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What happened to Constance on Gotham Garage?



Being the only female member of the Gotham Garage crew in the reality-television show “Car Masters: Rust to Riches,” made Constance Nunes a celebrity almost immediately when it premiered on 14 September 2018. Fans were curious about how such a glamorous, beautiful woman ended up being an engine specialist in a male-dominated world, many questioning if she did any real work around the garage. She was aware of how most people reacted to her presence in the show, and hoped that her self-description on her Instagram account, ‘Just a glam girl wrenching in a boys world,’ would be enough of an answer.

Constance’s early life and family

Constance Nunes was born on 17 November 1989, in Los Angeles, California.

Her passion for tinkering with car engines developed when she was growing up, for two simple reasons – first was because her father, Eric Nunes, was a professional drag racer, and second, her family was into building cars, so to her, everyone was into the automotive industry, and she spent most of her childhood surrounded by people talking about cars. Constance didn’t share many details about her family, but she would often post pictures with her father on her Instagram. During one Father’s Day celebration, she mentioned that merely saying the words, ‘Happy Father’s Day,’ wasn’t enough, and further wrote, ‘You are my biggest inspiration and strength, not only in my career but also in the life to become a better person.’

At 16 years old, Constance was at the peak of her teenage rebellion phase, so instead of following the family tradition of driving a Chevy, she bought her own classic – a 1964 Ford Mustang, and called it ‘Babystang.’ She found it in another state as the type wasn’t easily accessible, and had it shipped to her father’s auto shop, Conejo Automotive Repairs/Services in Thousand Oaks, California.


Her life before Gotham Garage

Constance was a model – some would say role model first, because she became professionally involved in a garage as a mechanic. Her good looks and curvaceous body was her ticket to the modeling world. While Constance didn’t conquer the catwalk professionally, apparently because her height wasn’t that impressive, she was a print model for a few clothing brands, along with cosmetic and technological products. She also became one of those umbrella-holding Nitto Tire girls, standing in the background of fan events for race car drivers.

Constance was also involved in movie-making as a stuntwoman, in “Dodgeball” and “Bring It On.” While she had an acting part in the former, being an actress wasn’t her ultimate dream, although she admitted to having fun working on a movie set. She also had a minor part in one of National Geo Channel’s TV show, “The Numbers Game,” and then in a flurry of music videos such as Enrique Iglesia’s “I’m a Freak” featuring Pitbull; Michael Canitrot’s “Young Forever,” and Paris Hilton’s “High Off My Love” featuring Birdman.

It didn’t take long for her to be featured in commercials, with one of her biggest gigs opposite actor Christopher Walken in a KIA commercial that was shown during the 2016 Superbowl. However, it was aired before she became one of the main cast of a reality-TV show, so nobody recognized her.

However, people would take notice when an attractive woman like Constance pulled up in a Ford Mustang. Some would immediately contact the ‘phone number printed on a sticker on the back of her car, hoping that they would have a chance to hit it up with the Portuguese-descended beauty, only to find out that it was her father’s auto shop number. It was where she spent most of her spare time, tinkering with her car, while getting automotive lessons from her father and his crew. While she learned many things under their guidance over the years, she knew it wasn’t enough, so she worked under experts in the service departments of automotive giants such as Acura, Audi, BMW and Ford. She was also appointed aftermarket director, which expanded her knowledge about the automotive industry.

Constance as a reality-TV star from “Car Masters: Rust to Riches”

With her resume, Constance was offered a part in Netflix’s reality-TV show called “Car Masters: Rust to Riches.” At that time, she was already building cars for Southern California auto specialty shops such as Charlie’s Corvettes & Classics and Cars Etc. She eventually became part of the Gotham Garage’s crew headed by owner Mark Towle; other members of the crew were mechanic Michael Pyle fondly called the “Caveman,” fabricator Tony Quinones, and negotiator/deal-maker Shawn Pilot. The TV series debuted on Netflix in September 2018.

The premise of the show

Mark customized props for movie and TV sets, including cars and other machinery needed in the story. After making enough money out of it, he eventually bought Gotham Garage. The producers of the TV show “Car Masters: Rust to Riches,” chronicled the project transactions in the garage and the interactions between the crew members.


The premise of the TV series was that Gotham Garage did not simply restore and resell cars per project, but did a series of restoring, upgrading, and trading different types of vehicles. Shawn would get the vehicle that they would either restore or upgrade, and then trade it for another vehicle that was more valuable. They would repeat this process until they reached their end goal of a six-figure profit.

For instance, after they found a dilapidated 1953 Buick, they restored and upgrade it with more motor power, that make its worth $30,000. It would be traded for a Chevy Blazer with a removable top, and after it received a makeover to become a badass pickup truck, it was worth around $60,000. Shawn then traded it for a replica of the 1959 Corvette Stingray, and after it went under Gotham Garage restoration, the now upgraded car would be sold for over $100,000.

Constance, the engine specialist

From the get-go, fans of these types of reality-TV shows were highly skeptical of Constance’s skills – many eyebrows were raised when she was introduced as the crew’s engine specialist.

Nobody could be blamed for having that reaction, as she never looked like someone who would get down under the hood of a car to fix some greasy part. During the premiere episode, the TV producers made sure that viewers saw that she could handle all that by getting her clothes dirty while holding a wrench to help disassemble and reassemble car parts.

The confident way she spoke and her extensive knowledge about cars contradicted the first negative impression that the audience had of her. However, with all the work Constance supposedly said she did in that first episode, it seemed that her hands, particularly her long, manicured nails, weren’t dirty enough by garage standards. Some of the viewers continued to be curious and suspicious. The good thing though was that most of the fans couldn’t care less if she actually did the job or not. Her breathtaking presence in the garage was enough for them to appreciate her inclusion in the show, and for them to tune-in.

“Car Masters” Crew: For Real or Reel

Several accusations regarding the authenticity of “Car Masters: Rust to Riches” were thrown on social media forum discussions. It wasn’t something exclusive to the TV show, so Constance and the rest of the cast members weren’t that bothered. Allegations of being staged or scripted have been shared by all TV networks that have reality-TV shows on their programming schedule.

However, no matter how real the situations were on each episode, at some point it would be given a ‘creative touch’ to increase its production value. It’s business after all, and without the required numbers on the rating game, TV executives would never have greenlit another season. Having said that, no TV producer would admit to any deception no matter how trivial it might be, as fans have become less tolerant and developed the “cancel culture” attitude in recent years.


Gotham Garage existed before or for the show

There were claims that Mark’s shop, Gotham Garage, existed for two decades before Netflix’s producers discovered them, but their official website didn’t seem to indicate that it had a long history. Fans found it curious that for a shop to have existed that long, the crew never bragged about some unique car building or customized project stories along with photos and videos that they did in the past. People were left wondering as to why everything that was on the website was only about what Mark’s crew did on the TV show. It could be that the webmasters didn’t want a complex site, so they didn’t include all their past achievements or they just manufactured a background story for the TV show, as alleged by other reality-TV fans.

The main cast were real experts or not

When accusations of being a fake show came about, expect deeper scrutiny about the major players of “Car Masters: Rust to Riches” – Constance and Shawn were the cast members whom people doubted the most. Both of them had acting gigs in the past, and it probably undermined their other skills.

Shawn was also a professional poker player, who participated in about 70 live competitions, while Constance was listed as a model with several modeling gigs as posted in her Instagram account. Most people couldn’t reconcile how those two were able to perform their tasks as part of Gotham Garage, and still pursue other careers. The automotive restoration process might look quick and easy on TV, but in reality it would take months to finish. It was as if those two were added to the crew to give the TV show more spice, and the narrative a unique spin. Whatever the case may be, it worked for them as the show continued to release episodes even during the Covid-19 pandemic, and has just aired its third season on 4 August 2021.

Constance’s top memorable moments in “Car Masters: Rust to Riches”

Here are some of the moments where Mark relied on Constance’s skills, or gave her the lead on a car restoration project that they had:

The 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1

When one of their project cars met an accident in the second season, Mark and Shawn went on to buy a 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 from one of the automotive junkyards in Temecula, California for $8,000. They don’t usually spend that much money for a trade-up car, but it was proven to be a safe gamble as many car enthusiasts loved it, especially after they treated it to a Gotham Garage experience. Mark immediately knew that the moment Constance saw it, she would insist on working on it. She built her own Mustang from the ground up from her garage and it would be a piece of cake for her. True enough, when they brought it back to the garage, she was quite excited and said, ‘I didn’t know it’s Christmastime already.’ She was ordered to look for the biggest motor she could find for it, and she came up with one of 428 horsepower.

Finding a buyer for a Vaydor Kit Car

When the Gotham Garage needed more money to reach their six-digit payday, they managed to build The Vaydor, a body kit that could be installed on a stock car such as the Infiniti G35 coupe that was manufactured from 2003 to 2007.

Their biggest concern that time was quickly finding the person they could sell it to; Shawn then leaned on Constance to check out her Rolodex for big-time car dealers. Initially, she teased Shawn and told him that she didn’t want to bring him along as Constance felt he might embarrass her to her friends and other business associates. She introduced Shawn to her friends who were eager to help them find a buyer, and soon his field trip with Constance paid-off, and they were able to sell the Vaydor for $87,500 through her contacts, which took them closer to their profit goal.

Donating a Car to the Peterson Automotive Museum

During the second season of “Car Masters: Rust to Riches,” the crew encountered many obstacles to reach their six-figure payday goal. To top it off, they established a partnership with Peterson Automotive Museum, which was not a bad thing at all, but they were short on cash to be able to donate any car that they rebuilt.


It was a case of wrong timing, but Constance didn’t hesitate to agree with Shawn and Mark to donate to the museum the 1960 Plymouth XNR replica that they were working on. Historically, the 1960 XNR was originally just a concept car but when it was finished, it surpassed many expectations in the auto industry. At that time, Chrysler didn’t have any two-seater roadsters, as compared to GM and Ford, so they decided to build it. It was a rare find, and the Gotham Garage crew knew that they could have fetched huge money if they decided to flip it. The Caveman and Tony were initially hesitant, and even joked that they were about to go broke with honor when they discussed the donation, but eventually they were all on the same page.

Cars by Constance – Her new shop

While she’s still part of Mark’s crew at Gotham Garage, Constance recently established her own shop called Cars by Constance. She partnered with automotive brands such as Mickey Thompson Tires, Rockstar Performance Garage, Edelbrock, and VP Racing Fuels, and planned on building specialty cars from her own shop just as she did with her ‘Babystang.’ Constance will soon reveal a customized 1965 off-road Ford Mustang that she fondly called ‘Dangerstang.’ Her online site isn’t yet fully functional, but she can receive inquiries from car enthusiasts willing to spend money for a custom-made specialty car. There are no extensive car photos yet under her Cars by Constance brand, except those of her ‘Babystang.’ Her online store boasts of her sexy photos, which cost $15 to $30 each.

What is Constance doing now?

During the off-season, Constance would divide her time between building specialty cars or hot rods in her shop, modeling, and making guest appearances at various events such as premiere auto conventions, and trade shows such as the Specialty Equipment Market Association or SEMA, and Motorama. She was busier when “Car Masters: Rust to Riches” became popular, and before the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, she participated in several high-profile car races, as she’s a professional car racer just like her father. When things go back to normal after the Covid-19 vaccinations, fans could expect her to race in The Gumball Rally.

Amidst the allegations that her résumé as a car builder was manufactured by TV producers for the TV show due to her good looks, Constance continued to prove people wrong. She broke the traditional belief that glamorous women didn’t have a place in the rough and dirty world of the male-dominated automotive industry. She said, ‘your main goal is to always represent that your appearances do not have to compromise your skill.’

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The Untold Truth About Expedition Unknown



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.


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.

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.


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.

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.


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.


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.

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?



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.

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.


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.

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.


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.


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.


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 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.

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.

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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