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Gas Monkey

“I’VE BEEN OBSESSED WITH CARS SINCE… I WAS BORN.”

RICHARD RAWLINGS HAD A CAR BY AGE FOURTEEN, AND HAD GONE THROUGH NEARLY TWENTY CARS BY THE TIME HE WAS OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL. HIS FATHER WORKED THREE JOBS HIS WHOLE LIFE—TWO TO MAKE ENDS MEET FOR THE FAMILY, AND ONE TO BUY TOYS. NEITHER A MECHANIC NOR A FABRICATOR, HIS FATHER TOOK PRIDE IN HIS CAR COLLECTION. NEEDLESS TO SAY, THIS STAYED WITH RICHARD.

RAWLINGS WAS ALWAYS WORKING, AND ALWAYS CHASING PIPE DREAMS. BY TWENTY-ONE, HE’D BEEN A COP, A FIREMAN, AND A MEDIC. BUT HE WANTED MORE. AFTER A ROUGH STINT OF SLEEPING ON HIS SISTER’S COUCH, HE GOT HIS ACT TOGETHER AND ENTERED THE WORLD OF TRADING SALES. HERE HE SOLIDIFIED HIS BUSINESS SAVVY, AND WENT ON TO BUILD AN ADVERTISING AND PRINTING FIRM FROM THE GROUND UP. THE COMPANY GREW TO BECOME A “JUGGERNAUT” IN THE DALLAS AREA. A MERE FOUR YEARS LATER, THE COMPANY SOLD, AND WITH THAT MONEY GAS MONKEY GARAGE WAS BORN.

AARON KAUFMAN WORKED AT A SHOP RAWLINGS FREQUENTED, AND LOVED THE STUFF RAWLINGS BROUGHT IN FOR HIM. KAUFMAN ALWAYS WENT ABOVE AND BEYOND FOR HIM. WHEN GAS MONKEY OPENED, RAWLINGS CALLED HIM UP AND ASKED IF HE WANTED TO WORK FOR HIM. THE PREMISE WAS SIMPLE: RAWLINGS WANTED THE FASTEST, MOST EXPENSIVE, MOST BADASS HOT ROD SHOP TO BE FOUND, WITH APPAREL AND A SHOW ON DISCOVERY TO BOOT. KAUFMAN THOUGHT HE WAS CRAZY, BUT SIGNED ON ANYWAY. EIGHT YEARS LATER, THE SHOP IS ALL THAT AND MORE, AND THE FIRST SEASON OF FAST N’ LOUD IS UNDERWAY.