Richard Rawlings is the brains behind Gas Monkey Garage, and the hit Discovery show Fast N’ Loud. He sold his printing business to open a car restoration shop and eventually became a reality star.

A car enthusiast from a young age, fans know about his work from his appearances on TV. Today, we present five facts about Richard Rawlings you probably didn’t know.

Richard Rawlings, a Hard worker

Richard Rawlings didn’t become famous overnight or earn his big fortune just by being a car show host. Like everyone else, he dreamt big and worked hard to make it a reality. In his early days, Richard worked as a firefighter, law enforcement officer and even a paramedic.

Richard Rawlings in Gas Monkey Garage wearing the GMG t-shirt

It was all before he was 21 when he wanted to have his own business. Later in 1999, he quit his job and started running a printing and advertising business.

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Wasn’t that famous in high school

Richard wasn’t that famous during high school for a guy who is one of the most sought-after television personalities. Neither boys nor girls liked hanging out with Rawlings as he was always babbling about cars.

Richard Rawlings standing with his 1968 Ford Mustang and Shelby GT350 convertible

Most of his friends regarded him as a geek and never athletic. According to one of his classmates, although Rawlings wasn’t a ladies’ man, he sure was a show-off. He used to do figure 8s and donuts on the school property.

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Road Rally racer

Being the frontman of the Discovery Channel hit show, he isn’t that bad behind the wheel. Richard’s love for cars isn’t fixated on buying and fixing them. He loves showing off his driving skills and has done so by participating in different races and, in some cases, winning them. 

Richard Rawlings leaning on a car's hood

Richard competes in the world-famous competition, Road Rally, which sees drivers worldwide taking part. He hasn’t just raced in Road Rally. He’s won different titles as well. If you ever came across the annals of Road Rally history, you will see the name Richard Rawlings written in big, bold letters.

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Record holder

Richard has proven that he can drive cars and drive them well, which he proved in England by winning two Gumball 3000 titles. He has also raced in another major competition, the Bullrun 4000.

Richard Rawlings amidst a burnout

Apart from just winning, he also holds a world record, with Denis Collins, in the legendary coast-to-coast race, the Cannonball Run. They accomplished this in 2007 with the help of their ride, a Ferrari 550 Maranello.

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Bike Designer

Richard loves working with anything that has an engine and wheels. He and Aaron Kaufman, his former partner in crime, participated together in a motorbike build-up contest.

Richard Rawlings with his former partner, Aaron Kaufman

In the competition, which included the likes of bike designers Jesse James and Paul Teutul Jr., the pair was able to come in second. If we’ve left out anything, let us know in the comments below.

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