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'Top Gear' recap: Blind drifting and other stunts

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


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This is the last time I'm going to click on one of these, but I had to say. This show is lame, and you are lame for covering it. If you recap the REAL top gear, I'll read every post. but this fake pice of crap? never in a million years. Even if YOU like this version, you still have to admit the real one is better. Even the stunts aren't original! Jeremy and company did this YEARS AGO! why would you recap the stupid copy of a show instead of the real deal? is History channel paying you?

Too slick to be true.

Anyone who has driven in snow will call BS on the car Tanner Foust pulled up to the finish of the Mammoth challange in. Clean and dry, having just raced seven miles in the snow.

Likewise, I don't buy Rutledge Wood driving the Aston Martin in the flats, perhaps on a straightaway, but not the driftin beauty shots. He does appear to know something about cars, but does not appear to be skilled at driving them.

Top Gear US appears to be nothing more than a series of corporate approved beauty shots with some occasional witty banter; it lacks the charm, honesty, and critique of the BCC original.

I'm a fan of the original and don't expect the US version to be as polished as UK, but they are off to a good start. Don't know why there are so many haters.

Are u kidding? You think this is a good show. The cast is terrible and I guess you have never seen the BBC show to write such a bad review.

Horrible casting. Part of the draw of the original are the personalities. It's all about horsepower and testosterone. Rutledge Wood looks like he walked off the set of Queer as Folk. Seriously weak....I am really disappointed. Cancel my season pass Tivo.


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