Welcome to the RPM Foundation

Sep. 23, 2016

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The RPM Foundation accelerates the growth of the next generation of automotive restoration and preservation craftsmen through formal training and mentorship.

Founded through the vision and support of Hagerty, the RPM Foundation serves as the educational arm of America's Automotive Trust. Together, these organizations work to secure and preserve America’s automotive heritage.

Guided by a 9-person Board of Directors, including experts from a cross section of the collector vehicle community, the RPM Foundation is the leading advocate for automotive restoration and preservation education.


  • Preserve and promote America’s automotive treasures
  • Cultivate a new generation of craftsmen skilled in the art of automotive and marine restoration and preservation
  • Promote the importance of the skilled trades and the many career opportunities within the industry
  • Create a passageway between young people who have an interest in vehicles and industry leaders
  • Develop partnerships with industry leaders including shows, clubs and businesses to promote the education of the skills necessary for to secure America’s automotive heritage and culture
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    Penn College automotive restoration technology student Vanessa Mathurin, of Philadelphia, walks guests through the program’s multifaceted restoration process.
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