With the money he received from selling his printing and advertising company, Lincoln Press, Richard Rawlings started Gas Monkey Garage in 2002. Little did he know then, that someday his shop would be the subject of one of the best reality shows on television. With his partner in crime, Aaron Kaufman, Richard started appearing on the Discovery series, Fast N’ Loud, on June 6, 2012, and the rest, as they say, is history. With fourteen seasons aired, he went on to collect a massive fan following and a huge net worth, $15 million to be exact.
But, today we are not talking about how much money he made and what businesses he owns, there are a lot actually. Today, we bring to you five best episodes of Fast N’ Loud, the most instrumental ones in the show’s success as well as Rawlings’.
5. Season 2 Episode 7: Ferocious Ford and Fast Ferrari
When the GMG crew announced to the world that they will turn any junk into shiny hot rods, they surely did not mean a rat infested one. That is exactly what they got in the seventh episode of season 2. They transform a ‘38 Ford into a cool hot rod. Rawlings gets his hands on a Mercedes of the football player, Emmitt Smith, and gambles $400k on a wrecked Ferrari F40, there is so much happening in this episode.
On the other hand, the guys take a close look at the new female welder, Alloy’s skills, who also happens to be a model.
4. Season 3 Episode 7: Ford Galaxie, Pt. 2 | Nash Healey
On the sixth episode of the third season, Richard and Aaron get an opportunity of a lifetime, judging a bikini contest. However, in the aftermath of the episode, Aaron, the number one mechanic goes AWOL, and the other guys have to flip the ‘67 Ford Galaxie while Richard tries to tempt Dennis Collins with a rare Nash Healey.
In the meantime, the GMG owner and Tom Smith embark on a roadtrip where he try to sell Evel Knievel’s Messerschmitt while Tom believes that Knievel never even stepped foot in the vehicle. However, the auction went better than expected and Rawlings cashed in a lot of money.
3. Season 4 Episode 12: Gas Monkey Bandit Car Pt. 2
1977 Trans Am became the epitome of coolness after it was driven by Burt Reynolds in his classic, Smokey and The Bandit. So, the presence of the car makes this episode one of the best of Fast N’ Loud. Rawlings gets hired by a wheeler-dealer friend to build him a “Smokey & The Bandit” Trans Am in just six days. But here’s the catch. There is a $25,000 bonus if the guys can get a signature from The Bandit himself. Wait, there’s more. There is a $40,000 bonus if GMG can deliver the car to New Orleans in time for the buyer to take the car in a rally.
Watch the guys work around the clock. As a fan of the movie, Rawlings gets to fulfill his childhood dream of meeting Burt Reynolds, talk to him and get an autograph too.
2. Season 5 Episode 10: Big, Bad C-10 Pt. 2
In the episode prior to this, Big, Bad C-10 Pt. 1, Richard and Aaron take on the project to build the coolest hot rod with a free pass to make the 1976 Chevy C-10 short bed super cool, Gas Monkey style.
Continuing in part 2, the team works hard to deliver the coolest show truck to the auction at Cattle Baron’s Ball. As a truck enthusiast, the project was one of Aaron’s favorites. So, when they rolled up at the auction, the truck is picked up at $85,000. And guess who drops the big bucks on it? None other than the high roller, Dennis Collins. Good old Dennis to the rescue again.
1. Season 3 Episode 2: Ferrari Fix Pt. 2
Richard, Aaron and the team set out to rebuild a wrecked red Ferrari F40, their most ambitious and expensive project ever. The car is bought by Richard and Dennis Collins for $400,000 and the GMG team end up spending $295,000 more to fix it.
The crew experiences some minor hiccups like the instance when the windshield worth $8,000 gets broken. Luckily, a ‘67 Porsche 911S turns out to be really profitable for the team. At the end of the day, the guys did it and successfully delivered the car back to Dennis Collins.
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