Be on the lookout for a new Dodge commercial featuring Richard and NHRA Top Fuel Driver, Leah Pritchett. Richard and Leah were both in the LA area this weekend and the shoot went great.
Even after 20 years competing in NHRA, Leah’s star continues to rise. Some of Leah’s accolades include being the 1st female driver to ever run a 5 second elapse time in a Nostalgia Funny Car and she set a world record in a Nitro Nostalgia Funny Car, being the first person to break the 250 MPH barrier.
Leah sat down with Gas Monkey Energy driver, Alex Laughlin earlier this year at the Summernationals in Englishtown, NJ for a two-part casual driver chat. Leah is not afraid to jump in with the crew and work on the car on any given race weekend. She’s also a natural in front of the camera and we cannot wait to see the commercial sometime in the near future.
In the 4th installment of the ‘Gas Monkey Weekly’ web series, our host Christie Brimberry spends time with Gas Monkey EnergyNHRA Pro Stock driver, Alex Laughlin.
Alex and team earned their 1stNHRA Pro Stock Wally for their win in St. Louis back in September 2016. They also discussed Alex obtaining his Top Alcohol License and running two classes at his home race in Ennis, TX. Alex also offered a sneak peek of the new look, black top, Gas Monkey Energy can.
Congrats to Kevin Super of Pittsburgh, PA – thank you for sharing via social media and being our 4th winner!
Christie had a quick chat with Tony Cano from the paint shop. Tony is an accomplished metal fabricator as well as painter and he’ll be in a lot more episodes moving forward so get to know him. And our guy, Tony Taylor managed another sneak attack cameo.
As always, be on the lookout for more ‘Gas Monkey Weekly’ episodes and your chance to win a free Gas Monkey Garage t-shirt.
On any given day, Gas Monkey Garage’s front area is jammed packed with fans from all across the US and around the world. Recently, there’s been an influx of Australian fans that have been travelling here just to see Gas Monkey Garage.
This one family in particular made a collective decision to cut one full day off of their Disney World vacation in Orlando, FL to make a special trip to Dallas, TX just to see Gas Monkey Garage. Nick Wattie, his wife Megan, and their baby daughter Hannah decided to peel off time from their family vacation to spend some time with us as well.
Mick said that car culture is alive and well in Australia and they love American Muscle, two cars in particular that are specific to Australia. According to Mick, the two biggest cars in Australian hotrod culture are the Holden HK Monaro 327 Bathurst Coupe and Ford XY GT. Mick is proud of his Holden HK Premier 4-door as well as a custom built chopper from Oklahoma.
Mick and Megan said Fast N’ Loud fans in the US should take a trip to Summernats in Canberra, AUS if they want to experience hotrod culture in Australia. It would be fantastic if Richard and the folks at the garage took the trip to the Summernats someday to spend time with great fans like the Wattie’s. Perhaps our Australian fans could convince one of the airlines that flies from Dallas to Australia to provide a plane so Richard and the Monkeys can make the trek!
A special Gas Monkey shout out to the Wattie’s and all of our fans in Australia. Keep on watching, there are some great new episodes on the way.
Names: Mick, Megan + Hannah Wattie
Hometown: Cairns, Queensland Australia
Favorite Monkeys: Richard Rawlings + Aaron Kaufman
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Richard Rawlings is at it again with his old friend, Magnus Einarsson (http://www.lonestarcars.se). Magnus dropped by the Garage to pick up the 1957 Chevy Bel Air and 1954 Buick Skylark Convertible he recently bought from Richard.
Fast N’ Loud fans will remember Magnus from the ‘Cursed Caddy’ episode from season 1 (episode #3) and the Ford Galaxie sale from season 2 episode #4.
Magnus reminisced with us about Richard’s trips to Sweden and Finland earlier this year. Not only was he instrumental in helping coordinate the two trips, he was able to secure beer for Richard while there. You see, they don’t sell Miller Lite in Scandinavia and Magnus became a proper “Beer Assistant” for both trips.
Magnus said that there were so many people heading to the venue that they had to close down the highway and the line to get Richard’s autograph was approximately 7 hours long, each day, for the Custom Car Show in Sweden. Richard’s Finland trip, a few weeks back, was pretty crazy too, said Magnus, but it was a two-day event compared to the 4-day event in Sweden.
Swedish fans, be on the look-out for these two cars, they’re heading your way.
Well, some of our fans on social media didn’t believe we’d have a t-shirt winner outside the U.S., but Ange Morris from Harrogate North Yorkshire, England helped dispel that myth right quick.
In this episode, Christie had a nice long chat with Mike Coy in the back of the ’49 Chevy about his makeshift water proof hefty bag boots, that you can’t rush paint and you can’t, as Mike said, “put too much water in a nuclear reactor”. Mike also offers insight into how many coats of paint and clear he put on the truck.
Also, be on the lookout for information on who won Havoline’s Bad to the Chrome sweepstakes and this awesome truck.
Do you know about the Cruisin’ with the Monkey Caribbean cruise? You are invited and Richard is buying drinks for EVERYONE! That’s right – book before NOVEMBER 1 on the Cruisin’ with the Monkey cruise and you’ll receive a Beverage Voucher* for you and your guest for the entire cruise! (a $630 value!)
So book before November 1 – and join the monkeys and a bunch of our friends for the most exclusive cruise available – at the best cruising time of the year! Come Get You Some of This CRUISE!
*Voucher automatically applied to guest bookings when booked before November 1, 2016. Offer only valid for 21 & older.
When Nicholas Kisley, from Schertz, TX, visited Gas Monkey Garage, he was proud to show off his Gas Monkey Garage tattoo. It’s a good thing because we think it’s super rad!
As can you see in the pictures, the tattoo takes up a rather large area on Nicholas’ left calf. A few tattoo shops had an issue with doing the work because the Gas Monkey Garage logo is trademarked, but South Paw Tattooing in Universal City, TX saw no harm in it. Since Richard invited Nicholas behind the gate to admire the piece, it’s all good with the boss.
Nicholas’ wife Crystal, who also loves Fast N’ Loud, digs the tattoo as well as all the other folks who see it. A big thank you to Nicholas and other super fans who make their love of Gas Monkey Garage a little more permanent.
Richard Rawlings loves rare and interesting cars and the 1974 VW Thing Acapulco Edition caught his eye at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2016.
What Richard loved most about this car was that it underwent a complete pan-off restoration with more than 800 hours of work. According to the description, the 4-cylinder engine was completely rebuilt and almost every piece on the car has been rebuilt or replaced. In addition, only 20 miles were put on the car since the 2009 restoration.
Richard plans on using it as a “Sunday Funday” car and a perfect way to head to the lakes around Dallas with friends and family.
If you’re up to date on this season’s Fast N’ Loud, you recently watched the guys work day and night to finish a badass ’49 Chevy in time to take it to Lone Star Throwdown. At the end of the 2-part episode, the person who bought the Truck bought it on behalf of Havoline. Havoline is giving the truck away and today is the last day to enter for a chance to win it! Not only will the winner get to call this beauty theirs, but they’ll also win a trip to Vegas to accept the truck at AAPEX. It’s a win win! Enter HERE.
*Note: This contest is hosted by and paid for by Havoline USA and Havoline Canada, so the contest is only open to US and Canada residents.