Corvette Forum’s Five Auto Influencers You Should Be Watching
These YouTubers prove that the Corvette is the people’s sports car.
It goes without saying that the Corvette is a driver’s car. But more than almost anything else on the road, the Corvette is an owner’s car. From the period-correct fanatics to the younger fans, Corvette owners are a global community, and people of all stripes are welcome. Even Chevy is in on the game, offering an official option that allows new owners to pick up their new ‘Vette at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green.
With such a tight-knit community, it’s no wonder that Corvette owners have such a high profile on YouTube. If you’re wired in, then you probably know these guys pretty well. But if you’re looking for some new Corvette content to watch online, you should probably pay attention to these personalities.
The Corvette Ben
Before you start talking about “kids these days,” check out The Corvette Ben’s YouTube channel. This Texas-based 20-something has a serious penchant for vintage American cars. He says “…if it is American and made before 1982, it might be featured on the channel.” We love having plenty of projects, but this kid is just next level. On top of owning two ‘Vettes, a ’73 convertible with a 454, and a ’78, he also owns a 1956 Cadillac Sedan DeVille, 1958 Chevrolet Bel-Air, 1958 Edsel Ranger, 1956 Chevrolet Bel-Air 2-door hardtop, 1979 Camaro Z28, and a 1961 Imperial Southampton.
If that isn’t enough, he also buys tired classics and flips them. If you love classic cars and wrenching videos, Ben’s channel is one to watch.
Sometimes having all that V8 power in a gorgeous sports car can go to your head. But don’t expect that from Chuck, the Tulsa, Oklahoma-based YouTuber who runs – or ran, Corvettes 918. For the past two-and-a-half years, Chuck has posted clean, family-friendly videos almost weekly, and almost always about his C7 Corvettes. Of course, ‘Vette owners are a passionate bunch, but Chuck’s enthusiasm shines through in every video. He had a 2016 Z06 that he traded for a 2019 ZR1 and he bought his wife a Grand Sport! Unfortunately, as of September, Chuck is out of the YouTube game. But as he says in his final post, for more great C7 videos, check out his good friend Rick “Corvette” Conti’s channel.
Let’s face it, sports cars are expensive. And even a cheap project ‘Vette can break the bank if you’re not smart. That’s why we love Zent Rose’s videos. On top of being a true car guy, Zent is also into finance. And that means there’s a lot of cost-benefit analysis to his projects, punctuated with financial tips videos. Based in California, Zent has had an impressive stable of cars over the years, including a Viper GTS, a Shelby GT500, a Honda S2000, a BMW E90 330i, and of course, a C5 Corvette Zo6 that he picked up for a mere $13,000. Lately, he’s been wrenching on a C6 Z06 among other cars.
Being a gearhead isn’t always rational. So if you’re looking for a rational, level-headed approach to Corvette ownership, ZentRose’s channel is a true breath of fresh air.
C Garner Speed 252
At the end of the day, the Corvette is a dream car. As owners, we’re lucky enough to be able to own a part of that dream. And Clarence, host of C Garner Speed 252, has never forgotten that. He’s a tried-and-true Chevy fan and Corvette fanatic, owning both a 2011 Camaro and a 2017 Corvette Grand Sport. On top of filming the ins-and-outs of owning a Corvette, he also posts periodic reviews of other cars. What’s more, the North Carolina-based YouTuber is a great source for breaking news and opinions on the upcoming mid-engined C8.
Like Chuck of Corvettes 918, he’s humble above all else. “As a first-generation Corvette owner, he is on a mission to be a role model for his subscribers,” he says about himself. In our opinion, the world needs more role models like Clarence.
For some of us out there, the motto is “D.I.Y. or Die.” That definitely suits Southern California-based YouTuber Froggy. The somewhat mysterious YouTuber shoots all of his videos in first-person. On his channel, you’ll find anything from sunset videos to home repair projects. As for automotive, he’s a true renaissance man. You’ll find him tinkering on things like a Mercedes-Benz GLK350, 2000 Ford Explorer, 2000s-era Lexuses, and an E36 M3. But Froggy is a true Corvette fan, owning a 2004 C5 Z06 and a 2013 C6 Z06. As an SCCA member, he regularly autocrosses his cars, and regularly posts videos from California meetups. Froggy may not have the on-screen presence of these other YouTubers, but his videos offer a great glimpse into keeping two aging Z06s healthy and on the autocross course.