The Man Behind Rareforms Art
As my first post to the new website, I would like to start off by saying thank you for visiting. You could have been anywhere on the entire internet, yet you chose to stop at Rareforms. It means a great deal to me that I can share in my passion for automotive design through this creative outlet that is Rareforms Art. My only wish is that every buyer of a sculpture will enjoy looking at it as much as I did creating it.
With that being said, let me introduce myself in greater detail. My name is Vince Rago, born and raised in Toronto, Canada. I studied mechanical engineering at The University of Toronto and somehow managed to graduate on time despite my sophomore antics and general disdain for studying. My lifelong passion for cars and anything automotive was one of the driving forces behind my choice of post-secondary education. My father's 1970 Mustang Mach 1, a collector car classified magazine given to me by an old friend during my bout with chicken pox, and Gran Turismo for the Playstation console were the catalysts for my interest in cars from a very early age. Ask me to draw something at the age of 5, and it would most certainly have 4 wheels and a spoiler.
Fast forward a few years to my days of kart racing. What started as a weekend hobby quickly grew into a year round obsession, with trips to Florida for international winter racing events, and club and regional events alike consuming every spare minute from April to October. I wet my feet in the world of open wheel formula racing with many hours of track time in Formula BMW machines including an unforgettable trip to Spain for the North American Scholarship Shootout. I lived and breathed motorsports and anything with four wheels and an engine that would go fast. This time in my life truly defined who I was, and made a permanent impact on my life going forward. I cannot imagine myself having never sat in a racing kart.
Now, I work as a program manager in the automotive industry, dealing mainly with the big three NA manufacturers. It was in fact a co-worker who showed me a sculpture of a Porsche 917 that first captured my imagination, and what I could potentially create. When I find a spare minute, I am working on developing Rareforms into the vision I have always fantasized of. While continuing to maintain my full-time position has softened the financial risk of diving head first into Rareforms, I hope that it becomes my primary focus in life going forward because I believe we all dream to make a living from exercising our passion in life, and this is mine.