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James May reveals three car YouTubers you need to watch

by David Purcell

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Some say that nobody knows their cars better than James May, and with a lot of free time at home opening up, he's revealed the YouTube channels he's been watching to pass the time. 

The popular television presenter has had some time off from his work on The Grand Tour, just like many other people around the world given the current global situation, and one thing he's been doing is clicking onto YouTube to get his daily fill of content.

There are thousands of channels that specialize in car videos on the platform, one of which is DRIVETRIBE where May often features, but there are three in particular that have been shining brighter than others for him of late.

DRIVETRIBE, YouTube
James May has roasted YouTubers in the past for the cars they drive.

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Talking about his viewing habits in a new DRIVETRIBE video on April 16, he said: "I've come to the strange realization which is that I've been making videos, one way or another – Top Gear, then Grand Tour, my own shows, and YouTube, most recently DRIVETRIBE and FOODTRIBE... and I suddenly thought, rather than make videos, why not watch videos, which is much easier."

May stated that he is going to start talking more about what he watches on YouTube, so we're sure many will be interested to see where this new series of videos takes us. Typically, he spends around two hours a night watching cars content – he says.

From there, he went on to say that the three channels that have really caught his eye of late are the Fully Charged Show, Seen Through Glass, and TheSmokingTire, based on recent videos he has seen.

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Why have these YouTube channels caught his eye?

(He reveals the YouTubers he's been watching at 0:44 in the video below)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhvYDm4-NDg

Fully Charged Show

Starting with the Fully Charged Show, he was particularly interested in a discussion about the world moving towards alternative forms of energy. For those who haven't visited the channel before, it has over 650,000 subscribers and often discussions on there are about clean energy and having the vehicle industry switch to electricity.

"He's head butting a rather interesting issue. If we make a lot of power, a lot of electricity out of alternatives i.e. wind power mainly, because it's stormy which it has been in Britain. What do you do with the electricity? Do you use it and actually get paid for consuming, or do you store it?"

He added: "He's talking mainly about batteries. Anyway, it's a long video, but I find it fascinating," before stating that it really got him thinking about the idea of burning things and whether or not we need to do that in the future.

Fullychargedshow, YouTube
Robert Llewellyn hosts the Fully Charged Show  on YouTube.

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Seen Through Glass

In the past, May has shown a real interest in the idea of switching to electric cars, explaining why he has reservations about the idea, but there's no doubt that he's supportive of the climate change movement the industry is experiencing.

Nevertheless, moving onto the second channel he mentioned, The Grand Tour host revealed Seen Through Glass as his next pick. It has over 470,000 subs, posting regularly about different cars on the market and reviews, but it was his Ferrari F360 that was the draw.

As an owner of a Ferrari, May was interested to see how things played out as the channel owner – Sam – recorded the mechanics as they worked on his car.

seenthroughglass, Instagram
Sam Michael David Fane had been showing fans what it's like to have a Ferrari serviced on his Seen Through Glass YouTube channel.

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TheSmokingTire

Last, but certainly not least, was TheSmokingTire – a channel run by Matt Farah. May said: "SmokingTire on the Porsche Taycan is interesting right from the start because he addresses another important issue," before trying several ways of saying the name of the popular model.

Jokes aside, the YouTuber performs one of his patented one-take videos, with zero edits, driving the car around public roads and explaining what's good – as well as what's bad – about the $200,000 vehicle. Clearly, James was a big fan of his work.

TheSmokingTire, YouTube
TheSmokingTire has the biggest following of the three, with over 950,000 subscribers on YouTube.

So, there you have it! Those are the three YouTube channels James May has been watching, and why he believes more should watch them as well.

As noted, he is expected to continue dropping recommendations in the near future and once he does, we'll be the first to let you know.