RPM - Restoration & Performance Motorcars
RPM is a family-owned business that’s been in operation for nearly three decades. RPM’s founder, Peter Markowski, was born the oldest of eight on a dairy farm in central Vermont. When Peter was fourteen, a neighbor bought, drove, and broke a bedraggled, retired race car called a Ferrari Barchetta. The neighbor did not want the ''old junker'' anymore so he sold it to Peter in return for $500 and a promise that Peter get a few old Packards running for him.
Being a teenager, Peter's first instinct was to throw a Ford V-8 into the Barchetta and go hot rodding. Thankfully, a wise sage advised him to restore it to its original condition, which Peter did over the course of twenty years. The once-decaying Ferrari was now worth many times what it was when he bought it. In the process, Peter learned a lot about the industry through networking to find parts and advice.
After working in the construction industry, at a farm service bank, and selling heavy trucks, Peter realized his dream to become self-employed and express his passion for these old cars on a daily basis. Soon Peter's sons were eager to return from school to help create the buzz that RPM builds back into the cars. In 1986, the family built the red barn shop, which has since undergone several expansions.