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'Top Gear' (USA) Recap And Review: 'Cool Cars For Grownups' - Minivans Cause Mayhem

July 9th, 2014 9:06am EDT
'Top Gear' (USA) Recap And Review: 'Cool Cars For Grownups' - Mi
We couldn't have described this week's Top Gear any better than Adam Ferrara did: It's "responsible cars, not so responsibly." Adam, Tanner Foust and Rutledge Wood try to pretend that they're mature adults when they're sent to Denver to see if you can drive a car that is both fun and practical.

Adam brings an AMG Mercedes, while Tanner shows up in a Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, and Rutledge arrives in a Honda Odyssey, because minivans are cool when Rutledge Wood is driving them - and when they've been souped up to have a thousand horsepower. Rut immediately leads his confused colleagues on a m...
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'Top Gear' (USA) Recap And Review: 'Off Road Big Rigs' - Logging Disasters

July 2nd, 2014 9:01am EDT
'Top Gear' (USA) Recap And Review: 'Off Road Big Rigs' - Logging
When somebody gave the British Top Gear hosts big rigs, they just crashed through a bunch of stuff and hurt themselves. Is the American version going to be any different? Erm...who are we kidding?

Adam, Tanner and Rutledge have decided to join the timber hauling industry, with the first one of the trio to reach their final destination to be declared the winner (of what, who knows - possibly some therapy). As Adam points out, the last time these guys went trucking, it went badly. There's plenty of room for improvement.

Once the obligatory race is out of the way (complete with Tanner gloati...
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'Top Gear' (USA) Recap And Review: 'Snow Show' - Adam's On Fire

June 25th, 2014 9:05am EDT
'Top Gear' (USA) Recap And Review: 'Snow Show' - Adam's On Fire
Fans of the British Top Gear will remember an episode in which the hosts built a snowplow out of a combine harvester and then accidentally destroyed anything it touched. Now it's the American show's turn to tackle the cold weather - and it's actually even wilder than the first time around.

This episode is actually more like a play on last season's "Doomsday Drive," except with a prize at the end. The guys must build the best possible snow-clearing machine, and whoever makes the most worthy contribution to their effort gets to drive a supercar against a snowmobile. Tanner shows up in Maine ...
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'Top Gear' (USA) Recap: '80's Power' - Lou Ferrigno Guest Judges

June 18th, 2014 9:05am EDT
'Top Gear' (USA) Recap: '80's Power' - Lou Ferrigno Guest Judges
There were a lot of things to love about the 1980's. Movies with Andrew McCarthy in them. Some of the music wasn't that bad. But the cars? Well, our Top Gear heroes are spending this week trying to prove that the cars were okay, too.

Given $5,000 to pick their ride of choice, the guys meet at a mall outside of Los Angeles for their usual "series of challenges leading to an ultimate winner" escapade. Rutledge turns up in a supercharged Toyota MR2, while Adam arrives in a Buick Grand National, and Tanner has the keys to such a Tanner-esque car: a bright red Chevy Camaro IROC-Z. Tanner thinks...
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'Top Gear': Checking In With Adam Ferrara And Tanner Foust

June 17th, 2014 12:18pm EDT
'Top Gear': Checking In With Adam Ferrara And Tanner Foust
The fourth season of Top Gear just came roaring back, and already Adam Ferrara and Tanner Foust can't stop talking about it. We checked in with two-thirds of the TG hosting trio when they attended last week's E3 Expo (Rutledge Wood being on the road and unable to join us). Here are a few things Adam and Tanner spilled about what it takes to make Top Gear.

Firstly, tonight's episode is going to be an interesting one (as if they're ever not). "There are some stunts in this next episode," Tanner told us.

"There's the ones we know about and the ones that just happen," Adam corrected.

"Yeah,"...
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'Top Gear' (USA) Recap: 'Desert Trailblazing' Gone Somewhat Wrong

June 11th, 2014 8:54am EDT
'Top Gear' (USA) Recap: 'Desert Trailblazing' Gone Somewhat Wron
Honestly, who wouldn't want to take a road trip with the Top Gear guys? Adam, Tanner and Rutledge are three great people to spend time with...and when you put them all together, something wild usually happens. This week's adventure is no exception to that rule.

Our heroes are in Arizona with a trio of 4x4's, which must make it to the Colorado River within 48 hours and without GPS - which, honestly, might be a plus considering how wrong things went when they relied on GPS in "Doomsday Drive." It's like a modern-day version of The Oregon Trail, only hopefully no one is about to get cholera a...
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'Top Gear' (USA) Recap: Testing Out 'Muscle Cars' In Florida

June 4th, 2014 10:48am EDT
'Top Gear' (USA) Recap: Testing Out 'Muscle Cars' In Florida
After some auto racing, a promotion and a baby, the guys from Top Gear are finally back with us for some more automotive adventures. This week's theme is American muscle cars, so naturally, the show opens with a race. "How insane was that?" Rutledge comments. "I'm so glad that road was closed."

They're in Gainesville, Florida - home of the University of Florida Gators - with three resto mods to put to the test. There's a 1967 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 (courtesy of Tanner), a 1972 Dodge Charger SE (Rutledge), and a 1968 Chevy Camaro (Adam, duh). As the guys examine each other's rides, there...
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Finish Line: 'Top Gear' Returns For More Season 4

June 3rd, 2014 12:15pm EDT
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You can stop crying into your beer. After a six-month hiatus, History's Top Gear has mercifully returned with new episodes to make us laugh, smile and cry in the name of love of the automobile. From muscle cars to rally cars, the Grand Canyon to Germany, it's going to be one crazy summer.

To prepare for this momentous occasion, BFTV scoured the country (okay, the state of California) to catch up with hosts Adam Ferrara, Tanner Foust and Rutledge Wood, and talk a little Top Gear.

Are they as upended by the split seasons as we are? "It can be a little confusing," Rutledge laughed. "We're ve...
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Tanner Foust Tackling New Challenges In 2014

April 28th, 2014 12:16pm EDT
Tanner Foust Tackling New Challenges In 2014
Tanner Foust is already one of the biggest badasses in motorsports. So what does he do when he's already driving at the top of his game? He finds new challenges, and new ways to continue getting even better.

If you saw Need for Speed earlier this year, that was Tanner behind the wheel, doubling for Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul. He's participating in more mayhem as new episodes of Top Gear are in the works. And BFTV caught up with him over the weekend in Lake Elsinore, where he was participating in the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series, to ask him about that as well as the new team he's join...
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Rutledge Wood, Sam Witwer Set For 2014 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race

April 12th, 2014 12:01pm EDT
Rutledge Wood, Sam Witwer Set For 2014 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race
By the time you're reading this, the 2014 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race will be just hours away. At yesterday's practice and qualifying day, BFTV finally caught up with our friend and defending champion Rutledge Wood - who by virtue of his victory now starts in the Pro category - and newcomer to the field, but not to our audience, Sam Witwer. Here's what Rut and Sam had to tell us about their plans for handling this race and their future projects.

Rutledge is being a little, shall we say, cautious about his chances. "I think the only way that we'll have a shot is if we steal the keys to Al Uns...
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'Top Gear' (USA): Season 4 Finale Chat With Adam Ferrara & Rutledge Wood

November 26th, 2013 1:05pm EST
Top Gear USA
It's time to turn in the keys for another season. History's Top Gear wraps things up tonight, and to send off our favorite motoring show in style, BFTV sat down with two of the show's three hosts - the always hilarious Adam Ferrara and the ridiculously loveable Rutledge Wood - for one last question and answer session. (We can only assume Tanner Foust was somewhere continuing his plans for world domination.)

Now that we've reached the end of Season 4, what would you say you've learned from this season's episodes?

Adam: That homemade amphibious vehicles can sink very quickly!
Rutledge: Hmm....
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'Top Gear' (USA) Recap: Airport Mayhem In 'Big, Bad Trucks'

November 19th, 2013 10:08pm EST
Top Gear USA
Following their evaluation of American supercars, Team Top Gear moves on to trucks. Adam, Tanner and Rutledge are testing a trio of luxury pickups by (say it with us) putting them through a series of challenges.

Their designated meeting point is in the San Gabriel Mountains. Rutledge has chosen a brand-new Toyota Tundra, Tanner goes for the Ford F-150, and Adam brings a Dodge Ram - pretty much the cross-section of trucks you'd expect. Shocking no one, they want to race these behemoths right from the start. A five-mile sprint from their starting location to the road five miles away ends wit...
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'Top Gear' (USA) Recap: Sneaking Around In 'Electric Cars'

November 6th, 2013 8:28am EST
Top Gear USA
Now that our Top Gear hosts have been deported back from Canada, it's time for them to turn their attention to electric cars. It's the usual shenanigans: show up in a locale (this time it's Michigan) with three different rides, put them through a series of challenges, and then the winner (probably Tanner) gets to drive some awesome, tangentially related supercar.

There's the Fiat 500E for Adam, the Nissan Leaf for Rutledge, and the Ford Focus Electric, which unsurprisingly goes to Tanner because he drives a Ford Fiesta on those days when he's obliterating other racers. While Rut is confuse...
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'Top Gear' (USA) Recap: 'Can Cars Float?' Not Necessarily

October 29th, 2013 10:04pm EDT
Top Gear USA
After surviving their trip to Sturgis, the boys of Top Gear are back and posing an important question: "Can cars float?" Not well, if you ask the hosts of the UK version, who famously tackled amphibious cars not once, but twice. But that's not going to stop our guys from giving it a similarly well-intentioned but disastrous go.

Starting in Buffalo, New York, they must first pick their rides to be transformed. Adam is looking for toughness, so he selects a Jeep Wrangler. Rutledge opts for a Volkswagon Cabrio, because a convertible means he won't be stuck in there if the thing sinks. He read...
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Rutledge Wood Dishes On Hosting History's 'Top Gear'

October 22nd, 2013 2:16pm EDT
Top Gear USA
Lots of people would love to be a Top Gear co-host, but what does it really take to front TV's most popular car show? As History finally gives us back our Top Gear tonight, BFTV wrangled some time with the loveable Rutledge Wood - he of the plaid shirts and this year's Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race champ - to discuss the job requirements for working alongside Adam Ferrara and Tanner Foust.

"It takes a lot more effort to shoot a show for Top Gear than most people would think," Rut told us, "but I think that's part of what we have to do as hosts and not let people in on that side of it. I mean, ...
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'Top Gear' (USA) Recap: Wasted Barbecue and Falling Stigs

September 25th, 2013 9:31am EDT
Top Gear USA
This week on Top Gear, it's go big or go home, literally. Adam Ferrara. Rutledge Wood and Tanner Foust are in Memphis, on the hunt for some very large vehicles. And when they find them, shenanigans will naturally ensue.

Rut, who has decided to wear pink shorts, is driving a Chevy. Adam, who's wearing the same shirt he's worn in at least fie other episodes, has a Buick. And Tanner's got a Lincoln, the biggest and heaviest of the bunch. After the good-natured mockery is out of the way, the guys are tasked with driving from Memphis to Nashville, with of course a few challenges along the way, ...
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'Top Gear' (USA) Recap: Off Road Racing With Tanner Foust

September 18th, 2013 9:37am EDT
Top Gear USA
This week's Top Gear takes us into Tanner Foust territory, as the Golden Child brings his two co-hosts into his world of rally car racing to see if they can handle it. The team meets up just outside Seattle, with Rut and Adam grossly underestimating what they're getting into before Tanner makes his usual sideways entrance.

At Washington's DirtFish Rally School, he makes them watch as he steers a car through what he terms "a simple rally course," during which the Top Gear camera guys get us our necessarily cool slo-mo shot. You'd think this would give the guys the hint that it's a lot harde...
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'Top Gear' (USA) Recap: Coast to Coast In Three Supercars

September 4th, 2013 9:24am EDT
Top Gear USA
Top Gear USA is back, and logging a lot of mileage in this week's season premiere. Adam Ferrara, Rutledge Wood and Tanner Foust are traveling cross-country in a trio of supercars. Naturally, this is more interesting than any vacation the rest of us have been on.

The guys arrive in Lower Manhattan in a helicopter, eagerly awaiting the chance to size up each other's rides. Rut has a Lamborghini with a title longer than my name, Tanner's driving a McLaren that sounds like it was named after a fax machine, and Adam has picked out an SRT Viper that Rut refers to as a "mobile coffin." The itiner...
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'Top Gear' (USA) Season 4 Roundtable: What's Next?

September 3rd, 2013 12:10pm EDT
Top Gear USA
It's that time again: Top Gear USA is revving its engines, and we're going along for the ride. Last week BFTV snagged some face time with hosts Adam Ferrara, Rutledge Wood and Tanner Foust to find out what they could tell us about Season 4. Read on to discover what you can expect!

Tonight's premiere is called "Coast to Coast," so you can figure out the mission. But as always with Top Gear, it's less the destination and more the journey. What can we expect on the guys' cross-country adventure? "That was a really, really ambitious trip. We were flying across the country," said Rutledge.

"We...
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'Top Gear: The Complete Season 3' Launches Onto DVD

August 7th, 2013 4:20pm EDT
Top Gear USA
Now that we know when Top Gear is going to be blasting back onto History (in just under a month!), BBC Worldwide can release Top Gear: The Complete Season 3 onto DVD. If Season 2 was the show coming into its own, Season 3 is the show going full speed ahead. With Season 3, The Powers That Be have finally noticed that Top Gear USA's secret to success is the same as the UK version: just let the crazy people drive the cars and get out of the way.

Some of the best episodes of the series are in this season, including "Taxis," where hosts Adam Ferrara, Tanner Foust and Rutledge Wood are unleashed...
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Tanner Foust: On Track With 'Top Gear's' Ace

August 5th, 2013 12:21pm EDT
Tanner Foust
They don't make people much cooler than Tanner Foust.

As one-third of the hosting trio on History's Top Gear, he provides the speed and style, whether he's driving a sharp new sports car, a bus or a cringe-inducing Yugo. Yet that's just his side gig. Tanner's day job is being one of the elite auto racers in the world. He holds a pair of world records, is a two-time champion in both Global Rallycross and Formula Drift, and has multiple X Games gold medals. And when he's not doing that, he's done stunt work on such blockbuster movies as Fast & Furious and The Bourne Legacy. Basically, if it'...
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'Top Gear' (USA) Recap: 'Viking Trucks'

April 2nd, 2013 10:03pm EDT
Top Gear USA
The Top Gear season is over already? What? Yes, Virginia, it's that time again - but at least Adam Ferrara, Tanner Foust and Rutledge Wood are going out big. They're not even in this country.

They're in Iceland, to be specific, with Adam and Tanner delivering a suitably dramatic introduction to their last shenanigans. They've all bought the best American trucks they can find, and are tasked with seeing which one can best survive this international expedition. Tanner arrives with a Ford Bronco, Rutledge and his International Scout will never get lost in a crowd because they're both bright o...
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'Top Gear' (USA) Recap: 'Minnesota Ice Driving'

March 26th, 2013 10:01pm EDT
Top Gear
As if Mammoth Mountain wasn't enough, the hosts of History's Top Gear are now going to tackle ice driving in Minnesota, which Tanner Foust describes as "one of the harshest environments in the country." Yep, the producers are really trying to kill these guys.

Trying to identify the perfect winter vehicle for under two thousand dollars, the hosts first have to get their chosen vehicles out from underneath piles of snow. What did they pick this time around? Adam has a Chevy Blazer S10, Tanner a Nissan 300ZX, and Rutledge a Subaru Legacy GT. After the usual round of disagreeing, all three car...
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'Top Gear' (USA) Recap: 'Mammoth Mountain'

March 19th, 2013 10:04pm EDT
Top Gear USA
Top Gear likes to go big, and likes to do things the hard way. You had to figure they were going to tackle Mammoth Mountain at some point. Tanner points out that today's SUVs seem to be sorely lacking, and so the three hosts have decided to put them to a serious test: driving from Pismo Beach to the aforementioned mountain. He shows up in a Range Rover, Adam Ferrara gets a Cadillac (because "Adam" and "Cadillac" are always used in the same sentence), and Rutledge Wood rolls up in a Jeep.

After slinging insults and a reference to the Kardashians, the guys race each other to their first pit ...
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'Top Gear' (USA) Recap: 'Doomsday Drive'

March 12th, 2013 10:02pm EDT
Top Gear USA
In the great tradition of Top Gear Apocalypse comes Top Gear's "Doomsday Drive." Having been on location while this end-of-the-world challenge was coming together, this is a Top Gear to remember.

Considering there's a whole TV show about people preparing for the apocalypse, this is a perfect challenge for these guys, who haven't met a situation they can't handle (or somehow unintentionally complicate before handling). Cue Tanner rolling up in a massive military vehicle that he is clearly in love with. Unfortunately, it costs a cool $750,000. That's way out of the price range. Time for the ...
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'Top Gear' (USA) Recap: 'Taxis'

February 26th, 2013 10:02pm EST
Top Gear
Being a taxi driver is no easy feat. Just ask Richard Hammond, who attempted to do just that in this season of Richard Hammond's Crash Course. Yet that's not going to stop the Top Gear hosting trio from trying. And earning a disclaimer that says "Local authorities monitored the filming of this show. No laws were broken."

Our heroes Adam Ferrara, Tanner Foust and Rutledge Wood are in Las Vegas, as Tanner tells us that being a taxi driver is supposedly one of the worst jobs in the country, partly because of the cars they're stuck with. It's therefore up to Adam, Tanner and Rutledge to fix th...
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'Top Gear (USA): The Complete Season Two' Reviewed

February 26th, 2013 12:46pm EST
Top Gear USA
In the middle of the mayhem that is season three of History’s Top Gear, BBC Worldwide has released Top Gear: The Complete Season 2 on DVD. This includes the episodes “Texas,” “First Cars,” “America’s Strongest Pickup,” “Death Valley,” “Luxury Car Challenge,” “The $500 Challenge,” “Beating Tanner,” “Hollywood Cars,” “Big Rigs,” “Muscle Cars,” “Dangerous Cars,” “Continental Divide,” “Supercars,” “Limos” and “Rut’s Show.”

These fifteen installments are where the American Top Gear began to come out of the shadow of its UK parent and establish itself. Not long into season two, hosts Adam Ferrar...
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'Top Gear' (USA) Recap: '150 MPH Challenge'

February 19th, 2013 10:01pm EST
Top Gear
How cheaply can you get to 150 MPH? That's what the guys of Top Gear are trying to find out with some inexpensive 1990's vehicles.

They're in the Mojave Desert to answer this question. Adam Ferrara picks a '95 Pontiac Trans Am, while Rutledge Wood sides with a '94 Infiniti Q45 he's armed with nitrous (what?), and Tanner Foust selects a Saab 9-3 Viggen that he's coordinated with his outfit. Before they can try reaching 150, though, they've got a series of other challenges to go through first.

The first is racing a flaming arrow to save one of their prized personal possessions...which the p...
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'Top Gear' (USA) Recap: 'RVs'

February 12th, 2013 10:05pm EST
Top Gear
After finding America's toughest car, the hosts of History's Top Gear are taking on one of the UK show's more outrageous challenges: making motorhomes. If you expect this to go well, you're watching the wrong show.

Tanner informs us via voice-over that RVs are expensive, and so they decided that they ought to make ones that are both cheaper and fun to drive. His idea of this is of course, one that goes fast and drifts, so he brings us a 1983 Porsche with a giant rocket strapped to it, "because that is awesome."

Adam's response to this is a 1973 Buick that he's put a replica of New York Ci...
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'Top Gear' (USA) Recap: 'America's Toughest Car'

February 5th, 2013 10:01pm EST
Top Gear
After looking for the nation's toughest trucks, the guys of Top Gear are now on the hunt for America's toughest car. There are only two rules for this search: each car has to be at least 20 years old and cost no more than two grand. Other than that, anything goes...of course, because this is Top Gear.

Before we get into tonight's episode, let us wish a very happy birthday to Adam Ferrara, who celebrated his special day last Saturday - by freezing his behind off in Iceland filming another segment for the show. Happy birthday, Adam. The things you do for our entertainment will never cease to...
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