Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Dallas’ Gas Monkey crew beats out Jesse James in Chopper Live build-off
They got second.
Tuesday was a big night for Richard Rawlings and Aaron Kaufman, the freewheeling car-flippers from Dallas’ Gas Monkey Garage and stars of the Discovery reality series Fast N’ Loud.
Gas Monkey owner Rawlings and master mechanic Kaufman were invited this year to compete in Discovery’s Chopper Live, a motorcycle build-off competition featuring other well-known bike builders and TV stars: Austin’s Jesse James (Monster Garage) and the famously feuding American Chopper stars, Paul Teutul Sr. and Paul Teutul Jr. The competition is determined entirely by viewer vote.
There was a mountain of trash talking leading up to the live show, most of it probably manufactured for TV. At least, that’s what I assumed, until Rawlings, Kaufman, and James took the stage together and hurled so many swear words at one another, most of what they said was silenced by the live censor (who earned his or her paycheck that night). It seemed clear that James and the Gas Monkey guys clearly have some sort of legitimate beef now, regardless of whether it was originally drummed up for publicity.
Finally, after much pomp, circumstance, and posturing, the winners were revealed: Paul Teutul Jr. won the title for the second year running, and the Gas Monkey guys took second place with their bike, leaving James and Paul Sr. out in the cold.
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