MotoringBox is where the world turns to for the most comprehensive coverage of popular automotive shows including Top Gear, The Grand Tour and Wheeler Dealers.
Launched in 2015 by Sean McKellar, the ‘MotoringBox’ name stems from the fact that it was once a ‘sister site’ of TopGearbox.com, which was launched back in 2008. In the years which followed, MotoringBox has become one of the world’s largest and most popular Top Gear and The Grand Tour fan sites and I’ve been building on it ever since.
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MotoringBox (formerly TopGearbox) was originally launched back in 2008 as a forum because at the time I felt this would be the best way to get information across to people and get them involved. I spent a few months populating the forum with information about Top Gear episodes (starting at Series 1), however, it soon became clear that the forum software was over complicating everything. Users were forced to register just to get involved – and then there’s post and user moderation, spam control, enforcing forum rules and an inefficient forum search engine to top it all off. Who’s got time for all that?
In early 2009 I started looking for more suitable CMS software and ended up migrating what information I had across to a WordPress installation. WordPress gave me an excellent foundation on which I could continue building the site and collate episode information more easily and efficiently.
In the years that followed, MotoringBox went from a website that was lucky to see 10 visitors per day, to one which now sees several thousand per day. The goal hasn’t changed – MotoringBox is still a site that helps fans find out breaking news about The Grand Tour, Top Gear, Wheeler Dealers and more, plus more importantly, it acts as an index to help those same fans track down old episodes which featured particular vehicles or segments. The amount of information is huge. Episode synopsis, episode guides, Stig quotes, Power lap times, Star lap times, episode screenshots – plus tagging every single vehicle, location or event into an easily searchable database.
The feedback I receive from fan comments is fantastic, however, MotoringBox has taken an incredible amount of my time to put together and it’s also an ongoing task. I work a 9 to 5 job to pay the mortgage and support my family – and MotoringBox will always be just a glorified hobby of mine. I built this site for all The Grand Tour and Top Gear fans around the world and at the end that is what it all comes back to. Knowing that the site is being used by thousands of people on a daily basis means more to me than anything else, but any form of additional support is always appreciated.
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Thanks for your support and I look forward to continuing to bring you the latest Grand Tour, Top Gear and Wheeler Dealers news and episode information into the future.