Watch This Rat Rod Crash Into Alligator-Infested Waters

Tonight is the season finale of Top Gear USA, and the guys are deciding what the best car to buy in a midlife crisis. Rutledge Wood went for a rat rod. Of course, there are challenges. This one didn't go well. » 11/26/13 4:40pm 11/26/13 4:40pm

Top Gear USA Host Rutledge Wood Conquers Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race

Every year Toyota, a company that makes cars in a place called Japan, hosts a race where a bunch of celebrities and professionals race around in very reasonably priced cars (a Scion FR-S this year, for the first time) and then a nice amount of money is donated to charity. » 4/21/13 11:00am 4/21/13 11:00am

Ask Rutledge Wood Anything You Want About Top Gear And Tijuana

The new season of Yankee-flavored Top Gear debuts tomorrow night on History so we've invited co-host and L.L. Bean flannel model Rutledge Wood to come explain why he was driving around Tijuana, Mexico in an old VW van with a Mariachi band in the back. » 1/28/13 10:45am 1/28/13 10:45am

Top Gear Season Three Trailer Confirms Those Boys Are Petrosexual

As if it wasn't already clear, the three men atop American-flavored Top Gear are in love with cars to an unhealthy degree. Tanner Foust once offered to race our press Lincoln MKT and Rutledge Wood, of course, sold me his damn car. They are like us, the only question is to what degree? » 1/15/13 7:00pm 1/15/13 7:00pm

Top Gear's Rutledge Wood And Adam Ferrara Have Seized Jalopnik [UPDATE]

This is a warning. Top Gear's Rutledge Wood and Adam Ferrara are in New York today promoting the new season, which premieres tomorrow at 9 PM EST/8 PM CST on HISTORY. » 8/13/12 3:00pm 8/13/12 3:00pm

EXCLUSIVE: Top Gear USA Is Back For A Third Season

In a live-chat here on Jalopnik today, Top Gear USA co-host Rutledge Wood announced that the auto-obsessed show will be back for a third season on the History Channel. Wood told Jalopnik commenters today that the show begins shooting this Sunday. » 5/10/12 1:45pm 5/10/12 1:45pm

I'm Rutledge Wood, Host Of Top Gear USA, Ask Me Anything

With two seasons of Top Gear USA done and in the books, it appears as though the audience for the History Channel show continues to grow. So, will it be around for a third season? We have no idea. » 5/10/12 12:30pm 5/10/12 12:30pm

Rutledge Wood And Kyle Petty Are Now Spy Photographers

One of the perks of this job is getting to meet cool people like Jalopnik überfriend Rutledge Wood and his pal Kyle Petty. This dynamic duo of NASCAR insight called me today to explain they'd chased a manufacturer's prototype vehicle through a Carl's Jr. and they wanted to know what the vehicle was. » 3/23/12 4:30pm 3/23/12 4:30pm

Top Gear USA Hosts Tempt Death By Corvair, Pinto And Samurai

Here's a a pair of exclusive photos from the set of next Tuesday's apple pie-flavored Top Gear on History, which reveal the boys will attempt to drive three infamous "dangerous cars" to the death: a Corvair, a Pinto, and a Samurai. Our money's on the Corvair. » 2/24/12 10:30am 2/24/12 10:30am

Top Gear USA Host Rutledge Wood Is Not A Cake-Eating Hipster

You'd think Rutledge Wood would have a chip on his shoulder, with all the crap he and his co-hosts get about Top Gear America. He doesn't. In fact, his family sends him links to all the horrible things people say about him and his co-hosts, and he just laughs. He's one funny, thick-skinned bastard with an awesome… » 2/14/12 7:00pm 2/14/12 7:00pm

Win An Autographed Top Gear USA License Plate Before Tomorrow's Premiere

The season premiere of Top Gear USA drops tomorrow, February 14th, on History at 9:00 PM EST. We saw a preview of the episode in Detroit and it is — literally — explosive. Find out how to win some autographed swag below. » 2/13/12 2:30pm 2/13/12 2:30pm

For $6,500, get Teddy Ruxpin's Roadmaster

Whether you love it or hate it, there's no denying that the U.S. edition of Top Gear has one thing going for it and that's resident beard-wearer, Rutledge Wood. Now, it's rumored that today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe
‘96 Roadmaster is the Rutster's, so it's got that going for it, but does its price give you wood? » 12/02/11 8:00am 12/02/11 8:00am

Rutledge Wood gets physical with Kyle Busch's wife

It's time for a little celebrity "Caption This" with none other than Top Gear USA star, funky wagon aficionado, and all around hilarious beard enthusiast Rutledge Wood. Joining him in this photo is giant loser-maker Jillian Michaels, Samantha Busch (Kyle Busch's wife), and those spectacular pink shorts. » 7/06/11 2:30pm 7/06/11 2:30pm

"Top Gear USA" returns July 24

The all-'Merican version of Top Gear USA returns to the History Channel for its second season of silliness on July 24. Given what happened in the off- season, we have high hopes for this one. Maybe they'll drag race desks. » 6/27/11 3:00pm 6/27/11 3:00pm

Top Gear USA's Rutledge Wood buys a Buick Roadmaster wagon

One of my favorite challenges from the first season of Top Gear USA pitted the hosts against one another in their favorite abandoned GM products. Rutledge Wood took the prize in a Buick Roadmaster Estate (and not just because the other hosts picked cars from abandoned brands). Perhaps as a "Thank You" for that… » 5/17/11 9:45am 5/17/11 9:45am

Top Gear USA, Nascar combine for magical Top Gear 300

Just as Nascar spurs ardent fans and detractors, there's an equally strident break between supporters and haters of "Top Gear USA." This May, they can all come together at Nascar's Top Gear 300, the combination Pizza Hut/Taco Bell of motorsports. » 3/14/11 5:15pm 3/14/11 5:15pm

Top Gear USA picked up for a second season

Top Gear USA, the American version of the popular British motoring show, must have been popular enough for HISTORY as Jalopnik just confirmed the network's picking up TGUSA for a second season with hosts Rutledge Wood, Adam Ferrara, and Tanner Foust. » 2/10/11 2:45pm 2/10/11 2:45pm

Top Gear USA Tries To Save Roadmaster, Fiero... Cutlass?

This week's Top Gear USA challenge will be to prove to GM they should bring back one of these Old GM products: Buick Roadmaster, Pontiac Fiero, or Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme. We're voting Roadmaster because, you know, Buick still exists. » 12/17/10 3:30pm 12/17/10 3:30pm