20 Things That Really Happen Behind The Scenes Of Fast N' Loud
Richard Rawlings and Suzanne Marie Mergele. Marriage and divorce are no huge surprises when we're talking Smith wasn't the only “problem” employee at Gas Monkey Garage. . While Rawlings provides the money and plus-sized personality behind Fast N' Loud, costar Aaron Kaufman was more of. One of reality television greatest bromances is apparently coming to an end as Fast N' Loud star Richard Rawlings has confirmed that his BBBF. Aaron Kaufman telling Richard Rawlings that he is leaving Gas Monkey Garage. On top of that there were some growing personal issues and.
That is, until Dave Hall, a friend of Rawlings, found the car for him in It has to catch viewers by surprise and leave them wanting more. Fast N' Loud succeeded in this, and audiences have been growing for 14 seasons. The first episode was titled "Model A Madness," and the garage took a piece of American History, a Model A, restored and flipped it.
They wanted the antiquated car completed and ready to go in time for a swap meet. 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.
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.
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.
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The show has gained a lot of negative press, due to the dangers of promoting illegal street racing. 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. 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. Enraged, the Roadkill fans attacked Gas Monkey fans, and Aaron felt it was his fault and felt terrible about the predicament.
Gas Monkey Garage showdown at Roadkill Nights.
- Aaron Kaufman is leaving Fast N’ Loud and Gas Monkey Garage
- Aaron Kaufman Vs. Richard Rawlings, Heart Of Gas Monkey Garage Might Just Leave The Show
Recently, for reasons unknown, new episodes started to come out less and less often. The shows views in the US fell from 2million to 1 million views according to the sources. This might be signaling Aaron's leave. Aaron was never a man of ecstatic expressions with his entire interest in building the best cars, but he wasn't exactly a Tv personality either.
We can only speculate that he didn't like being in the big spotlight or maybe there were internal issues which led to him slowly fading out on Fast N' Loud. But what was worse was the pressure on him put on by Fast N' Loud. The show's charm is that the crew finishes a build in a short time, usually in 2 weeks which is a great contrast with a lot of other shows of similar kinds who take up to a month or two for the same work. Furthermore, GMG does it with a small budget that varies every time so that the car is still affordable.
Aaron Kaufman Vs. Richard Rawlings, Heart Of Gas Monkey Garage Might Just Leave The Show
However, the amount of effort this requires is unlike anything else, and for all we know, it finally got to Aaron. Aaron gets shocked hard while working on a '49 Chevy After losing his passion for his work and fatigue issues, Aaron might have finally given in. Certainly, a change in work scenery and environment can do wonders.
The news staggered fans and many were confused, including Richard himself. You can see the confusion in his eyes in the preview for the episode below, following with Aaron stating 'My Vacation from Gas Monkey is going to be a permanent one.
Aaron Kaufman and his permanent 'vacation. He talked about getting involved in the F market and maybe even return to TV, but not with Richard. He stated that he enjoyed the entertainment business and it was fun but also added that building cars for Fast N Loud was definitely a grind and was emotionally and physically taxing.
But, yes, a hundred percent, building cars at that rate at that speed does take its toll. It takes its toll professionally, takes its toll emotionally and physically. Professionally, we get to meet all these great people, we broaden our horizons and our contacts and networking. That can be a little grating.