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Chasing Classic Cars Almost Officially ENDED After This Happened

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Motor Trend Network’s “Chasing Classic Cars” has been entertaining gearheads since 2008. It was the only automotive-themed reality television show that debuted on cable TV in Discovery Channel that year, and has captured the hearts of car enthusiasts for over a decade. The show’s longevity could be attributed to the ingenuity and charm of its main star, Wayne Carini – the master car restorer had proven in almost 200 episodes that his restoration skills were second to none, and his impeccable reputation opened the doors of the most exclusive garages of popular car collectors to millions of viewers. While the show enjoyed success in the past 16 seasons, it also had some low moments that fans thought could have officially ended its run.

Wayne Carini, the master car restorer

The man behind the success of “Chasing Classic Cars,” Wayne Carini, has a lifetime of experience in building, restoring, and upgrading cars.

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Not all car-related reality-TV shows could claim that their main star has legitimate extensive knowledge and efficiency in classic car restoration. There was no need for TV producers to be creative in showing a padded résumé, just to make their main star incredibly competent in the eyes of the viewers. His experience in tinkering with cars could be traced way back to when he was in grade school, but his grooming on classic car appreciation actually started when he was nine months old.

His first car show

His parents, Rosemary and Bob Carini, told him that they brought him along to his first car show when he wasn’t even a year old. They went to Detroit with a restored Model A on a trailer, as his father was a classic car restorer. After that event, Wayne would be dragged by his parents to the annual events such as the Hershey Antique car show in Pennsylvania organized by the Antique Automobile Club of America.

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Wayne said that he didn’t have any choice, since it was his father’s profession, and since Bob was so into the Hershey annual event, their whole year was focused on restoring around two to three cars that they would take there.

Trained by his father, Bob Carini, co-founder of Model A Restorers Car Club of America

Wayne said that he was lucky that his father made sure he had first-hand experience on the ins and outs of the car restoration business, and not just in theory. For instance, back then, he assisted his father as they plotted all the locations of the Ford dealers around an area that they would be visiting, so that they could acquire all the parts that the stores were willing to let go. They did things differently in the 1950s, as most of the dealers just stored brand new parts of a Ford Model A somewhere in the attic or a barnyard, as most of them thought that they were now junk, and eventually forgot about them. When they hit those stores and asked if they still had those parts, the owners were willing to sell them at a very cheap price, as they didn’t know what to do with them. His father was able to sell them for 10 times their original cost, whatever he paid.

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While he was raised in a comfortable lifestyle, Wayne’s father was keen on teaching him the value of hard work when he was in his teens. Instead of playing with friends, he would spend around three to four hours in his father’s auto shop after school, to help clean and sand parts along with watching the mechanics and technicians while they worked.

How he chased cars back then

Wayne learned from the best, and his father’s system in chasing classic cars was, in his eyes, just perfect. Back then, there were no online sites, no social media apps, and no mobile ‘phones to make things easier. It was pure hard work, buying past issues of automotive-related magazines and broadsheets such as Hemmings Motor News and The New York Times respectively. His days would be spent diligently scouring all news or ads on anything about classic cars, and moving on to the right moment to get a bargain price. Most of his life revolved around going to car shows, chasing parts, chasing cars, and then doing the work on classic vehicles.

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How did “Chasing Classic Cars” start?

Wayne Carini’s road to stardom wasn’t accidental, unlike most reality-TV stars. When Jim Astrausky, an executive from the production company Essex TV was looking for any automotive-related content that they could present to Discovery Channel, he came upon a July 2006 article about a certain master car restorer from the rural part of Connecticut. Wayne had been featured in the New York Times Sunday edition, covering his fixation on chasing a vintage Hudson Italia. Something about Wayne appealed to Jim and he immediately contacted the restorer.

Wayne was then featured in two of Discovery Channel’s car-related documentaries, “Monterey Week”, and “The World’s Most Expensive Cars.” He was such an authority on classic car restorations, that he was able to give the producers a peek into the world of prestigious car shows and extraordinary car collections. His collaboration was well-appreciated by car enthusiasts, and so it gave Essex TV an idea that Wayne could be the ideal main star of a new automotive reality-TV show they were creating at that time.

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He didn’t immediately say yes to the proposal, because he didn’t have any idea of what doing a weekly show entailed, as he wasn’t an actor or equipped to be an effective host. Jim assured Wayne that he didn’t expect him to follow any script, as they wanted the TV show to be as natural as possible.

The premise of the TV series was that they would just follow Wayne in hunting for a classic car, as it was what he normally did in a regular working day, and then in the restoration process with his lead mechanic, Roger Barr, as well as in how he flipped it when it was finished to earn a profit. When it was presented to him that way, he inked a TV deal with them, and “Chasing Classic Cars” made its television debut on 3 June 2008 on Discovery Channel’s Velocity, which was later on rebranded as Motor Trend Network.

Top car restoration moments in “Chasing Classic Cars”

Success didn’t come easy for the TV show, as it took years to get the high TV ratings that they aimed for.

While it wasn’t an instant hit, the slow climb ensured them the longevity that other shows were not able to achieve. They gained loyal viewers over the years, and the appreciation level from these fans increased that by the time social media became common in 2012, an online community of gearheads was constantly talking about them. Here are two examples of how he earned significant profit in “Chasing Classic Cars”:

Herb Chambers long-lost Ferrari Daytona Spyder

Wayne called up his billionaire friend Herb Chambers after he saw a few Polaroids of a 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder, and compared the chassis number with the paperwork from his database he had of Herb’s long-lost Ferrari – it was a match. He knew Herb would be ecstatic as he found that his first Ferrari had been sitting in a garage for the past 30 years, and was up for sale.  They both went to the garage to take a look, and Wayne knew that his friend was hooked the moment they saw the car and its condition.

He still did his work as it was the reason he was there, inspecting it thoroughly, and eventually agreeing to buy it for $1 million. It took Wayne over a year to restore it, as he didn’t want to take any shortcuts, but he never revealed how much he charged his friend for it; fans believed it was quite hefty. The Herb Chambers episode was aired during the first season of the show.

A rare find, a 1921 unrestored Stutz Series K Bearcat

The master car restorer was extremely excited when he learned that there was a rare 1921 unrestored Stutz Series K Bearcat in a Georgia barn, and immediately had it brought to his auto shop for the price of $30.000. To efficiently restore it to its pristine condition, he consulted with Evan Ide, a known Stutz expert. They were able to have it ready for the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and even won an award back then. He flipped it for $600,000 at a Bonhams auction.

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Incidents that could have officially ended “Chasing Classic Cars”

After the end of every season of “Chasing Classic Cars,” loyal fans experienced a few months of apprehension as they wondered whether it would be back the following year, most especially if there wasn’t any official announcement of the date of its new season premiere. It took time for some network executives to decide, as they still had to make an assessment as to whether a show would be renewed or not; there were times when fans were left grief-stricken as they were kept in the dark as to why their favorite TV show was canceled. Not all TV executives would offer an official explanation as they probably didn’t want to be the bearer of bad news, or they wanted to spare the main cast from the embarrassment of going through the details as to why they decided to end it.

However, most of the time TV fans turned into sleuth hounds, and would investigate the story behind any issue, whether rumored or legitimate, that a TV show encountered to warrant a cancelation. “Chasing Classic Cars” was no different from any of them as cancelation rumors would often surface online. Following are some of the reasons given.

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The abrupt disappearance of lead mechanic Roger Barr

Fans loved the chemistry between Wayne and his lead mechanic Roger Barr. They met when Wayne was 10 years old, at a time his father and Roger would support each other’s businesses by referring clients to each other’s shops. All those who had mechanical problems with foreign cars went to Roger’s shop, and those who needed bodywork on their cars went to Bob’s shop. The two had mutual respect, even if they weren’t exactly close friends. Wayne was aware of Roger’s skills, and hired him even though the mechanic was already 65 years old.

When “Chasing Classic Cars” started filming, Roger was automatically included in the package since he was working at Wayne’s shop. The premise of the show was to follow Wayne’s transactions as a car restorer, and Roger would always be consulted on each car project that was tackled in every episode, until one day when he was never seen on the show again. Fans were quite puzzled as to what happened to him, since there was never any indication of trouble in the last few episodes he had appeared in.

Initially, many thought that Roger had medical issues, and so could no longer perform his duties. It was rumored that he suffered an infection acquired while working in the shop. It was the most plausible explanation, and the fans believed it.

However, it seemed that having health issues wasn’t the only reason why Roger left the show. He cleared many misconceptions surrounding him on a Facebook page that his wife and son managed. Basically, he posted an explanation that gave a clear indication of what had happened: ‘I have not retired. I kept asking to come back to work and was told no work.’ Also, ‘In the mail, I received a notice that I was involuntarily terminated.’  -no one from the TV show personally informed him that he was fired. People were shocked that the producers were so incredibly insensitive, to think that he had been part of “Chasing Classic Cars” since its first season.

He further revealed that he was never paid any appearance fee in the show, but only received a regular salary from being Wayne’s employee.

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Fans were extremely appalled by it, knowing that the show might not have been successful at the start, but at some point it became a huge hit for Discovery Channel. He also cleared some of the misconceptions that were thrown online about his accumulated net worth, saying it came from someone’s imagination to so misinform the viewers. He didn’t have a net worth of $1.3 million, and needed to work hard to make ends meet. The GoFundMe page organized by a fan became not only his lifesaver, but also a home saver.

Some fans were quite upset about the whole episode, and left comments supporting him on his social media accounts. It could have presented a huge problem for the TV show, as negative comments about any topic could easily be spread these days due to the popularity of social media. However, Roger was not a vengeful person, and didn’t want to dwell on the past. He was not the type to hold a grudge against anyone, but he’d like to have the power tools that he left in Wayne’s auto shop returned. He believed that he might need a lawyer’s assistance to acquire them, so everything would be settled without a hitch.

Fewer episodes aired in a season

The first four seasons of “Chasing Classic Cars” had 13 episodes, and although it increased up to 26 episodes in the seasons that followed, there were some with only 10 episodes or less after that. Each time the number of episodes decreased for a season, fans would automatically wonder if something went wrong, and started dread the possibility of a cancelation. The fewest episodes (only four) that were shown in a season were at the time when Roger Barr was no longer part of the series, but it could also be due to the movement restrictions and quarantine regulations because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Low TV viewership ratings

People often forget that companies in the entertainment industry only survive if they’re doing well financially. The fastest way for a TV show to be canceled was for financial reasons.

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To arrive at that unfortunate decision, network executives would have seen a constant drop in its viewership ratings and it would mean low subscription revenue or advertising profit. “Chasing Classic Cars” was lucky in the sense that its network executives let it slide when it wasn’t an instant hit. Other new shows were axed after a season of two of low TV ratings. Fans never realized that it took Wayne and the TV show years before it reach a 58%-TV rating on its specific timeslot.

The Essex production company had a deal of a lifetime with Wayne Carini when the TV show started. There were reports back then that Wayne’s initial contract with the network indicated that he wouldn’t receive any compensation for hosting the show, as the exposure of his brand would be beneficial enough to bring huge profits to his businesses; this lessened the production cost immensely. It wasn’t clear whether his contract changed when the TV show became successful, but as a result, the TV show lasted longer than the other car-themed reality-TV series except for “Wheelers Dealers.” The ratings might sometimes dip into uncomfortable numbers but they always bounced back. It has become one of the flagship shows in the Motor Trend network.

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The Untold Truth About Expedition Unknown

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Although stories about previously unknown, ancient treasures and unveiled mysteries are usually seen as fictional fantasies, those same topics are exactly what makes “Expedition Unknown” so endearing. While the show takes us to the most fantastic and historically meaningful places around the world, what has really been keeping us engrossed with it for years it’s discovering the biggest secrets history has in store for us, which wouldn’t otherwise be possible.

“Expedition Unknown”s premise is very unique and so are the show’s settings, format and approach to topics. However, knowing how well produced and planned it is, it makes us wonder about things we aren’t able to see on-screen.

For this we have prepared a list of the less known facts about the show, including interesting bits about its host Josh Gates, his crew and what they’ve discovered so far. This is the unknown truth about “Expedition Unknown“.

Josh Has An Impressive Career

Just in case you have missed it, Josh Gates has an impressive career both in and outside the entertainment industry. A native of Massachusetts and born into a British-American family, Josh graduated from Tufts University with a degree in Archeology and Drama.

Although the fields are an uncommon combination, his professional background has allowed him to incorporate both. His debut on TV happened back in 2002, when he made short appearances in the ESPN’s game show “Beg, Borrow & Deal” and other TV productions. His big time finally came in 2007 with “Ghost Hunters” and “Destination Truth”, which became Syfy’s most watched show for a while.

While his career as an actor is less well-known, it’s not non-existent either, having played roles in low-budget movies such as “Party Foul” in 2003, and “Hard Cell” in 2007.

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Josh has also been involved with the production of many of the series he’s hosted, including “Stranded” and “Legendary Locations”.

Though Josh’s background as an archaeologist has allowed him to develop the proper experience to be his show’s investigator, his involvement with paranormal-related and myth-hunter shows make him a very multi-faceted TV personality as well.

Filming Takes A Long Time

As expected, when it comes to a show so well planned and shot on location like “Expedition Unknown” is, filming could take unexpectedly long periods of hard work.

As it happens, in “Expedition Unknown” we’re used to seeing Josh and his experts travel around the world. Though that would be genuinely enjoyable for almost everyone, transporting the camera crew and production staff to those places usually takes weeks or even months of preparation, besides the normal time filming takes.

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All in all, it’s said that to produce every season of “Expedition Unknown”, the crew take 200 days a year, out of which hundreds of hours are spent in airplanes and other transport, as Josh affirms.

The Most Dangerous Place

For those who are used to seeing Josh Gates shenanigans in the show, it’s hard to think of naming only one place as the most life-endangering.

However, Josh’s closest call was definitely in Myanmar. It happened back in 2015, when he and his crew were filming the episode “Curse Of The Golden Bell” in the search for an ancient and lost artifact which took him to the depths of the Yangon River. While Josh is a professional scuba diver, he didn’t consider the difficulties that entailed swimming in such muddy waters.

The lack of visibility caused by the heavy pollution and strong currents made his mission to find King Dhammazedi’s Great Bell impossible.

As he affirms, diving there was like ‘working with a blindfold on, feeling around underwater’ and despite his initial enthusiasm, the conditions were not only just too dangerous, but actually the worst he’d ever experienced.

All in all, desisting from it was a good idea, especially considering how many people have actually died in the Yangon River while looking for the Great Bell.

Unexpected News While Filming

It’s nothing out of the normal for TV casts to be in contact with their families while filming, especially for shows like “Expedition Unknown”, in which the crews have to spend long periods traveling and away from their loved ones.

As it comes, Josh Gates was given one of the best news items of his life while filming the show. It was back in season two, when Josh and his crew were in Portugal filming the episode “Secrets of Christopher Columbus”, as he was phoned by his wife to tell him they were having a baby.

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The exact moment in which an overly excited and emotional Josh informs people around him that he was going to become a dad for the first time, was filmed and included in the episode.

Later in season four, again while on the road with the “Expedition Unknown”s crew, Josh was informed that he was going to become a father for a second time; he wasn’t filmed, we can clearly imagine his reaction.

Humor Doesn’t Always Go As It Should

Despite being an investigation-centered show, “Expedition Unknown” always has a little touch of humor to make everything lighter.

However, despite how entertaining and light-hearted Josh Gates’ jokes are to us, he affirms that being funny isn’t his strongest skill. According to him, his attempt at humor ‘falls flat all the time’, but it’s admittedly his way of not only keeping the audience’s attention, but to make the work environment easier to endure during situations hard to deal with.

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Despite the extensive planning the show’s staff does, things in “Expedition Unknown” don’t always go as they should while filming, so joking and trying to lift everyone’s spirits on set is considered important in Josh’s perspective. That positive approach is probably appreciated by his fellow co-workers, and the audience surely enjoys seeing  and hearing it.

Food Is Not Always Safe To Consume

For a show such as “Expedition Unknown”, unexpected problems related to environmental factors occur quite often. As is obvious, the crew usually deals with problems just fine, but there are times in which things get so out of hand that it could endanger the cast’s wellbeing.

The latter situation happened during the fourth season, when the crew was in Ecuador filming “Hunt for the Metal Library”, and had to spend a long time enclosed in a cave. While the crew was prepared beforehand to successfully face the conditions of said environment, having to eat in a place where there were many animals had its consequences.

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This resulted in three members of the show’s crew falling sick for consuming bat’s excrement that somehow had fallen on their food. While their health’s condition didn’t worsen and their sickness was actually not as serious as it sounds, it’s enough to give us an idea of how far the show goes to keep the cameras rolling.

Josh Married A Co-Star

As should be obvious, Josh Gates’ work schedule has been very hectic since he made his TV debut. Knowing he spends a significant part of his life on set, it’s understandable that he ended up meeting his significant other half there as well.

As it happened, Josh and his then wife-to-be Hallie Gnatovich met on the set of his formerly-hosted show “Destination Truth”, for which she worked as an off-camera researcher. Though details about their relationship are unknown, in 2014 they tied the knot, and have since welcomed two children together.

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Despite Josh’s celebrity status, he and Hallie have carefully kept their children’s privacy, by not revealing their names or faces to the public. Regardless of their choice maintaining their private, their relationship always looked blissful from the outside, that is until Hallie announced in August 2021 that she and Josh had been separated for ‘a year and half’. In her words, their divorce had been officialized just a couple of months before, and both of them were still trying to figure out their shared parenthood and separate lives.

Josh Gates Famous Necklace

One never gets surprised enough when it comes to celebrities and things their fans do for them. Although Josh Gates’ personality is pretty much on the humble and chill side, some of the weirdest aspects of being famous is the fact that his necklace, which he usually wears in the show, has become quite popular as well.

If you don’t believe us, you only have to look up “Josh Gates Necklace” on Facebook, and see it for yourself. As it turns out, the page is very active and usually updates “Expedition Unknown” fans on Josh’s shenanigans.

While the aforementioned accessory has been described as ‘not magical’ by Josh, seeing that its page has over 3,000 fans and keeps growing, it makes us question if his words are actually untrue.

How Topics Are Selected

Seeing that “Expedition Unknown”s main premise is that of pursuing and unveiling ancient mysteries, it’s only expected that a lot of research takes place prior to letting its crew adventure into often unknown territory.

There are certain aspects which play a big role while choosing what and where the show’s crew is going to explore. While every myth could be interesting enough to be considered, what catches the show’s research team’s attention is if the stories indeed have substance, or as Josh describes it, if they have ‘meat on the bone’.

With the help of international archaeologists and experts in other fields, Josh and his crew follow the leads that actually lead to something instead of simply being completely unproven.

Besides the obvious pre-research that they go through, logistics and resources are factors not to be left aside. However, according to Josh, he and the show’s crew go on their adventures without knowing a great deal about what is going to happen in the end, which obviously makes the whole deal more interesting for both them and the audience.

What Josh Has To Say About William Shatner

Throughout the years, “Expedition Unknown” has surely given us many memorable moments. Out of those, one of the most interesting was shown in the series’ spin-off, “Shark Trek”, featuring William Shatner.

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Of course, this sort of tribute to “Star Trek” was unexpected considering the show’s usual concept. Despite that, the challenges encountered by Josh Gates’ crew along the way turned out as an extraordinary experience for everyone.

However, if there’s something that stuck in our heads it was how easily William adapted to the show. It wasn’t only us who noticed it though, as Josh admitted himself that besides being an amazing co-star, William’s genuine interest made everything more enjoyable.

According to Josh, what made William’s a memorable partner was definitely his willingness to ‘tackle and understand’ his fear, in order to ultimately conquer it. Those are qualities which surely an expedition expert such as Josh appreciates a lot, and will make us remember the special show with a smile for a long time.

The Reason They Went On Exploring Sharks

As entertaining as “Expedition Unknown: Shark Trek’ was, at first many people were surprised to find that the series would continue exploring sharks, which was an admittedly unusual topic for a series mostly focused on uncovering other types of mysteries.

While the reaction is understandable, there were actually good reasons for this objective. As Josh explained, more than just going on a trip looking for sharks, his main focus was to explore human’s fearful attitude towards the unknown. In his words, the common fear towards these animals is partially caused by the media’s influence, films such as “Jaws”, and prejudices based on their appearance. However, by examining these sea creatures, Josh wanted to not only understand them, but to debunk the many misconceptions surrounding the species.

Needless to say, Josh’s intentions with the show are well appreciated by the audience, and surely by environmentalists as well.

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The Reason It Has Many Spin-Offs

“Expedition Unknown” has spawned several spin-off mini-series over the years, including titles such as “Hunt For The Yeti” and “Egypt Live”, which makes us feel happy to see it becoming a successful franchise.

However, while these aforementioned series were meant to show specific expeditions made by the crew in a deeper way, for the last couple of years, long-running spin-offs “Josh Gates Tonight” and “Expedition X” have also been released.

The reasoning behind creating these series in this new format, is a matter of adapting to the several regulations related to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has made it difficult to produce “Expedition Unknown” in the same way we were used to.

Traveling and filming is also a big concern for the show’s production team for the same reason, but they’ve at least continued to produce content for the franchise until the situation improves. That’s a relief for fans, who still wait for “Expedition Unknown”s return to TV screens as it was previously.

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What happened to Christie Brimberry from Gas Monkey Garage?

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For a time, fans of the reality-television series called “Fast N’Loud” were worried that one of its stars, Christie Brimberry, wouldn’t appear again in their favorite automotive restoration TV show. Due to health issues, she couldn’t perform her duties as the office manager of Richard Rawling’s Gas Monkey Garage, which was the focal point of the reality-TV series. She took a break from managing the business in 2016 to focus on getting healthy, with the blessing of everyone in the shop. Loyal fans were relieved when she was seen again in the 15th season of one of the most-watched car shows on Discovery Channel.

Christie’s Early Life and Family

Not much information about her family and early life was revealed to the public. All that was known about her was that she was born on 25 March 1972, in Dallas, Texas, because Christie was very careful about what she shared in her social media accounts and during interviews.

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On her social media pages, she was proud to post that she had a good relationship with her parents, most especially her mother who passed away in 2015. She also shared some rare photos with her sister, and said that she was her ‘ride or die until the tires fall off’.

Christie has been married for many years to Darren Brimberry, a professional hairstylist with a hair salon in Dallas. She has six children, and some featured in her Instagram account, although some fans wondered why she has children of Afro-American descent. A fan complimented her for adopting them, but another said that she didn’t adopt any of them, but without offering any other information; much speculation formed but she never addressed the isue. Some of her children have graduated from college, and some are already married. When she posted a tribute to her mother during Mother’s Day in 2020, she mentioned that her old lady was about to be a great-grandmother soon.

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From Gas Monkey Garage to “Fast N’Loud” reality-TV

The Gas Monkey Garage is a Dallas-based custom auto shop founded by Richard Rawlings. After seeing automotive shows on TV, he realized that there was a chunk of the untapped market that those TV shows hadn’t taken advantage of – he noticed that his wife and kids wouldn’t stay and watch an auto show with him. The businessman in him knew that he needed to have a garage first to get to that point of creating a TV show. It was like hitting two birds with one stone, since his passion was automotive restoration and customization, so he sold his printing and advertising business to open up a garage in Dallas. Christie was hired through her husband, Darren, who was Richard’s hairstylist.

For many years, he had been pitching the TV show concept to Discovery Channel, until the cable executives eventually accepted the idea and “Fast N’Loud,” was born.

Unlike other automotive shows on TV with overwhelming machismo, Richard toned it down and made it appealing to women and kids without turning off the male viewers. The premise of the TV series was that he would look for worn-down classic or vintage cars all over the country, and purchase them for his team to restore them at the garage. After the fabrication and restoration process, Richard would sell the vehicle at a higher price, creating a significant profit for the business.

All through this, Christie was responsible for assisting Richard in dealing with all the chaos and drama involving the various people in the team – even shouting at her boss – to make sure everyone stayed on course so that they could meet the deadline. The first episode aired in June 2012 and the final episode in June 2020, all in all 155 episodes over the course of 16 seasons, produced by Pilgrim Studios for Discovery Channel.

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Meet Christie’s Co-Workers at Gas Monkey Garage

It might be Richard Rawlings who owned the garage, but it was his team of experienced professionals who were responsible for the actual restoration and customization of each car. He had the final say on the overall plan, such as choosing the car to be restored, the schedule, and approval of the budget for the proposed project, while Richard’s sister, Daphne Kaminski, worked as the Head of Operations.

The main mechanic and chief fabricator, Aaron Kaufman, was there almost from the start until he left the garage to open up his own fabrication shop in 2018, and subsequently starred in his own TV show also aired on Discovery Channel. He was with Richard for 14 years, but they maintained a friendship afterwards, as Richard respected him not only as a fabricator but also as a person. Christie even promoted and congratulated Aaron when he finally launched his own online shop.

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The rest of the team was comprised of Tony Cano, Mike Coy, and Kennan Hons (Paint and Body Tech Team), Chad Isbell (Automotive Parts Expert), Russell Holmes (Mechanic), J. Cheatham and J. Freeman (Fabricators), Jon Rodriguez (Wiring Expert), and Jason Aker (Firebird expert),

The Real Reason Why Christie Left Gas Monkey Garage in 2016

Ignoring potential health problems was one of the reasons why Christie had to leave Gas Monkey Garage abruptly and indefinitely. It was revealed that back in October 2016, she went through life-threatening surgery to remove a cancerous lymph node from her thyroid. Initially, she didn’t want to share her experience with the public, as she was a very private person. However, she eventually thought it best to educate people about the importance of getting a medical examination when one’s body didn’t feel right.

Apparently, before August 2016 ended, she felt something like a small knot in her throat, but ignored it, thinking that it just had something to do with her Hashimoto condition, a disease that attacks the thyroid and creates nodules in the throat. When it became annoying and felt like having a finger shoved down her throat, Christie had it examined; she had an ultrasound, and when the doctor saw the size of the nodule, a biopsy followed. Somehow she knew deep inside that it could be something worse and dangerous, and 12 days later, her suspicions were confirmed. She had thyroid cancer and the only good thing about it was the doctor saying that it had only affected one lymph node, but it had to be treated right away because it was aggressive.

Christie was assured by her doctor that it would be an easy surgery, that the removal of the thyroid and the cancerous lymph node was done in one day, however, when they operated on her, it was discovered that cancer had spread and a cluster of lymph nodes was removed.

The doctor also had to remove a part of her trachea because it was affected as well. Unfortunately, during the process of removing all of it, the nerve in her voice box was cut, which resulted in her having no voice at all, and she was informed that the condition could last for about six months or so. Christie also had chemotherapy to help fully remove the cancerous cells from her body.

In November 2016, the tube that was inserted in her throat and the stitches were removed, however, the doctor identified that the left side of her voice box was still paralyzed, which made talking and swallowing difficult. Instead of the initial prognosis of six months, the doctor said it would take around eight months to a year before she regained her voice.

Christie went back for a follow-up after a month, and there was an improvement. She got her voice tone back, but she lost a lot of volume.

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She was advised to stop taking her thyroid medication so that she could receive Radioactive Iodine treatment; this created an imbalance in her thyroid hormones, that left her emotionally drained, such that she would cry often, and had little control over her emotions. Being on a low iodine diet, which meant no bread, no dairy and no commercially processed food, made it even more unbearable.

However, after a year of non-stop treatment and a disciplined lifestyle, Christie was declared cancer-free by her doctor in December 2017. She posted on her official Facebook page, ‘I went through the last of my treatment last week, and had my one-year bone scan on Friday! The results came back today and I am CANCER FREE!!!’

Back on Gas Monkey Garage and “Fast N’Loud”

While Christie was never fired from Gas Monkey Garage, as Richard was very supportive of her, she wasn’t physically able to join the rest of the cast of “Fast N’Loud.”

She totally regretted that she wasn’t part of the filming of the Mannequin Challenge that Richard and the rest of the team did in December 2016, however, she made sure to be active on her social media platforms Instagram and Facebook to help promote the TV show. There was even a time when she went live while an episode was being aired, just to stay connected with the fans.

When the doctors cleared her to return to work, she was welcomed back in the garage. On 13 June 2018, Richard posted on his official Facebook page, a photo of him sitting behind his desk in his office at Gas Monkey Garage with Christie looking on while pointing out something on a ledger. It was business as usual, and he captioned it with ‘Working hard and havin’ fun’, while Christie posted the same photo with the caption, ‘I love my job.’ Fans were able to see her once again in the last two seasons of their reality-TV series.

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. Loyal fans were shocked that Richard announced during a guest appearance in the podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience,” in December 2020, that the 16th season that was aired earlier that year was the last from his team. He didn’t renew his contract with Discovery Channel, saying that it had run its course. However, he assured the fans that he had many plans for Gas Monkey Garage on other media platforms.

True enough, Gas Monkey Garage has been continuously uploading videos on their official YouTube channel, which has over 800,000 subscribers. They also created a podcast called “Monkey Trap with Richard Rawlings”, with their Facebook page having close to five million followers. Recently, the Gas Monkey Garage online merchandise shop launched Richard Rawling’s Car Sweepstakes, in which anyone who purchased $1 worth of merchandise automatically received a raffle ticket for the vehicle giveaway. For instance, a $35-trucker hat would mean 35 raffle entries into the giveaway contest.

A federal-regulated sweepstakes agency was tasked to draw the winner each time the giveaway countdown ends.

Christie Brimberry net worth and financial difficulties

According to authoritative sources, Christie has an estimated net worth of $2 million, some earned from her participation in the reality-TV series and her involvement with the Gas Monkey Garage business. This assess thatment must be true before her battle with cancer, because in some of her social media posts, she shared that she had a hard time paying for the medical bills she incurred for her cancer treatment, saying the insurance coverage that she had wasn’t large enough to cover all the expenses. To alleviate some of the expenses, she marketed events and brands through paid sponsorship on her social media accounts, and was even accused of being a sellout through the comments she received. One time, she was fed up with them that she told everyone that it was her way of surviving, and if they didn’t approve, they could unfollow.

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When “Fast N’Loud” ended its run, fans were worried that Christie lost another source of income. After a while, she announced that she’d opened up an account in OnlyFans.com. While some of her fans were apprehensive about this, the move no longer surprised them and they suspected it was to be used for a secondary source of revenue. Most of the celebrities and regular folks joined this web content subscription service, so that they could earn money from subscribers. It was one of those social media platforms that allowed content creators to receive funding from their fans for exclusive pay-per-view photos or videos. It actually created an uproar over the Internet, as most of the content offered consisted of sexually explicit videos and photos.

When Christie posted a teaser showing a photo of her wearing an unbuttoned shirt revealing her cleavage down to her tummy, the fans expected racy content from her.

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However, she clarified many rumors that went around after her OnlyFans announcement, debunking what most of the fans thought was her reason for joining, saying that it wasn’t for financial reasons because she wasn’t broke. She also said that she wasn’t getting a divorce, that the OnlyFans idea came from her husband. Christie said she was just happy and that the timing was perfect as she was in a place where she’s most comfortable with her skin. Not everyone believed her because of her previous posts about her problems with finances due to her surgery and all that came with it. For $24, a subscriber could access the 165 digital media she posted about herself for three months on her OnlyFans account, however, the controversial crowd-sourcing site announced that it would prohibit account users from uploading explicit images and videos, as of October 2021.

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Her profile on her official OnlyFans account showed ‘I used to be that girl from that show but now I’m the girl from that website! No porn, I’m not a porn star.’ However, her sexy photos in which her nipples were in full view were leaked to the public, even if there was a warning on her page that said, ‘Any images/videos re-uploaded elsewhere online will be sent a DMCA from my lawyer, and legal ramifications will be enforced.’ Some of her subscribers said it was like Christie posted for racy magazines such as Playboy or Penthouse.

“Fast N’Loud” fans were wondering if she’s still connected with Gas Monkey Garage, because based on her Instagram and Facebook accounts, she hasn’t posted anything about them in 2021. The pandemic caused by the Covid-19 virus has surely created problems for all types of businesses all over the world, and it would not be impossible at all if the auto shop undertook some reorganization of its staff and crew.

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