Station wagon-driver Joanna Schroeder doesn’t care about automotive repair, but is crazy about Discovery’s reality show about transforming rust bucket classic cars into one-of-a-kind works of art.
I don’t care about cars or automotive repair, but Discovery’s Fast N Loud is my favorite reality TV show ever. And my husband, who is obsessed with fixing up old cars and motorcycles agrees.
The show is about a garage in Dallas, Texas called Gas Monkey, where owner Richard Rawlings and head mechanic Aaron Kaufman (who sports an epic Biblical Beard) cruise around Texas with a flatbed trailer looking for a old cars to fix up and sell. They jump fences, dodge junkyard dogs, and in one episode where they got stranded on top of a car in the middle of a scrap yard, they slide down the side of a rusted vehicle (“Like Ducktales!” Aaron yells).
And while the transformations the old cars go through is awesome, what makes this show great are the guys. Richard is a charming, smooth-talking wheeler and dealer and Aaron is his opposite—a clever and quick-witted creative visionary with very strong opinions and awesome red Ray Bans.
The other guys in the garage fill out a cast of characters who are witty, brutally honest and talented mechanics, paint specialists and body experts. It only gets better when they work through the night on tight deadlines and start spouting delirious nonsense and spying phantom raccoons.
What’s interesting about this reality show, unlike most others, is that there is no drama other than impending deadlines, unexpected repairs, deadlines and wondering whether the guys are going to break even in the no-reserve auctions they enter.
Fast N Loud evokes the genuine charm and humor of NPR’s Car Talk combined with the stunning artistry in the transformation of heaps of junk into gorgeous, one-of-a-kind collector’s items.
Readers, what’s your favorite classic car?