Fast N’ Loud

Fast N’ Loud

In each episode of Fast N’ Loud, motor mastermind Richard Rawlings and mechanical prodigy, Aaron Kaufmann, search the far flung corners of Texas and surrounding states for forgotten and derelict classic cars to buy and restore at their Gas Monkey Garage in Dallas, Texas. Usually showcasing the local customs and characters while they’re out on road trips. Ultimately, Richard and Aaron work tirelessly day and night to finish cars to make auction. But will their blood, sweat and beers translate into cold hard cash?

Participants

  • Richard Rawlings
    Richard Rawlings

    Richard Rawlings

    Richard Rawlings

    Owner, Gas Monkey Garage

    Richard Rawlings, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, followed in his dad’s footsteps and developed a passion for cars from an early age, building cars and attending car shows with him. The earliest photograph of Richard, aside from his infant years, is of him sitting in a Volkswagen Beetle pedal car. His dad worked two and three jobs at a time so he could afford to have his one toy — a car or motorcycle he could call his own. Richard bought his first car when he was 14 years old: a green ’74 Mercury Comet. By the time he hit his senior year in high school, he was already on his third car, a ’77 Bandit Trans Am. Richard says he has always worked just so he could have cars. He even took a bullet in the early ’90s as he fought off a carjacker who was trying to steal his ’65 Mustang 2+2 Fastback.

    Richard has held several jobs to feed his car habit. He was a firefighter, police officer and paramedic all before he was 21 years old. He eventually left those jobs to start his own business, building a printing and advertising company from the ground up. He later sold it so he could fund his next venture: Gas Monkey Garage — a world-renowned hot rod shop that has produced and shipped cars for people around the world.

    A veteran of transcontinental road rallies, Richard has won the Gumball 3000 and the Bullrun — twice. He is the current world record holder in the Cannonball Run and was even recognized by Jay Leno for this achievement, having broken the record that stood since 1979. He covered the 2,811 miles from New York to Los Angeles in 31 hours and 59 minutes with an average speed of 87.6 miles per hour.

    Richard says: “Bottom line, if we’re gonna have fun, it better have a motor!”

  • Aaron Kaufman
    Aaron Kaufman

    Aaron Kaufman

    Aaron Kaufman

    Mechanic/Fabricator

    Aaron Kaufman, originally from Crowley, Texas, is a self-taught mechanic, fabricator and all-around hot rodder. He grew up taking things apart and putting them back together — he just didn’t put them back together the same way they came apart. His high aptitude for mechanics and passion for cars led him to the hot rod world. But he didn’t want to just be good at what he did. He wanted to be the best at it. And that passion is what has driven him to succeed.

    Richard met Aaron when Aaron was working at a local car shop. Richard went in and said he needed someone to air ride his ’53 Ford Mainline and asked for their top guy to do it. They gave it to Aaron. Years later, when Richard opened Gas Monkey Garage, he remembered Aaron and the pride he took in his work. Richard found Aaron and asked him to join him in his next venture.

    When tackling a car restoration project, Aaron’s strategy is surprisingly simple: it has to be completely cohesive, from the front end to the back end to the interior. Every piece has to make sense. And as a project evolves, so does his vision.

    As for his favorite car of all time, while a ’32 roadster ranks as one of his top picks, his all-time favorite is an AC Cobra. “They’re a driver’s car and it’s just an absolute beast.”

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Discovery Channel

Schedule

Monday August 25th, 9/8c PM

Chopped and Dropped Model A, Part 2

Monday August 18th, 9/8c PM

Chopped and Dropped Model A, Part I

Monday May 12th, 9/8c PM

Fast Moving F100

Monday May 5th, 9/8c PM

Top 50 Moments

Monday April 28th, 9/8c PM

Holy Grail Firebirds Part 2

Monday April 28th, 8/7c PM

Fast N' LIVE Holy Grail Firebirds Part 1

Monday April 21st, 9/8c PM

Holy Grail Firebirds Part 1

Monday April 14th, 9/8c PM

Demolition Theater

Monday April 7th, 9/8c PM

Fleetline Superflip Frenzy

Monday March 31st, 9/8c PM

Jacked-Up Jeep

Monday March 24th, 9/8c PM

Mustang Mania

Monday March 17th, 9/8c PM

Aaron's Falcon Racecar

Monday January 27th, 9/8c PM

Troll’s Choice Rolls-Royce

Monday January 13th, 9/8c PM

Fast N' Live

Monday December 9th, 9/8c PM

Gas Monkey Bandit Car Part 2

Monday December 2nd, 9/8c PM

Gas Monkey Bandit Car Part 1

Monday November 18th, 9/8c PM

Shelby Rent-A-Racer Resto, Part 1

Monday November 11th, 9/8c PM

'71 Cool Kingswood/Retro Replicar

Monday November 4th, 9/8c PM

Flugtag Flyer/Wicked Wayfarer

Monday October 28th, 9/8c PM

Caddy Rust Bucket/Bel-Air Beauty Part 2

Monday October 21st, 9/8c PM

Caddy Rust Bucket/Bel-Air Beauty Part 1

Monday October 14th, 9/8c PM

Fast N' LIVE: Killer COPO Camaro

Monday September 16th, 9/8c PM

Cool Customline

Monday September 9th, 9/8c PM

Chopped Cabriolet and 'Vette Rescue

Monday September 2nd, 9/8c PM

Dale Jr.'s Sick Nomad

Monday July 29th, 9/8c PM

Beards, Builds and Beers

Monday July 22nd, 9/8c PM

Ford Galaxie - Part 2/Nash Healey

Monday July 15th, 9/8c PM

Ford Galaxie - Part 1/Bikini Contest

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