Harry Metcalfe is a famous car enthusiast and YouTuber.
He has more than 500 thousand subscribers on his YouTube channel by the name, Harry’s garage.
Harry is also a farmer.
Harry Metcalfe was born on 17 November 1958.
He hails from Wales; United Kingdom and grew up in Wales.
Harry’s father was initially a farmer but later, he abandoned farming and became a fashion designer.
Love for motorcycles-
As Harry was living nearby forests in Wales and as his father and grandfather both were horse dealers, he at 10, wanted a horse but he dropped this idea when his father opined that he couldn’t look after the horse.
After he passed the eleven-plus examination, his father bought him a motorbike (motorcycle).
At 12, Harry developed a passion for riding his motorcycle and escaping into woods on his off-road bike.
Later, he collected a few on-road and off-road motorcycles.
Harry also learnt repairing motorcycles and at 16, he started repairing others’ motorcycles.
Love for cars & photography-
Citroën Dyane 6 was Harry’s first car which he inherited from his family.
At 17, he became obsessed with cars after he tweaked a few Volkswagen Beetles.
Harry spent a fortune on tweaking Beetles and making them go faster.
Also, the vroom of car engines made him fall in love with motoring.
Apart from cars, Harry was also interested in photography.
He developed an interest for photography after his father gave him a Rolleiflex with Carl Zeiss lenses.
Harry became a photographer for a while but couldn’t make it his career.
This knowledge of photography later helped him while producing beautiful pictures for his Evo magazine.
Education & career-
Harry wanted to study Automotive Engineering from Loughborough but as he didn’t do well in Maths A Level, he couldn’t study Automotive Engineering.
He did holiday jobs on farms and later joined Shuttleworth College in England to study a 4-year HND Agriculture course.
After passing out in 1980, Harry secured a job as an on-farm grain-buyer with Grainec company.
Later, he started renting grounds and also started sheep farming.
After growing up a flock of sheep, Harry got tired of the arduous work and gave up sheep farming.
Then, he shifted to arable farming.
Cars & media-
During that time, Harry had a Saab 99 Turbo car and later, he bought a Lotus Elan Sprint and BMW M3 E30 cars.
In 1993, he participated in the CCC National Hill-climb Championship with his Lotus Elan Sprint and came runner-up.
Then, a year later, Harry purchased a Maserati Ghibli Cup and at that time, he was the first person in the UK to own it.
At that time, Jeremy Clarkson was working for Performance Car magazine and he invited him to participate in the road tests with his Maserati Ghibli Cup.
Likewise, Harry got featured in the Performance Car.
As was doing arable farming that time, he had a free time of a few months and in that time, he was doing road tests for the Performance Car.
Starting Evo magazine-
In 1998, Harry learnt that the Performance Car magazine was ceasing its operations, so he launched his own car magazine along with a few motoring journalists to fill the gap that would be created after the exit of Performance Car.
Initially, he wanted to name his magazine as Road Sport but he named it as Evo.
The first issue of Evo was published in November 1998.
Harry took a loan of £275,000 on the pretext of setting up a grain store and started Evo with it.
24,000 copies of the first issue of Evo magazine were sold in the UK and around 7,000 copies were sold overseas.
Evo becomes financially viable-
In 1999, the third issue of the Evo magazine sold many copies and thanks to this, Evo became financially stable.
Harry used to work as an Editorial Director for Evo.
In April 2001, Evo was acquired by Dennis Publishing.
Initially, Future Publishing wanted to acquire Evo but Dennis Publishing acquired Evo in a counter bid.
Harry sold Evo because he believed that Evo could attract the right talent under a much bigger publisher.
He left Evo in September 2013 and since then, he has been an Independent Consultant for Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations.
During that time, Evo forum was very popular but as it was incurring high server costs and wasn’t profitable so, it got closed down.
Later, Harry purchased the Octane magazine and now, this magazine is owned by Autovia Limited.
He wrote for the Octane magazine and The Sunday Times.
Later, Harry shifted his focus from magazines to his couple of YouTube channels.
Realising the popularity of videos, Harry started producing videos.
Initially, he used to host the videos on his server but as it cost him a fortune, he started publishing videos on YouTube.
On 29 October 2013, Harry started his first YouTube channel, Harry’s Farm, a channel related to farming.
As of January 2022, this channel has around 85 thousand subscribers.
Then, on 4 August 2014, Harry started his second YouTube channel, Harry’s garage and as of January 2022, this channel has more than 500 thousand subscribers.
This channel is mainly focused on cars.
Harry’s wife helps him in the filming of his videos.
Apart from working on his YouTube channels, he also does farming in Cotswolds, England and consultancy.
Harry is married and has a daughter and a son, Charlie Metcalfe.
Charlie studied a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Rural Land Management and currently, he works as a Photographer, Sales & Marketing Manager at The Hairpin Company Limited.
Some interesting facts about Harry Metcalfe-
- Harry’s favourite car of all-time is Ferrari F50.
- He has a huge car and bike collection.
- Harry also had a boat collection but thanks to their high insurance costs, he sold them off.
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