Richard Rawlings, Fast N’ Loud & Other Entertaining Things

“We really are building ‘em. “Really are selling ‘em. “TV has to keep up with us.” That’s Richard Rawlings, the man behind Fast N’ Loud on the Discovery Channel.

“We really are building ‘em.

“Really are selling ‘em.

“TV has to keep up with us.”

That’s Richard Rawlings, the man behind Fast N’ Loud on the Discovery Channel.

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Kaufman (left) and Rawlings (right).  Fast N’ Loud, both.

He and his crew at Gas Monkey Garage—with the remarkable Aaron Kaufman, builder extraordinaire*—are taking cars that are really in need of restoration and turning them into the kinds of cars and trucks that plenty of people lust after. They find ‘em, fix ‘em and flip ‘em.

And they do it fast, putting in plenty of hours, day in, day out. While some shows showing people making things seem to be happening quickly, the Gas Monkey gang, Rawlings says, really are making it happen.

Rawlings talks about the Gas Monkey Garage, Fast N’ Loud the show and the book, and how he has become an entrepreneur with interests ranging from music venues to a branded tequila on this edition of Autoline After Hours.

John McElroy of Autoline, Mike Austin of Autoblog, and I have the opportunity to talk to Rawlings, who joins us from Gas Monkey HQ in Dallas via Skype.

It is informative—and refreshing, as Rawlings, even though a major success, has a regular-person point of view (i.e., speaking of the genesis of his show and how there is a comparative affordability to what they do, he remarks, “Damn, I can’t have a $230,000 motorcycle,” referring, without mentioning it, to another show about vehicle builds).

In addition to which McElroy, Austin and I compare the stats of the 2016 Camaro with the 2015 Mustang, look at how you can lease a car for less money than you might spend at Starbucks, and a variety of topics.

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*Asked about what happens in the event that there is no available part for a particular vehicle being produced, Rawlings says that Kaufman simply makes it. What’s more, even if there is a part available, Kaufman often decides that he can make a better one, and so he does.