Fast N' Loud has seen massive success — and for good reason. Airing on the Discovery Channel, the reality TV show provided serious entertainment as it showcased the restoration and custom car shop Gas Monkey Garage. Behind the Dallas, Texas shop's success is the owner, Richard Rawlings. He's the man with the money and the proven business development skills. He managed to take this small Dallas, Texas shop, and grow it into a multi-million dollar company.
However, Richard wasn't the only reason the brand grew into what it is today. He also has an extremely talented crew behind him. Among those workers was former head mechanic Aaron Kaufman. He was a big fan favorite on the show and had been with the company for 14 years before deciding to go his own way. The strict deadlines and time-consuming builds are ultimately what made him decide to leave in 2017. For those wondering what the automotive celeb has been up to, let's take a look at what this fabricator has been doing in recent years.
Aaron Kaufman Life and TV Career
Kaufman was born in Crowley, Texas, on January 26, 1982. His father was a passionate automotive enthusiast, and Aaron helped his dad work on multiple projects. Aaron realized he had a gift at disassembling and reassembling vehicles when he got his first ever vehicle: a Jeep Cherokee. Originally, Kaufman pictured himself becoming a park ranger, but in the end, he decided to follow his true passion and become a talented hot rod builder.
Kaufman undoubtedly gained a ton of exposure on TV, thanks to Fast N' Loud. He grew his own fan base and became incredibly popular after showing what he was capable of. One of his more popular creations was his 1963 Ford Falcon race car. He built the car on the show and used it to race at Pikes Peak on multiple occasions. Recently, he actually ended up selling the car online for $65,000. At the Gas Monkey shop, Aaron was constantly facing tight deadlines and had to put in countless hours to keep up with demand.
Shortly after leaving the popular show, he started his own show, Shifting Gears with Aaron Kaufman. It focused on Aaron's work as the owner of Arclight Fabrication, where he manufactures parts for the Ford F-100 pickup. This show only ended up doing only one season, but it was a cool in-depth look at what this talented individual was getting into.
That wasn't the end of Aaron's television days, though, because he recently came out with another new show, called Aaron Needs a Job. In this one, he tours all around the United States and features people doing jobs that he finds extremely interesting and challenging. Most of the jobs would relate to the automotive industry in some kind of way. While another season of the show has yet to be confirmed, a renewal may potentially be in the works.
Aaron Kaufman Net Worth
Kaufman has an estimated net worth of $8 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. He's truly put in a ton of work and his decision to leave the shop seems to be rewarding him quite well. Between his work at his personal shop and the dedication to his television shows, it's easy to assume this guy always stays busy.
Checking out Aaron's Instagram, it's nice to see he's still working hard at Arclight Fabrication. Kaufman isn't done yet, so it'll be interesting to see what projects he's working on next.
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This post was originally published on June 26, 2020.
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