Rutledge Wood is truly car-obsessed and has been since an early age. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, he learned from his father the business of buying, restoring and selling new and old vehicles. In 1995 he and his family moved to Peachtree City, GA where he attended high school. He then went on to attend the University of Georgia where he continued to buy, sell and tinker with cars. When not wrenching on something, Rutledge worked on his second love, drumming. He, along with some friends, formed the band Legend Has It that achieved local acclaim for their outrageous covers and high-energy shows.
After graduating college, Rutledge tried life in the corporate world, before soon realizing it wasn’t for him. His first job in entertainment was with Country Music Television doing mobile marketing on their “Most Wanted Tour.” After applying for a job posting on Craigslist, Rutledge was hired by SPEED Channel to work in the marketing department. All the while, Rutledge knew he needed to be in front of the camera and was just awaiting his chance. With much insistence from Rutledge, he was finally given his shot in front of the camera with NASCAR Live and made the most of it. His first hosting gig came on SPEED Road Tour Challlenge. This success led to hosting Trackside Live, being a roving reporter for NASCAR RaceDay fueled by Sunoco, and being a part of NASCAR Smarts, a NASCAR trivia game, along with Kyle Petty and host John Roberts.
Rutledge’s innate knowledge of cars combined with his gregarious personality and passion for people helped land him a role as co-host of Top Gear US on the History Channel. A spinoff of the hit British program of the same name, Rutledge along with Tanner Foust and Adam Ferarra, delve deep into the history of the automobile, celebrate the art of driving with super-cars and extreme stunts, review cars and interview celebrities.
Rutledge has owned over 55 cars and trucks ranging from a Volkswagen Rabbit pickup truck to Hondas, Chevys, a 1966 VW Double Cab, a 68 Dodge Charger that was Kyle Petty’s high school ride, a Buick Roadmaster Wagon, even an obscure 1975 Bricklin SV-1.
Along with a passion for automobiles, Rutledge also has a passion for helping. After meeting Kyle Petty many years ago, Rutledge began assisting with The Victory Junction Gang Camp in Randleman, NC, a retreat for children with life threatening illnesses and chronic diseases, participating in their annual charity ride and volunteering his time any chance he gets.
More than anything, Rutledge loves spending time with his girls; his wife Rachel, and his two beautiful daughters.