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'Fast N' Loud' mechanic Aaron Kaufman shifts into second gear with new shop, Earlier this year, mechanic Aaron Kaufman told business partner and wheeler- dealer Richard While Kaufman concedes that he and Rawlings aren't likely to be And [with] the F, there seems to be a hole in the market. Aaron Kaufman Vs. Richard Rawlings, Heart Of Gas Monkey Garage Might .. build and such things that he showed that had no relation to the show. in the F- market and maybe even return to TV, but not with Richard. Aaron Kaufman helped launch a genre of car shows on the Discovery The Wrench Connection I pressed Kaufman on why he'd parted ways early last year with Fast N' Loud frontman Richard Rawlings, a separation that had . rebuild old Ford F trucks, a market that Kaufman thinks is underserved.
Even a skilled shop with all the best resources would take up to a year to complete a project of this scale. This is definitely part of the show's success. The quick turnaround on cars keeps the shows pace up, making it interesting for even the casual car lover.
The employees have said they were working grueling hour work weeks. They often slept in the garage and showered under a hose out back. All of that hard work paid off as the GMG brand exploded. The film and television industry is a business after all, and Richard Rawlings is absolutely in it to make money. Misfit Garage was created as a show, and a shop, to rival the Gas Monkey Garage.
The cast is comprised of some of Rawlings former GMG mechanics. Unfortunately, the show wasn't as successful.
It aired in and just released a new season on May 2nd. In its 6 seasons, the show has already lost two of its founders, Scot McMillan and Jordan Butler, as well as some of the other garage employees along the way. Various disputes have caused this revolving door of employees, and it seems to affect their fan base. Fans are constantly wondering if any of the old employees will return, and if the show is worth continued viewing.
The feuds among the team may just be too much for the show to succeed. Jordan Butler, after leaving, posted on Facebook that he has hardly desired to work on a car since the show. Richard Rawlings famous brand isn't just a good avenue for him to sell his own products, but for other companies to piggyback off of his fame and sell their own products.
You may have seen Rawlings and his successful career in Fast N' Loud, and you also might have noticed him in a bunch of commercials. Inafter the launch of Fast N' Loud, Rawlings was hired by Dodge to be in a series of advertisements. One of these commercials even aired during the Superbowl. There are also a few Baywatch themed commercials where Rawlings pairs up with David Hasselhoff to promote Dodge for the summer.
Beyond his contract with Dodge, Rawlings has also appeared on commercials specific to Discovery Channel. Commercials are an excellent source of additional income to stars like Rawlings. Commercials that go national and remain on the air for an extended period of time can rake in hundreds of thousands of dollars in residual pay to its stars. It was initially created for hospitals, to increase energy and aid recovery.
Monster, Redbull and Rockstar are the kings of energy drinks, but Richard Rawlings also says his energy drink is a top contender.
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Rawlings considers his energy drink to be one of his most successful ventures of the Gas Monkey Garage brand. The drink, appropriately named Gas Monkey Energy, was released in Since then, Rawlings has signed a contract with the US Government to sell his energy drink on every military base worldwide.
Rawlings even went on a tour to meet soldiers and promote the brands' drink. He talks about one of the most fun and gratifying experiences during the promotional tour. Rawlings had the opportunity to go to a base in South Korea for Thanksgiving. He took a bunch of the Monkeys and his wife and they spent the holiday meeting with troops to say thank you and promote their new drink. Talk about a good marketing strategy; patriotism and promotions.
Over the course of our lifetime, most Americans will own 12 cars. Because the crew of Fast N' Loud is all about buying and selling, the car count in their garage is significantly higher, and constantly changing. At any given point, Gas Monkey Garage has a staggering 40 to 50 cars at the garage.
Because of the constant flipping of vehicles, the number fluctuates up and down. In theory, Rawlings could drive a different car every day in a month and not use all of them. But most of these cars and trucks are in various states of repair, and many are not even drivable.
Nearly everything at their shop is for sale. There are only a few cars that Rawlings says he will never get rid of. He's been offered ridiculous amounts of money for some of them, but they just have too much significance for him to sell. One of the cars he refuses to get rid of is the first car Aaron Kaufman and Rawlings built together, a Chevy Fleetline.
Another car he's hanging on to is a Shelby Mustang GT The convertible Mustang was built in the first season of Fast N' Loud for a friend. It was based on the car from the movie The Thomas Crown Affair. Rawlings had the good fortune to buy it back from the friend five years after the build. The numbers for violent carjackings have significantly decreased, but car theft still exists.
As ofAlbuquerque, New Mexico held the top spot for having the most stolen cars in the whole US. The city recognized this was a major problem, and even acknowledged it on their website. The rest of the list is almost entirely filled with California cities surprise, surprise. Now can you imagine not just having your average economy car stolen, but stolen violently? This was what Richard Rawlings had to deal with at 22 years old. At the time, Rawlings was an off-duty cop hanging with some buddies.
He decided to grab a burger and some fries, hopped in his car and headed into Fort Worth, Texas. Rawlings says it was just a "wrong place, wrong time" situation. A few guys tried to drag him from his car. He attempted to flee, and was shot in the shoulder from behind with a.
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Thank goodness there was no damage to the Mustang. The seemingly scripted docu-drama follows street racers duking it out in their cars in various US cities. Although the thrill of the show is to see illegal racing, the reality isn't as exciting.
The show files for permits everywhere they film, and often the racing is completely legal and supervised by the police. The show has gained a lot of negative press, due to the dangers of promoting illegal street racing.
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Word on the street is that Rawlings is teaming up with the NHRA to establish the show as a legal and safe race show well, there goes all the fake fun. Apparently, there will be no more street racing at all. Every episode will take place at a race track or drag strip. And because Rawlings is so involved with the brand, you can expect more appearances by him in the show.
We've already seen Rawlings go head to head and lose out in Mega Race 1 and 2 with the second just airing this yearand we can assume he'll show up again for more of these grudge races soon.
You start to develop a weird pseudo-relationship with the host and his crew. The work that lasted for ten weeks is finished barely in the episode, but surprisingly Aaron was not present during the reveal and test of the car nicknamed "Hipo Hauler. The show reported the reason for his absence as 'Personal reason. On December 8th, the airing date of the special episode, Aaron posted a picture on Instagram of the bumper of a Buick with the caption "The Road Ahead," perhaps hinting on him moving on from Gas Monkey Garage.
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Seems rather strange that he would leave in the middle of a season like that but there are valid reasons why he could do so. A photo posted by Aaron Kaufman thearclight on Dec 8, at 9: Aaron Kaufman dropping hints about his resignation The Outcome: Although no exact reason is given for his departure, he made it quite clear that he did not leave because of reasons related to Family, personal health or any other reasons that might raise a red flag.
He did, however, state out, When it comes to the color of television cars, I couldn't care less. Perhaps, he is hinting about his loss of interest in working on a tv show and wants to focus entirely only on building cars. He seems quite optimistic about his future, but we hope he doesn't take his past with Richard and Gas Monkey Garage as granted and respects his humble beginnings like we as well as his beloved fans do. A photo posted by Aaron Kaufman thearclight on Dec 12, at 8: To understand more about the subject in hand, we reached out to a few automobile fans and dedicated fans of the reality-based series who shared their opinion of the current state of Fast N' Loud and how they were completely okay with Aaron quitting.
Fast n loud is a show whose worth is not in showing cars being built, but its focus on the drama between Gas Monkey Garage crew. The show starts with Richard Rawlings buying a rare, real gem of a car and asking Aaron to put his spin on it, using his ideas to find ways to make an old car much more appealable while on a small budget so that the car is still affordable.
Richard Rawlings working alongside Aaron Kaufman Source: However, we want to make it clear, that Richard Rawlings is no greedy villain and he is in fact, doing what is best for his show and his team. The Fort Texas native was the one who came up with the idea of Gas Monkey Garage and its work as well as plans the future assemblies and builds.
He was the one who assembled the crew himself. A car Fanatic with a brilliant career sheet and experience in various fields such as Paramedic, Police as well as firefighter, Richard knows how to handle his people and share his passion for cars with others.
Years later, when Richard opened Gas Monkey Garage, he remembered Aaron, the enthusiastic self-taught mechanic genius and believed no one else was more fit for the job. It was a heavily promoted event, both on Motor Trend and Discovery Channel side. This race would go on to affect Aaron greatly.
The roadkill crew set a limit on the car build. Aaron personally wanted to follow the rules as he was dedicated to his work and took his job seriously but Richard made him break the rules.
Instead of building the car with junkyard parts and from whatever they had as per the rules Richard made Aaron build the vehicle to be an actual drag car, with uprated engine, cross bracing, a full roll cage, rear tubs and a crate engine. Roadkill, as per the rules they set, showed up with a car they built using junkyard parts.
GMG's actions made the crowd angry and distraught. The Roadkill fans and the Gas Monkey Fans got in a serious argument and even insult bouts.