20-something British car specialist exemplifies the power of experience

Secondary education has long been sold as a necessary steppingstone to greater things. For Nate Kulpa, however, it was a speed bump, something he’d have to slow down for on the road to his dreams.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2019/10/10/20-something-british-car-specialist-nate-kulpa

Congratulations to this young man!
Although I did go to college, I ended up working on vintage Rolls-Royces and Bentleys in London soon after. Then moved to the USA and attended more college, ending up in computers for the next several decades, but on “retirement” my wife and I established a company mainly focused on vintage and classic RR and Bentley work again, thus neatly “bookending” my career doing one of the things I really enjoy.
So pleased to hear of someone in this age group doing well in the classic British car field.
If I might make a suggestion, there appears to be a shortage of young engineer types in the classic and vintage Rolls and Bentley arena, judging by the number of calls I get asking if I am still available for work…

We support EVIT, even have a campus here in Fountain Hills. It’s a much needed alternative to a university.

I believe our academic system belittles anything other than higher academic education. It is rare to find an advisor in an educational institution who will counsel a young person to investigate a non-academic higher education. More young people should be exposed to those opportunities even in grade school. We still need people to build and repair things. I was very fortunate to grow up with a father who was intelligent and mechanically skilled with only a Junior High education. He began my auto education at 10 years old by having me help work on cars and lawn mowers. I caught the bug and have been a gearhead ever since. We need to encourage young people to consider careers other than pure academic I had the opportunity to encouraged assist a young neighbor working on a Fox platform Mustang. He went to Northwestern Tech and is now a successful dealership mechanic and race car builder on the side.

I went to college because that was the path I wanted to take. My youngest kid also went to college, however she enrolled in a program in High School called “running start”. That program allows you to go to community college and get high school credits at the same time. The State of Washington pays the tuition. When she graduated from high school she was only a few credits short of a two years AA degree at community college. What I didn’t know at the time the program is also available for students that want to go to technical school. There were a small group of kids at her graduation that who got both a high school diploma and technical school certification at the same time. Running start students in my state can graduate with either a technical school certification or a AA community college degree with NO student debt. Great program.

This is a rare and wise young man and proof that if they have to work for it that its rewarding and a lot more appreciated. I could not agree more on the college garbage. Kids are coming out more warped than when they went in. We need more apprenticeship and trade schools that teach you on a trade and not colleges with political agendas pushing diversity training. Hats off to this young man.