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Top Gear Host, Rutledge Wood, Shows Off the Twins

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Evan Perkins Jun 14, 2016 0 Comment(s)
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What happens to movie cars after the production ends and the cameras stop rolling? Sometimes these automotive-action-hero roles turn to those of tragedy, often involving a date with the crusher or perpetual interment in a dusty warehouse. But occasionally, the tail of a movie car ¬– or in this case, two of them – has a happy ending.

Rutledge Wood, one of the trio of History’s Top Gear hosts, and well-known NASCAR commentator, along with fellow top gear host, Tanner Foust, helped ensure that the pair of green, 1968 Camaros, dubbed the “Evil Twins,” you see before you didn’t meet the sad fate as other Hollywood carlets.

The pair starred in the flick Need for Speed, where Tanner handled stunt driver duties. After the film, Tanner was offered a chance to buy the Camaros. Naturally, being that there were two of the F-bodies up for sale, he clued his friend and fellow host, Rutledge, in on the opportunity. Tanner took the first car and Rutledge the second. After having some fun with his Camaro, Rutledge sold the ’68 to his close friend, Steve Allgood, the son of Kenwood Rod Shop Owner, Randy Allgood.

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When a Porsche GT3 came home, and Tanner’s garage real estate was found to be in short supply, he decided he’d sell his half of the Evil Twins. When Rutledge found out the other Camaro was for sale, yet again, he realized he missed owning one –something any gearhead that’s sold a car can relate to – and bought it from Tanner, adding the sister car to his collection. So, while Rutledge now only has one ’68 Camaro in his fleet, he’s actually owned both of the Twins at one point in time.

The cars are almost entirely identical, with a few exceptions. Beneath the hood of each beats a 525-horsepower LS3 crate engine, connected to a Tremec TKO600, 5-speed transmission. They share the same paint color, stripe package, decals, Grip Royal steering wheel, and both are shod in Forgeline GZ3 wheels and Continental ExtremeContact DW rubber. Vintage air was a must in the heat and humidity of Power Tour, and KC HiLights LED headlights were added to make cruising at night and in weather a bit safer.

015 Need For Speed Rutledge Wood Top Gear 1968 Camaro 3/22

Many of the post-movie modifications to the car are due to a poll hosted on Summit Racing, where fans got to weigh in and cast their votes on what parts were to be used.

“We said, ‘alright, let’s pick a few things that fans can vote on and let them choose;’ sort of like a pick your own destiny,” said Rutledge. The Forgeline wheels were one of a few parts that fans wanted to see on the car.

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The other big differences lie underneath, and inside, the Evil Twins. Rutledge’s Camaro sports, TMI Pro Series Sport R seats, while the interior on Steve’s car is closer to stock. Also, Steve upgraded his car to a 4-link suspension and added mini-tubs, allowing him to run bigger rear meats.

014 Need For Speed Rutledge Wood Top Gear 1968 Camaro 5/22

So, are there any downsides to long haulin’ nearly identical ’68 Camaros on the 2016 HOT ROD Power Tour? Not many, but Rutledge did admit to accidentally hopping in the wrong car once or twice. Make sure to swing by the midway at the Power Tour venues to see the killer Camaros in person, and make sure to keep an eye out for the duo on the route.


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