Fan of Richard Rawlings' 'Fast N' Loud'? Check out his latest reality show

'Garage Rehab' sees Rawlings and his team overhauling other garage businesses, not engines. It premieres Aug. 30 on Discovery.
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'Garage Rehab' sees Rawlings and his team overhauling other garage businesses, not engines. It premieres Aug. 30 on Discovery.
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The ever-expanding sphere of Richard Rawlings’ influence: yes, a new reality show

By Matthew Martinez

mmartinez@star-telegram.com

August 16, 2017 01:07 PM

The grease pan hasn’t dried up yet, so native-born Richard Rawlings and Discovery are going back for more.

A new reality TV show on Discovery, titled “Garage Rehab” and premiering Aug. 30, has Rawlings and his team overhauling auto garages in need of transformation, not automobiles, all across the country.

At this point, Rawlings is the CEO of a sprawling empire, so while he wheels and deals, team members including Russel J Holmes, project manager, and Chris Stephens, garage designer, get their hands dirty with revamping and remodeling every aspect of a struggling garage, from business model to outward aesthetic, one stop, one episode at a time.

The first episode doesn’t take Rawlings far from home. He was born in Fort Worth and does the bulk of his business in Dallas, so Rawlings’ takeover of Grapevine Automotive should have something of a hometown feel. While the crew is in town, Rawlings makes all the business decisions in hopes of turning the “dilapidated garage ... filled to the rim with junk” into a profitable business, according to a news release from Discovery.

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“Richard takes great pride in being from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and having that first one there in his back yard was really paramount to the team’s success on that stop,” Holmes, 43, said in a telephone interview. “Richard was able to call on people that he knows, and pull some strings to make some things happen that maybe wouldn’t have happened elsewhere. He knew he had better do a good job on that one.”

It’s bound to cause some friction. In the trailer, Rawlings channels his inner Gordon Ramsay, kicking the Grapevine Auto owner and staff out of their own shop before bumpers are mended.

“These owners are set in their ways. Asking for Richard’s help was the easy part for them,” Holmes said. “They don’t always like someone else being in charge. It does lend itself to a certain amount of friction.”

Matthew Martinez: 817-390-7667, @MCTinez817

Garage Rehab

Premieres Wednesday, Aug. 30

9 p.m., Discovery