Posts Tagged "Top Gear"

Top Gear USA Guest Appearance with Conrad Grunewald


Conrad Grunewald and his Chevrolet Camaro made a guest appearance on the History Channel this week with Top Gear USA. I did some digging earlier to see if I could find the clips on YouTube but no such luck. Feel free to drop a link in the comments section if you can find one to the action. The Top Gear History page only has some older episodes to watch it. For those who saw it, what did you think?

Top Gear USA Season 3 is Confirmed – More Tanner Foust on the Tube

Tanner Foust and the boys will be doing a third season of Top Gear USA which is just about to start filming we have learned. Excited to see the History Channel has gotten so behind this programming which we have heard is bringing in some top viewership on the cable channel. As the episodes have continued the chemistry and entertainment these guys are producing on air is going up up and up. While we cannot see Tanner Foust tearing it up in a Scion tC anymore we guess watching him on TV is the next best thing while his old championship 350z is being driven by Kenneth Moen in Formula Drift this weekend.

Top Gear Season 2 Taping Tickets Available Now – Visit Tanner Foust

Tanner Foust retired from Formula Drift with a send off at Formula Drift Abu Dhabi back in February. If you want to still visit him you can go visit Top Gear HQ (El Toro Field) in Orange County. They have some ticket dates open for July 12th, 13th, and 14th if you hurry up. If you plan on attending one of the Top Gear USA tapings make sure you arrive super early to get inside. The taping will run for quite a few hours to chalk off a good chunk of the day and note you won’t be able to bring in your cellphone so just leave it in the car.

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Top Gear USA Episode 1 – Thoughts/Comments/Concerns

So Episode 1 finally aired last night with Tanner Foust getting beat in a standing mile Lamborghini race and a Viper/Helicopter chase that Tanner Foust lost as well. What does everyone think about the show after one episode and will they keep watching it? Are the three hosts a good selection for the show? I have even heard a peep of a rumor that another Formula Drift star MIGHT be the The Stig on the show as well. Will you stay tuned in for the rest of Season 1?

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.


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 hisĀ 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?

NBC says no thanks to Top Gear – Rather air more Knight Rider

NBC once again proves to me they are clueless and have one of the worst network planning teams of all times! They still air Knight Rider, don’t promote 30 Rock, and the list could go on forever. They are passing on Top Gear which isn’t really a big shock to anyone out there. Accorrding to Top Gear they are chasing after a cable network to pick up the show.

Sam Hubinette Tests the Gumpert Apollo for!

Sam Hubinette was given the chance to take a whirl in the Gumpert Apollo that we posted about before. It seems to be a trend as of late to have Formula D drivers with very expensive cars but we are enjoying the stories/coverage so keep them coming. Sam Hubinette was spotted at Firebird Raceway in Phoenix, Arizona testing a Gumpert Apollo. For those of you who are die hard Top Gear BBC fans you should be familiar with this car. In Season 11 the Stig drove this thing to a record holding Top Gear track record of 1:17.3! We were told that this Apollo pictured above is only one of two in the country! Lucky Sam, check out the video below as he flogs on this sweet German supercar.

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