Opening General Session & Annual Meeting
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017
8:45 am – 10:30 am
FAST N’ LOUD!
As co-host of the wildly popular Fast N’ Loud on the Discovery Channel, motor mastermind RICHARD RAWLINGS searches the far flung corners of Texas and surrounding states for forgotten and derelict classic cars to buy and restore at his famous Gas Monkey Garage in Dallas, Texas. A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Richard followed in his dad’s footsteps and developed a passion for cars from an early age, building cars and attending car shows with him.
A veteran of transcontinental road rallies, Richard has won the Gumball 3000 and the Bullrun — twice. He is the current world record holder in the Cannonball Run and was even recognized by Jay Leno for this achievement, having broken the record that stood since 1979. He covered the 2,811 miles from New York to Los Angeles in 31 hours and 59 minutes with an average speed of 87.6 miles per hour.
In 2002, Rawlings launched the Gas Monkey Garage — a world-renowned hot rod shop that has produced and shipped cars for people around the world.
During his keynote, Rawlings will likely speak about his businesses, challenges, opportunities, taking risks and pursuing one’s dreams with the discipline and persistence that is required for success.
Presenter: Richard Rawlings, Co-Host, Discovery Channel's "Fast 'N Loud"
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Richard bought his first car when he was 14 years old: a green ’74 Mercury Comet. Richard says he has always worked just so he could have cars. He even took a bullet in the early ’90s as he fought off a carjacker who was trying to steal his ’65 Mustang 2+2 Fastback.
Richard has held several jobs to feed his car habit. He was a firefighter, police officer and paramedic all before he was 21 years old. He eventually left those jobs to start his own business, building a printing and advertising company from the ground up. He later sold it so he could fund his next venture: Gas Monkey Garage — a world-renowned hot rod shop that has produced and shipped cars for people around the world.
In 2015, Richard released Fast N’ Loud, which takes readers on an entertaining ride through his wild life and behind the scenes of his hit TV show in this memoir and automotive handbook, revving with outrageous details and jaw-dropping stories, and injected with the quick-witted, foul-mouthed charm viewers love.
Richard says: “Bottom line, if we’re gonna have fun, it better have a motor!” He currently resides in Dallas.