Who is Mark Towle?
Mark is an American television personality, car mechanic and entrepreneur, best known to the world as the owner of Gotham Garage, which featured in the Netflix show “Car Masters: Rust to Riches” (2018-2020).
Mark Towle Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education
Mark Towle was born on 13 November 1962 under the Scorpio zodiac sign, in Los Angeles, California USA. Raised by a single mother together with his three siblings, Towle had a rather tough childhood as the family didn’t have a lot of money.
In his spare time, he would go out with his friend ‘dumpster diving’, during which time the two would find old broken toys, and young Mark would fix and redesign them. His interest in repairing things and making them better followed him into adulthood, and he started his career out of it.
When it comes to his formal education, Mark hasn’t shared any info on it, but it seems that it’s not very important, as he’s become one of the most respected car mechanics.
Before making it big as a car mechanic, Mark worked as a prop technician on TV and films. He showcased his creativity on the sets as well as his technical expertise, as he was building original machines and props. Several years passed and with a rich portfolio, he launched his own garage.
The Gotham Garage is based in Temecula, California. Comprised of several mechanics, Mark is the leader and mainly responsible for the creations.
He built his fame on creating custom cars that are exact replicas of cars from popular films, including the Batmobile, while he’s also overhauled the tow truck that is built on a 1940 Ford truck platform, then the Lincoln Futura, and one of the most customized cars, the Spittinimage, based on Chevrolet Corvette C4. The Rocket car is one of his most popular creations, and a Frank’N’Bus based on the VV’s hippy truck of the ‘60s and ‘70s, among many other creations.
Rise to Prominence
With his motto, if you can dream it, I can build it, Mark has earned recognition throughout the US thanks to his many out-of-the-ordinary creations. After years of hard work, all paid out in 2018 when his garage was selected as the base for the new Netflix reality show “Car Masters: Rust to Riches”. The show premiered on 14 September 2018 and since then has aired 24 episodes over three seasons, with the third season premiering on 14 August 2021.
His helpers include Constance Nunes, Shawn Pilot, Michael ‘Caveman’ Pyle and Tony Quinones.
It hasn’t all been milk and honey for Mark; for his Batmobile replica, he was sued by Warner Bros. for copyright infringement. The legal battle reached the national news, as DC Comics claimed that the Batmobile was entitled to copyright protection under the law.
On the other hand, Mark said that DC didn’t own copyright for the car in the movie and TV show. Unfortunately, the court decided against Mark and his garage, stating that the Batmobile has sufficient “recognizable qualities” that give it copyright protection. He made a massive payout to Warner Bros. after the lawsuit was ruled in their favor, but it made him a huge star with the public, as everyone stood on his side.
He has since continued to make various replicas of movie cars, including the Coach from “The Munsters”, and the Mach 5 from “Speed Racer”.
As of early 2022, Mark Towle’s net worth has been estimated to be around $1.2 million, earned through his successful career as a car mechanic, and as a television personality.
Personal Life, Married, Wife, Children
Mark doesn’t like talking much about his personal life, and is rather focused on his professional life. However, it’s hard to stay away from public curiosity if you’re a public personality.
According to his social media pages, he’s been in a romantic relationship with a woman named Kandace Nilos for the last two years, but no further information is available about their romance.
Appearance and Vital Statistics
Known for his beanie, beard, and mustache, the prominent car builder stands at a height of 6ft 1in (1.85m), while his weight and other vital statistics are currently unknown, but he has an athletic figure.
Mark is a huge tattoo lover, and his entire right arm is covered in them , including one of a spider’s web.