappropriate as usual is also useful, “I didn’t understand DriveTribe until Richard Hammond said it was like YouPorn, only with cars.”

The DriveTribe forum will not be directly related to the TV show and will be availble in app form before the online community becomes live. (Image source: DriveTribe Facebook page)
The DRIVETRIBE forum will not be directly related to the TV show and will be available in app form before the online community becomes live. (Image source: DRIVETRIBE Facebook page)

My elation at being selected as a tribe leader lasted a few days until I stumbled on to this subreddit that basically says that all those who applied for the role of tribe leader have been accepted. With my bubble deflated, I realised that each tribe will be really niche or utterly vague (like Clarkson’s Alpha Male or May’s Carbolics), so much so that they will each be a separate tribe.

The iconic Porsche 550 Spyder and the last-generation 981 Boxster Spyder. Brilliant examples of this tribes' focus. (Image source: Porsche Press Site)
The iconic Porsche 550 Spyder and the last-generation 981 Boxster Spyder. Brilliant examples of this tribes’ focus. (Image source: Porsche Press Site)

However, I’m still quite excited for my tribe which will consist of hot hatch and roadster lovers (quirky name pending).  Both these types of cars have one important thing in common; the level of immaturity the aficionados have. Small cars with loads of power and performance to match much bigger and more expensive cars, this combination innately brings out the boy-racer in people regardless of their actual age. So whether you like the old-school classic roadster that is the 550 Spyder or the power-mad and easily driftable upcoming Focus RS500 hot hatch, this will be the tribe for you.

Topics of conversation will include why the upcoming Ford Focus RS500 is miss-named, considering it will make about 400bhp. (Image source: Ford Press Site)
Topics of conversation will include why the upcoming Ford Focus RS500 is miss-named, considering it will make about 400bhp. (Image source: Ford Press Site)

The site will go live in November this year, so join in and voice your opinion on what is expected to be the largest online motoring community.

UPDATE 1

Tribe name: Juvenile Petrolheads

UPDATE 2

DRIVETRIBE will officially go live on 28 November 2016. I’ve been working hard to populate the Juvenile Petrolheads tribe with awesome content regarding hot hatches and roadsters. Come and take a peek. There are some other tribes that are just marvelous as well. I highly recommend Curves, Soulful Driving, Wheel Life, Eleven Tenths, Vintage Racecars, RX Extreme, and Modern Classics. If these don’t float your boat, there are literally hundreds of tribes to choose from that cater to every car fetish known to humanity.

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