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When did your passion for cars begin?
Bruno: I grew up around the dragstrip watching my dad race, we didn’t go to ballgames, we went to the track! So I was born a gear head. My first memories are of racecars, so growing up all I wanted to do was race! I got my NHRA license before I headed off to college, but in my head I’d been making thousands of runs down the race track since I was 3. So it’s pretty safe to say my passion for cars began in the womb!
How does it make you feel to help these owners finish their abandoned projects?
Bruno: It’s an awesome feeling to watch these owners dreams turn to reality. Some of them get pretty emotional and I’m a very emotional guy, there were multiple times this year I was wiping my eyes throughout the day, lol!
What’s the most common mistake you see car owners making while trying to restore their cars?
Bruno: Quite simply, people more often than not get in over their heads. They have the best intentions and the passion for it, but just don’t have the skill set to take on some of these projects. The end result usually isn’t pretty and can quite honestly, be dangerous.
What are you most excited for viewers to see this season?
Bruno: The connections that the owners have for their vehicles is really prevalent this season. I think it’s something that all car guys and gals can connect with and use as motivation to get their own projects up and running.
How would you describe working with the Garage Squad crew?
Bruno: The Garage Squad crew is truly part of my extended family, we spend a lot of time together working on these projects. Half of the season its cold and rainy the other half ungodly hot and humid, which can make it tough on morale, but its great how we all pull together each week and get the job done.
Describe the worst car you’ve ever had to repair.
Bruno: Without a doubt the Trans Am from season one. It was rusted out from top to bottom and everything mechanical was a disaster. We probably should have walked away from that one, but the owner was a really good guy and I think the finished product spoke volumes of what we are able to do when our backs are up against the wall.
What’s usually the biggest challenge during the makeover process?
Bruno: The unexpected! We usually get blindsided by something on every build.
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What’s your go-to song while driving?
Bruno: Anything from the Pearl Jam “10” album.
When did you learn to change a tire?
Bruno: No idea, but I know I was swapping motors on my dad’s race cars in junior high.
What’s on your key ring?
Bruno: A surf board, always wanted to learn how
What is your favorite food?
Bruno: Pasta, both my mom and wife are Italian and terrific cooks!
If you have a custom license plate, what would it be?
Give us your best car joke.
Bruno: Ohh…that’s a tough one, I got nothin!