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What is Roger Barr from Chasing Classic Cars doing now?

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Aviation and car mechanic Roger Barr enjoyed popularity in the automobile reality-television genre when he joined the TV show, “Chasing Classic Cars.” He wasn’t the main star of the show, but his expertise and amazing personality made him a fan favorite. While he could fix almost any bugs on any type of classic car, it was the sports cars from the 1960’s and 1970’s that were his specialization. Over the years, he developed a reputation for being one of the best out there, and gained a fan base during his stay on the TV show. Most of his fans wondered why he wasn’t seen again on it after appearing for the past 14 seasons.

Roger’s life before Chasing Classic Cars

Early Life and Education

Roger Barr is an American, born on 16 February 1936, in New Dorp, Staten Island, New York.  It was there as a young kid that he started his love affair with automobiles. He would often stare at the exotic cars that went to the island, including Packards, Cords, Dusenbergs, and Auburns – he liked the sounds of the engines going around him.

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His mother would be frustrated each time he came home covered in oil and grease, as he loved to hang out at the local neighborhood garage. Roger was fascinated with the owner of the auto shop named Joe, whom he said would place a glass of water on top of a Packard V-12 engine just to see if there were ripples.

At around six years old, Roger discovered that he had a disorder called dyslexia when his father told him to read the books in the house – he bugged his father with never-ending questions and so his father told him to discover the answers from the books. He learned how to read, but had a hard time writing the words correctly.

When Roger told his parents that he wanted to become an aviation mechanic, his father was supportive and moved the family to New Jersey so that Roger could be near Paterson Tech. However, his father told him that he had to be responsible for the $450 tuition fee, so he did odd jobs to save money – his favorite one was babysitting, which at that time paid 75 cents an hour.

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During his senior year, a teacher encouraged him to get an Airframe and Power Plant (A&P) license given by the Federal Aviation Administration – the teacher made sure that Roger spent five hours each working day in Teetorboro Airport to qualify for the license, and his hard work paid off as in 1953 he graduated with an A&P license (it was formerly called A&E).

After graduation Roger served in the military. and could have been just a regular soldier during the Korean War, but with his A&P license the military had him working as a mechanic in the US Air Force, and he was stationed in several parts of the world, including England, France, Korea and Libya. He was promoted to jet engine mechanic crew chief, and finally flight chief.

There was a time when he was asked where he’d like to be assigned, and he chose Bitburg Air Base, Germany. It was there that he was exposed to foreign automobiles, which further enhanced his skills as a mechanic, making him more knowledgeable in fixing a wide variety of car problems.

His interest in cars wasn’t limited to their mechanism, as he also became a car racing enthusiast. During his time off from his duty as an aviation mechanic, Roger joined the Porsche factory sports car team, and was assigned as a back-up driver. He was given the opportunity to race with them due to his reputation of racing MG sports cars competitively against the much faster Porsches. It was there that his skills as a race car driver developed – he would often say that it’s the driver who won races, not the cars.

After Roger left the Air Force, he worked for Pratt & Whitney, an American aerospace manufacturer located in East Hartford, Connecticut. Roger spent years helping other aviation mechanics look for an engineering solution to jet engine problems, including how to survive bird strikes. He said their methods then would anger animal lovers today, but were deemed necessary in those days.

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He started fixing automobiles because his friends and neighbors had asked him to look into their broken down car engines. Roger then opened his own car shop in 1965 called Foreign Car  Shop, which of course specialized in fixing foreign vehicles but he never worked on all imported cars, as there was a sign hanging in the window that said “No French Cars.” He started to make a name for himself in the Connecticut area, where he met another auto enthusiast, Bob Carini.

Bob owned and operated another auto shop, Continental Auto, in their town. They supported each other’s businesses by referring clients to each other’s shops, depending on the needs of the client. Bob would send foreign car mechanical troubles to Roger, and if bodywork was needed on the car, Roger would quickly send it to Bob’s shop. They were never really close, but they had mutual respect for each other’s skills.

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Aside from fixing foreign cars he also started building racing cars, and joined several racing competitions around the US. He eventually won national racing championships for competitions such as Formula Vee and Formula B.

Roger shared that when he started to lose money, he eventually sold the business to Gene Langan Volkswagen dealership. He then started a career in teaching engineering, and served as one of the faculty members at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, from 1994 to 2004. He then taught for another five years at the University of Hartford.

How did Roger end up in “Chasing Classic Cars?”

When Bob Carini died, his son Wayne took over the business, and offered Roger a job. Roger had already closed his own business and was actually at retirement age, but still at 65 years old, started working for Wayne’s automobile restoration shops called F40 Motorsports and Carini Carozzeria.

They had met when Wayne was 10 years old, and the reality TV star would distinctly remember that Roger would let him sit in his collection of racing cars, and watch the mechanic working on great Italian cars including Ferrari and Maserati.

When Wayne was invited to join the reality-TV show, “Chasing Classic Cars,” Roger was automatically included in the package. Initially, Wayne was hesitant to do the show since he didn’t have any idea how reality-TV worked, but he was reassured by the chief executive producer of Essex Television Group Inc. that the TV crew would only follow his daily activities, as he worked on his usual car restorations. The TV show targeted vintage auto restorations enthusiasts, and Roger’s presence added a certain level of credibility and authenticity.

The TV show made its debut on 3 June 2008, and could be viewed via several media platforms, including Discovery Channel, Motortrend Channel, Amazon Prime, and Hulu. It has now been on cable TV for 16 seasons with around 200 episodes, and was available in more than 40 countries and territories worldwide.

It was one of the most-watched auto restorations shows, not only in the US, but also in Africa, Asia and Europe. If not for the TV show “Wheelers Dealers,” they would have been regarded as the longest auto restoration show on TV.

Roger Barr’s Memorable Moments in Chasing Classic Cars

It wasn’t only his exemplary skills as a mechanic that gained Roger a loyal following, but also his sunny and charming personality, which contrasted perfectly with Wayne Carini’s serious tone and mood in the show. The two didn’t always agree on certain things, but the respect towards each other could be seen during their interactions when handling restoration projects. Here are some of Roger’s memorable moments in the reality-TV show.

When Wayne brought yet another Ferrari Dino to the shop, Roger said that someday he’s going to find one of these, and ‘Gina Lolobrigida is going to be sitting in the front seat with a smile and big bazooms and I will have a stroke.’ The fans loved his commentary, which didn’t always refer to the car itself!

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Roger made fixing classic cars seem easy to do. When Wayne gave him two Jaguars to work on, viewers were amazed at how he could explain the problem and how to fix it, in such a way that even those who weren’t into cars could easily understand. He also said that the best way to judge if the engine was fixed properly was to put a glass of wine on top of the motor, and if it shakes, something wasn’t right.

His humor made “Chasing Classic Cars” a bit more interesting than the other auto restoration shows. When Wayne took the Indy car for a test drive on the track, fluid leaked from the motor, but since he couldn’t find any source of water he just continued driving, and it overheated. Back at the shop, Roger examined it and said that the moment Wayne opened one of the valves that were responsible for keeping the air out of the motor, it created air inside it, and contributed to the overheating. Roger shared a trick of the trade which was to fill it with water at a certain angle while pushing the car back and forth with his body to get the air out.

As the movement looked like he was rubbing himself on the car, he explained to the viewers that he wasn’t being obscene, and that made Wayne laugh.

The real reason why Roger left Chasing Classic Cars

After the 14th season, Roger was never seen again in “Chasing Classic Cars.” The producers and even Wayne Carini never gave an official explanation as to why he left the TV show. Naturally, fans were curious and even offered their own theories about what had happened. One theory was that he probably had a falling out with his boss, and Wayne fired him on the spot. However, according to some fans, that seemed petty and unprofessional considering their history together, and the wisdom they gained and imparted over the years. Later on, rumors that Roger suffered medical issues due to an infection he acquired while working in the shop went around social media.

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Fans’ curiosity was appeased, and most of them just wished Roger a speedy recovery.

However, when a Facebook page was created just for Roger, mainly run by his wife and son, revelations about what had happened came out. It seemed that there were many half-truths and fake news on social media after his absence from the show. On 17 September 2020, Roger said that he’d like to correct two things. ‘I have not retired. I kept asking to come back to work and was told no work,’ he said. ‘In the mail, I received a notice that I was involuntarily terminated.’ Nobody told him in person, or even through a phone call – he was let go just like that.

Roger also shared another bombshell. Apparently, through all the years he appeared on the TV show, he wasn’t paid a single penny. He shared that someone whom he wouldn’t mention pulled a second big lie and further said, ‘I am not worth 1.3 million.  Fact is I have to work to keep a roof over my head and food on the table.

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I wasn’t paid anything to appear on camera.’ Roger said that the GoFundMe page that was set up by a super fan of his named Steve Cripps wasn’t only a lifesaver but also a home saver. He also revealed that if he had enough money, then he could have fixed his two broken teeth.

His fans were upset about what happened, and left words of support on his Facebook page. Roger said that he would contact a lawyer so that he could get all his tools back, as most of what they used in the shop were his personal tools, even the huge gas analyzer which cost him big bucks.

Where is Roger Barr now?

Roger’s in his mid-80s, but instead of taking it easy and enjoying his retirement at home, he’s still sharing his expertise. When the auto restoration shop, The Paddocks Classic Cars opened in 2020, the owner, Michael Donnely offered him a job as one of their expert technicians, and Roger readily accepted.

The company were proud that they were able to get his services, and released articles to the media about their acquisition of Roger’s more than 50 years of experience. His current boss praised his skills, calling him ‘the problem solver.’ Michael also lauded that Roger never needed to look at the manual of whatever automobile they were working on; all the information was embedded in his head. Roger was full of praises for his new company, ‘This is heaven working here. People smile, they talk, we get to work on very old cars, and it’s unbelievable.’

The old man’s doing what he’s loved to do all his life, and since there’s so much backlog of work at his new company, the owners couldn’t help but be grateful that Roger’s a member of their crew. When Roger’s son, James was given unsolicited advice from a fan about forgiveness for the person who wronged his father, he replied that his father taught him not to dwell on the past, and not to hold grudges, as Roger always preferred to move forward.

So long live Roger Barr, and long may his services be appreciated.

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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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