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What happened to “Dallas Car Sharks”? Why was it cancelled?

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The “Dallas Car Sharks” reality television series was one of those automotive-themed shows that Motor Trend Network (formerly Velocity Channel) banked on, to help their network move up the ladder of the highly competitive TV ratings. It made its TV debut in 2013, and contributed to Velocity’s rise to 46th place in the male viewership demographic with ages 25 to 54, along with their other TV shows such as “What’s in the Barn” and “FantomWorks.” The network was able to get past 22 competitors including MLB Network, The Golf Channel, and NBA-TV. “Dallas Car Sharks” stayed on the air for three seasons, ending in 2015. Fans were surprised at its cancelation, but there were theories as to why the network pulled the plug, including a lawsuit filed against its production company for breach of fiduciary duty, and allegations of phony narrative.

What is “Dallas Car Sharks” all about?

When the automotive reality-TV shows became such a ratings magnet, Motor Trend Network explored many possibilities, and created more original shows focused on auto-restoration or customization.

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With many competing shows out there with the same concept, the producers of “Dallas Car Sharks” tweaked the narrative a bit, and introduced a different way of presenting its content. Instead of creating scenarios in which they had clients dropping by the auto shop to have their vehicles upgraded, they gathered four competing car dealers in the Dallas area, and let them outbid each other in the car auction circuit. Their goal was to acquire the car that they could restore or customize, and flip it later on for a huge profit. They also got bragging rights for having the biggest payday haul in the local automotive dealership/restoration community.

Meet the “Dallas Car Sharks” cast

The four competing car dealers along with the auctioneer made up the main cast of characters in the TV show. All of them were quite competitive, and did everything they could just to get the vehicle that they wanted during the auction.

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Tommy Spagnola, Texas Motorcars

His expertise in spotting which vehicles could be fixed and flipped, and then bidding on them in an auction house, was what made Texas Motorcars one of the top used car dealerships based in Addison, Texas. Tommy Spagnola built the business from the ground up from 16-years-old, and since then, has been providing affordable cars around the area. Customers were pretty impressed by the overall look of his facility, with all his hot rods displayed in the garage along with vintage neon markers on the walls. His business ethics was second to none, and he gained the respect of the automotive community. Most of his spare time was devoted to fishing with his family aboard his yacht in the Bahamas, or spent on the dirt track.

Ash Rabah, Tampa Bay Motor Works Inc.

The owner of Tampa Bay Motor Works Inc. was originally from Chicago, where he finished a degree in Bio-Chemistry; Ash’s success as a student was so much celebrated that his college thesis can be found in the Journal of Chemistry.

After college, he became the youngest Mobil Oil independent dealer, and then he moved to Florida in 2005, to open his first used car dealership in Tampa. After six years, he expanded his business by establishing his second branch in Dallas, Texas.

Martha Davis, MSM Automotive Sales and Service

In an industry dominated by men for years, Martha Davis dared to break into its world, equipped with the knowledge she learned while growing up, from looking at her father’s work. He was a reputable car dealer around Dallas, and she tried to replicate that by staying true to her mantra, ‘Your word is your bond.’ Her brother also provided her with tips on buying and selling used cars.

JD Cole, MSM Automotive Sales and Service

JD Cole was a third-generation car dealer, as his mother, Martha Davis, along with his grandfather provided him the necessary knowledge on how to go about the automotive industry. While he started in the business alongside his mother, Martha knew when to cut the strings so her son could thrive on his own.

While he would butt heads with his mother now and then, respect and love were evident between the two. They might share the same garage space for practical reasons, but they have separate business entities.

Andy Dunning, The auctioneer

Since the series featured bidding for vehicles, Andy Dunning played the crucial role of auctioneer. Each episode started with the car dealers trying to outbid one another, with Andy making sure that they would all feel the competitive spirit. He would spit out witty commentary, and even pit them against each other just to get a higher price. More often than not, the dealers were triggered by his antics, and bid higher than they originally planned, because it turned into a pissing contest instead of focusing on the potential of the vehicles that were on the auction block.

The premise and the first episode of “Dallas Car Sharks”

“Dallas Car Sharks” gave a different spin on auto customization, and regular folks could easily relate to it. Instead of looking at dream cars with expensive spare parts, the show focused more on affordable cars, and was probably the reason why it gained a loyal following.

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The first episode was aired on 23 July 2013 on Motor Trend Channel, and ran for about 30 minutes.

From the get-go, it was quite obvious that those four car dealers knew so much about one another, as each of them planned their bidding strategies before going to the auction house. Everyone was aware of what the others would be itching to get from the auction block. Ash wasn’t really interested in any of the vehicles that were being auctioned that day – he only went there to provoke the other bidders most especially Tommy, whom he was quite sure would go for the big monstrous truck. JD knew that his mother was hell-bent on getting the Thunderbird, so he made the bidding competitive. Tommy, at $25,000, and Martha, at $4,800, paid more than they intended to, just to get their hands on them. JD spent about $4,500 for the Camaro that he took home.

It was plain to see that all of them were quite focused on how to make easy bucks, by fixing the vehicles in the swiftest possible time, without really prioritizing high quality, although it didn’t mean that they were repaired with sub-standard skills.

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Unlike other automotive restoration shops, in which they meticulously looked for the best possible option to be used in restoring the vehicle, the goal in “Dallas Car Sharks” was just to make the car look presentable enough to lure buyers, and make it run smoothly so that car enthusiasts with smaller budgets could afford to buy them.

Before the episode ended, Martha sold the restored Thunderbird for $8,500 and earned close to $3,000 after subtracting the expenses she spent on it. JD sold the newly painted Camaro for almost $9,000 and earned a profit of $2,500. Lastly, Tommy earned the highest profit with $8,000 that episode, by flipping the pick-up truck for $35,000. Since it was only a 30-minute show, everything was fast-paced, from the bidding process to the fixing of the vehicles. The actual flipping of the cars wasn’t shown, but was only narrated to give the viewers a picture of how much they earned from their restoration projects.

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Interesting facts and rumors about “Dallas Car Sharks”

With a plethora of car-related reality-TV shows airing on both mainstream and cable channels, it was a pleasant surprise for people in the Motor Trend network that “Dallas Car Sharks” attracted a huge chunk of viewers in its first season. They ordered two more seasons from AMS Studios, and in those three seasons, lots of controversial issues surfaced online about the TV show. Here are just some of the most-talked-about:

Highly staged with no actual footage of flipped cars

When car enthusiasts and fans of the automotive-related TV shows talked about “Dallas Car Sharks” in the online community forums, the general consensus was that the TV show was the worst of the worst when it came to being scripted. Many said that there was totally nothing real about it. The bidding process was obviously staged, even if it was done at a legit place such as the Texas Lone Star Auction House, and the fact that they never showed the actual re-selling of the restored cars was in itself quite dubious; the audience was only told how much each of them earned at the end of the episode.

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It could be because the producers were cutting down the production cost, or were too lazy to even stage one, but the most logical reason was that the vehicles weren’t resold.

Made each car look incredibly worse to justify the bargaining price

People became highly suspicious of the way the cars were auctioned, as they looked unbelievably terrible. Most viewers thought that the production crew made it that way to create a certain narrative. While some cars may have come from barnyards or unkempt garages, in real life, owners would clean them up first so they could lure buyers to bid for them, or if those cars were owned by the auction house, it was only logical to present them properly to increase the price. The fans found it quite funny and ridiculous at the same time.

Mother and son bidding antics weren’t funny

Fans criticized the way mother and son tried outbidding each other oftentimes during the auction process. Initially, it was entertaining to see that JD loved to tease his mother but doing it many times over and having your mother spend more money than she needed to was plain stupid.

People were expecting JD to somehow protect his mother from the other bidders, instead of making it difficult for her by playing along with the other bidders.

Not focusing more on the restoration process

The premise of the show was that the car dealers would bid, fix, and then flip the vehicle for a profit. It was frustrating when a 30-minute show would spend more time showing scenes not related to auto-restoration. For instance, when JD and Ash both took home Corvettes, there were plenty of scenes dedicated to how the two raced their cars after fixing them, and then bet on them. It wasn’t as if they were professional or even amateur racers to get the audience excited. Many viewers became unhappy that they never got to see longer actual restoration footage. It was for this reason that people doubted if each of the cars that they chose to work on in the show was really in need of fixing.

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There were times viewers noticed that some parts of the car were duct taped; they couldn’t find the reason for it, and were left wondering if it was because they were hiding something from the discerning eyes of some of the car enthusiasts.

A lawsuit in the second season

Having a lawsuit filed against a TV show wasn’t a rare occurrence, as it was known to happen even before reality-TV shows became a huge thing. In the case of “Dallas Car Sharks,” its production company, AMS Pictures, received a legal complaint when they were in the middle of airing the second season. The Dallas Morning News reported that a certain Bruce Kahn claimed that he was the one who conceptualized the idea of having car dealers in Dallas bid, restore, and flip cars just like the premise of the “Dallas Car Sharks.”

Allegedly, he talked to the executives of AMS Pictures and pitched the concept in 2011. He even pointed out certain local car dealers in the area who would be perfect as members of the regular cast.

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Mr. Kahn also claimed that he had only pitched his concept because the AMS official verbally agreed that he could co-produce it, and enter into a profit-sharing scheme. He was even the one who came up with the possible TV show title, “Car Sharks.” Later on, he was told that AMS Pictures didn’t want him to co-produce and that they were not amenable to any profit-sharing scheme. He told them that it was okay, and that he would just pitch his concept to another production company. However, he was shocked when AMS stole his idea, produced the TV show, and even used the name he came up with. When Andy Streitfeld, CEO of AMS Studios was asked about the lawsuit, he said that he didn’t know of any Bruce Kahn and that he wasn’t aware of the allegations, but that he would comment after he talked with his lawyers.

The possible reasons why “Dallas Car Sharks” was canceled

For a TV show to be hailed as one of the few that helped the network gain a better trajectory on its viewership ratings during its debut year, it was such a surprise that the network executives chose to ax it after airing its third season.

Since the cable network never offered an explanation as to its cancelation, fans discussed online the possible theories as to why it ended.

During the end of the first season, the cast, crew, and executives associated with the TV show were ecstatic about its TV ratings, which were positively high, and so they immediately ordered another season, thinking that its popularity would continue to increase. Somewhere in the airing of the second season, many negative things happened that affected the show’s trajectory. The lawsuit that was filed against them became newsworthy, and gained momentum in social media. If Mr. Kahn’s allegations were proven, then AMS Pictures and Motor Trend would naturally pay huge money for the damages that he incurred because of it.

It also didn’t help that viewers seriously doubted the show’s integrity. Being mostly from the car enthusiasts’ community, fans were more discerning of what they watch on their screens during the second season of a show.

A new show would mostly get a pass if some of its episodes in its first season were filled with not-so-great footage, bloopers, or illogical narrative. However, during the second season, they would scrutinize each episode properly, and unfortunately, most of them found the show ridiculously scripted. They never put the blame on the main cast, as they were hired as talents and oftentimes only acted what they were instructed to do.

Most fans believed that the “Dallas Car Sharks” was only renewed for the third season because the executives thought that the show would pick up again if they tweaked it a bit, and were mindful of the issues thrown at them. However, the decline of viewership ratings continued, and they didn’t have any choice but to end it. It was the only way to stop the bleeding of expenses of production cost. If there were fewer viewers, it would mean fewer subscriptions and fewer advertisements, and that would ultimately mean less revenue, or worse, a negative profit margin.

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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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