Top Gear, the U.S. version, was officially canceled this week. But the long-running auto show at least went out on top, drag racing in Cuba!
Adam Ferrara, Rutledge Wood, and Tanner Foust traveled to the island of Cuba, where they were the first Americans to legally race in over 50 years. In fact, no one has done much legal racing in Cuba, since it was outlawed in 1962.
The three hosts met up on a highway where Cubans have only recently been holding government sanctioned races. Ferrara started off the drag races in a 1955 Ford Fairlane, sporting a 4-cylinder diesel engine from a Toyota. Even though he was slow, his competition was slower, and he managed to pull out a victory.
Wood then raced a 1956 Chevy Bel Air wagon and also won. Which was surprising because he pushed that American steel around with an even-smaller 4-cylinder diesel engine.
Finally it was professional driver and X-Games legend Tanner Foust’s turn, and unlike the other guys, he had a Y-block V-8 in his 1952 Mercury Monterey. Unfortunately for him, the guy he was racing had an even more impressive car, and he had his doors blown off at the starting line.
Sadly, Top Gear U.K. isn’t doing much better: