The National History Bee
History Bee Bios 2012
Rutledge Wood is truly car-obsessed and has been since and early age. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, he 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 hosting Trackside Live for the SPEED Channel. He's also a roving reporter for NASCAR RaceDay Built by the Home Depot, and was a part of NASCAR Smarts, a NASCAR trivia game, along with Kyle Petty and host John Roberts. To this day, Wood has owned over 55 cars and trucks ranging from a Volkswagen Rabbit pickup truck to Hondas, Chevys, a 1966 VW Double Cab, a Buick Roadmaster Wagon, even an obscure 1975 Bricklin SV-1. His favorite, however is a 1953 Plymouth Suburban that was given to him by "the king" himself, Richard Petty.
Rutledge’s innate knowledge of cars combined with his gregarious personality and passion for people helped land him a role as co-host of Top Gear US on the History Channel. A spinoff of the hit, British program of the same name, Rutledge along with Tanner Foust and Adam Ferarra, delve deep into the history of the automobile, celebrate the art of driving with super-cars and extreme stunts, review cars and interview celebrities.
Along with a passion for automobiles, Rutledge also has a passion for helping. After meeting Kyle Petty many years ago, Rutledge began assisting with The Victory Junction Gang Camp in Randleman, NC, a retreat for children with serious and terminal illnesses, participating in their annual charity ride and volunteering his time any chance he gets.
More than anything, Rutledge loves spending time with his girls; his wife Rachel, and his two young daughters.