Tanner Foust

Images of the Top Gear USA Set from Facebook [SNAPSHOTS]

Here is an update from my last Top Gear USA post reviewing the Pilot Episode filming I went to on a Saturday morning. Now apparently these images are from a crew member on the Top Gear set that I wanted to share with everyone. As an extra they scan you for cameras and phones before entering and confiscate contraband (including a ton of knives in the bin) until you leave the show premises.

I found these on Facebook last night and wanted to share with you a glimpse of what the set looks like. These photos were not taken the day we attended the Top Gear filming so I am not sure what is going on with the SUV’s in the second frame. Enjoy this glimpse of the show until you can see the whole thing at the end of next month.

 

My Story about Top Gear USA Filming Episode 1 in the Studio

So this weekend while all of our readers were hungover and blacked out Saturday morning at 7:00am, I was heading to Orange County to see the filming of Top Gear USA Episode 1 in the studio. My story could have some minor spoiler alerts, so if your not interested in reading about what is in the first episode you probably just want to close this right now.

I know all of our readers are familiar with Tanner Foust, but Rutledge Wood is the real star of the show. In full disclosure, I have known him for a good 10 years loosely between local car shows and a forum we both posted on back in the day when cool people still did that. I know most of you are going to discredit him since currently he does NASCAR hosting (Go #18), but he is the key piece to the show. His witty comments on/off camera during the show were for the ages. In fact, he even calls the British liars while driving a DB9 over something on the car which might of been the best clip of the show.

The set itself was impressive and structured in a very similar fashion to the BBC show. The set is elaborate (a little small however) and gives you a Top Gear welcome when you step inside. I came into the show with a low expectation like I think most of the people waiting for the show to come out have. After watching Episode 1, the cinematography and production are awesome. The show has a Top Gear “style or flair” to it without trying to be the BBC show, allowing you to respect and enjoy it.

It did seem, however, that when the other hosts were doing a car review, that Tanner Foust was doing the driving. I have no hard evidence that this was the case and I am sure they do this at times on the BBC UK show but it didn’t seem to be smooth or transition well in the Aston Martin piece we watched.

*POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT FROM HERE DOWN*

They do a drifting competition where they determine they cannot beat Tanner Foust. So they alter the rules so they think have a chance to beat Tanner. This drifting segment is shot with the Nissan 370z at Willow Springs. They even do a nice segment on drifting before the piece starts, talking about Tanner Foust’s history as a pro drifter and showing highlights from his Mulholland Drive video which you can see by clicking here.

The second scene I really loved involves Tanner Foust driving a Dodge Viper recklessly around a city in Georgia in a video game style/format skit. The genuine fear in Rutledge Wood’s voice/eyes really makes the skit because he looked scared out of his mind. If it was all in the name of “acting” then he deserves at least a razzi for his performance or whatever lame TV awards you can win.

I went into this taping as a normal bystander and I certainly didn’t read any of the paperwork BBC Worldwide made me sign before entering the venue so hopefully this post will be up for a long time. In the possible event the BBC doesn’t appreciate my viewpoints or over-sharing, I recommend right now you post this everywhere to really give the compliance department a headache and a half. If you really love us you can even link back to our story. So with that being said, nobody paid me or no deal was struck that I have to give the show good press. The show is good and someone on the staff told me it will hit the History Channel on November 29th. It looks like a Monday Night Prime time show, which puzzles me a bit, but who really likes NFL Football anyway?

2010 Formula Drift Tandem Battle of the Year – Seattle with Darren McNamara / Tanner Foust

These two guys actually met three times in the 2010 Formula Drift season and each time was quite an amazing battle. The voting was done before Irwindale Speedway for this category or I am pretty sure the battle they had on Saturday night would of been the tandem battle of the year. The award was given to them for this insane performance they had at Evergreen Speedway that was unmatched by all tandem pairs. The guys had some fun on the podium as Darren McNamara poked fun at Tanner Foust before walking away with his award.

Tanner Foust Wins the Tires.com Triple Crown [RESULTS]

Tanner Foust took home first place in the Tires.com Triple Crown only because he won Irwindale Speedway this weekend. That is how close the Triple Crown ended this year. Congrats to Tanner Foust and his well earned victory. The Triple Crown only collects points from Road Atlanta, Seattle, and Irwindale Speedway.

1- Tanner Foust (273 points)
2- Vaughn Gittin Jr. (249 points)
3- Darren McNamara (228 points)

2010 Formula Drift Irwindale– Round 7 [RESULTS]

1st. Tanner Foust
2nd. Vaughn Gittin
3rd. Michihiro Takatori

2010 Formula Drift Round 7 – Irwindale Speedway Qualifying [RESULTS]

Falken took home another top qualifying spot this year with Darren McNamara. He looked pretty solid in the Saturn Sky this weekend taking home maximum points from the qualifying session. Here are the results:

1 D. McNamara
2 C. Forsberg 
3 D. Yoshihara 
4 R. Tuerck 
5 T. Foust 
6 V. Gittin 
7 S. Hubinette 
8 R. Millen 
9 M. Whiddett 
10 J. Maeng 
11 F. Aasbo 
12 C. Grunewald 
13 J. Pawlak 
14 K. Mohan 
15 M. Waldin 
16 T. McQuarrie 
17 R. Nishida 
18 M. Takatori 
19 M. Powers 
20 K. Gushi 
21 S. Verdier 
22 T. Aono 
23 J. Deane 
24 Y. Kondo 
25 E. O’Sullivan 
26 I. Fornier 
27 N. Konstantinov 
28 J. LeJeune
29 R. Miki 
30 M. Field 
31 B. Sherman
32. A. Pfeiffer

Tanner Foust Wins RallyCross Round 2 [RESULTS]

It looks like Tanner Foust took home another victory in Rallycross at NJ Motorsports Park over the weekend. This makes him the only winner in American Rallycross history to date. Bel0w are the top ten results from the weekend which included Rhys Millen in fifth place and Andrew Comrie-Picard in ninth. Tanner looks untouchable in the Rockstar Ford Fiesta this season.

Results A Main:
1. Tanner Foust
2. Dave Mirra
3. Liam Doran
4. Jussi Pinomaki
5. Rhys Millen
6. Christopher Duplessis
7. Paul Tingaud
8. Travis Pastrana
9. Andrew Comrie-Picard
10. Joseph Burke

 

 

Tanner Foust Not Listed for Race of Champions 2010

I know Tanner Foust is busy filming for Top Gear USA, Formula Drift, Rallycross, and who knows what else but the Americans were listed today for Race of Champions and I noticed Tanner Foust was missing off the list. I know in 2008 he was a substitute in for Travis Pastrana but I am bummed we cannot watch him do battle against F1 stars (and win) again this winter. The American team is currently going to be Carl Edwards and Travis Pastrana. The event will take place November 27th-28th which is just after Thanksgiving.

Driven to Drift with Scion Racing at LVMS [VIDEO]


Driven to Drift: S2 Ep 5 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Tanner Foust and Ken Gushi rolled into Las Vegas Motor Speedway ready to rock and the Scion Racing Film crew caught some great activity with the team. This six minute video highlights and profiles both drivers and their competition for the weekend. Some of the best footage comes from the tandem round with Tanner Foust and Sam Hubinette that you won’t want to miss.

Watch the video: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/watchvideo/driven-to-drift-s2-ep-5—las-vegas-motor-spe

Tanner Foust and Tyler McQuarrie Playing Playstation 3 [VIDEO]


Tanner Foust & Tyler McQuarrie: PS3 Spotlight with ModNation

Watch as Tyler McQuarrie and Tanner Foust dual it out on Playstation 3’s Modnation. Watch them do battle for bragging rights in a best of three video game battle. The video also includes some great footage on the sport of drifting and some unique interviews form both drivers.

 

Watch the video: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/watchvideo/tanner-foust-&-tyler-mcquarrie-ps3-spotlight-