Rutledge Wood is an American auto racing analyst employed by the Speed Channel best known to international television viewers as a co-host on the American version of the motoring television series Top Gear, since 2010.
Wood is truly car-obsessed and at an early age learned from his father the business of buying, restoring and selling new and old vehicles.
His love of cars led him to NASCAR, and to starring in NASCAR Smarts on the Speed Channel, a NASCAR trivia game show with Kyle Petty and John Roberts. He's also a roving reporter for NASCAR RaceDay Built by the Home Depot, Trackside Live and NASCAR Live.
To this day, Wood has owned over 40 cars and trucks ranging from a Volkswagen Rabbit pickup truck to Hondas, Chevys and even the obscure 1975 Bricklin SV-1.
His favourite is a 1953 Plymouth Suburban that was given to him by "the king" himself, Richard Petty.