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Posted May 18, 2012 @ 5:00 PM

New show starting June 6th on the Discovery Channel: Fast N Loud, about finding old cars and trucks all around the country, bringing them back to a shop in Dallas, and transforming them into hot rods, then selling them at auction. Promo is airing currently during other Discovery shows, and it's up on YouTube: http://youtu.be/-2MlZqB_oM4

Side note and disclaimer: This show is being filmed on my husband's property. He's an auto mechanic with 2 buildings, and the star of the show is renting the back building from him and filming there. My husband should also make a few appearances in the show, but he's not one of the main guys in it. Richard Rawlings is the "star" and has a great guy named Aaron Kaufman working for him, along with several other guys who help make the cars fast and loud.

An older article hinting about the possibility of this show and featuring some pictures of some of Aaron's work is here: http://blogs.dallaso...ay_tv_pilot.php

Edited by Gelpen, May 22, 2012 @ 12:00 PM.

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Posted May 27, 2012 @ 8:47 PM

Longer promo up here: Fast N Loud clips from first episode

They're still filming, and things seem to be going pretty well. First show is in about 10 days.
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Posted Jun 1, 2012 @ 1:06 PM

Now they have an 11-minute preview of the first episode, available here.

Show starts next Wednesday evening. They've ramped up the commercials for it, showing them more often and putting up a couple more previews on the Internet on YouTube and the Discovery site. Hope all the promo pays off and they get a big audience for the show. Seems like most of the comments on the videos have been favorable. I know Richard and Aaron are having fun with the show so far, although it's a lot of work.

Anyone checking out the previews so far? What do you think of the show?
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Posted Jun 7, 2012 @ 11:03 AM

The show premieres tonight!

My husband and I are going to watch the premiere with the cast and crew at a local restaurant. You can see my husband (briefly) near the end of this "tour" that Richard Rawlings filmed at the shop:

Gas Monkey Tour for Fast N Loud

Richard hollers at him ("Hi, Phipps! We can't hear you, but you can wave!"). The front building (the one my husband is headed towards) is our shop. The back building is where Gas Monkey Garage is located.

Aaron cracks me up. "This is the east side of the shop. This is the west side of the shop." Yeah, it's not a huge building ... but how many cars can they really work on at one time anyway?

Hopefully in some of the episodes, we'll see more of the front shop, too --- there's almost always some really cool car there, including my husband's 1951 Ford.

Did anyone else catch the show last night? We thought the first episode was pretty good -- everyone at the premiere party was real fired up about it. Richard was thrilled to see his long-time dream realized on TV.

That 1951 Ford I mentioned was visible in several scenes last night. It's one cool-looking car ... makes for a nice background (and it's tons of fun to ride in, too).

The producer said the show was getting a lot of positive feedback on Twitter last night. I hope it catches on! In the next 3 episodes, I'll get to see a bit of my husband on-screen; he wasn't in last night's show at all. That's all fine with us, but it is kind of exciting to think of seeing him on a Discovery TV show, so I was glad to hear he'll make an appearance in the next one. The next episode includes a couple of guys from Australia who came over to Texas, and my husband really enjoyed meeting those guys when they were hanging out at the shop.

Edited by Gelpen, Jun 7, 2012 @ 10:58 AM.

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Posted Jun 13, 2012 @ 11:42 PM

Tonight's episode did have "Mr Gelpen" in it, working on the Eldorado the Australians wanted fixed up. He liked the Aussies and took them for a ride in his 1951 Ford (with a Cadillac motor in it) to kill time while the Gas Monkey Garage guys were trying to finish the Eldorado up for the "unveiling." He says the Aussies really enjoyed the ride.

Also, if you watch the episode, you'll see that the tall Aussie has a scratch on his face the second day. That's because after going out drinking, he stepped off the curb in Dallas and looked the wrong direction for cars (being from Australia and all), and he got hit by a car coming up on his left while he was looking to his right. Obviously, he was okay, but that's how his face got marked up!

Here's a few photos of my husband working on the Eldorado:

Eldorado

Edited by Gelpen, Jun 13, 2012 @ 11:43 PM.

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Posted Jun 19, 2012 @ 3:42 PM

Discovery posted full episodes online today. Here's the second episode:

Link to Online Episodes

The next new episode airs tomorrow night at 10 PM Eastern. This new episode has a gasser in it.
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Posted Jul 3, 2012 @ 2:09 PM

Since tomorrow's the Fourth of July and there will be fireworks to compete with, Discovery is not showing a new episode. Instead, they will have a "marathon" of the 4 episodes that have already aired, running them all evening/night. My husband is in the "Awesome Aussies" one and the one with the gasser ("Monkey Business") in it (he worked on one of the other cars in that episode and is shown at the drag strip up in Denton, TX, the day the race was originally supposed to happen --- the gasser wasn't ready yet, so Richard borrowed a Smart Car of all things and "raced" in that instead). The single scene in which my oldest son actually had a chance to be shown on camera was cut. Bummer. Maybe he'll make it onto a future episode. They are still filming (and getting hot ... Dallas summer weather has set in, and I don't think the film crew cares for it very much) and will be there at least through the end of this month. I keep hearing rumors of more episodes being ordered, so it must be doing fairly well.

Now my husband is meeting and greeting the various people who are stopping by to see where the show is being filmed. He enjoys meeting people and talking about cars, so he doesn't mind too much. Kind of crazy that our property has become a "must see" spot for some people now! I know they're coming to see Richard & Aaron and the Gas Monkey Garage, but still, it's kind of exciting. I hope when all is said and done that our business benefits some from the extra notoriety and the traffic the show has generated.

Some people elsewhere have complained about the urgency/deadlines on the show not being real, but I know that at least with the gasser, they really did try to get that car ready for the drag strip race, because they'd set all that up in advance, and they simply couldn't get it done on time. And they have made arrangements to take various cars to different auctions, and once they commit to those, they have to get those cars ready in time, so the urgency is real (at least some of the time -- I can't speak for every instance).
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Posted Jul 21, 2012 @ 3:38 PM

During the last episode, a little blurb popped up on-screen that said Fast N' Loud would be back in the fall (I think). I kind of love this show. I'm a 37YO woman and watch it for the male eye candy (and the guys' funny interaction), but I also like watching the car restorations. I used to "help" my stepdad work on my beater cars I had when I was younger. I've told my stepdad he needs to watch FNL!
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Posted Jul 21, 2012 @ 9:38 PM

I think a lot of women are watching it for the eye candy, so you're not alone.

They are finishing up filming this coming week, so they'll have another 6 episodes ready to go soon. I'm not sure what the reason is for the break (although I think part of it may have something to do with not wanting to compete with the Olympics), but they'll definitely show the remaining 6 new episodes. I'm not sure when they will start airing again; I'm hoping they're not off for more than 3 weeks, but I haven't heard the next air date.

My husband was in the last episode briefly, working on the Cadillac because the Gas Monkey guys were tied up with the Frankenstein truck, and he got Richard's Trans Am running for him. And he's got something special being filmed for probably the last of this year's new episodes, and might get more air time in that one. But I think he's ready for it to be over; he can't get much regular work done anymore because of all the fans stopping by and all the Gas Monkey cars being moved around all over the shop. It's been fun and a thrill, but I think they are all ready for a break from it. Not to mention it's hotter than hell down here (it was 112 F in the shop the other day), so I think the crew is more than ready to leave.

The show seems to be getting pretty good ratings. Did anyone catch Richard and Aaron in the commercial for "Shark Week"? Interesting to see them thrown into that commercial along with the more well-known people like the Myth Busters.
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Posted Sep 3, 2012 @ 10:17 AM

My God in Heaven. I just came across this show and this is like porn for chicks. Richard? Lord have mercy. Even Aaron can set my world on fire. OMG.
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Posted Sep 5, 2012 @ 7:15 PM

Ha ha! Yes, LLC! That's part of the reason I watch it! Ain't nothing hotter than a tattooed rockabilly man in a classic car!!
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Posted Sep 13, 2012 @ 2:34 PM

I didn't know Richard drove in the Cannonball Run, let alone win it.

For those too young to remember the glory days of the American Automobile, picture this:

There were no camera phones, no dash cams on police cars, no red light cameras and no speed zone automated cameras. What this really meant was that if you got away with something, you got away with it for good. Not like now, where you would have the police waiting for you when you got home, photographic evidence in hand. Things were a lot more fun before there were cameras everywhere.

Does the Cannonball race sound crazy, irresponsible, and dangerous? Maybe, but the biggest accident was a spilled plate of spaghetti spilled in a motorhome. And yes, that motorhome was part of the race, and even finished (but didn't win).

If you don't know the race, google it. My whole town came out one year to watch the Car and Driver magazine car come by, hoping they would throw out some free T-shirts.

Edited by Lastkidpicked, Sep 17, 2012 @ 11:25 AM.

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Posted Sep 13, 2012 @ 4:10 PM

I grew up w/my mom driving an Oldsmobile 442--all three of us daughters piled in the back seat. Now it's sought-after for restoring. She sold it probably 25 years ago-plus to a burly, bearded man for $350 (I took the money from him b/c I was home babysitting my sisters). I'm sure he made off like a bandit on that deal. I am waiting to see one of those on FNL. They worked on a white Ford F150 just like the one my late grandfather had.

My affection for Aaron grows with each episode. He winked to the camera this week, and my stomach fluttered.

Edited by wematanye, Sep 13, 2012 @ 4:13 PM.

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Posted Sep 20, 2012 @ 9:22 PM

That's part of the reason I watch it! Ain't nothing hotter than a tattooed rockabilly man in a classic car!!

Funny that you put it that way ... Aaron took off for a couple of days when they finally got a 2-week break from filming this August, and he went up to North Carolina with a buddy. He said he was surprised by how often he was stopped/recognized, because he figured up there in the mountains, he'd blend right in!

Aaron is a very cool guy and is also very intelligent. He definitely has a gift, and he's one of those people who is smart, quirky, and talented and so into what he does that very little else matters. He's at the shop almost all the time, literally. I don't like to bother him when he's working, but when he's got a few minutes to stop and talk, he's a very interesting guy to talk to.

Richard is also an interesting guy to talk to, but he almost always seems to have his mind on more than one thing at a time and isn't as focused on what's going on right around him. I think he said on the show this week that he has ADD, which wouldn't surprise me one bit. He's got a big personality and seems to be made for this kind of show.

The show seems to have really taken off, and I know that kind of took us by surprise. None of us expected it to do that well. It's hard to imagine people you've known and worked with for a long time suddenly being "TV stars."

As for my husband, he's the quiet one they bring a "B" car to every now and then. He just does his little bit and doesn't get a lot of attention, but it's a kick to see him on TV. And an awful lot of the scenes are shot in our shop, so we get a kick out of that, too --- right up to spotting the blurred faces of our sons on the shop fridge (they blur their faces on the production end, I guess because the kids are minors).
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Posted Sep 21, 2012 @ 3:16 PM

Aaron took off for a couple of days when they finally got a 2-week break from filming this August, and he went up to North Carolina with a buddy.

I'm mad I didn't know this! I live in Charlotte! ;)

I saw your husband on the show this week, Gelpen. I've spotted him a few times, but he was on there for a few minutes this time and the show even displayed his name. Richard mentioned his "buddy, Phipps".
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Posted Oct 4, 2012 @ 11:11 AM

Its funny what makes you fall in love with a show. For me it was Aaron describing the Ford Fairmont, which is totally squared off everywhere. He said, "Its like a car a little kid would draw" and made an imaginary outline of a totally square car.

Such a perfect description.
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Posted Oct 4, 2012 @ 11:33 AM

Why would anyone at a high-end auction ever pay a premium for any item Richard is offering? He is like the worst of the flippers on HGTV. Slap some lipstick on this swine and fool the suckers!

Aaron is absolutely a great mechanic.

Where the heck are the labor costs included in the reckoning we always see? That outfit is losing $ bigtime, based on the sales data shown.

The star of this show, for me, is Sue the upholsterer. She knows full and darn well that Richard needs her waaay more than she needs him. Her shop does excellent work, too. She represents the best of America.

How much does it cost to declare a floor/minimum at these auctions? So far, Richard has lost many thousands for not insisting on such.
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Posted Oct 4, 2012 @ 1:25 PM

It's not that it costs a lot to declare a reserve, it's that you have to take the car back with you if you don't meet it, and Gas Monkey doesn't have room (or any desire) to become a car lot for cars that don't meet the reserve. (And since they're on our property, that would be taking up our space, too. No way we have room for that.)

Sue's great. She's been down the road from us for years and years and has always done outstanding work.

The show's success has translated into a near-constant stream of people showing up at the shop now to try to meet everyone and buy tee shirts. It is getting almost too crazy to handle. It's gotten to the point where we've rented out our shop (the front building you always see when they pull in) and front parking lot to Gas Monkey for 6 weeks, through the beginning of November, and we're letting my husband take it easy for the first time in years. Beyond that time frame, I think you'll see them relocate to a bigger building. They have definitely outgrown our building. Meanwhile, it's just crazy to us that all these people are coming to the shop from out of town; we were never a tourist attraction before this!

Edited by Gelpen, Oct 4, 2012 @ 2:28 PM.

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Posted Oct 4, 2012 @ 5:21 PM

Saw Phipps on the show again this week, Gelpen. :)

Do you know if the show is getting a second season? I looked over the Facebook pages for FNL and Gas Monkey and the feedback is astounding. Overwhelming amount of positive support.

ITA that Sue is another awesome part of the show. She cracks me up. Her not even blinking over finding "another" rat in a seat they brought her to reupholster was gold.

I think that perhaps part of what resonates with so many people about this show and others with a similar premise is that the recession (which is still going on, despite what some would have us believe) has forced people to learn to survive in different ways. A college degree isn't all it's cracked up to be (I can attest to that) or the ticket to success. I have so much respect for a person who has put in the time to learn how to make things work; he or she is the backbone of our society.
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Posted Oct 4, 2012 @ 5:49 PM

Do you know if the show is getting a second season?

Yes -- what they are filming right now is for the second season. They finished filming the current season around the end of July. They've been back at work filming season 2 since mid-August. :-)

Edited by Gelpen, Oct 9, 2012 @ 10:50 AM.

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Posted Oct 4, 2012 @ 7:07 PM

Yay! Thanks for the info!
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Posted Oct 8, 2012 @ 1:20 PM

I think tonight's episode is the last new episode for season 1: Holy Grail Hot Rod.

The other episodes that have aired are:

Model A Madness
Awesome Aussies & Olds
Monkey Business Dragster
Double-Trouble Galaxy
Low-Riding Lincoln
Frankensteined Ford
Amazing Impala
'48 Chevy Fleetmaster
Ramshackle Rambler
One-of-a-Kind Woodill
Fast & Furious Fairmont

Their original "order" was for 6 episodes (hence our original agreement to allow them to film for 3 months). They liked what they were seeing back in the studio, so sometime in April, I think, they got the go-ahead to do 6 more episodes. They finished filming those around the end of July (except for some extra filming they had to come back and do in mid-August). That's season 1. What they are filming now will be aired as season 2. I have no idea when those will start to air. Meanwhile, they started doing "recharged" episodes with Twitter comments on them (Richard is on Twitter now whenever an episode airs for the first time) as well as additional footage, and maybe they will do some kind of Web podcasts that include footage that wasn't in the original airing. But tonight is the last new show for awhile.

The TMZ guys cornered Richard last week when he was in Los Angeles for the day/night, and their reporter asked him how it felt to be on the #1-rated show on Discovery. That was interesting to hear. I've been kind of keeping an eye on the ratings, and it does indeed look like the show is at least leading the Discovery Channel ratings for Mondays. Surreal.

Lastkidpicked said,

For me it was Aaron describing the Ford Fairmont, which is totally squared off everywhere. He said, "Its like a car a little kid would draw" and made an imaginary outline of a totally square car.



I loved that, too.

Edited by Gelpen, Oct 9, 2012 @ 10:51 AM.

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Posted Oct 8, 2012 @ 2:30 PM

I don't watch the reruns b/c I have TiVo and they don't record (since I watch the first-run episodes), so I've missed the "recharged" bits. I just found out over the last week or so that they had extra stuff in them.

I anxiously await the next season of FNL and am sad the last ep this season is on tonight; I have really enjoyed the show thus far.

Thanks for your insider info, Gelpen! Keep us posted!
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Posted Oct 8, 2012 @ 3:10 PM

The show just made this official announcement based on a story that Entertainment Weekly put up, but there will be a 4-way biker build-off between Gas Monkey Garage, Jesse James, and the Teutuls (Senior and Junior). In fact, this is why my husband is taking it easy right now: we are renting our front building out to GMG so that Aaron can do the biker build in there, away from the "Fast N' Loud" stuff they're filming in the back shop. So now, in addition to the Pilgrim Studios crew who have been at the shop all year, there is another crew from Discovery Channel there to film the bike stuff. There is not much room left for our business to operate, so this is kind of like a mini-vacation for my husband.

The contest/reveal will be in December in Las Vegas. My husband is confident that Aaron will build an awesome bike and that he has a really good chance of winning this thing. I am, too. I've seen what Aaron can do to a bike.
Link to announcement about biker build-off

Edited by Gelpen, Oct 8, 2012 @ 3:11 PM.

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Posted Oct 8, 2012 @ 5:14 PM

That hubbub about Richard talking smack about Jesse James barely registered on my radar (but then I watched the video that was linked to the article you posted, Gelpen). I purposefully avoid tabloid "news" and television, so I heard only rumblings about it. I guess I get that the smack-talking comes with the territory, but it is dismaying.

I have less than zero respect for Jesse James, and I'd respect Richard more if he'd not incite or engage JJ in some made-up-for-drama "fight" or whatever. I don't watch "reality" shows that are made like that (Real Housewives and countless other fake reality shows that exist only for people to bitch at each other), and if FNL goes that direction, I won't be watching. Not that my opinion matters, b/c I'm one dissenting person out of however many millions that do want to watch that crap. (Admittedly, I watch Teen Mom, so the horse I'm sitting on isn't a very high one...!)

Edited by wematanye, Oct 9, 2012 @ 2:00 AM.

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Posted Oct 9, 2012 @ 10:55 AM

I'm sure the different shops will all be encouraged to say trashy things about the others; it's all part of the "drama" of the biker build-off. Whether Richard and Aaron will go along with that, I don't know. What Richard said to the TMZ reporter was very mild, in my opinion.

No hubby in last night's episode, but the guys who film the show kept a promise they made to us to show a photo of my late father-in-law (who started our shop almost 40 years ago) on the wall of the shop next to the thermometer (they were doing a shot of the thermometer to show people the temperature, since it was so hot that day). My husband REALLY wanted that picture to be shown. It was very brief, but they did show it.

The point of showing the temperature, I think, was to let viewers know hot miserable it was in the shop, because last night's episode was the first one where they really showed Richard and Aaron having a big argument about a build. They don't fight much, but when you work together that closely under those conditions (heat, short deadlines, unanticipated expenses and problems), you're bound to have to let off some steam somewhere along the way.
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Posted Oct 12, 2012 @ 1:21 PM

I don't think I fully understood Richard's and Aaron's "fight" about the car this week. Was it that Aaron insists upon doing the best job possible if he's going to do a job, but Richard doesn't want to spend the money on parts and labor (basically wants to do a quick flip)?

If that's the case, I certainly understand and side with Aaron, and am that way about my own work (graphic design). I really dislike turning out less-than-perfect work (to a client's specs) just for the sake of "having something to show". Yes, it represents the boss and it's his/her ass on the line, but it also represents me. I've been doing freelance for a while now, and have had to let go of a lot of that "ownership", since I'm no longer working for and known to be affiliated solely with someone.

It's unfortunate that they lost so much on the '32 Ford(?) but that's a risk Richard takes with every car. The show was still humorous and entertaining. I'm glad it's coming back for another season. Aaron has become my favorite over Richard. ;)
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Posted Oct 12, 2012 @ 2:58 PM

I think the fight was mainly because Richard wanted to cut his expenses and use what they had, and that didn't match Aaron's vision of the car (when Richard said something like, "You don't want to build THIS car, you want to build the car in your head," my husband said here at home, "And your point is?" because that's ALWAYS what Aaron wants to build!).

But the fight was also because it was the end of the season, this was their last project before they stopped filming the first season's episodes, and it was way over 100 degrees for the (insert however many days it was) day in a row, which means it was way over 100 in the non--air-conditioned shop ... The heat, the deadlines, the fact that they had all spent several months working horrendous hours under a lot of pressure ... all of that contributed to the fight. They have known each other for years (and most of the other guys working back there with him have known Aaron since high school), and as with any old friend, sometimes you blow up at each other.

They got over it and moved on (and you could see Richard got over it as soon as he got under that car and saw what Aaron was talking about). They like each other too much to stay mad at each other. I think they lost money because they went to the wrong auction with that type of car. That is the one area he still needs to improve --- matching the car to the auction crowd.

There are 3 film crews at the shop these days: one for the biker build-off, one for the work going on in the back shop for Fast n' Loud, and one that goes on the road with them when they go looking for cars or to sell a car. That's a lot of production people hanging out! This is Texas/OU weekend, and we're expecting a bunch more people to stop by in hopes of meeting the guys. We finally ordered tee shirts for our shop, because we figured we might as well try to capitalize on our "fame" as Phipps Auto, and they arrived today, just in time for the expected weekend crowd.

We are all still just floored that the show has taken off and is doing so well. When we signed that original contract, it was for 3 months of filming. That was at the end of January. None of us thought it was really going to fly. Well, Richard did, but I don't think many of the rest of us, including some of the people he'd hired to work with Aaron, really thought it would take off. They all had other jobs and businesses where they were working, and they thought this was a brief interlude in their lives. So did we. Surprise, surprise!
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Posted Nov 5, 2012 @ 4:36 PM

The bike for the Biker Build-Off is finished and looks awesome! Wait till you see it next month, when the Build-off airs (December 10th and 11th on Discovery).

Meanwhile, they are still working on episodes for season 2 of Fast N' Loud. I don't know when those will begin airing. Richard hired several new people over the past couple of months, so my husband is no longer as involved as he was with the show, but he did help out on the biker build-off, and we're hoping they will include some footage with him in it when they show that next month.

They are giving him a plane ticket to Vegas for the reveal. I am debating getting a ticket myself so I can go, too.
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Posted Nov 7, 2012 @ 12:13 AM

I guess the show is pretty popular? There are several other similar shows so it's hard to know why this one took off. Richard and Aaron have some appeal, I guess. Personally, I enjoyed seeing Richard lose big on a couple of his builds. Cocky mofo.
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