Hot Rod Magazine recently took the not-very-real reality TV stars at Fast N' Loud to task for misrepresenting their "barn find" Pontiacs. Basically the Gas Monkey/Discovery crew says the cars were barn find prototypes that are worth high six figures. The truth according to HRM is that they're production cars(albeit low VIN) that have been in storage and known of for at least a while because they sold a couple years ago for 30k.
I'm not much of a car show guy. And I'm definitely not a Gas Monkey fan, I've got a few friends that have had interactions with Rawlings and confirm that he's a grade A douchebag. While I use to think Americans were just ignorant, now I think they really just don't give a shit. The blowback to HRM for calling GMG out can be summed up in "we know they're lying, so what, it's a TV show I like. Why you gotta hate?"
I mean...it's TV. It's entertainment. But does that give a "reality" show license to routinely fudge numbers and facts? It can have a tangible effect on the vintage/classic car industry, and artificially inflating worth seems to be a pretty shady way to make a buck. I remember the F40 they built(except they didn't, other shops did while they took credit for it they outsourced the work to legit shops). According to a few sources the car was available for 200k, nobody was offering more than 80k, and suddenly Rawlings and his partner claim they buy it for 400k? Then they say they put 300k into it? Then sell it for 700k? Original f40s with clean titles go for 700k. Even a lot of Ferrari guys were like "hey, it's just TV, jacking up the numbers should help our values anyways." But isn't that fraud?
It's just a TV show, I get it. But damn it seems shady and I'm really surprised at how many people give them a free pass based on their popularity. Guess I shouldn't be though.