'Top Gear' (USA) Season 4 Roundtable: What's Next?
September 3rd, 2013 12:10pm EDT
It's that time again: Top Gear USA is revving its engines, and we're going along for the ride. Last week BFTV snagged some face time with hosts Adam Ferrara, Rutledge Wood and Tanner Foust to find out what they could tell us about Season 4. Read on to discover what you can expect!
Tonight's premiere is called "Coast to Coast," so you can figure out the mission. But as always with Top Gear, it's less the destination and more the journey. What can we expect on the guys' cross-country adventure? "That was a really, really ambitious trip. We were flying across the country," said Rutledge.
"We got pulled over in Missouri, in the rain. Adam and I, at least, were very candid. The cop walked up to me and he said, 'What’s going on?' and I answered, not trying to be a smarty-pants but very honestly, 'Oh, not much, what’s up with you?' Adam just said, 'Yeah, you just want to talk to those people up front. I’m really not your guy here.'"
"Yeah, go talk to the people with the English accent," Adam concurred, referring to the show's producers. "They know everything."
"The coolest thing for sure [was] when we shut down the Eisenhower Tunnel," Rutledge continued. "That's [in the] top ten coolest things I've ever done in my life."
"That was the highlight for me for sure," Tanner agreed, giving us a little background on what made the experience so memorable. "[It's] been around for forty years; [it was] built in 1973. It’s like one of the busiest tunnels in the country, and it was the longest tunnel in the world, when it was built. We shut it down and went over 160 miles an hour through it. [We were] the fastest recorded cars ever to go through that tunnel in 40 years. It was amazing; the sound and everything is awesome."
Or as Adam described it: "You actually felt like a torpedo coming out of a tube."
Other things to look out for in this episode include Adam being crippled by his choice of car ("I showed up in a Viper with the posture of a jumbo shrimp," he quipped), lots of off-color jokes when the guys trek through Intercourse, Pennsylvania, and their arrival in New York City in a helicopter. That's a pretty fantastic opener!
But what about the rest of this season? Look for the trio to tackle one of Top Gear's top challenges - amphibious cars - in Buffalo, which also involves them shutting down the Skyway. They'll also be making their own convertibles and taking them to Alaska. And of course, there will be plenty more banter and oneupsmanship taking place.
What you won't see in Season 4 is any more studio time. For the second season in a row, the studio portion of the program - which is comprised of the Big Star, Small Car and Stig track laps - didn't make the cut. "There is no studio this season," Rutledge confirmed. "We really miss that, we love doing it, but it has given us a lot more time back to tell a story."
"We enjoy both. I just think it was a choice that was made above our heads," added Adam. "But I do miss it. I miss the interaction with the fans."
"Number one for us is missing getting to meet fans and interact with them at the studio," Rutledge continued, although he quipped, "Adam and I don't really miss not talking to The Stig since he or she won't speak to us."
Not all is lost, though, because he added that "there are going to be some celebrities you're going to see in the first show. We're kind of always brainstorming. All these people we know are always off shooting, and we're doing the same, just in weird places." (So maybe we'll still get Michael Trucco on the show yet.)
As for the number-one burning question, the idea of a crossover between Top Gear USA and its UK predecessor is still very much alive, though not in the works yet. "I always wanted to," said Adam.
"You saw what they did with the Aussie guys, right?" Tanner interjected, referring to the hosts of the late Top Gear Australia. "It's not going to go well. It's going to be some kind of payback for the Boston Tea Party or something."
"That’s what I want to do!" Adam replied. "I want to do the Revolutionary War in cars. We’ll go to York Town because, you know, we’d win and it’s a home game for us."
"That's a brilliant idea," Rutledge chimed in, before explaining, "We’ve talked a lot about it. They only do eight shows a year now; they’re not doing nearly as many as they used to. And Adam’s got Nurse Jackie and stand-up, I travel with NASCAR, Tanner races all over the world, so our own schedule is hard enough to worry about. It’s even harder to think about theirs.
"It’s something we’d all love to do someday. But we’ve always said that because we know they’re going to cheat and they know that we’re going to cheat, that the only way to do it is to park two aircraft carriers next to each other in the Atlantic and shoot it right there."
Besides, it sounds like Adam, Rutledge and Tanner are causing enough trouble on their own, before you throw anyone else in the mix. Referring to the aforementioned convertibles in Alaska installment, Rutledge revealed, "I was laughing so much doing the voiceover for that show. That was one of those shows where we kind of lost our minds."
Continued Adam, "Rut said something yesterday to me that I think was brilliant. We’re having such a good time, we forget this is going to be on TV; and then when we see the stupid [stuff] we do – we’re like, 'Oh, wait a minute, everyone’s going to see that!'" And we certainly can't wait to see it.
Top Gear's season premiere is tonight at 9 PM ET/PT on History. Stay tuned, as we'll bring you more quips and observations from Adam, Rutledge and Tanner down the road as well.
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