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'Top Gear' (USA) Recap: 'America's Toughest Car'

Brittany Frederick Brittany Frederick
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 amaze.

Now let's get to the action. Our heroes meet in San Bernardino to compare their choices for the contest. Rut arrives in a '90 Volvo wagon, which Adam describes as a "piece of crap." Adam's selection is a '92 Chevy Caprice, "another old person's car" according to Rut. That leaves Tanner, who shows up in a cloud of dust behind the wheel of a 1987 Toyota Corolla, which he has to enter through the passenger's door.

The first challenge is, obviously, a drag race - a practical must for any Top Gear head-to-head-to-head matchup. Tanner takes an early lead and cuts off Adam, while Rut just kind of hangs back and contemplates his Volvo's lack of power. Adam eventually passes "Race Boy" and wins the race, while Tanner gets bleeped. His ego might be a little bruised after that.

Challenge number two takes place at the shooting range of San Bernardino Sheriff's Training Facility, which Tanner lovingly describes as "a bullet strewn hellhole." As you can guess, this task requires shooting each other's cars with a shotgun, and seeing what happens. Tanner has way too much fun blowing out windows on Adam and Rutledge's cars, so Adam gets his revenge by annihilating the Corolla's driver's side window and putting a few holes in the driver's door, too.

But it gets worse for these veteran vehicles. A guy from the bomb squad (or at least that's what his shirt says) arrives with explosives to see if the cars can survive being blown up. Awesome fireballs ensue to go with the shooting damage. The challenge goes down as a draw. Our heroes still have to drive their newly remodeled vehicles on to their next challenge, and they shockingly all start, although they're much less pretty than they used to be.

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