‘Top Gear’: Revving up for the Emmy race [video]

The Emmy race for best reality program has been led in recent years by winners like “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List,” “Intervention” and “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution,” but there’s a zippy new contender aiming to zoom up front: “Top Gear.”

That’s the U.S. spin-off of the hit British auto show that’s syndicated around the globe and currently spinning its irreverent wheels on the History Channel, which has renewed it for a second season.

It stars three frisky guys – a racing analyst (Rutledge Wood), pro race driver (Tanner Foust), and resident rascal comic (Adam Ferrara) – in the drivers’ seats of lots of vehicles that they test: luxury cars, race cars, pickup trucks, all-terrain vehicles. Celebrities like Dominic Monaghan, Kid Rock and Ty Burrell often go along for the ride and everything gets revved up high, especially the snarky commentary that proves that getting there is more than half the fun.

Below, Gold Derby senior editor Matt Noble chats with Rutledge Wood via webcam.

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