Matt Farah is an automotive journalist who is best known for his “every man’s” approach to car reviews.
He was born on December 1, 1981, in New Jersey, USA.
In 2004, Matt graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography.
After, he worked at Gotham Dream Cars, a premier exotic car rental and exotic car experience company.
In 2007, Farah started his YouTube channel ”The Smoking Tire,” albeit under a different name. He also has a website with the same name.
On his website and YouTube channel, Matt films himself driving modified cars owned by regular people who have put significant energy and time into creating custom-built rides that meet their individual performance goals and express their personality.
Additionally, he hosts various shows on other YouTube channels, such as – ”/TUNED” and ”/DRIVE.” Also, Matt is starring on “The Car Show” on Speed Channel with John Sally, Adam Carolla, and Dan Neil.
Over the course of five years, Matt would go on to review over 750 cars without skipping a beat.
Matt Farah is married to his wife Hannah.
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Farah currently has a 1996 Lexus LS 400 that has over 965,000 miles on the odometer. Matt bought this car a couple of years ago with around 850,000 miles on it. In an attempt to break through the key seven-digit milestone, “the million mile Lexus” is often loaned out to friends for long road trips.
Exclusive cars such as the Audi R8 4.2 Supercharged, 2011 Shelby GT500, and Ferrari 458 Italia have been featured on his YouTube channel.
On the luxury side, he has a 2003 Aston Martin V12 Vanquish (designed by Ian Callum) with only 12,000 miles.
With over 9.6 million views, the ”Amazing Car Collection at AE Performance” (Paul Walker and Roger Rodas car collection) is the most viewed video on The Smoking Tire channel.
He has lived in locations, like – Georgia, New Jersey, Los Angeles, and Pennsylvania.
In 2018, he has sold his modified 1988 Ford Mustang SSP 5.0 for $65,000, and half of the proceeds have gone to the charity of the buyer’s choice. Matt has driven the Mustang about 3,500 miles since he has owned it (2014). The car was featured on the cover of:
- Automobile magazine;
- Car Craft Magazine.
In January 2020, he drove a $1.5 million LeMans race car through Los Angeles. He said:
“Driving something like this on a public road is honestly an absurd proposition.”
Matt went on to say:
”Once you’re moving it’s ok, it’s just the stopping and starting is such a nightmare.”
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”The only thing between most people and a seven-hundred, or eight-hundred horsepower car is a few thousand dollars.”
”When I go to my grave I want to be able to say that what you heard in that review is what I really thought.”
”A lot of business is taking on responsibility and risk. I’ve stepped up immediately and taken responsibility for things.”
”Tires can be the difference between winning a race and dying a fiery death.”
”Let me be clear, I do come from a place of moderate privilege. I had advantages that other people didn’t have. I’m aware of that. I’m not sorry for it. It just is what it is.”
”Top Gear is a scripted show, from beginning to end. And I don’t work like that. I’m one of a few people who can do a whole show without a script, without needing to be told what to say or do, and I’d rather do that.”
”Even a mostly terrible car, like the stock Mitsubishi Lancer I drove, if its maintained well and has decent tires on it, will be an acceptable driving experience.”
”I grew up pretty much obsessed with cars. I used to drag race in high school. I thought it would be cool to be one of the guys that could write for the magazines.”
”I’ve owned a 1994 Mustang GT, which I converted into a Cobra R clone with a 347 Stroker motor. I’ve had a 2005 Audi S4, a 2006 John Cooper Works Mini, my 2010 Ford Raptor 6.2, and of course my cherished 1998 Corvette, which I bought new and only has 26,000 original miles.”
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Matt Farah – Net Worth
Matt earns most of his income from sponsors, selling t-shirts (on his website, YouTube channel, and Facebook page), and advertisements on his website and YouTube channel.
YouTuber’s earnings are extremely difficult to calculate because they depend on so many things, but, on average, 1 million views on YouTube bring about $2000.
In the present day, his channel ”The Smoking Tire” has over 314 million views, which means about $630.000 before taxes. Keeping this in mind, automotive journalist and business Matt Farah has an estimated net worth of $4 million.
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