Rutledge Wood Dishes On Hosting History's 'Top Gear'
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, we have easily the coolest job in the world, so you won't get a lot of sympathy from your friends if you had something to gripe about, but we all work very hard at making the best show we can."
For Rut, the success of the show starts with the folks behind the scenes. "We are extremely blessed to have a crew that climb to the highest mountains and swim through rivers for us to get some beautiful shots, and they truly deserve the most credit," he explained. "Our POV team - inside the car and small cameras mounted to the cars - are the best in the business. Greg and Roush that do that job have to climb in, around, and under some of the tightest and delicate places. And all day long, they have to look at us and hear us talk. They probably hear our voices in their sleep!
"We shoot roughly sun up to sun down, so it takes a lot of moving parts and pieces to get it all done and the three of us are hugely appreciative for how hard everyone on our crew works," he added. "Then the editors, bless their hearts, they have to take all this crap we give them and make a show out of it!"
But what about Rut's colleagues, X Games 2013 gold medalist Tanner Foust and the always hilarious Adam Ferrara? What's allowed them to click so well and create that chemistry that's so essential to the Top Gear franchise? Rut reflected, "I think that we are three insanely lucky guys to get to do something we love. We're all very different people with lots in common and tons of things that are unique to ourselves.
"I think that's what makes this show work. We really are great friends now, which makes us want to beat each other even more - and it makes us want to see the others win and succeed that much more. It's like family now."
For an example of the bond between co-hosts, check out this footage from the guys' recent trip to Alaska.
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