• Jan 20, 2011
James May hates Tanner Foust, Rutledge Wood and Adam Ferrara. Before you Top Gear USA haters get too excited at that last sentence, let us explain further. James May hates the Top Gear USA presenters... because he believes they are destined for greatness.
Why exactly does he feel this way? Because of their names. May believes he's "lumbered with a single-syllable surname evoking a popular bank holiday," while Foust's name suggests he can do things with a car that others only dream about – and he really can.

Rutledge Wood, meanwhile, has a name that leads May to believe he should be the next great American novelist, and Adam Ferrara is one letter away from being a child of Enzo.

Whatever May thinks, his discussion of America's Top Gear and its hosts is a great read. We're not saying his insight will cause you to give Tanner, Rutledge and Adam a bit of a break for the first few years... but it might have you questioning your hate, just for a moment.

[Source: The Telegraph]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Give it time,guys.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The American version sucks, sucks big.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love cars and Top Gear!
      • 3 Years Ago
      May's verbage doesn't make me like the 'presenters' on Top Gear USA at all. The show doesn't come close to the Brit version. Our domestic three don't compare with the English host's point of view, whit, subtlety, under and over statements, humor, and won't . . . no matter who hosts the American show. The original Top Gear is THE number one BBC program (in Great Britian) and a looked-forward-to treat every week here in the U.S. by many of us who enjoy the commentary equally with the superb photography that's unmatched by the videographers in this country. Sorry James May, but I'll continue to be a fan of your original Top Gear for as long as it's on the air. By the way, your last name - being a one-syllable word - is no detriment(!).
      • 3 Years Ago
      james ! you of all people should at least give the show a chance to succeed . i was skeptical at first and also not to impressed with the 2 of the host . tanner foust is the best choice since he does have racing experience and he is not overwieght . james i watch your show on BBC America as much as i can and in truth some of your shows
      are not as good as others. some say ! that tanner should be on the show followed by dale jr. and ! if danica patrick was available she would be there too ! thoughts to ponder from a old-school over-weight old-fart .
        • 3 Years Ago
        Erm, the only Top Gear UK host that might have any real racing experience is The Stig. (We know for certain that the first two did, now that we know who they are...) Clarkson, Hammond and May are just three middle-aged men messing about in cars. Adam Ferrara is about as good in a car as any one of them, Tanner Foust rather more so.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Go check out the first few seasons of the UK Top Gear & then come back to tell me that they weren't having the same issues as the Top Gear US is currently having!!!
      Everyone needs to give the hosts time to gel together, they as finding a rhythm with each other.... Even watching the difference between the first episode & the second there was noticeable difference in how the hosts were interacting. I think that the show has been entertaining and look forward to seeing how they do in the future.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love Top Gear UK and have for years. I heard of Top Gear US several months ago and got very excited. But.....well we all know how terrible it is. They have the show's concept and format down. The track is lackluster with very poor names for the turns. The hosts most likely wouldn't be bad if the writers didn't try to use the UK show's dry humor. It simply does not work with American actors. Just look at The Office. Not funny at all. Clarkson could say pudding and I'd laugh my ass off. Foust would say pudding and I'd just be angry. Adam Ferrara is one hell of a funny comedian and watching the show you can tell he's being severely limited. I have no idea who Foust and Wood are, but they seem to have potential. I wish we would see less cars that are featured on Top Gear UK and more that aren't. And if they replaced Wood and Foust with Leno and Denis Leary I would not be upset.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Just because it's popular or has been around for a while doesn't mean it's good. Mariah Carey....American Dad....Survivor....Jersey Shore....Twilight, just to name a few. My point is the dry humor does not transfer over very well. I find the American version of The Offce repulsive. If you like it that's great.
        • 3 Years Ago
        "Just look at The Office. Not funny at all."

        Tell that to the millions of viewers that watch and laugh their butts off every episode, including myself. They wouldn't be on their 7th season unless someone thought it was funny and entertaining.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not a fan of the show, but like the chubby one.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Hate the chubby one, but maybe he is the love/hate androgynous Japanese car guy to bridge the audience over to the other two hosts.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I enjoy the show if I catch it but I think its WAY to scripted! Or at least the 'acting / presenting' seems to scripted!

        Top Gear in comparison to Top Gear USA is like seeing the difference between a professional theatrical performance and a high school performance. USA being the high school performance!

        It's those slight hesitations that just kill the flow! AutoBlog podcasts for example flow very well because nobody is reading lines! They probably have a list and go with it and you can completely tell when a joke tanks because everyone goes silent! lol it's funny!

        I think maybe the producers force them to go with lines instead of just being themselves within reason and just talking. If I ran the show I'd say "say what you want, if it doesn't work, we'll retake it until it works" just to get the candid, non bs, unscripted feel to it!

        Heck, I could be wrong but if I am and they do just freestyle, then they completely suck at presenting and talking to each other most of the time! lol

        Show is okay though....
      • 3 Years Ago
      No one should directly compare this to the UK version other than it has a similar format. Let's put that discussion to a rest once and for all. It's not fair and I'm tired of hearing about it. I, for one, absolutely love that we finally have our own show with an American flair.

      The show itself is overall entertaining - and that's all I really ask for. Is it EPIC? No, and I'm not 100% sure it ever will be. But that's ok... it's still quite entertaining. There are probably very few people that disagree with that.The show definitely has its ups and downs. Particularly when it's blatantly scripted and predictable. I dislike that every single show seems to exactly like the last one - change it up a bit! I use those moments to get a beer or use the commode. lol I've grown to like (not love) the hosts and their chemistry is definitely on the upswing. This show is in dire need of some refinement and an identity seperate from the UK version. I believe the next seasons will give us exactly that. Only then will this show graduate from mildly entertaining to truly great.
      • 3 Years Ago
      So when are we going to have Top Gear vs Top Gear USA epic episodes and stuff?
      • 3 Years Ago
      TGUSA poops on the early seasons of TGUK imo. I'd go so far as to say it makes it look like motorweek...ok not THAT far. Honestly though TGUK didn't really get good to me till season 7. It was still more entertaining than 5th gear, but was largely still just something I watched because there was pretty much just nothing else of the kind.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Other hosts... Leno could have his production company involved, TGAmerica is on The History Channel... not enough money to involve another company.

      Dr. McDreamy... costs too much money. "The History Channel."

      A host they probably could afford, as he does presenting for SPEED... Justin Bell, smart, funny, telegenic racer, what more do you want?

      Matt Farah, presenter of "The Smoking Tire" web-series. If you haven't seen these, checkout youtube. This guy is good.
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