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What is Mike Finnegan of “Roadkill” doing today?

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Social media personality and former technical staff editor of Hot Rod Magazine, Mike Finnegan, gained a sizeable audience through the web series called “Roadkill”, launched by Motor Trend Group. This diverse, informative and fun series was made for gearheads, and it made him one of the most recognized automotive technicians and fabricators on the Internet. The series uploaded on YouTube ended in 2018 but continued in Motor Trend on Demand app, and is accessible on the Discovery Channel streaming platform. He was also involved with other auto-related web series, including some “Roadkill” spin-offs.

Get to know Mike Finnegan

For a person whose popularity started in social media apps, it was refreshing that there was too little information about his private life. Mike Finnegan hailed from Southern California but chose a university in New York to earn a bachelor’s degree in Arts. He went back home after college, and with his passion for the automotive industry, applied to several auto-related magazines. He initially ended up working for Trucking Magazine, saying that he got the job primarily because he drove into the company’s garage in a mini truck that he customized during the interview. His prospective employer was impressed and immediately saw the potential in him. If he could be that innovative, then it would be quite easy for them to show him the ropes in writing articles and taking photos.

After being exposed to the world of magazines, Mike resigned, and bounced from one magazine to another as he developed his brand by learning from his experiences with them until he stumbled on his dream magazine job. It was in Hot Rod Magazine that he put down his roots, and it was David Freiburger who hired him. While he was excited about his new job, he never thought that it was there that he would experience something life-changing.

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His foray into the world of reality web series

Reality television and the Internet have been an integral part of the entertainment culture since the late-20th century. Today, it’s normal for people to share their journey, a house makeover, a dangerous job, or building a machine, by uploading them to a video-sharing platform such as YouTube. It was this scenario for the web series “Roadkill.”

How did “Roadkill” start?

If Mike would be asked about the show’s origins, he humbly would say that it was all due togood  timing and luck. It happened when he was just starting at Hot Rod Magazine, and took a road trip with David Freiburger which they filmed. When they got back, they edited it and uploaded the video online. It attracted viewers little by little, as more gearheads talked about it online. It was then that they decided that they would turn it into a web series with a reality TV format. MotorTrend’s International Bureau Chief, Angus McKenzie, recalled that when YouTube was being launched as a primary platform for online videos, saying ‘I decided that the MotorTrend Channel would be like a proper automotive TV channel, something I’d dreamed about doing for decades.’ He chose not to have any pretty boys as presenters, but to let the staff members who were experts in the automotive industry do their thing. One of the shows that was chosen to be part of the programming was “Roadkill.”

Angus asked David if he could build a show about hot rods, classic American muscle cars, and drag racing, focusing on how-to tutorials that had been the foundation of the Hot Rod Magazine. It was like creating a video version of the magazine, but not filmed inside an auto shop. David had previously filmed and uploaded fun-to-watch auto-related short videos online, and Angus encouraged him to do something close to those videos, seeing that David was quite interested in the idea. Angus also remembered that he saw a special edition of a Hot Rod Magazine that featured rat rods, and pointed out that they could name the show “Roadkill.”

What was Roadkill all about?

The reality web series was about two gearheads, David and Mike, getting extremely adventurous in turning classic hot rods, luxury cars, and other vehicles into something entirely out of this world. It could be about the exterior of the vehicle, putting so much horsepower under the hood, or creating far-fetched scenarios that would truly test the limits of the vehicle. “The Ten: The Enthusiast Network” publisher even commented that it was about ‘guys behaving badly with cars.’ The huge difference from other auto-related shows was that in the craziness of it all, viewers learned something new about cars while having fun watching them. In its first episode alone, the audience already knew that the series was spontaneous and as real as it could get. For instance, Mike threw a dart on a US map to decide where their first adventure would be, which involved buying a car there without going over the budget of $1,500 and driving it back to Los Angeles.

Top four unforgettable moments in “Roadkill”

One of the things that Mike Finnegan was adamant about was the authenticity of “Roadkill.” Jaded TV producers from Discovery Channel were astounded to learn that it was really an all-improvisation show from one episode to another, when they had the chance to be up close and personal after MotorTrend had joined forces with the cable channel. Here are some of the memorable moments in the show:

The Roadkill Project cars in a drag race

To celebrate the web series’ 25th episode, Mike and David chose some of the cars that they’d modified to participate in their own Roadkill Drag Race. They invited a few people from MotorTrend to join in the mayhem. Everything was doing great until the finale, when Mike, who was driving the Crusher Camaro, spun out of control after it hit a dirt patch on the dragstrip. No one was hurt, and Mike with his co-pilot claimed that they had a great time. Apparently, the Crusher Camaro was on 700 horsepower at the time and it didn’t adapt well during abrupt changes in the road. Out of the nine project cars that participated in the race, two failed to finish the race. Failures like these weren’t edited out, and the audience loved it.

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A race car modified into road-course racing

About four years before they filmed the 46th episode of “Roadkill,” Mike and David found a paved-oval stock car racer, which they wanted to use on one of their road trips. However, before the dynamic duo could drive the car out of the garage, they were advised by MotorTrend lawyers not to ever think of doing that, because it didn’t have a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Race cars were built for speed and mainly used for competitions on the oval track; their safety measures weren’t as meticulously placed on them as compared to the way regular vehicles were built, and because of this, those race cars weren’t eligible to licensed for road use. The car went into the warehouse, collecting dust from that day, but had been always in the back of their minds.

David eventually thought of replacing the top part of the tube chassis with a registerable body, such as the 1970 Monte Carlo. They had help from a former staff editor of their magazine, who provided a solution on how to shorten the body to fit the wheelbase of the car. They drove the now modified car they aptly called NASCARlo to the Perris Raceway in California. Everything was going great with David on the helm, until something in the lower right part of the car broke, and threw him backward.

The Stubby Bob, a wheelieing Roadkill legendary monster

“Roadkill” fans fell in love with Stubby Bob, a 1950 Ford F6 2-ton dump-truck chassis cab. When Mike purchased it in the 44th episode, he was quite nervous that David wouldn’t like it but his partner-in-crime absolutely loved it. They immediately shortened the back so they could turn it into a bobber rat rod. They changed many more things in the truck, including the front-mounted Ford Flathead V-8 into a rear-mounted Chevy Big Block V-8 as well as installing a Supercharger and a four-speed automatic transmission. They even used a beer keg as its new gasoline tank. It was funny that the two worked on shortening the back before even testing if the engine was working, as it was towed there by the previous owner. They didn’t make it run during that episode, but the custom fabrication was great.

In the 52nd episode, Stubby Bob made a comeback as David and Mike were highly committed to making it work. With a few modifications, they were successful in moving the trailer hitch up. Initially, it was David who tried it first on the desert road with Mike in the passenger seat – the truck did go up but not that much. The real “wheelieing” was left to Mike, and to make the truck a bit lighter at the front, no one should be in the passenger seat.  David didn’t have a choice but to watch his partner successfully put it up close to 10 feet. They were ecstatic, and Mike said, ‘Victory hurts.’ He placed a stack of plastic bubble wrap to act as a cushion under his bum, but it didn’t help at all. It might be one of their dumbest projects, but they said at that time that they were extremely satisfied, and didn’t think that it would be topped by another car buildup.

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The Madzarati was stolen

Mike was surprised by David with a modified pickup that the latter christened, the “Madzarati.” The previous owner said that he used the truck in drag racing, and that it could run 10s or a quarter mile in 10.9 seconds or less. This was the standard benchmark in modifying cars for drag racing. The two were excited, and immediately drove it around the streets – someone even asked them in traffic if it was legal. They just laughed it off, and were excited to see the flaws of the car during the test drive so they could modify them. They made certain changes to get it race-ready. Initially, they thought they had it going, but in the end, something bad would always crop up; there was one time that they even covered the entire drag strip with oil as it leaked from the truck. While it ‘never failed to fail’ each time they attempted to run 10s, fans loved how Mike and David never gave up. Their last attempt in California ended with a busted half shaft and a broken transmission pan. The worst part was when they left it secured in a trailer at a hotel parking lot – someone stole it when the crew was sleeping.

Mike Finnegan’s dream car project

In “Roadkill,” the dynamic duo had so many fascinating builds, and one of them was Mike Finnegan’s dream car, which he called “Blasphemi.” It was initially just a shell of a 1955 Chevy Bel Air, which he and David purchased for $2,000, and transformed into a Chevy Gasser with a two-lane blacktop. They traveled to Oregon, where they found a tube chassis gasser for the car from Jim Meyer Racing. Mike installed a supercharged Hemi of 528 cubic inches, Fast XFI fuel injection along with a manual transmission and homemade headers. It took them both a year to finish, and the highlight of it all was when they went to participate in the Hot Rod Power Tour and took home more wins than any of their other car projects in the show.

His other automotive reality shows

As “Roadkill” became successful, Motor Trend didn’t want to stop there. Initially, it was David who was given a spin-off series, “Roadkill Garage,” which was co-hosted by other gearheads. Fans thought that something went wrong between the two, but later found out that Mike also hosted another spin-off series called “Faster with Finnegan.” It was launched in January 2020, and he was joined by his other friends, David Newbern and Mike Cotton. It followed the same format as the original series, but this time Mike and his friends would be challenged by transforming regular slow cars, which they usually described as junk, to go faster with a limited budget. Its first episode featured a GMC S15 pickup truck, which they modified with interesting upgrades that made it race-ready for his battle with a professional race car driver, Randy Pobst, who brought his 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350 to the race.

With a huge number of viewers at his disposal, Mike also opened up a YouTube channel on which he launched a web series called “Finnegan’s Garage,” which now has almost a million subscribers, and has generated close to 120 million views. His first episode was uploaded in April 2016, and was well received with more than 850,000 views. The series featured everything that he did in his personal time in his garage. He didn’t only work on cars and trucks but also with boats, along with tutorials and tips for those who love to DIY their own automotive issues and upgrades.

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Mike Finnegan 2023 updates

The former auto magazine writer/editor was embroiled in controversy this year, as he reportedly left “Faster with Finnegan.” It was quite intriguing since his name was in the title of the show. The fans immediately speculated that Mike had a falling out with the producers of the show or that he was sick or struggling with a family problem. Gearheads then discussed online all the possible reasons behind it.

Mike, having learned about the controversy, uploaded a video on 23 April 2023 onto his YouTube channel, explaining the reason why he left the show and why it would continue airing new episodes even without him. He said, ‘Long story short, I was burnt out, like pretty bad. I was really stressed out.’ He also shared that it took a toll on his family, as he wasn’t spending much time with them as he wanted. While “Faster with Finnegan” was filmed mostly in his garage at home, it didn’t mean that he was always there. His working schedule was so tight that he would travel to a race at the start of the filming and then by the end of an episode, he would find himself traveling to another race.

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During the car build-up process, it involved too much work that he mostly stayed in the garage instead of being with his family, especially his kids. Mike said that it was getting harder and harder to explain to his 8- and 11-year-old that he couldn’t read them a story at bedtime. Apparently, David Newburn also quit ahead of him because the filming was eating ito his time with his family too. Mike ultimately knew that he had to give up something, and made an assessment that “Faster with Finnegan” was the one that drained his energy and time immensely. While he enjoyed most of the filming, especially the racing part where everyone in the crew was happy, it meant working every single day. The web series continued in March 2023 with the other two guys and Mike’s blessings; there was no bad blood or conflict between them.

Mike chose to continue with just “Roadkill”, as it was easier to film along with his own YouTube series, “Finnegan’s Garage”, but promising that the fans would continue to see him modify, build, and race in the automotive industry.

As the Managing Editor at The Legit, I direct a dynamic team dedicated to creating rich content that profiles the lives and accomplishments of influential figures. My commitment to detail and storytelling drives the production of biographies that truly engage our audience. I manage all aspects of the editorial process, from conducting thorough research to crafting vivid narratives, all while ensuring the accuracy and quality of our work. At The Legit, our goal is to offer our readers comprehensive profiles that provide deep insights into the realms of business, entertainment, and more. Through diligent research and engaging storytelling, we highlight the exceptional journeys and achievements of those who both inspire and intrigue us.

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Car Crash Took the Life of ‘Street Outlaws’ Star Ryan Fellows

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Everyone knows the risks of street racing, yet it’s always sad every time something bad happens on the tracks. Nonetheless, even though “Street Outlaws” cast members and audiences are already used to seeing terrible accidents happen in it, the unfortunate time came with the death of one the show’s stars, Ryan Fellows in 2022.

While the news of Ryan’s passing left every fan of the show heartbroken, there’s still a lot yet to be known about the circumstances surrounding his unfortunate death, the aftermath, and the possible legal consequences that such a loss implies for the show.

So what are all of those? Stay here to learn about the sad death of “Street Outlaws”s Ryan Fellows.

How Did He Die?

While street racing is known to be a dangerous profession, tragedy was somewhat unheard of in “Street Outlaws” until the accident in which Ryan Fellows was killed. It happened on the morning of 8 August 2022, when Ryan and his fellow drivers were filming in Nevada’s Las Vegas Boulevard for the fourth season of the spin-off “Street Outlaws: Fastest In America”, a highly-sought after competition for having $100,000 as the main prize.

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At the time, Ryan was driving a Nissan 240z, but lost control before reaching the finish line, his car reportedly catching fire after rolling over in the air, making it difficult to get Ryan out of the vehicle in time. Ryan died at 41 years of age, survived by his wife Liz and two children.

Discovery’s statement at the time lamented the death of Ryan, and sent condolences to his family for their ‘devastating loss’, as they described it. Meanwhile, Ryan’s family started a funding campaign to cover financial costs associated with his death, eventually collecting close to $25,000 out of their $50,000 goal.

The “Fastest In America” episode in which Ryan’s fatal accident took place was aired on 1 May 2023, but the accident wasn’t shown on screen. Instead, a condolence message in his honor was featured both in the show and on its social media accounts.

Safety Measures & Investigation

The unfortunate death of Ryan Fellows while filming “Street Outlaws” not only caught the attention of fans of the series but also of local authorities and media. According to a report by News 3, the company Pilgrim Studios effectively had permission from the Nevada Department of Transportation to take over the space in which the race took place, but failed to acquire a permit to film at the time.

Given the situation, the events surrounding Ryan’s death became a concern to local authorities and led to an investigation by Clark County officials. While a spokesperson from Nevada’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration told Entertainment Tonight that it could take up to six months to conclude, further details about the focus of the investigation weren’t released at the time.

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That being said, this isn’t the first time that “Street Outlaws” has had issues regarding the permits required to organize and film the show’s races. Back in 2014, a council from Tulsa City in Oklahoma opposed allowing permits for the show, affirming it made the city ‘look bad to promote something illegal’. Nonetheless, Tulsa and other cities around the US continued to be regular filming places for the show.

Lawsuit

Although it’s unclear what the official investigation into Ryan Fellows’ death concluded, the case took an unexpected turn in February 2023, when his family sued Discovery and Lions Gate Entertainment over wrongful death, accusing them of negligence both before and after the accident which took his life.

According to TMZ, Ryan’s surviving family claimed that the road was only 16 feet wide, which is half of the 30 feet width standard in the industry. As well, they claimed that the road’s lack of concrete barrels in its surroundings and other unfitting racing conditions as dangerous, pointing out how all of these were the cause of the loss of control experienced by drivers on the road.

Another of the statements by the family includes that given the many accidents which occurred in the show, Discovery knew about the dangers surrounding “Street Outlaws” races, but refused to act. They also claimed that changing the race tracks’ condition was possible, given how the network had immediately accommodated a standard race track to film the rest of the “Fastest In America” season after Ryan’s death.

The Fellows family asked for damage compensation, but it’s unclear whether the case will move forward, or if an out-of-court settlement could take place.

Who Was Ryan Fellows?

The death of Ryan Fellows greatly impacted viewers of “Street Outlaws”, but the biggest loss was suffered by his family and close ones. As written for the funding campaign started by his family following his death, Ryan was far from being a racer only. Back in his college days, he was a notable player for Chestnut Hill College Basketball Team, treasuring that hobby even after becoming a dedicated business owner, and a loving family man.

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As described, Ryan was ‘admired for tenacity and a relentless drive to overcome the challenges before him’, and was said to love his wife Liz, and children more than anything.

Besides his professional accomplishments and personal life, Ryan was a big fan of speed, and loved racing. While he was featured several times in the show, his most popular appearance was in “Street Outlaws: Memphis”, in which he raced with his bright green twin turbo Lamborghini Huracan against Brian Britt.

Nonetheless, Ryan’s path in the racing scene went beyond “Street Outlaws”. As seen in his social media accounts, Ryan often participated in showdowns and races all around the country, often taking his wife Elizabeth and children with him. He was also a big fan of cars, sharing some bits of his automotive endeavors on his YouTube channel StirFry Racing.

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The Show’s Future

Given how Ryan Fellows’ fatal crash is unprecedented in the history of “Street Outlaws”, it brings out many questions regarding the show’s future, and whether it would have any impact on it.

That being said, there’s still a lot of uncertainty regarding what will result from the lawsuit filed against Discovery by the Fellows family, including whether the production company will take alternative security measures to reduce the possibility of further fatal accidents occurring. Besides the fact that “Fastest In America” was allegedly switched to a professional race track following Ryan’s death, the production of  “Street Outlaws” hasn’t announced any changes regarding that and other shows in the franchise.

So what will happen to “Street Outlaws” in the future? That’s yet to be seen, but the tragedy of Ryan Fellows is a sad reminder of all the dangers that drivers expose themselves to by following their passion.

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How Faye Hadley Went from Harvard Psychologist to All Girls Garage Star

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We all have dreams and aspirations. When we think of success, we often imagine that it’s something that takes years of hard work and perseverance, but what if you could accomplish your goals in just a few short years? That’s exactly what Faye Hadley, star of the hit TV show, “All Girls Garage” did. As a Harvard-educated psychologist, Hadley had absolutely no experience in the automotive industry, but now she’s a self-proclaimed ‘girl with grease under her fingernails’, having followed a path that took her through several twists and turns – within just a few short years, she was able to go from Harvard psychologist to “All Girls Garage” star. How did she do it? Let’s take a look at Faye Hadley’s early life, family, journey, and the methods she used to reach her goals. Stay tuned!

Who is Faye Hadley?

Just a few years ago, she was working as a psychologist, studying how people’s behavior is shaped by their environment. Today, she’s one of the most popular automotive mechanics on TV, so how did Faye go from Harvard psychologist to mechanic maestro? Let’s see!

Her Beginnings

Lafayette ‘Faye’ Lewis was born on 25th September 1986, in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Not much information is available about her parents and family, but some posts on her social media accounts indicate that her biological parents have since divorced—although it’s unclear when this happened. Her father was a professor who obtained his PhD from the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), while her mother, Cindy Copeland, was also a professor; she’s been cited on several occasions as Faye’s biggest supporter. Faye had a relatively normal childhood, but was always passionate about cars, even from a young age. She remembers how her dad used to talk about the inner workings of engines, and even taught her how to change the brakes on his car.  She started working on cars at the age of 15, and became a professional technician at the age of 19, mentioning that she’s a lot of hands-on experience, and has worked on a wide variety of vehicles.

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After her high school matriculation, she attended the prestigious Harvard University in pursuit of a degree in psychology – when she wasn’t studying she was tinkering with her Honda Civic in her garage. She enjoyed everything about modifying and restoring cars — the engineering challenge, the mechanical knowledge needed to complete each project, and the thrill of seeing her creation take shape. She graduated in 2010 with honors, even working as a therapist for a year; although feeling out of place at her new job, she was encouraged to stay. However, when she began working at a Jeep repair shop, Faye felt an instant connection with the work, and became more involved in car mechanics. She relocated across the country to pursue a career as a mechanic, with no formal experience whatsoever.

Turning Passion into Reality

As expected, the move was an uncomfortable one for Faye, as she had to move out of her comfort zone; she persisted nonetheless. On the career switch she said, ‘I love helping people, but as a therapist you just jump into people’s lives, it was too intense for me. I want to help people; with a car, I can just jump in right away— I can change an alternator and make a ‘check-engine’ light go away!’. She started a YouTube channel in which she documented her builds and fixes in hopes of educating fellow women about cars, which in turn made her popular amongst motorists and car enthusiasts alike, and somewhat famous.

When she heard about the offer from “All Girls Garage” and saw an opportunity to pursue her passion for mechanics and cars, she jumped at the chance. This was her chance to prove that women could do what had typically been considered a man’s job. She found it incredibly rewarding to be able to take the skills she’d learned and teach them to others, helping empower other women with their cars and boosting their confidence. Faye was offered an opportunity to join the show as both a host and technical expert, which she accepted immediately, thrilled by the chance to put into practice all that she’d learned over the years in her own garage — while sharing valuable insights with viewers. Thanks to Faye’s enthusiasm and expertise in the show, people around the world have been able to find inspiration for their own projects in her work, making her a hero of sorts!

How She Knew the “All Girls Garage” Opportunity Was Right for Her

It’s rare to go from one extreme to the other—but for Faye Hadley, that kind of radical change was just the right move. She was a successful Harvard psychologist, but at heart knew that she had an aptitude for tinkering and construction that she hadn’t been able to actively pursue. Faye says that she didn’t get where she is today without taking chances, and being willing to work really hard.

Even though changing from academia felt daunting at first, she knew deep down that if she pursued her dream of working on cars, success would follow—it was just a matter of time. So, when she saw an opportunity for the show on the Velocity channel, the decision was clear: it was just what she’d been dreaming of – having a career where she could find reward in working with her hands and pushing her skill set was too good to pass up. With some luck and hard work, everything else fell in place!

Faye had a plan mapped out from day one: take part in a program that would inspire women and young girls to pursue their own paths in engineering and automotive repair. She had seen first-hand how society could be dismissive of these avenues as a viable career choice for women, and wanted to be part of the movement that broke through these prejudices. With her background in psychology combined with her love of auto repair, Faye was primed to make an impact.

How her Harvard education helped her learn automotive knowledge

It’s no secret that Faye had a top-notch education from Harvard—but how does that translate to her current position as an automotive expert in the show?

The answer might surprise you. While Faye didn’t get specific training in cars, all the classes she took in Psychology and Cognitive Science gave her the knowledge and expertise to quickly pick up the details about car parts and repair techniques, some of which she’s picked-up informally anyway. In her own words, ‘I was taking classes like neuroscience and cognitive science, which is really just learning about how people process information and learn things’. Well, her classes paid off as they helped her in the following situations.

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Problem-solving skills

Her problem-solving skills played a large role in her ability to pick up on all the nuances and workings of cars. This gave her the confidence to go into unfamiliar environments—whether that be in a garage or out in the field—and find solutions quickly and efficiently.

Understanding complexities

In psychology and cognitive sciences classes, Faye gained an understanding of complex systems. That knowledge translated into being able to understand why some electrical systems need special diagnostic tools or why some nuts take special wrenches for them to be taken off. When you understand complexity, you can solve complex problems quicker than most people—which is an invaluable asset for any mechanic.

Quick Thinking

Faye’s knowledge from Harvard has served her well, allowing her to become one of the most respected experts on the show, as her education has given her an edge when it comes to being able to diagnose mechanical problems quickly and accurately.

Balancing a Psychology Career With Her Stint as a TV Star

She made it work, by being careful to plan out her schedule, and prioritize her responsibilities. Faye managed this tricky balance by setting clear goals: from the very start of her journey, Faye set specific goals for what she wanted to accomplish each day. This allowed her to stay on track and ensure that both of her hustles were getting the attention they deserved. Staying organized – to juggle two very different jobs, Faye had to stay organized and structured in order to get through each day. She kept a detailed planner that tracked all of her appointments and tasks. Making time for herself: even with a hectic schedule, Faye made sure to carve out some time for self-care and relaxation so she could de-stress and recharge. Faye’s determination certainly paid off.

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What “All Girls Garage” Means to Her

‘It is so amazing to help other women with their car projects, and see how empowered they felt when they finished’ she said. ‘I wanted to bring something positive and contribute in a meaningful way’. The show gave Faye the chance to demonstrate her ability as a mechanic, while also sharing her love of cars with like-minded individuals. She learned something new every day while also providing support and help for those who had similar interests. Faye enjoyed the challenge that came with working on classic cars, but she also loved the collaboration between herself and the other members of the show. Together, they were able to bring some of their ideas to life using creative problem-solving and out-of-the-box thinking. For Faye, being part of the show meant having a platform to support and encourage fellow female mechanics—a passion that she still carries today.

What is she up to now?

These days, it’s hard to miss Faye Hadley’s smiling face on TV. Tune in each week, and you’ll see her tearing engines apart, banging out dents, and performing other auto repairs. In 2019, she appeared in a few episodes of “Best of Top Gear”, before appearing in “Motor MythBusters” in 2021. She’s also a go-to expert when it comes to buying and selling cars. She now uses her platform as a TV star to pay it forward and mentor women who are interested in auto repair—teaching them the basics of working on cars so they can feel empowered to pursue their own automotive dreams. She’s the owner of an ASE-certified repair shop on the outskirts of San Antonio, Texas, where she does general repairs, specializing in Toyota vehicles. The store is named Pistons & Pixiedust, resembling her YouTube channel. When she isn’t filming or in her garage, she enjoys being in her chicken coop, taking care of her many chickens.

Where can you find her?

Faye is an avid vlogger, chronicling her travels and documenting her day-to-day life on her YouTube channel. She’s been known to pick up automotive projects and updates viewers on how things are going— quite entertaining to watch as she fixes up cars in real-time. Faye attends car shows all over the country, inspiring others with her knowledge and connecting with people from all corners of the automotive world. She also offers seminars on women auto mechanics—a great way for ladies to dip their toe into becoming a gearhead too!

Not only does Faye regularly update her Instagram page, but it’s also full of amazing photos from the “All Girls Garage” set. You’ll get an inside look at how the show is filmed, plus photos of just about every high-performance vehicle they work on during the season. She can be found on Instagram, Twitter and on Facebook.

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What is Faye’s net worth?

As of 2023, Faye Hadley’s net worth is estimated by authoritative sources to be a humble $60,000, but is likely a conservative figure. Faye is an automotive technician and instructor who has gained popularity through her work as a co-founder of the Women’s Automotive Association International and as the host of the web series “All Girls Garage” on MotorTrend Network. She has been working in the automotive industry for almost a decade, and she is known for her expertise in performance tuning, engine building, and fabrication. She has also worked as an instructor at the Universal Technical Institute and has taught automotive technology at a community college in California. Given Faye’s success in the industry, it’s likely that she will accumulate a substantial increase in her net worth.

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The transition from a psychologist to a mechanic was anything but easy for Faye, but here she is today—a certified auto mechanic and popular TV star. Taking the biggest leap of faith, Faye Hadley has certainly proved that anything is possible, even turning your back on a career you worked so hard for to pursue something else that you’re passionate about. Not only has Faye found success on TV, on social media, and in her shop, she’s also gone on to work with companies such as Amazon, Coke, and Harley Davidson. We wish her all the best as she continues to grow and help people in her new world.

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About Jay Leno’s Gasoline Fire Accident – What Actually Happened?

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There are many reasons which make Jay Leno one of the most memorable hosts on American TV. Whether it’s his charisma, good sense of humor, or simply his vast knowledge about cars, Jay Leno’s popularity doesn’t come across as a surprise to anyone, and his several decades in the entertainment business are indicative as to how well-liked he is.

That being said, in recent times Jay has gone through one of the hardest times of his life, when he was seriously injured in a fire in his California home, leaving his fans shocked and flabbergasted without knowing what exactly happened to him.

So what did happen to Jay Leno and how has his recovery been so far? And what has been going on with his show and career? Stay here to discover all!

What Happened To Jay Leno?

Although Jay has had his fair share of risky experiences, having his face burnt was a first for him. The incident happened in early November of 2022, when Jay was on his way to fix a clogged fuel line of his red White Steam Car from 1907. What he didn’t expect was that gasoline would fall onto his face at the same time that a sparkle lit under the hood, setting his face on fire in a matter of an instant.

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According to an interview that Jay gave Today in early 2023, he was immediately helped by his friend and fellow mechanic Dave Killackey, who works with him at the garage. After seeing what he describes as a ‘wall of fire’ which went from Jay’s lower to the upper body, Dave was quick to pull him against his chest to stop the flames and called emergency services.

Jay was hospitalized on the same day, as he’d sustained serious burns tn the left side of his face as well as to other parts of his body, though delicate parts such as his eyes and ears were fortunately untouched. According to Page Six, Jay went through at least two surgical procedures, which included a skin transplant on the affected parts of his face.

In the end, Jay recovered well, but it was a frightening incident nonetheless.

Aftermath

While there’s no denying that Jay’s fire accident was a scary one both for him and his fans, he took it the best he could while it happened. As affirmed by Jay during his Today interview in 2023, he went into the hospital to be treated for his most serious burns but much to the chagrin of his doctors, drove home that same night without caring much. His biggest worry right there was Mavis, his wife, given that she had no idea of what his condition was at the time: ‘My wife doesn’t drive anymore, and I didn’t want her stuck and not knowing what was going on. It just seemed like the right thing to do,’ he said.

Besides concern for his wife, Jay had other things to care about, such as giving out cookies to the kids who were also interned at the Grossman Burn Center. At the same time, news of Jay’s accident broke in the media, and artracted the attention of big names such as US President Joe Biden, who personally phoned Jay from Indonesia to ask about his condition.

To show his gratitude to the doctors and nurses at Grossman Burn Center, Jay donated money for the kids at the center, and also gave every nurse who tended to him a four-day trip to the Bahamas.

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Bike Accident

The fire incident was a terrible one, but that wasn’t the end of a series of scary accidents suffered by Jay Leno in recent times. On 17 January 2023, Jay suffered yet another accident when he came off his 1940 Indian motorbike, resulting in a couple of broken bones for him.

As Jay said to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, he’d suspected that his bike was leaking fuel and was on his way to look out for a place to check on it. By the time he entered a nearby parking lot, he didn’t see that a wire had been tensed across the place, knocking him off the motorcycle without giving him time to react. Jay was taken to the hospital for treatment to a broken collarbone and two ribs, on top of having his kneecaps cracked and his face cut.

However, Jay kept his accident a secret for a couple of weeks, knowing that his previous fire accident already had his fans worried enough about his health: ‘You know, after getting burned up, you get that one for free. After that, you’re Harrison Ford, crashing airplanes. You just want to keep your head down,’ he said.

Despite the apparent seriousness of his injuries, Jay went back to work the same week, hosting his comedy live shows in March 2023.

Car Crash

Even though the fire incident and bike crash that Jay Leno suffered in late 2022 and early 2023 were serious, those weren’t the first times in which Jay has had his fans concerned about his well-being.

As it happens, in the 1960s the Hemi Under Glass became famous for being the car which stands up on two wheels, all of it possible due to the fact that the car’s engine is located in the back of the car.

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Always impressed by rare cars, Jay Leno had long wanted to get into the car, and also share stories with its owner Bob Riggle, who Jay proudly describes as his hero. Such a time finally came in 2016, when both men got to drive the Hemi Under Glass but before they could warm it up enough to make it stand up, the car flipped over several times.

All of this was filmed, and aired in an episode of “Jay Leno’s Garage”, but it was an undeniably scary sight to see. Fortunately, neither Jay nor Bob was seriously injured during the accident, but the Hemi Under Glass was smashed on the sides, its glass windows broken and the handles were hanging out of their place. Nonetheless, as admitted by Jay, ‘it doesn’t get more exciting than that’, so the adventure was most likely worth the worry.

Show Cancellation

Regardless of a couple of scary situations faced by Jay in “Jay Leno’s Garage”, it’s been an undeniably fun ride for him while it lasted. However, even the greatest things in life have to end at some point, and unfortunately, the time for “Jay Leno’s Garage” to say goodbye to TV screens came in January 2023.

This decision took fans by surprise, as the show had been highly successful for the seven seasons it aired. Nonetheless, “Jay Leno’s Garage” wasn’t the only one to be cut off from CNBC programming, as the network’s change of schedule also affected some other shows, while also choosing to air reruns of older productions during primetime.

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While it’s unclear if Jay will keep on working with CNBC, new videos of “Jay Leno’s Garage” are still shared on its official YouTube channel. On top of that, these days Jay’s mostly focused on his live comedy shows, and taking care of his health, especially given the string of accidents that he’s had in the past.

All in all, it’s relieving to see that Jay Leno is doing better these days, leaving us nothing else but to wish for him to stay healthy and out of trouble in the future.

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