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June Volunteer Talk

10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 2   

Volunteer Talk — Frank Bakanau

Title: Kit Cars 101


Join us for “Kit Cars 101,” as Frank Bakanau presents his experience building his RCR Lola T70 Mk. III B. His talk will cover building the Lola, a brief history of kit cars, and the tools, skills, and funds someone will need to get started today.




“Anything that makes noise and stinks will probably catch my interest.”

 — Frank Bakanau  


From a lathe given to him by his father on his 12th birthday to his work in New Jersey as a teenager, the Car Guy “affliction” (as Frank describes it) started rather young. While working at S&R Imports at the age of 13, Frank encountered a very special vehicle — an Elva Courier, driven to the D Production SCCA championship by Mark Donohue. Donohue went on to great things as Roger Penske’s top driver, like winning the 1972 Indy 500.


Frank became interested in N/C (Numerical Control) as the CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) industry was just taking off. He was fortunate to work for some of the best tech companies in the field, like MDSI, Applicon, Cimlinc, Point Control, and CG Tech. This ride of a career allowed Frank to work on a wide variety of projects, ranging from the Saturn V rocket to the carbon-fiber layup of Boeing’s 787.


Frank has been a World of Speed volunteer since the museum opened.