People of RPM

December 22, 2021

Michael Gassman

Name: Michael Gassman Company Name: Gassman Automotive Products LTD. Location: Waynesboro, VA Years of Experience: 35 Specialty: We are a full-service restoration shop, specializing in British Sports cars but with experience in German, Italian, American and also prewar and Brass era. We are capable of wheeling panels, aluminum bodies, interior, engine and gearbox rebuilding. We’re…
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November 23, 2021

Recipient Spotlight: Bill Bandy

Name: Bill Bandy Age: 22 School: McPherson College Location: McPherson, Kansas Areas of interest : Body & Paint, Interior & Trim, Fabrication & Metal Shaping, Frame & Suspension, Hot Rods, Resto Mods, Woodworking Era of interest: Pre-war – 1980s What sparked your interest in collector vehicles? I originally got into collision work on newer cars,…
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October 6, 2021

Recipient Spotlight: Israel Acosta

Name: Israel Acosta Age: 22 School: McPherson College Location: McPherson, Kansas Areas of interest : Body & Paint, Engine & Mechanical, Fabrication & Metal Shaping, Historic Vehicle Preservation, Original (Stock) Restoration, Hot Rods, Performance Mods / Tuning, Imports Era of interest: Pre-war – 1990s What sparked your interest in collector vehicles? I credit my interest…
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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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