Such a shame, as 2 years ago I used to watch Chris Harris’ reviews on Drivers Republic and thought they were utterly brilliant. Fast forward to his work with the current Drive channel on youtube—-and with each passing review, I find myself more bored, more annoyed, and frankly in view of tedious, self indulgent reviews which frankly go nowhere except gushing praise or annoyed disappointment.
(1) Chris Harris is exceedingly trying to be Jeremy Clarkson, and is failing miserably
(2) He takes 20 minutes (!!) to do this latest comparison. Talk about tedious and overbloated.
(3) Anyone who thinks the M135s engine sound better than the RS3 turbo 5-cylinder is on MASSIVE amounts of something…..or has gone deaf…or is paid to say so.
(4) On the BMW payroll? he used to be…probably still is.
(5) He enjoys the sound of his own voice, far more than I certainly do.
(6) Repetitive luddite nonsense…and yet he still prefers a torque converter Automatic gearbox….utter rubbish!
These days, I think Automotive ‘journalism’ has become very cumbersome and quite frankly past-its-sell-date….then again, motoring culture itself is expired. With every passing week I see new blogs and sites popping up—-all of which are the same stuff regurgitated through a big filter of bland. Several months before dropping the car-centric IEDEI for a more creative version, I had become progressively disenchanted by ‘petrolhead culture’ and its neverending cliches, stereotypes, and superficiality. Unfortunately, Chris Harris represents each one of those problems in a uniform package. Will I watch Top Gear when it comes back? Yes. Will I watch Chris Harris videos each Thursday? No.
Do i still love cars? Yes. Do I want to be an active member of online motoring culture? No.