Twelve members of Richard Rawlings' Gas Monkey Garage cast of characters will be joining him and several prominent motorsports personalities on this week-long Caribbean adventure that sets sail March 19 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, the day after the legendary 12 Hours of Sebring sports car race. Learn more at www.CruisinWithTheMonkey.com.
Cruisin' With The Monkey hits several tropical Ports of Call, including Half Moon Cay, the Cayman Islands, Cozumel and Key West, throughout the week-long cruise aboard Holland America's signature class cruise ship, the Nieuw Amsterdam.
Among the Gas Monkey Garage notables joining Rawlings are Dennis Collins, Christie Brimberry and Daphne Kaminski. Passengers will be able to get to know the diverse personalities of the Gas Monkey team and maybe pick up a bit of inside information or two on how Brimberry manages a shop full of Monkeys, asking Kaminski what it's like to be Rawlings' sister and discussing racing with Collins, who set the New York-to-Los-Angeles Gumball record with Rawlings.
Other Gas Monkey regulars that have booked their passage include Tony Taylor, Jason Aker, Jeremy Webster, Jeremy Cheatham, Charles "Sleeves" Cimino, Mike Coy, Tony Cano, Jonathan Mansour and Chris Montavon.
There is no end to the high-speed topics of discussion with this bunch. Taylor heads up buying and selling cars for Gas Monkey Garage on eBay and the Internet, Aker became a permanent Monkey after being brought in for a project to restore Firebirds, Webster is a master fabricator and Cheatham is a young grandpa who says he's anxious to show off "my grandpa bod."
Cimino, who seems to have an aversion to shirts with sleeves, should be right at home on the high-seas while painter and fabricator Coy is hot to re-enact the famous scene from the movie Titanic although "minus that glacier business." Converted Californian Cano will bring some Golden State cool to the cruise while parts manager Mansour has no plans to improve his potential tanning area by trimming his signature long beard. Guests shouldn't count on Montavon, Rawlings' personal driver, to wear his signature tuxedo t-shirt on the cruise but, then again, you never know.
The Gas Monkey Garage baker's dozen are just part of the featured guests on Cruisin' With The Monkey. They are being joined by several top drivers and team owners from both sports car racing and drag racing.
The sports car drivers include Americans “Big Texas” Ben Keating and “Pure Michigan” Marc Miller, top Dutch talent Jeroen Bleekemolen, Belgian hot shoe Marc Goossens, Danish driver and newly crowned 2016 IMSA GT Daytona Champion Christina Nielsen and England’s leading lady of motor racing, Katherine Legge. The quarter-mile contingent will be represented by Pro Stock driver Alex Laughlin, another Texas racer who drives the Gas Monkey Garage Camaro in one of the NHRA’s most competitive classes. Accomplished designer, constructor, engineering and all around racing big brain Bill Riley is another winning member of the motorsports guest lineup for Cruisin' With The Monkey. Rawlings and Keating, principal of ViperExchange.com – the largest Viper retailer in the world – put together this seven-day adventure at sea that that is open only to first 2,000 cruisers who get in on the action. Learn more and book now at www.CruisinWithTheMonkey.com.
Cruisin' With The Monkey activities include hanging out on a private beach in the Bahamas, an on-board pool party, a bourbon tasting, a chef showdown, a lively "Mixology 101" class and, of course, spending time with Rawlings, his Monkeys and Riley and the race car drivers. Included are all meals, port charges and gratuities, and non-carbonated beverages, such as tea, juices and coffee.
Pricing starts at just $1,189 per person for an interior stateroom and tops off at $4,319 for one of the luxurious Neptune Spa Suites. Learn more at www.CruisinWithTheMonkey.com. About Cruisin’ With The Monkey: Cruisin’ With The Monkey, March 19 – 26, 2017, is a trip throughout the Western Caribbean with Richard Rawlings, and some of his Monkeys from Gas Monkey Garage, aboard Holland America’s luxurious Nieuw Amsterdam. Learn more at www.CruisinWithTheMonkey.com. Setting sail from Fort Lauderdale the day after the 2017 running of the 12 Hours of Sebring, the high-seas adventure will also have winning IMSA GT Daytona competitors Ben Keating, Jeroen Bleekemolen, Marc Miller, Team Director Bill Riley and a few of their racing teammates and colleagues onboard for the week-long party at sea. Check out the complete list of professional motorsports personalities already booked for the cruise at www.CruisinWithTheMonkey.com/motorsports and the full Gas Monkey Garage lineup taking the trip at www.CruisinWithTheMonkey.com/talent/gas-monkey-talent.
About Gas Monkey Garage: In 2002, Richard Rawlings launched Gas Monkey Garage. The Garage created and transported automobiles for customers worldwide. In September 2013, Rawlings started Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill in Northwest Dallas with a second location at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport that opened in March 2014. In October 2014, Gas Monkey Live, a venue dedicated predominantly to live music, was opened. In 2016, Gas Monkey Garage partnered in three motorsports efforts with the ViperExchange.com Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper GT3-R in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Gas Monkey Garage Special in the 100th Indy 500 and the Laughlin Motorsports Pro Stock in the NHRA Mello Yello Series.
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