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.
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:
- Arguments about which is the best car
- Trolls trolling and moderators throwing them out
- 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.”
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.
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.
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.
Tribe name: Juvenile Petrolheads
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.