Aaron Kaufman Biography
Aaron Kaufman is an American automotive mechanic, television personality, and business owner. He is best known for his 11-season-long tenure on the Discovery Channel reality television series ‘Fast N' Loud’. As a child, Kaufman found out that he had a talent for taking things apart and then putting them back together. As he grew older, he became interested in cars which eventually led him to the world of hot rods. He found some recognition as a self-taught fabricator, mechanic, and hot-rodder. He was working at a local garage when he first met Richard Rawlings. Impressed by his skills, Rawlings later asked Kaufman to come work for him. For the next few years, Kaufman served as the lead mechanic at Rawlings’ Gas Monkey Garage. After ‘Fast N' Loud’ premiered in 2012, both of them garnered international fame. In early 2017, he left Gas Monkey Garage, stating he was over-worked and over-stressed. He made his last appearance on ‘Fast N' Loud’ in 2018. Since then, he has starred in his owns shows, ‘Shifting Gears with Aaron Kaufman’ and ‘Aaron Needs a Job’. He is also the owner of Arclight Fabrication, a Dallas-based car shop that specializes in F-100 parts.
- Aaron Kaufman met entrepreneur Richard Rawlings while he was working at a local garage. Rawlings was there to ask if they could get their mechanic to work on his '53 Ford Mainline. That was Kaufman, whose work ended up impressing the other man.Rawlings set up the Gas Monkey Garage in 2002, and Kaufman joined the shop not long after. He was their lead mechanic, in charge of rebuilding vintage cars that were often in terrible condition. The shop’s business model centres around purchasing old cars, restoring them, and then selling them for a profit. Although Rawlings and his crew generally restore cars that they acquire from various parts of US, they serve an international clientele.In the ensuing decade, the shop became an extremely profitable entrepreneurial venture, and Kaufman’s contribution to that was quite significant. Their success helped them secure a deal with the Discovery Channel for a show on the garage. ‘Fast N' Loud’ began airing on June 6, 2012, and has since become one of the most popular car shows in the world. Fifteen seasons of the show have been aired to date, and it has been seen by people in over 200 countries. Both Rawlings and Kaufman have garnered tremendous popularity, the former for his charm and business acumen, the latter for his artistic vision and in-depth automotive knowledge.In 2017, Kaufman spoke to Rawlings about his desire to quit the Gas Monkey Garage. He stated that the unreasonable deadlines put so much pressure on him that he had been feeling over-burdened and extremely aggravated for a long while. When Rawlings mentioned that they had been working together for 14 years, Kaufman remarked that the last five years had felt like 20, alluding to the show and its effects on him.After leaving the Gas Monkey Garage and ‘Fast N' Loud’, Kaufman starred in his own short-lived car show, ‘Shifting Gears with Aaron Kaufman’, which aired on the Discovery Channel in 2018. He currently has a new show, ‘Aaron Needs a Job’, in which he travels the country doing a variety of technical jobs. The show premiered on the Discovery Channel on July 15, 2019.In September 2015, Kaufman participated in the Speed Energy Formula Off-Road (Stadium Super Trucks) series at the Sand Sports Super Show in Costa Mesa, California as a Toyo Tires-sponsored truck driver. During the weekend, he drove two rounds, coming in fifth in both his heat races, and later tenth and eighth in the features. Kaufman encountered multiple issues during the races, including an incident in which he partially drove his truck on a K-rail.Kaufman and Rawlings competed in a motorcycle build-off challenge against well-known customised bike builders Orange County Choppers, Paul Jr. Designs, and Jesse James. Paul Jr. won the competition with Rawlings and Kaufman finishing 2nd.You May LikeRecommended Lists:
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- Born on January 26, 1982, in Crowley, Texas, USA, Kaufman always possessed the ingrained curiosity of a mechanic/engineer, the need to know how something works. As a result, since he was quite young, he has been disassembling and then reassembling things. Later, he became interested in cars which eventually took him to the world of hot rods. He spent the next few years in accumulating various skills and became an outstanding self-taught fabricator, mechanic, and hot-rodder. Soon enough, he found a job as a mechanic at a local garage, where he later met Rawlings.Before ‘Fast N' Loud’ and the fame that came with it, Kaufman was in a relationship with a woman named Lindsay J. They reportedly dated for about three and a half years before parting ways. Following Kaufman’s rise to stardom, Lindsay created a blog titled ‘About That Bearded Guy’, on which she uploaded several photos of her and Kaufman. Many of these photos were from the time when he did not have his distinctive beard. According to Lindsay, he began growing it sometime in 2010.In 2015, he started a relationship with Lauren Moore. They have been featured on each other’s social media profiles several times.Trivia
- In 2015, Kaufman was mentioned in ‘Special Event’ magazine’s list of “Top 25 Young Event Professionals to Watch”.
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