Richard Rawlings (born 1969) is an American[13] entrepreneur, auto mechanic, race car driver and media personality. As the star of reality television show Fast N' Loud[13] on Discovery Channel, Rawlings earns US$50,000 per episode and has a net worth of approximately US$15 million.[7] He is also a proprietor of the Gas Monkey Garage[14] as well as both the Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill[2] and Gas Monkey Live music venues in Dallas, Texas.[16]

In 2014 and 2015, Rawlings was featured in national television commercials promoting Dodge vehicles and Dodge vehicle financing.[2]


Early years

Rawlings was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1969. As a child, he went to auto shows with his father and constructed cars, having purchased his first automobile at the age of 14. In the next six to seven years, he graduated from Eastern Hills High School[4] worked as a law enforcement officer, firefighter and paramedic. In 1999,[2] Rawlings started Lincoln Press,[2] a printing/advertising company.[20]

Gas Monkey Garage

In 2002,[5][6] Rawlings launched Gas Monkey Garage, selling Lincoln Press in 2004.[21][22][23][24] This shop created and transported automobiles for customers worldwide. Since 2012, the facility has been the focus of the Discovery Channel series Fast N' Loud.[3][20][25]

Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill

In September 2013, Rawlings started Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill in Northwest Dallas[26][27][28][29] with a second location at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport opened in March 2014.[30][31][32] Rawlings has indicated a desire to open a third Texas location outside of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area.[32][33][34]

Gas Monkey Live

In October 2014, Gas Monkey Live, a venue dedicated predominantly to live music, was opened.[35]


On 12 May 2015, Rawlings published his first autobiography entitled Fast N’ Loud: Blood, Sweat and Beers.[36]