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Operation Restoration: Meet RPM’s most nontraditional scholar

After he graduated from high school in 2005, Nick Soracco joined the U.S. Air Force, stationed first to Florida and then at Spangdahlem Air Base in western Germany. Serving as a structures troop (part of the Civil Engineering Squadron), Soracco maintained the base’s infrastructure and, in his free time, hung out with the guys in his shop. A couple of them, he soon discovered, were into cars.


“One was into off-road vehicles,” says Soracco. “Another had done a few DIY restorations. I didn’t come from a car background, but I found it all pretty interesting. I started reading the magazines they had lying around and watching Top Gear whenever it was on TV.”


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