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'Top Gear' recap: Finger lickin' good

December 6, 2010 | 10:56 am

TopgearmoonshineThe moonshine for Sunday night's episode probably cost more than the cars, which, I've gotta say, performed more than admirably for the grand they cost apiece.

Once state of the art, the '87 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe, the '76 Cadillac Coupe de Ville and the '87 Nissan 300ZX each displayed their ultimate value in this low-brow, high-concept romp that took the boys to the Deep South and pushed their rides to the brink. Who knew the wedding of white lightning and crap cars would be such a perfect vehicle to tell NASCAR's historic beginnings and the ideology of aged vehicular icons?

My money was on the Ford, trashed as its interior was when Rutledge Wood took possession. Good thing I'm not a betting woman, because its performance was a bit leaden. The Nissan was sure to win the J-turn challenge, if only because it was helmed by drifting champ Tanner Foust. As for Adam Ferrara's champion spin on a motocross track frequented by dirt bikes and billy goats, one thing can be said about the Caddy's once-plush interior: It had some decent padding, allowing Ferrara to be able to walk away from the jump he took, and to do so without a limp.

A demo derby can't be too far off in this series' future. 

-- Susan Carpenter

Photo: Tanner Foust, Adam Ferrara, Rutledge Wood. Credit: History