2013 Hot Rod Power Tour


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Hey guys!  It’s been too long since I have updated this place.  Sorry about that, but I’ve been super busy filming Season 4 of Top Gear and traveling every week with NASCAR for my duties on SPEED!  Just living the … Continue reading

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.


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.


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!


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)


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?


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.