Let’s see a show of hands: Who has ever walked up to a magazine rack, thumbed through a Road & Track, Car and Driver or duPont Registry, and then looked up only to discover that a half hour has gone by?
Well, the vast network of quality car blogs on the Internet will cause you to do the same, only the effect is much stronger. You’ll Google something like the quarter-mile time for new Mustangs, click four or five times down the rabbit hole, then before you know it an hour of your life has passed.
Some of you reading are nodding and thinking that this isn’t the worst way to spend your time. This list we’ve put together is for people like yourselves. If you like reading about old cars, checking out photos of some pretty sweet customs, comparing lap times, reading about racing or just checking out reviews of new cars, we think we’ve got you covered.
Here are 50 great blogs, all written by independent car fanatics and covering a wide variety of topics. We broke down the list into themes so it’s easier to find exactly the kind of reading you are interested in.
If there are any good blogs we missed, let us know in the comments.
General Car Blogs
Jalopnik is one of the web’s premiere resources for all things auto. The writers here do their research and turn out consistently interesting posts.
TorqueSpeak is the blog of Ed Callow, a deputy content editor over at British new and used car search site WhatCar.com. Ed is a photographer, as well, and you’ll find tons of great shots on his blog. In fact, we have one of his photos in the next section.
Be Car Chic
Be Car Chic is the side project of Melanie Betanchuk, who is the president of the Washington (DC) Automotive Press Association. There is a ton of great information plus car reviews stretching back to 2009.
Car Fanatics Blog
Automotive news plus loads of great videos of fast cars. Sure, there are useful posts such as car reviews and announcements about recalls, but this blog’s bread and butter is the sheer entertainment value it provides.
The Truth About Cars
The Truth About Cars blog has a lot of great reading. The reviews and the industry news are great, but perhaps the coolest part about this blog is the Junkyard Finds section. At the time of writing, that list includes a 1990 Daihatsu Rocky and a 1966 Toyota Corona.
Left Lane News
The Left Lane News blog is one of the first places automotive news shows up. The team here does a great job staying on top of new car previews, plus the archive of reviews is solid.
Motor Authority cuts right to the heart of what many of us want: Stories and photos of awesome cars. The focus here is luxury vehicles and sports cars, but there is just enough coverage of everyday cars that the blog doesn’t quite belong in our Drool-Worthy category below.
Autoextremist blogger Peter De Lorenzo has been pursuing auto industry news with an adversarial journalist’s verve for decades. He began this blog back in 1999 to offer an objective, unbiased take on what is happening in the industry.
The German Car Blog
These guys mostly curate stories from other blogs that have to do with Audi, BMW, Mercedes, VW and Porsche, although there are some stories on Italian cars and Bentleys thrown in the mix from time to time. If you are a fan of the Teutonic rides, bookmark this one.
One Eight Turbo
Talk about a niche audience. OneEightTurbo.com focuses on Audi, SEAT, Skoda, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini and Porsche news. The blog’s name itself comes from the 1.8-liter turbo engine that you would find in Audi A3s and A4s; Volkswagen Golf GTIs, Passats and Boras; Skoda Octavias and SEAT Ibizas.
Peter Dushenski’s Car Envy blog is much more personal than most of the others on the list. Here, he takes a nuanced and thoughtful approach to discussing cars and motoring in general. Much more food for thought than straight news and reviews.
This blog is extremely useful. Here, you’ll find honest reviews of different cars’ fuel economies, plus tips on how to get the most mileage out of your tank.
Zero to 60 Times
Do you know the 0-60 time by heart for an early 2000s 911 Turbo? Or a Lamborghini Diablo? If so, then this blog is for you. There is plenty of serious news here, but the focus is on fun … and fast cars. Be sure to check out the Top 10 Supercars by Decade section.
Cars on Record
Cars on Record is a Tumblr blog, meaning it’s nothing but an infinitely scrolling collection of sweet photos. You’ll find supercars, modified cars, old cars, the odd motorcycle, car parts — it’s really just a gear head’s stream of consciousness. And it’s glorious.
The Drool-Worthy Blogs
Muscle Car Dreaming
Another muscle car blog, but this one dispenses entirely with the need for words. It’s just photos upon photos of awesome muscle cars.
There are some among us who had posters of Ferarris on our walls as kids. This blog was made for us. Lots of great photos and videos here of new supercars.
Evo is a British website that reviews the fastest cars on the road. It’s technically a magazine rather than a blog, but we let that distinction slide for a moment because the writers at Evo get to race Porsches and tell us all about it.
The Tundra Headquarters Blog
How do you maintain a blog specifically about Toyota Tundras? By going in-depth in your research, as this post listing the suppliers of every single part on the truck demonstrates.
Every thing you ever thought about knowing about Porsche can be found on this blog. And there is a classified section, for any of you entertaining the idea of buying an old 993 (note: they’re still expensive).
You will find a lot of updates and previews for new BMWs, but there is something on the site for just about every modern BMW model, as well. The blog turns six in May, which means the archives are dense with content.
This blog looks slick. The photos are huge and plentiful, and the folks here post lots of fun rumors and spy photos of yet-unreleased models.
Bimmer Post curates a lot of their blogging from elsewhere. There is a race from Motor Trend between an M235i, a CLA 45 and a WRX STI at the top of the site at the time of writing, and down the list is What Car’s preview of the i8.
Benz Insider does a great job of really digging into company news and trying to break stories. If you would rather just look at cool photos of Benzes, though, they have those, too.
Note the slight spelling difference. Lambloghini has since begun to post irregularly, but if you dig through the archives there are tons of great photos and videos of Lambos. Don’t bookmark this one, but definitely have a long look through.
Our nod to Subaru fans should in no way diminish Audi’s fan base, which is rabid in it’s own right. The AudiBoost blog will attest to that. If you’re an Audi driver/fan, definitely check out the forums here.
Another Audi blog, Quattroworld isn’t limited to coverage of its namesake model. In fact, there is an impressive amount of coverage just of Audi’s racing teams.
GT-R USA Blog
This blog is entirely dedicated to Nissan’s famous GT-R, whose Skyline models were only available in Japan, Oceania and the UK for years. Nissan has that awesome GT-R for sale in the States now, but those old Skylines are still super-rare. The archive here is eight years old and contains more than 2,000 posts. Enjoy digging through it.
Fiat 500 USA
By the end of 2012, Fiat had turned out one million of its famous 500s. This blog covers every imaginable aspect of this car — from reviews and news, to the 500’s rabid fandom, to those killer Abarth models. Bonus: There is also quite a bit of Alfa Romeo coverage here.
All things Volkswagen here: From previews of new models to dubs to VW Racing. The blog’s massive readership and active forum makes it one of the Internet’s go-to resources for VW news.
This blog broke the news in late 2012 when embattled Swedish car company Saab resumed production of its 9-3 model, just a year after the company filed for bankruptcy. SAABSUNITED is the best unofficial Saab resource out there: You’ll find news, meetups and clubs, a forum, and classifieds here.
Classic Car Blogs
Any car enthusiast could spend days on this blog. The team here puts together same great-looking videos and high-quality posts about older and recent classic vehicles. They also trawl classifieds for awesome finds, like this $150,000 Pontiac GTO Judge.
Just A Car Guy
In contrast to the blog above, Just A Car Guy is a much more low-tech, personal blog about “things with wheels that are cool.” Reading Jesse’s stuff is just like talking cars with your friends … only this conversation stretches back eight years. There are more than 20,000 posts here if you’re feeling ambitious.
The Fossil Cars Blog
Yes, the Fossil Cars Blog has plenty of drool-worthy photos of classic cars, but the posts go much more in-depth than just great imagery. Here, you will find information about individual models (like this post on El Caminos) as well as car collector news. Fossil Cars itself is actually a company that connects collectors with classic cars, but that only further qualifies the team here as car fanatics.
Cars In Barns
Have you ever driven straight across, say, Kansas or Nebraska and thought about what old cars/bikes/treasures are in those old barns you see everywhere? Well, this blog provides those answers. At the time of writing, the most recent finds were a Torino GT, a Corvette Sting Ray coupe and a rusted-out ’61 Pontiac Ventura.
This is a blog entirely dedicated to traditional hot rods and customs. The focus here is high-quality photography and HD videos that help tell the individual story of each car. They also have some great-looking prints for sale.
Tam’s Old Race Car Site
Lots and lots of cool photos that document “an age when the power source was still in front, and giants like Bill Krause, Bob Drake, Ken Miles and others ruled West Coast racing.”
F1 fans, this is one of the best blogs you’ll find on your sport. The emphasis here is fun and the experiential side of racing, not just results and analyses.
That said, if results and analyses are exactly what you’re looking for, check out F1 Fanatic. It’s one of the most insightful racing blogs around.
The four-person team at the Oilpressure blog covers Indy Car racing as well as any independent site on the Internet. Results, news and analyses are all plentiful here.
World Rally Blog
Rally car fans, this is probably the slickest, most comprehensive independent site out there covering the World Rally Championship.
All Left Turns
News, analysis and a little bit of gossip from the world of NASCAR. In a sport whose coverage skews heavily toward big media, the All Left Turns blog’s take on racing makes for refreshing reading.
Celebrity Cars Blog
Do you find it irresistible when TV shows do tours of Jerry Seinfeld’s or Jay Leno’s garage? Then this is the site for you. Some of the posts can be a little mundane (“Sharon Osbourne in her Bentley!”), but it’s also cool to know that Kobe Bryant tried to sell his ’63 Impala on eBay.
This is the infinite-scrolling photo blog from Stance:Nation, whose motto is “Form and Function.” If you are into lowered suspensions, cars almost scraping the pavement and wheels at funny angles — or if any of that description simply makes you curious — check out their Tumblr blog.
The name kind of says it all. Here, you will find photos of and features on drifting from around the world. The blog is entering its ninth year online, so there are plenty of archives to dig through.
Possibly the coolest niche blog on this list, Noriyaro is the project of Australian blogger Alexi, who went to Japan in 2008 to film the drifting scene there. You will find some amazing photos and videos on this site.