Starring: Adam Ferrara , Tanner Foust , Rutledge Wood
Produced by: Linda Wolkovitch
The globally acclaimed UK show debuts its fresh-faced, car-crazed American cousin! Comedian Adam Ferrara, rally racer and stunt-driver Tanner Foust plus NASCAR racing analyst Rutledge Wood star in the gleaming new US model. Watch the global hit with a jolting Yank twist- featuring such favorites as "Big Star, Small Car" and "Power Laps" to those oh-so-terrifyingly fun challenges. Rev up your DVD player and see all 10 episodes, including special guest appearances by astronaut Buzz Aldrin, actor Tim Allen, skateboarder Tony Hawk, singers Bret Michaels and Kid Rock, and more. As seen on the History Channel.
Item Number: 16020
• Extras: Audio commentary
Join comedian Adam Ferrera, champion rally and drift racer Tanner Foust and racing analyst Rutledge Wood as they unleash Top Gear, one lap at a time! Filled with wit and humor, Top Gear brings even more ambitious stunts, extreme challenges, humor and mischief in a series chock-full of high adrenaline action entertainment, car reviews and eccentric adventures. Top Gear challenges include travelling a moonshine run along a classic Prohibition route in the Deep South, teaching a blind man to drift a Nissan 370Z, racing a HALO jumper in a Ford Velociraptor across the Arizona desert, discovering America's toughest truck on an epic journey through the Alaskan wilderness, and evading a Cobra helicopter gunship in a Dodge Viper... through the middle of town. The Stig also appears, setting definitive Power Laps for performance cars featured on the show, and there's a host of celebrities taking the wheel in "Big Star in a Small Car" including astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Lost actor Dominic Monahan, Modern Family's Ty Burrel, musician Kid Rock, Avatar star Michelle Rodriguez and skateboard legend and game designer Tony Hawk.
Episode 1: Cobra Attack- In episode one there's a battle between two snakes as Rutledge Wood and Tanner Foust give the soon to be replaced Dodge Viper SRT a fitting send off by pitting it against a Cobra attack helicopter through the streets of Griffin, Georgia. Adam Ferrara, Rutledge Wood and Tanner Foust settle which is the best Lamborghini ever, in a 180 mile an hour desert drag race. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin takes to the Top Gear test track.
Episode 2: Blind Drift- Tanner races his favorite cut price sports car against two extreme skiers down a mountain. Rutledge finds out if Aston Martin has solved a horsepower problem in the new Vantage model and Adam and Rutledge try to beat professional drift champion Tanner Foust in a drifting competition by cheating. Actor Dominic Monahan takes to the Top Gear test track.
Episode 3: Flying Coupe Deville- Adam, Rutledge and Tanner have to buy cars for $1000 and then put them through a series of crazy moonshine-running related challenges in North Carolina. Modern Family's Ty Burrell gets on the Top Gear test track.
Episode 4: Halo vs. Velociraptor - Tanner races Ford's new F150 Raptor against a parachutist jumping from 25,000 feet. Adam reviews the new Mercedes SLS AMG, and Rutledge and Adam go into battle as they attempt to create a replacement to the Hummer for the military. Kid Rock races on the Top Gear test track.
Episode 5: Beater Boot Camp - Tanner, Adam and Rutledge head to Detroit to choose their favorite old GM cars and put them through a series of crazy challenges to decide which one should be brought back into production. Skateboard legend and game designer Tony Hawk gets on the Top Gear test track.
Episode 6: Fast in Florida- Tanner goes to England to try out a sports car made from wood--with surprising results, and the three of them race against each other from Miami to Key West in car, boat and plane. Michelle Rodriguez gets on the Top Gear test track.
Episode 7: Used Car Salesmen- Rutledge and Adam race the new Honda CRZ against extreme mountain bikers through the streets of San Francisco. Tanner, Adam and Rutledge become used car salesman with crazy results. Tim Allen gets on the Top Gear test track.
Episode 8: Car vs. Plane- Rutledge races Tanner to see if it's faster to fly or drive if your journey is less than 500 miles, Tanner tries out the new BMW X6M and Rutledge gets confused by the new Porsche Panamera. Brett Michaels gets on the Top Gear test track.
Episode 9: America's Toughest Trucks - Tanner, Rutledge and Adam set out to answer the question of which is America's toughest truck in America's toughest state, Alaska.
Episode 10: Best of Series One - Tanner, Rutledge and Adam look back on the best moments and favorite highlights from the first season of Top Gear.
"This show has a damn good chance of being, if not lightning in a bottle, then white lightning in a jar." -- Jalopnik
"One area where the American show is superior to the original is the amount of actual technical information it relays about cars and driving." -- NY Times
"Top Gear is surprisingly enjoyable" -- Media Life Magazine
Adam Ferrara is an acclaimed comedian, currently starring on the Emmy-nominated hit FX show Rescue Me and recently appeared opposite Kevin James in the theatrical feature Paul Blart: Mall Cop. A regular comedian on various hit talk shows including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Show with David Letterman, The View and Rachel Ray, Ferrara has been dubbed "hilarious" by Entertainment Weekly and is a two-time nominee for best male stand-up by the American Comedy Awards. Adam's favorite car is a Pagani Zonda F Roadster.
Tanner Foust is in high-demand as a stunt driver, with film credits including The Bourne Ultimatum, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift and The Dukes of Hazard. Foust is a winning competitor in rally, drift, ice racing and time attack with multiple champion podium placements in the past few years including the 2007 X Games Rally Champion and 2007 Formula Drift Pro Drift Champion. His varied race experience includes open wheel competition, the Pikes Peak Hill Climb (2002 - 2004), five Ice Racing championships and the 2005 PGT Rally Championship. He also holds class lap records at numerous U.S. road courses in Time Attack. Tanner's driving career started early when he was fired from his job driving a ski resort bus for drifting across the parking lot.
Rutledge Wood is truly car-obsessed and at an early age learned from his father the business of buying, restoring and selling new and old vehicles. His love of cars led him to NASCAR, and to starring in NASCAR Smarts on the SPEED Channel, a NASCAR trivia game show with Kyle Petty and John Roberts. He's also a roving reporter for NASCAR RaceDay Built by the Home Depot, Trackside Live and NASCAR Live. To this day, Wood has owned over 40 cars and trucks ranging from a Volkswagen Rabbit pickup truck to Hondas, Chevys and even the obscure 1975 Bricklin SV-1. His favorite is a 1953 Plymouth Suburban that was given to him by "the king" himself, Richard Petty.
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