Texas gearheads Richard Rawlings and Cameron Davies build ‘food truck on steroids’ for Dallas fans
This spring, former TV gearhead Richard Rawlings of Fast N ‘Loud in Dallas is set to launch a $ 500,000 truck with serious pull on the road. The 42-foot kitchen on wheels is designed by Cameron Davies, CEO of Cruising Kitchens, San Antonio.
“There’s nothing he does that is small or bland, and the food truck has to match that,” Davies says of Rawlings and his soon-to-be-available mobile restaurant.
The “Food Truck on Steroids” can feed 10,000 people a day. It will also have t-shirt cannons.
Rawlings plans to park the truck in the back yard of the Gas Monkey Garage at 2330 Merrill Road in Dallas, what he calls the Monkey Yard. Gas Monkey fans – a total of up to 10,000 tourists per month – can buy burgers, pizza and tacos in the food truck.
Rawlings creates the menu itself.
“A lot of people don’t know that I really enjoy cooking,” he says. “It’s my second passion after cars and motorcycles.”
For nearly 10 years Rawlings starred on the Discovery Channel show Fast N ‘Loud, which followed Rawlings and his crew from Dallas in restoring cars. Rawlings announced in December 2020 that he is no longer affiliated with Discovery and that Fast N ‘Loud will not be returning after his 16 season run.
Now that Rawlings is on his own, he’s changing his approach to the screen. A new show, tentatively named Monkey Trap, will be airing on YouTube, aimed at its millions of fans on Facebook, Instagram, and beyond.
“Imagine Anthony Bourdain, Guy Fieri and Richard Rawlings curled up in one,” Rawlings says of the show.
Richard Rawlings (right) and Cameron Davies (left) met in early 2021. “I was a huge fan of Richard and [of] his show, “says Davies of Rawlings’ previous Discovery Channel television show Fast N ‘Loud. The two decided to build a food truck for Rawlings’ Gas Monkey Garage. (Kristopher Lopez)
The Rawlings team recently built a car for Scott Disick, who is fathering three children with Kourtney Kardashian and who appeared in more than 100 episodes of Keeping Up with the Kardashians before appearing on his own home renovation reality show, Flip It Like Disick, played the main role.
Camera teams document every step in the construction of the Gas Monkey Food Truck. The footage is likely to appear on Davies ‘Show Built for Business as well as Rawlings’ YouTube channel.
Rawlings plans to be personally involved in the food truck.
As in: “I will often cook in this truck,” he says.
Dallas Gas Monkey Live concert venue closed in May 2020; The nearby Gas Monkey Bar N ‘Grill is also closed. Rawlings claims it is operated by a “rogue licensor”; A legal battle is ongoing.
A few miles away in Dallas, the Gas Monkey Garage remains open to tourists during the coronavirus pandemic, and fans can shop for goods seven days a week. (Customers are asked to wear a mask.) The team has a 24/7 live camera on the website.
For Davies, the most important part of his career could be building a food truck for a high profile gearbox like Rawlings.
“The exposure of this truck will be greater than the exposure of any truck we’ve ever built,” says Davies.