The Late Brake Show On Tour – Kent Highlights

Jonny Smith’s The Late Brake Show Tour rolled into Kent on Saturday for its very first live show, which took place at Betteshanger Park. The self confessed car nut, TV presenter and now YouTube star brought along his eclectic collection of classics cars and displayed them against the fantastic backdrop of the amphitheater at the heart of the country park.

If you are an avid consumer of car content on YouTube, you may have noticed that Jonny’s “The Late Brake Show” channel has gone from strength to strength since it was relaunched in September 2020. With the subscriber count closing in fast on an impressive 300,000 number, the channel that was formerly known by Jonny’s “CarPervert” nickname has become one of the best places on the internet to ogle weird, wonderful and delicious cars.

The Late Brake Show Tour - Kent Highlights
The Late Brake Show On Tour was in town for the very first time

Such has been the success of Jonny’s video efforts that he decided to take a bold step and bring his love of cars to the people. And so The Late Brake Show Tour was born. With the help of his family and a close knit team, CarPervert himself ventured south last weekend with his entire automotive ensemble for what was a fantastic Saturday filled with car banter and a genuine celebration of car culture.

The Late Brake Show On Tour - Kent Highlights
The amphitheater at Betteshanger Park was the centre piece for the afternoons entertainment
The Late Brake Show On Tour - Kent Highlights
The selection of cars on display was as colourful as it was diverse
The Late Brake Show On Tour - Kent Highlights
Admiring the absolutely mint Honda Civic Deluxe
The Late Brake Show On Tour - Kent Highlights
A fantastic mix of motors
The Late Brake Show On Tour - Kent Highlights
And some tasty gems too



The Late Brake Show On Tour - Kent Highlights

The Late Brake Show On Tour - Kent Highlights

The Late Brake Show On Tour - Kent Highlights

Betteshanger Park in Kent, which is located just north west of Deal, was the ideal location for the very first leg of the tour. The former coal tip site was home to one of Kent’s largest coal mines, which has been regenerated into an idyllic country park with the impressive landscaped amphitheater at the heart of the wildlife park. It proved to be a superb setting for Jonny’s very first live show and despite the weathers attempts to scupper the fun, it turned out to be one of the most relaxed and accessible car shows ever.

The Late Brake Show On Tour - Kent Highlights
Carperverts personal collection was the centre piece of the shows main display
The Late Brake Show On Tour - Kent Highlights
His very first Beetle which he still owns
The Late Brake Show On Tour - Kent Highlights
His Dodge Charger V8 manual which left the factory with no power steering, drum brakes and a radio… essentially a poverty spec Charger which is what Jonny loves about it.



The Late Brake Show On Tour - Kent Highlights
Charger v Allegro… about as eclectic as it gets!
The Late Brake Show On Tour - Kent Highlights
The Allegro Sleeper Project
The Late Brake Show On Tour - Kent Highlights
A supercharged V6 lump in one of British Leylands most maligned cars… I mean why not?!
The Late Brake Show On Tour - Kent Highlights
The Figaro which is destined for an EV transplant
The Late Brake Show On Tour - Kent Highlights
Jonny’s Nissan Cedric Tokyo Taxi
The Late Brake Show On Tour - Kent Highlights
Showing off its mighty LPG powered straight six motor

The Late Brake Show celebrates all aspects of car culture and that diversity was reflected in Jonny’s own personal collection, which he brought along for fans to enjoy. With his uncompromising V8 powered Dodge Charger, the original Japanese Nissan Cedric taxi, the Nissan Figaro EV project, the Austin Allegro supercharged V6 project and his very first Beetle all on show, it really emphasised the very broad moving target that is Carpervert’s taste in automobiles.

The Late Brake Show On Tour - Kent Highlights
The Chargers wing mirror which just sums up perfectly Jonny’s sense of humour

Unlike at other shows where display cars are often kept at arms length from visitors, Jonny was more than happy to let fans get up close and enjoy his motors. You see there are no show queens in The Late Brake Show collection… all of Jonny’s cars are used, loved and enjoyed with the heavy patina of the mighty Charger a shining example.



The Late Brake Show On Tour - Kent Highlights
Camping chair comfy and all set for the afternoons entertainment
The Late Brake Show On Tour - Kent Highlights
Smith and Sniff on stage for the Q&A session
The Late Brake Show On Tour - Kent Highlights
Some good car banter was had with Rich Porter

The afternoons fun kicked off with a live on stage chat with Jonny’s partner in crime on the Smith and Sniff podcast, Richard Porter. The hour plus long interview was a real treat with the dynamic duo taking questions from fans and sharing some of their best cars stories. Which naturally led to quite a few hilarious tangents and red herrings.

The Late Brake Show On Tour - Kent Highlights
Time for a wander through the car park for some car spotting
The Late Brake Show On Tour - Kent Highlights
The shot that sums up how much fun the show was

After the interviews and a car fact filled pub quiz, Jonny took some time to wander through the park to do some proper car perving and there were lots of gems to study, admire and lust over. Such was the fun and relaxed nature of the show that the boss man himself got to race a Motocompo against a slightly modded kids Mini. It was a hilarious sight!



The Late Brake Show On Tour - Kent Highlights
The Vauxhall Viceroy got a day out at a car show for the first time this year
The Late Brake Show On Tour - Kent Highlights
Jimmy digging the Viceroy’s crushed red velour interior

Also spotted wandering the amphitheater was Jimmy de Ville of Goblin Works Garage. He brought along the mighty Mini that he built with Helen and Ant for the show and it was a treat to see the heavily modded Clubman in the flesh once again. There was also an extra real treat for Jimmy as he got to sample the delights of Take to the Road’s Vauxhall Viceroy, which had ventured out for its very first car show of 2021. Jimmy absolutely loved the big barge and was bowled over by the condition of the interior. His smile behind the wheel of Viceroy said it all!

The Late Brake Show On Tour - Kent Highlights
The Goblin Works Mini drives across the display arena
The Late Brake Show On Tour - Kent Highlights
Jimmy lining it up for the live stage interview
The Late Brake Show On Tour - Kent Highlights
That’ll do Jimmy
The Late Brake Show On Tour - Kent Highlights
Lots of laughs during the Idol Chat which brought the show to a close

The afternoons fun was brought to a close with Jimmy joining Jonny and Rich on stage for the Idol Chat interview. It was a hilarious end to what was a genuinely great first live show for The Late Brake Show Tour. Jonny and his team are to be commended for staging a well put together event and it was an honour for Kent to chosen for the very first one.

The Late Brake Show On Tour - Kent Highlights

The Late Brake Show Tour continues and will venture to Ash tree Farm in Leicestershire on September 11th 2021. More details can be found on The Late Brake Show website.

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