Discovery’s new hit show features a crew many fans are already familiar with because most of them were on “Fast N’ Loud” previously. This is a spin-off show and the executive producer is Richard Rawlings, owner of Gas Monkey Garage. According to the Oct. 27 article by TVRuckus, ‘The initial episodes, not surprisingly, are featuring Richard in some way. And, the guys are trying to find their own footing, going from employee to owner—and they are finding that it is not always a party being the guy in charge of the game.’
Tom Smith and Jordan Butler were fired by Rawlings during the last season of “Fast N’ Loud” and Scot McMillan quit. Now they have teamed up with Thomas Weeks to start their own garage as equal partners. Each man brings his own set of unique and specialized skills to the team.
A recent Zap2It article states that Smith has worked on cars since he was a kid and did some racing as an adult. Butler’s been working on cars most of his life as well. He has degrees in fabrication, street rodding and auto body collision. McMillan ran his first business out of his family’s garage and working with Aaron Kaufman, they built their first car that made them some money. Weeks, like the others, has always been involved with cars. He believes that cars are the best investment a person can have and has mastered the dynamics of the car industry.
They are definitely suffering from growing pains and it will take a while to work out all the kinks. Each man brings his own vision of how the garage should work, including how to handle the builds, and conflicts sometimes arise. During the last episode, McMillan took it upon himself without consulting the others to take a 1957 Chevy 210 and turn it into a gasser. A friend’s truck was also smashed by a falling tree limb at the garage, and it will be interesting to see how they handle what could be a catastrophic situation for their fledgling business.
Another big issue of course is money, and Rawlings immediately paid six months of their rent, essentially making himself their landlord. Now he has carte blanche to their shop and often makes an appearance, with Kaufman at his side. Starting any business venture is risky and they need everything to run as smoothly as possible in order to be successful. If the past is any indicator however, they may have their work cut out for them.
“Misfit Garage” airs on Monday nights at 10 p.m. ET, following “Fast N’ Loud” at 9 p.m. ET. Have you been watching the new series? Do you think the new garage will be successful?