Who needs an offseason?

 

NASCAR is over for the year, and we’re full speed ahead finishing season 3 of Top Gear on History which should debut early 2013.  I can’t wait for you guys to see all the new shows we’ve been working so hard on.  For this season, we left the country, went too far out into the countryside, and have gotten to drive some insane cars.

People ask me a lot if I know how lucky I am to have my dream job(s), getting to travel with NASCAR for SPEED and do Top Gear for the History Channel, and I want you to know the answer is a resounding “YES!”  I absolutely love what I do, and I love the people I get to do these things with.  There are so many great people behind the scenes at both places that really put their heart and souls into what we create.

It still makes me laugh that the reason I got a call to meet with the executive producer of Top Gear happened because a race fan, whom I’ve never met, loaded something that I did on SPEED, on to YouTube (illegally mind you) and because they did that, this British producer laughed and thought I’d be interesting to talk to.  That one person helped change my life forever and get to live out my dreams and I get to take you guys all along for the ride…so yeah, I am thankful every day that I get this chance, and I pray every day that I can take this opportunity and do all the things that God wants me to do with them.

This year was a great year, but a long one. I was lucky enough to get to race in the Toyota Pro Celebrity Race, which is something I dreamed of growing up, and I have gotten to drive some cars that people only dream of.  And so now, with the holidays approaching, I’m going to get the chance to remind my beautiful wife why she puts up with this crazy schedule, and hold my beautiful daughters closer than they even know possible.

And yeah, if there’s any time left over after that, then I’m going to get to work on some car projects.  I think the one I’m most excited about is the 1949 Chevy Step Van  that I picked up a few weeks ago.  It’s like a UPS van from the 40’s, but I tried to buy one just like it in college and it sold before I could get to it, so I’m going to try and make it a really cool cruiser.  I’d love to finish it in time for the Hot Rod Power Tour that Hot Rod Magazine does every year, so keep your fingers crossed for me on that.

I do have some big news that I’ll get to tell you about in a few weeks…I’m joining forces with some good friends to be a part of a really cool company that I hope we get to grow in some amazing ways.  More to come on that soon!

For now, I gotta run because I have a plane to catch…thanks for reading, and more importantly, thanks for the support.  A lot of people probably thought the nerdy, thick glasses kid from Alabama couldn’t make it this far, and I feel like I’m just getting started….so thanks for helping me get to this point.  Happy Holidays!

Vote for the winning build in the Toyota Dream Build Challenge

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The winner of the Toyota Dream Build Challenge will be announced by yours truly, at SEMA on Tuesday October 30th.  And these builds are INSANE!  Check them out in detail here…http://wot.motortrend.com/racer-built-toyota-sequoia-camry-tundra-prius-to-take-sema-stand-for-charity-278523.html/0/

Then VOTE for the one you think should win $50,000 for their charity.

 

Rutledge to Emcee Toyota Dream Build Challenge Reveal at SEMA 2012

If you are a car guy or girl and have never been to SEMA, you are cheating yourself.  Held annually in Las Vegas, SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) features all of the latest and greatest of the automotive after market industry, from lights, to speakers, to paint and body, new models to concept cars, you can find just about anything at SEMA.

This year I have the honor of hosting the Toyota Racing Dream Build Challenge and revealing the winner that you, the fans, have chosen through online vote.  Follow the link and vote up to 10 times daily.  And if you are planning to attend SEMA, make sure you don’t miss seeing these amazing builds and the reveal of the winner.  Full details can be found here.

Click here for details on all of Rutledge’s appearances at SEMA.

Fulcrum Tactical Experience Giveaway

UPDATE 9/3 11:45AM Congrats to yesterday’s final give away winner, BRIAN KERZEL.  Brian correctly answered that the Fulcrum Tactical training field, “The Hollow,” is located in Mt. Carroll, Illinois.

Thanks again to everyone for participating in all of the give aways throughout the month of August.  We had a great time and hope everyone else did as well.

Brian, please contact me at rut@therutledgewood.com with your shipping details.  Thanks.

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Hello again everyone.  We are back with one final give away and this one is BIG TIME!  My good friends at Fulcrum Tactical have really stepped up to bring you guys something special.

Fulcrum Tactical is the industry leader in providing tactical training to individuals and law enforcement.

THE GEAR

Up for grabs today are some really awesome items. A Fulcrum Tactical “Go Bag,” which is a heavy weight travel pack, 2 Fulcrum Tactical shirts (1 long sleeve and 1 short), a Fulcrum Tactical hat, and the full Fulcrum Experience.  You can check out the details of the Fulcrum Experience here.  Please only enter to win if you would like to participate in this experience as it is a $2500 value.

THE QUESTION

What city is the Fulcrum Experience training field, “The Hollow” located?

Don’t forget to like and follow Fulcrum Tactical on Facebook and Twitter in order to be eligible to win.  Good luck!!!

 

 

Volatile Style & Enkei Wheel Free Gear Finale

UPDATE 9/2 @ 11:00AMEST Congrats to give away winner…Nick Hober!  Nick correctly answered that there are 3 different colors of the available of the kick ass “Wide Wheel and Cheap Thrills” t shirt.  And that’s just one of the many many amazing designs available from Volatile Style.  And remember, keep your eye peeled for some big things to happen with Volatile and myself!

Nick, please email me at rut@therutledgewood.com with your shipping details.

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Last day of give aways from Volatile and Enkei.  Big thanks to them for providing so much awesome stuff to pass on to you guys…THE FANS!  Thanks for the support!

Today’s give away comes courtesy of my good friends at Atlanta based automotive lifestyle brand Volatile Style. These guys do it right!  I am constantly rocking their gear on SPEED.  And they are constantly coming up with new and outrageous designs!  Check them out.  Oh and, a little birdie told me they might be making a custom Rutledge design in the near future…

I’ll be back at 7pmEST with the trivia question until then, go and Like and/or Follow Volatile Style – Twitter/FB  Enkei – Twitter/FB

THE GEAR

Up for grabs tonight is an awesome Volatile Style “Legit” t shirt, a Volatile Style “Selfmade,” a “Legit,”  a “Volatile” and 2 “ATL” stickers, a coupon for 10% off anything at Volatile Style online store, an Enkei Wheels t shirt, a 9×12 signed Top Gear photo, a Rutledge script decal and a Rutledge silhouette decal.

THE QUESTION

How many colors does the “Wide Wheels and Cheap Thrills” T shirt come in?

THE RULES

On my website I will post a trivia question pertaining to the sponsor that has provided that day’s prize. I will link to the question from Twitter and Facebook.  You must answer the question correctly within an hour of it being asked, and you MUST like or follow the sponsor on Facebook or Twitter in order to be eligible to win.  Please submit answers to @rutledgewood on Twitter, my fan page on Facebook, or in the comments section below.  One correct respondent will be chosen at random from Twitter, Facebook or my website.

 

Volatile Style/Enkei Wheels Give Away

UPDATE 8/31 11:00AMEST Congrats to today’s winner…Matt Grebe.  Matt correctly answered that the Volatile shirt dedicated to the late Adam Yauch, MCA of Beastie Boys, is titled “Don’t Be Afraid To Be Yourself.”  20% of all proceeds made on this shirt go to the American Cancer Society.

Thanks again for everyone who participated.  We have one more give away tonight and a another on Saturday to close out the month of giveaways. Matt please contact me at rut@therutledgewood.com with your shipping details.  Congrats!

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Today’s give away comes courtesy of my good friends at Atlanta based automotive lifestyle brand Volatile Style. These guys do it right!  I am constantly rocking their gear on SPEED.  And they are constantly coming up with new and outrageous designs!  Check them out.  Oh and, a little birdie told me they might be making a custom Rutledge design in the near future…

I’ll be back at 7pmEST with the trivia question until then, go and Like and/or Follow Volatile Style – Twitter/FB  Enkei – Twitter/FB

THE GEAR

Up for grabs tonight is an awesome Volatile Style Peace t shirt, a Volatile Style “Legit,” “ATL” and “Volatile” stickers, a coupon for 10% off anything at Volatile Style online store, an Enkei Wheels t shirt, a 9×12 signed Top Gear photo, a Rutledge script decal and a Rutledge silhouette decal.

THE QUESTION

Volatile Style has a shirt dedicated to the late Adam Yauch (MCA) of the Beastie Boys.  What is the name of this shirt?

THE RULES

On my website I will post a trivia question pertaining to the sponsor that has provided that day’s prize. I will link to the question from Twitter and Facebook.  You must answer the question correctly within an hour of it being asked, and you MUST like or follow the sponsor on Facebook or Twitter in order to be eligible to win.  Please submit answers to @rutledgewood on Twitter, my fan page on Facebook, or in the comments section below.  One correct respondent will be chosen at random from Twitter, Facebook or my website.

 

Volatile Style/Enkei Wheels Giveaway #3

UPDATE 8/30 5:00PMEST Congrats to today’s giveaway winner…Yunhui Bradshaw.  Yunhui correctly answered that Tony B’s drift Mustang is putting down a whopping 800hp to the wheels.  Thanks for everyone participating.  2 more give aways to come.

Yunhui please contact me at rut@therutledgewood.com with your shipping details.

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Today’s give away comes courtesy of my good friends at Atlanta based automotive lifestyle brand Volatile Style. These guys do it right!  I am constantly rocking their gear on SPEED.  And they are constantly coming up with new and outrageous designs!  Check them out.  Oh and, a little birdie told me they might be making a custom Rutledge design in the near future…

I’ll be back at 7pmEST with the trivia question until then, go and Like and/or Follow Volatile Style – Twitter/FB  Enkei – Twitter/FB

THE GEAR

Up for grabs tonight is an awesome Volatile Style “Home of the Brave” ATL t shirt, a Volatile Style “The Lowlife” and “Volatile” stickers, a coupon for 10% off anything at Volatile Style online store, an Enkei Wheels t shirt, a 9×12 signed Top Gear photo, a Rutledge script decal and a Rutledge silhouette decal.

THE QUESTION

Formula Drift drive Tony B, drives a RIDICULOUS Mustang with red custom painted NT03+M’s.  How much horsepower does this beast put down?

THE RULES

On my website I will post a trivia question pertaining to the sponsor that has provided that day’s prize. I will link to the question from Twitter and Facebook.  You must answer the question correctly within an hour of it being asked, and you MUST like or follow the sponsor on Facebook or Twitter in order to be eligible to win.  Please submit answers to @rutledgewood on Twitter, my fan page on Facebook, or in the comments section below.  One correct respondent will be chosen at random from Twitter, Facebook or my website.

 

All New TOP GEAR & Volatile Style Giveaway!

UPDATE 8/28 9:15PMEST Congrats to today’s give away winner…KELSEY O’HARA.  Kelsey correctly answer that the Volitale Waffle Bomb T has an animated bomb inscribed with “Make waffles not war.”  Thank to everyone who participated.  And seriously, tell a friend!

Kelsey, please email me your shipping details at rut@therutledgewood.com. Congrats!

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Today’s give away comes courtesy of my good friends at Atlanta based automotive lifestyle brand Volatile Style. These guys do it right!  I am constantly rocking their gear on SPEED.  And they are constantly coming up with new and outrageous designs!  Check them out.  Oh and, a little birdie told me they might be making a custom Rutledge design in the near future…

I’ll be back at 7pmEST with the trivia question until then, go and Like and/or Follow Volatile Style – Twitter/FB  Enkei – Twitter/FB

THE GEAR

Up for grabs tonight is an awesome  a Volatile Style “Legit” t shirt, a Volatile Style “Like a Boss” sticker, a coupon for 10% off anything at Volatile Style online store, an Enkei Wheels t shirt, a 9×12 signed Top Gear photo, a Rutledge script decal and a Rutledge silhouette decal.

THE QUESTION

At Volatile’s online store, they have an awesome shirt design featuring an animated bomb.  The bomb has a phrase inscribed on it, “Make ____________ not war.”  Fill in the blank.

 

THE RULES

On my website I will post a trivia question pertaining to the sponsor that has provided that day’s prize. I will link to the question from Twitter and Facebook.  You must answer the question correctly within an hour of it being asked, and you MUST like or follow the sponsor on Facebook or Twitter in order to be eligible to win.  Please submit answers to @rutledgewood on Twitter, my fan page on Facebook, or in the comments section below.  One correct respondent will be chosen at random from Twitter, Facebook or my website.

 

 

 

Final Week of Give Aways!!

UPDATE 8/27 @ 9:30PMEST Congrats to today’s winner…BL Walker!  Brian correctly answered that Tyler McQuarrie run’s some bad ass RPF1’s, with 18’s in front and 19’s in back.  HAWTNESS!

Thanks to all who participated.  We will have 4 more give aways the rest of the week, so keep your eye out!  Brian please send me your shipping details to rut@therutledgewood.com.

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Hey gang.  One final week of giveaway’s to close out the month of August!  Thanks to everyone who has participated and hope you got to find out some more about some awesome brands that I personally love.  As always, to participate, just Like and Follow the sponsoring company/companies, and answer the trivia question below.  Good luck!

THE GEAR

This giveaway comes courtesy of my friends at Enkei Wheels as well as a local Atlanta based lifestyle brand, Volatile Style.  You’ve probably seen my rock some Volatile gear on SPEED.  Check out everything they have to offer here.

Up for grabs tonight is an awesome Enkei Wheels t shirt, a Volatile Style t shirt, a Volatile Style “Legit” sticker, a coupon for 10% off anything at Volatile Style online store, a 9×12 signed Top Gear photo, a Rutledge script decal and a Rutledge silhouette decal.

Please don’t forget, you must Like and/or Follow the sponsored companies.  (Enkei – Twitter/FB  Volatile Style – Twitter/FB)

THE QUESTION

What size and style of Enkei Wheel did drift driver Tyler McQuarrie recently run on his Mobil 1 GoPro Camaro at the first round of Formula Drift 2012?

THE RULES

On my website I will post a trivia question pertaining to the sponsor that has provided that day’s prize. I will link to the question from Twitter and Facebook.  You must answer the question correctly within an hour of it being asked, and you MUST like or follow the sponsor on Facebook or Twitter in order to be eligible to win.  Please submit answers to @rutledgewood on Twitter, my fan page on Facebook, or in the comments section below.  One correct respondent will be chosen at random from Twitter, Facebook or my website.

 

Globe BIG BOY Prize Pack

UPDATE 8/23 10:15PMEST

Congrats to today’s final Globe Giveaway week winner…SAM STEWART!  Sam correctly answered that I wear Globe Pulse’s almost every week on Trackside.  They have plenty more awesome kicks, like these bad boys I was wearing today!

Thanks to everyone who participated in Globe’s giveaway week.  Thanks especially to Globe for providing me with all this awesome gear that I can pass along to YOU GUYS!  Please go Like or Follow them, and check out all their awesome gear!

Sam please email me at rut@therutledgewood.com with your shipping details.

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Hey folks!  Once again the fine people at Globe Skateboards have provided us with some awesome merch to give away!  Check it out…

 THE GEAR

 Got some real awesome stuff from Globe to share with you guys.  This time we beefed up the prize pack…a signed Globe cruiserboard, 2 vouchers for a free pairs of Globe shoes, 2 Globe trucker hats, a Rutledge script decal, a Rutledge silhouette decal and a signed Top Gear 9×12 photo.  Go over and Like and Follow my friends at Globe!  Good luck.

THE QUESTION

What pair of Globe shoes does Rutledge frequently wear on Trackside Live on SPEED?

THE RULES

On my website I will post a trivia question pertaining to the sponsor that has provided that day’s prize. I will link to the question from Twitter and Facebook.  You must answer the question correctly within an hour of it being asked, and you MUST like or follow the sponsor on Facebook or Twitter in order to be eligible to win.  Please submit answers to @rutledgewood on Twitter, my fan page on Facebook, or in the comments section below.  One correct respondent will be chosen at random from Twitter, Facebook or my website.