How Discovery’s Richard Rawlings

Richard Rawlings: The 49-year-old reality TV star and international branding impresario is giving me a outing of the Gas Monkey resource, an automotive park spread across three buildings in an modern area of northwest Dallas. It’s home to his car shop, which is also the setting of the hit flip-this-hot-rod series he hosts on Discovery, Fast N’ Loud. And, of course, it accommodates a world-class collection of transportation.

Rawlings, with his steel-gray pompadour, red flannel over ebony V-neck and jeans and barbed goatee, looks like the scamp on the shoulder of every dad at a youth soccer structure. And as he shows me everywhere, the gold and silver bracelets on both wrists make themselves known. He stops at each car, because they all have a information, and that’s part of what he loves roughly cars. He shows me a low-slung, rust-covered 1952 Chevrolet Fleetline, the first car his garage built; and a hunter-green 1968 Shelby Mustang, riding high on off-road tires, meant to look like the Mustang that turned out in the 1999 remake of The Thomas Crown Affair. “I’ve turned down an unconscionable amount of money for that car,” Rawlings says.

 How Discovery’s Richard Rawlings

Richard Rawlings Net Worth

Still, even amid this premium of simple steel, rubber and glass, Rawlings’ mind wanders toward a car he doesn’t own: a Lamborghini Miura he tracked down several years ago. A man in Florida has purchased it since the early 1970s. Rawlings has tried to purchase it four times, but the man always says no. Not that that stops Rawlings from calling. He’ll check in on Christmas festivities “because everybody would be home,” he says. Usually the day before Christmas Eve, sometimes the afternoon before Yuletide. This will go on, one presumes, forever.

It’s official, Richard Rawlings is off the market! The Fast N’ Loud star proposed to girlfriend Katerina Deason in a bed of sandy rose petals at the Be Tulum resort in Quintana Roo, Mexico… and she said YES! Rawlings predicted the engagement across his social media Saturday teatime, declaring love at first sight:
“The very second I laid eyes on you I knew….. Then only seconds later I realized your unbelievable beauty and grace came from within….. Right then I decided I wanted to spend all my proponents with you… Katerina you are my everything and I promise to make the rest of our lives full of love and amusement. …You truly are my best friend and soulmate….. May God guide us through the rest of our lives as ONE….. I love you with all that I am. R”

Richard Rawlings Wife

Katerina rapidly followed suite on her own Instagram, writing, “I watched these moments happen in movies, read about them in dictionaries, but never really thought it would materialize to me. But, God and my Mom in heaven worked overtime to bless me with a beautiful, kind, loving man who has kept me smirking since our first date. I love you Richard with all my heart and I promise to live every day trying to manufacture you as happy as you have made me.”

The couple set sail for a family vacation in Mexico over the weekend, with Richard’s sister Daphne and brother-in-law Ken Kaminski in tow.
Daphne described witnessing the moment in a comment on Rawlings’ Instagram post, writing, “Love you both! Wish you all the peace of mind and love in life. And I was grateful to share the moment with both of you.”
Diesel Brothers’ stars Heavy D and The Muscle, TV personality Courtney Hanson and Street Outlaws’ Farmtruck and AZN all offered commendations to the happy couple in a flurry of celebrity blessings.

In a nail biting overtime, Austin Hill (#16) edged out runner up Sheldon Creed (#2) and secured Matt Crafton’s playoff spot this past weekend in the regular season finale for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series at Michigan International Speedway. Creed chased Hill around the two-mile, five-lap overtime, but came in a marginal .125 seconds behindhand.
Because this is Hill’s second victory of the season, two-time champion Crafton clinched another shot at a third title in the playoffs. Hill was overjoyed at his victory after recovering from a last place finish at Eldora Speedway. Hill’s No. 16 Toyota was brand new and after some fine tuning, ran nearly perfect until the finish line.

Richard Rawlings Spouse

Richard Rawlings Spouse

It’s an interesting side to see, because Richard Rawlings, if nothing else, is not a man known for patience. In the six years since Fast N’ Loud first aired, he’s turned Gas Monkey — once just the name of his auto garage — into a multimillion-dollar brand that has had its tail around pretty much everything: four restaurants and a 2,000-seat concert venue; Gas Monkey apparel and home goods and accessories; a cinnamon tequila and an energy drink; a Texas lottery game; Gas Monkey Hot Wheels cars; and partnerships with Dodge, Miller Lite, Dickies and more. He now employs more than 600 people, and even though he says he went broke two times on the wrong moves — “I could’ve gone to Harvard twice, the money I lost on cars” — it hasn’t scared him.

“That’s been the secret to Gas Monkey: Move fast,” he says. “I opened the first restaurant within a year and a half. Most people wait five years. I always move quickly, and in today’s market, no matter what you’re in, you can recover from a mistake faster than you can recover from not doing. Whether it’s getting into the liquor business or the energy drink business, or getting into bars and restaurants, just move quick. If you feel like it’s going to work, do it. If it doesn’t, get out as quick as you can.”

Rawlings moves fast because he’s always known where he was going. Some people jump from success to success, feeling it out, arranging one atop the other. For Rawlings, it was all one straight line. He came up with the concept of his brand before he even had a garage, or a show. He built Gas Monkey Garage to get on TV, and then he got on TV to get to everywhere else. It took eight years to convince Discovery that he was right. But he finally caught them on the right day.

“The guy, he knew how to use the show to get what he wanted to do,” says Craig Coffman, Discovery’s senior vice president of production and development. “He has been able to do that stronger than anybody I’ve known at Discovery.”

Of course, strategy is nothing without hustle. And Rawlings has that in abundance.

“He’s probably the most aggressive entrepreneur I’ve ever worked with,” Coffman continues. “Seriously, the guy never stops. He’s got a hundred ideas every second. I’m sitting in his office and I look up past him and there’s a billboard above the highway a mile away with his face on it. The guy’s placed the name of his company on the roof of his building so planes can see it. He’s a marketing maniac. It’s been a blur of entrepreneurial activity since I met him.”

Richard Rawlings House

When Richard was growing up in Fort Worth, Tex., Raymond Rawlings always had a car or a motorcycle lying around. “It wasn’t the nicest or the best, but it was his,” the younger Rawlings says. Ray wasn’t much of a mechanic, more of a detailer and a tinkerer. On weekends, the guys in the neighborhood would come over, mess around with whatever car Ray had at the time and drink beer in the garage.

One of those guys who came around also taught Rawlings a lesson about negotiating that he still carries with him: “I was around 13. He said, ‘Son, you could buy a $10,000 car all day long for five grand if you have it in your pocket. Always carry cash.’ ”

In May 2007, Richard Rawlings and co-pilot Dennis Collins allegedly broke the 1979 Cannonball Run time from New York City to Los Angeles of 32 hours and 51 minutes. The two bet rival Jay Riecke they could beat the time in their 2007 Bullrun entry, a black Ferrari 550, modified with extra fuel cells. The final time is 31 hours and 59 minutes. However there is much debate in the legitimacy of this time as the distance and times do not match up. It is unlikely that they actually broke the record. They were the only pair to defeat the 1975 mark by Rick Cline and Jack May in a Ferrari Dino as all other competitors did not leave and arrive at the correct locations or took alternate routes that did not follow the original Cannonball Runs of the 1970s. Even their personal heroes Dave Heinz and Dave Yarborough in their Jaguar XJ-S that set the 1979 record left from Darien, Connecticut instead of Manhattan.

Who really owns Gas Monkey Garage?

Richard Rawlings

Richard Rawlings, owner of Gas Monkey Garage and star of Discovery’s Fast N’ Loud.

Does Richard Rawlings have kids?

Then again, in the past few years, Richard Rawlings is non-stop with his business and traveling. This cannot make it easy on a relationship. The couple did not have children. According to Extra, Richard was previously married to Karen Grames for a year in the mid-1990s, ending their relationship in 1994.

How much does Richard Rawlings make a year?

Richard Rawlings is the star of the show. He is an investor, Race car driver and TV personality. Currently, Fast N’ Loud Cast Richard Rawling’s Net Worth is $15 million, bringing in a salary of $50 thousand per episode of Fast N Loud.