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'Top Gear' recap: Blind drifting and other stunts

November 29, 2010 |  7:24 am

618296I liked last week's kickoff to the U.S. version of "Top Gear." And I loved this week's episode, which saw Tanner Foust going wheel to ski in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution down the snowpack of Mammoth Mountain.

When Foust first opened the episode  singing the praises of the Evo, I thought "Top Gear" was getting dangerously close to advertorial. But Foust and the car walked the talk, showing this race car/family sedan really could do what it claimed. And they did it in the best possible way: in a "Jackass"-style competition that displayed the talents of everyone (and everything) involved.

I'm waiting for Rutledge Wood and Adam Ferrara to show they can properly flog a car. But I figure that will come with time -- that Foust will school his co-hosts as he did the blind stand-up comedian, who beat Wood and Ferrara in this week's hilarious drifting-competition segment.

Wood is great with the one-liners, including his Southern take on the Mitsubishi: "It looks like it fell out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down." And so is Ferrara, who watches Foust drift a Nissan 370Z and quips, "In New York, we call it grand theft auto."

If "Top Gear" keeps bringing on guests like "Lost's" Dominic Monaghan, who was a great guinea pig for the big-star small-car segment and an intriguing interview, throwing out some pretty wild ideas for his dream car, this show could really hit.

-- Susan Carpenter

Photo: "Top Gear" in motion. Credit: History