With only one round in the books this Red Bull Global Rallycross season, there has already been no shortage of surprises in the results column. Top Gear Festival Barbados saw Scott Speed, Steve Arpin, and Brian Deegan as the big winners, with incidents in the final coming back to bite Joni Wiman and Sverre Isachsen and two-time series champion Tanner Foust failing to make it to the main event for just the second time in his Red Bull GRC career.
Top Gear USA personality Rutledge Wood has launched a fan website that promises to provide insight and antidotes into his daily life as a race analyst and Top Gear host, as well as cool gear for his fervent fans. The well timed launch comes as the show’s most liked personality heads south to provide colorful commentary for NASCAR Raceday on the Speed Channel.
Now in his second season hosting the American spin off of the popular UK television show, Top Gear that he hosts along side Tanner Foust and Adam Ferarra, Rutledge is still more of an amiable car guy than elitist tv host. Instead of an entourage of bodyguards and super models, you’re more likely to find him with his wife and daughters in tow driving a 1983 Honda Civic Wagon.
Despite the success Rutledge Wood has managed to stay grounded and accessible. Its one of the seasons his fans like him so much, and why you should expect to see them sporting t-shirts with his characteristic glasses and bearded face imprinted of the front. Our friends at Volatile Style designed a series of branded shirts, hats and decals that captured of blend classic automotive Americana with a style that is Wood’s alone.
Stop by and cruise the new site at therutledgewood.com, or to take a peek in Rutledge’s garage!
Not only does the UK get the best (
only) version of Top Gear, they get nicer limited edition TomTom GPS units as well: TomTom GO LIVE Top Gear edition. It features TomTom’s congestion-busting HD Traffic technology, the new satnav will steer drivers through traffic jams and is packed with Top Gear features including start-up and shut-down screens and car icons. Drivers can choose to have The Stig mode, which renders the device instantly silent, or select Jeremy Clarkson’s voice to guide them.
TomTom GO LIVE Top Gear edition, bringing fans a combination of a Stig mode, Jeremy Clarkson’s directions and unique Top Gear selected points of interest including race track and raceway locations related to the series.
Featuring TomTom’s congestion-busting HD Traffic technology, the new satnav will steer drivers through traffic jams and is packed with Top Gear features including start-up and shut-down screens and car icons. Drivers can choose to have The Stig mode, which renders the device instantly silent, or select Jeremy Clarkson’s voice to guide them.
“For Top Gear fans, this limited edition satnav is the ultimate driving companion. Featuring The Stig, Clarkson and TomTom HD Traffic, the GO LIVE Top Gear edition is perfect for drivers who love the open road,”said Corinne Vigreux, Managing Director at TomTom.
At £179.99 ($285), the TomTom GO LIVE Top Gear edition includes one year of TomTom’s LIVE Services for free. The flagship service is TomTom HD Traffic, which delivers dynamic routing and accurate traffic information every two minutes. HD Traffic gives drivers detailed incident reports, length of delays and reason for them, accurate travel and arrival times and alternative route proposals.
The LIVE Services bundle also includes the Speed Cameras service, providing mobile and fixed speed camera alerts, while TomTom Places local search helps to pinpoint shops and businesses in the area. QuickGPSfix gets you navigating in seconds and TomTom Weather gives local and five-day forecasts.
Available exclusively at Halfords in the UK, more information on the TomTom GO LIVE Top Gear edition at http://www.tomtom.com/topgear
Rowan Atkinson, the actor best known for his portrayal as TV and Film personality Mr. Bean, has been hospitalized after he wrecked his McLaren F1 Thursday evening. The single car accident happened at approximately 7:30 August 4th, on the A605 in Haddon, Cambridgeshire (UK). Atkins lost control of the car on rain slicked pavement, spun several times before connecting with a lamp post and a tree. After coming to rest the vehicle caught fire, but Mr. Atkinson was able to escape with no injuries from the fire.
Firefighters arrived on site soon after and were able to extinguish the fire with relative ease . Paramedics transported Rowan to Peterborough City Hospital where the star was treated for a minor shoulder injury a bruises. He is expected to be release from the hospital today.
This is not the first accident Rowan has suffered in the McLaren. In 1999 he rear ended a Rover Metro in a low speed collision, but was not cited for the incident. The car sustained Damage to the hood (bonnet), front bumper and right fender. The damaged was repaired by McLaren and the car returned to the road shortly there after.
What most people don’t realize is that Rowan Atkinson is a avid car collector and noted novice racer. He often takes to the course in his rare Aston Martin V8 Zagato, and is seen regularly in a 1964 Ford falcon.. He recent appeared on BBC’s Top Gear program where he set the fastest celebrity lap of all time for the ‘Star in a Reasonably Priced Car’ segment of the program. Clocking a record lap time of 1 minute 42.2 seconds, and knocking comedian John Bishop into second place on the leader board.
Unlike most McLaren F1 owners, Atkinson drives he car regularly. He clocked over 37,000 miles on the supercar in the past 14 years. It may not sound like much, but when you consider the car is only one of 106 McLarens built, and only of 64 F1 road cars, it is certainly “high” mileage. The 240 mph McLaren F1 remains highly collectable, and pulled up to $4 million at auction. A McLaren representative said they hope to repair the car and return it to the road, “We are waiting to hear more details on the incident, and wish him well for his recovery in the meantime.”
Rowan Atkinson Top Gear Segment:
Stuntwoman Jacqueline Balmer, better known as Jacquie de Creed, and her husband Jim Balmer were killed last friday when their plane crashed into a mountain near Nice. Jacquie will be remember for numerous automotive stunts including a Guinness World Record in 1983 when she launched a 1969 Ford Mustang over 200 feet. Her husband Jim was a stunt coordinator for the BBC for over twenty-five years. Continue reading
As part of the storied NASCAR track’s 50th Anniversary, you have a chance to get your hands on the 2011 Ford Mustang 5.0 GT Pace Car being used at Bristol Motor Speedway. Unlike the recent limited edition 2011 Indy 500 Camaro Pace Cars you can find at your local Chevrolet dealerships, you won’t be able to buy a limited edition of the Mustang pace car. The only way to get one is to win it. Ford Racing and Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) are giving away the Official 2011 Mustang GT pace Car to one lucky winner right before the Food City 250 this August. Continue reading
The BBC’s program, Top Gear is undoubtedly the best automotive on
the tube TV, period. Nothing comes closes in terms of productions quality or content. BUT…we Americans have been clamoring for our own version. After five years of careful planning an aborted attempt by NBC we will have just that; a US version of Top Gear courtesy of the History Channel. The question is, “Will it be any good?” -See the trailer after the break and decide for your self. Continue reading
Heading out to the SEMA Show next week in Las Vegas? History’s (Channel) fleet of “Top Gear Taxis” will be on hand offering free rides all week outside the Las Vegas Convention Center during the SEMA Show. Can you say Indian Stig? You could even find your way into a private screening of the first episode. Continue reading