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July 30, 2021

Recipient Spotlight: Central Carolina Community College

SANFORD – The Central Carolina Community College Foundation has received funding from the RPM Foundation to support the restoration of a 1940 Ford by the CCCC Automotive Restoration Technology program. The grant allows the college to purchase the supplies needed to turn this 1940 Ford into as how-worthy vehicle that will be used for student…
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July 30, 2021

Recipient Spotlight: Kassidy Nixon

Kassidy Nixon, of Lillington, North Carolina, was only 15 when she got her dilapidated 1984 Chevy K10 pickup. But she had a supportive family and the kind of unique mechanical confidence that comes when you’re a homeschooled farm kid who grows up fixing stuff with your dad. “It had a blown transmission and 43,000 on…
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July 30, 2021

Recipient Spotlight: Israel Acosta

Just like rock or jazz is to pop, pickup truck racing runs counter to stock car racing’s mainstream appeal. Modern fans love the rebellious nature of the sport. The trucks look different, drive different, and take fast and furious racing to another fun level of spectacle. But what many don’t know, Israel Acosta says, is…
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July 30, 2021

Recipient Spotlight: Lucas Cauley

At his internship gig in Auburn, Indiana, Lucas Cauley has learned that not all historical research is created equally. Two to four times every week, 22-year-old Lucas Cauley breaks from his grad-level history studies at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, to make an 80-mile trek north. There, at the Early Ford V-8 Foundation Museum…
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July 30, 2021

Recipient Spotlight: Kevin Kyle

When he was 14 years old, Kevin Kyle bought a rusty Chevy S-10 pickup for $500 and another one for parts. His stepdad owned a hot rod shop, so together the two did all the needed body work—new fenders, new doors, everything. Kyle took his driver’s test in the S-10, which he still drives today.…
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July 30, 2021

Recipient Spotlight: Randy Elber

Randy Elber has traveled a long way from the beater LeMans he transformed in a friend’s garage. From Randy Elber’s place in Mount Kisco, New York, it’s a 45-minute drive to Fishkill. For the entire trip, Randy can’t keep the smile off his face, because he knows what awaits him. Just off U.S. Route 9…
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July 30, 2021

Recipient Spotlight: Brianna Wickard

A high-school field trip brought Brianna Wickard to Lowell’s Boat Shop, founded in 1793, and an apprenticeship in boat building. Back at Amesbury High School, Brianna Wickard easily could have been voted “Girl Most Likely to Never Pick Up a Tool.” The self-described “musical theater nerd” was terrified of shop class. “I was always the…
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July 29, 2021

Recipient Spotlight: Michael Krukowski

LIFETIME LEARNER Boyhood experiences and genuine curiosity are Michael Krukowski’s keys to success. By any measure, Michael Krukowski had a perfect upbringing for a kid who loves cars. His father was a car nut, and the two made regular weekend trips to swap meets and car shows. When Krukowski was 10, his dad opened a…
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