As you can imagine, we get almost 1,000 emails every day here at Gas Monkey Garage. Most of them are from people selling their cars and people wanting to buy one of our cars. And every now and then, we get an email like the one below from Rebecca in South Carolina. This email is the perfect example of why we do what we do. Yes, we build cars because it’s what we love doing, but we’re hoping our TV show helps inspire the younger generations to pick up a wrench and start taking something apart. Besides, they are the future Gas Monkeys.
Words can not express the gratitude I have for your men/company. I know you don’t know me personally and haven’t met me, but you have touched someone close to me and changed their outlook in life. As a mother of a 15 year old you worry about keeping them out of trouble, keeping them safe, and pray they have a bright future. That used to be my battle. My son Gregory is a good kid at heart but trouble would always find him. It didn’t help matters the he felt he came in second in comparison to his older sister. Teachers would say why can’t you be like Hannah? (sister). Gregory’s anger issues would be so bad that I feared when he walked out the door that might have been his last. I would beg and plead with him to try to control himself and his replies “I try mom but I can’t control it.” Gregory would never lash out at me, his dad or his sister, but only at school when he used to get bullied for pimples, being a little over weight, and tall for his age.
Gregory and I would spend quality time together after I got off work watching car shows. We started watching your show about a year ago. I noticed his eyes every time we watched you guys buy and restore cars. I turned to him and asked you like watching them rebuild cars? “YES, it’s awesome to know you can find a lost forgotten piece of history and restore it’s beauty”. Then it struck me.….. I found an outlet to help. A neighbor I spoke with helped me out, he approached Gregory with the task of rebuilding two 4 wheelers that had been sitting for years. Gregory accepted and from there his outlook changed. He had a mission he was responsible for. Everyday he would rush home to work on those ATVs (after homework). I noticed his grades are improving, attitude much better, and making friends. Gregory even went as far as playing nurse for his Granny when she fell ill. (doing better by the way) and bless his heart he took really good care me during my 2 back surgeries.
The point is your show sparked a hidden passion I didn’t realize my son had. Its because of you all he is more focused on staying in school, making good grades, and wanting to make a career in custom car/truck building. Gregory’s father and I decided to reward him for this 360 turn in his life and bought him his first project truck. Gregory is looking forward to getting a job and start saving money to get his truck up to car/truck show standards so he can enter his truck for the first time.
Thank you is just not enough for this happy mother in the way you have brought out this new light in my son. Thanks for making me feel better about the future of my son.
Gregory, thank you for letting us share your story. YOU ROCK!