Aaron Kaufman is a mechanic hailing from Crowley, Texas that has his own show on Discovery Channel called Fast N’ Loud. He is recognized as one of the greatest mechanics in the United States, and today, he is already worth $6 Million. He never dreamed of appearing on television; in fact, it never even crossed his mind. He had to be convinced to come back by a Discovery Channel executive after he left Fast N’ Loud.
Today, we’ve compiled a list of 15 fast facts about Aaron Kaufman that you may not know. Although he was always fascinated with machines and how they work, he never even thought of becoming a mechanic until a much later time. He wanted to be a park ranger, free in nature among the wildlife in his rugged pickup truck. Anyway, let’s get straight to it!
15. His First Customized Car Was A Cherokee
You might not know this, but Aaron Kaufman customized his very first car at the tender age of sixteen. His family wasn’t well off, so he couldn’t afford to have a “project car” on the side, but he made many modifications to his Jeep Grand Cherokee to make it run more like he wanted it to.
14. He Dreamt Of Becoming A Park Ranger
Aaron Kaufman never planned on becoming a movie star, let alone a mechanic, even though he was always passionate about machines. His true dream was actually to become a park ranger. He loves it because it gives him a chance to go off-roading and be around nature and wildlife.
13. Quitting Monkey Garage
According to Kaufman, he quit Monkey Garage because he was used to working at his own pace, and he suddenly had to pick it up. He realized that this simply didn’t give him enough time to work as he pleased. Also, he was interested in pursuing different challenges, and his schedule wouldn’t allow him to do so.
12. He Came From Humble Beginnings
Aaron Kaufman came from humble beginnings, and his family always had to work hard for what they have. This may explain the man’s tenacity, strength, and work ethic. He’s always had to get his hands dirty, ever since he customized his first car at the tender age of sixteen.
11. His Net Worth
Mainly thanks to his successful TV show, Aaron Kaufman is now worth a cool $6 million. In every episode, the talented mechanic raked in $50,000! Thanks to his personality, charm, and amazing mechanic skills, he has amassed a little fortune, and he’s far from done yet. We can’t wait to see what he comes up with next!
10. He Sold His 1963 Ford Falcon Race Car
If you followed Kaufman’s TV show Fast N’ Loud, you surely remember his 1963 Ford Falcon Race Car, which participated in Pikes Peak 2016. In 2017, the charismatic mechanic put it up for sale on eBay and finally let it go for $65,000. This track beast is equipped with a 363 ci V8 engine that’s able to churn out 500 horsepower.
9. He Never Thought Of Becoming A TV Star
When you see Aaron Kaufman on screen, he just seems like a natural. However, this was never his dream. In fact, he didn’t even think about it. He was simply enthusiastic about learning as much as he could about building cars, becoming the experienced mechanic that he is today. Along the way, the TV thing just sort of happened.
8. He Had To Be Convinced To Keep Appearing On TV
After he left the set of Fast N’ Loud, Aaron Kaufman had no plans to return to television. However, after a long, arduous 6-hour dinner with a Discovery executive, he was convinced. He was told that he would get his own TV show that he could run it as he pleased. That was enough to change Kaufman’s mind.
7. He’s A Workaholic
One time, Aaron Kaufman had to be admitted to hospital for emergency surgery. He stopped filming for just three days before reappearing on screen! That says a lot about the man’s determination and work ethic. Or maybe it just shows you that Kaufman can’t be away from cars for too long!
6. He Built 12 Cars in 24 Weeks
While working at Gas Monkey Garage, Aaron Kaufman was tasked with building 12 cars in 24 weeks. The mechanic was determined to get this done, and this led to exhausting 110 hour work weeks. Sadly, this was actually the beginning of the end for Aaron Kaufman on Fast N’ Loud.
5. He Is Long Term Friends With His Best Mechanic
At Gas Monkey Garage, Arclight is one of the best mechanics, and he has been close friends with Aaron Kaufman since high school. They even both initially went to college together before dropping out to pursue work related to building cars. These two have been together since the very beginning!
4. He Never Studied To Be A Mechanic
As mentioned earlier, Aaron Kaufman actually attended college, so he never went to a specialized school to learn to become a mechanic. He got the passion of cars from his father, and since a little boy, he always loved cars and machines in general. He taught himself as he went along, with trial and error.
3. He’s Always Been Fascinated With Machines
Ever since he was a little boy, Aaron Kaufman has always been fascinated with machines. So, as children were playing with toys such as bicycles, he was picking them apart and reassembling them. This early age passion turned into some crazy builds in the future, and it just seems like he was meant to be a mechanic.
2. He Has Never Been Married
Aaron Kaufman has never been married, although he has been in relationships with many women. Today, he is in a happy relationship with Lauren Moore, according to their Instagram account with many photos of the pair. It would be safe to say that building cars is the true love in Aaron’s life!
1. He Was Named In Special Event Magazine’s “Top 25 Young Event Professionals”
Aaron Kaufman is not just one of the greatest mechanics in Texas, he is also one of the best in the whole United States. For his hard work and amazing builds, he was named in Special Event Magazine’s “Top 25 Young Event Professionals”. We’re sure he will be awarded with many more during his career!