What We Do!

What is Team Restorations?

Team Restorations engages the community through a team approach. The TR internship program reaches out to youth in our community from a wide variety of demographics, with an emphasis on helping those considered "at risk". We want to help people find a better path to follow in life. As our interns learn and work together towards finishing a restoration project, it is our goal to mentor and provide them with invaluable life and work skills.


In order for our interns to receive the best training and mentorship possible, TR is asking for volunteers who have experience in auto repair, fabrication, body and painting skills. We’ve found that when you give a little bit of your time and heart to make a positive impact in someone's life, it’s not only rewarding – it’s life-changing! Our volunteer staff will lead the next generation of young men and women and therefore we are seeking individuals to "pass the torch" as they help to keep the excitement and enthusiasm for classic cars, trucks, and bikes alive for years to come!

Nuts and Bolts

Team Restorations isn’t just about restoring classic vehicles. TR is a S.T.E.M. based program, focused on giving young people an opportunity to learn automotive maintenance and repair related skills to carry into the future.


This program is designed to team small groups with staff members and volunteers (experienced mechanics and specialized technicians) who will not only teach them the mechanic skills, but will also serve as a mentor for them. TR is about forming bonds and friendships that will help guide young men and women through life. Here at TR, individuals will learn responsibility and accountability. Integrity is key to a successful life and career. We hope to build successful futures through this program.

 The entire process, from build to finish, will teach student interns invaluable skills as vehicles are completely disassembled, parts are tagged for inventory and stored in bin locations. They will learn parts procurement and ordering skills for the items needed to complete entire vehicle restorations.


The skills they are learning can be added to resumes as they learn the importance of attention to detail and how it applies in all areas of one’s life. Team Restorations offers a unique opportunity for student interns to learn the basics of metalworking, which includes sheet metal layout, cutting, bending, forming, and welding.  These skill sets present many opportunities for future employment in the manufacturing industry as well. 


TR is more than your typical vehicle restoration company…we are here to make a difference in our community!

Scholarship Program

The staff at Team Restorations is in the process of developing a scholarship rewards program for student interns who have the desire and drive to continue their education and training and take it to the next level. We are currently seeking partnerships with automotive and manufacturing companies, nationwide, to help fund this incredible opportunity.

Our goal is to provide guidance and present opportunities for highly motivated young men and women who are willing to learn beyond our program. By offering a scholarship, it is our hope to help these individuals develop a strong platform of education and training that will help them in securing a promising and rewarding future in the automotive or manufacturing industry! 

How To Become Involved 

Team Restorations offers opportunities for many youth to become a part of our program. TR is partnering with Teen Challenge of Northern Nevada to offer their students a new outlook on life and a unique opportunity to take part in the exciting TR program. TR is coordinating with WCSD to offer our program to Inspire Academy students and hope to have that program in place for the 2019 school year. The Childrens Cabinet youth education and training program will also be be developing a partnership with us to give their interns an opportunity to be a part of TR as well. We are also working alongside the Boy Scouts of America to create an Explorer Post Program for the young men and women in the scouting programs to participate in their own restoration projects too!Our goal is to have the scouting program in place by 2019.

Students within our local area, age 16+, are also encouraged to apply and become a TR team member. Send us an email and tell us about yourself, your interest in cars/trucks/bikes, and in Team Restorations and we will get in touch with you! TR will have a limited number of spots available beginning in 2019 so please contact us at your earliest convenience.  

More to come! Check back often!

How you can help


Cash or Credit Card

Your financial donations become leveraged in our community as we are able to take what you give and create something far more valuable. Hope. As we restore and refurbish vehicles, those finished projects are converted into cash donations for local charities that we elect to support. Your financial donations make the entire TR program possible. 

Classic Cars, Trucks, Bikes

We are always in need of classic cars, trucks, bikes in need of restoration. Your vehicle donation drives our program. Tax receipts will be provided for each vehicle donation.

Tooling / Equipment

Tooling and equipment is needed to accomplish our mission and give each intern an opportunity to work side by side with one another other. 

If you have the desire to help us succeed and have the ability to donate, in any one of these categories, we welcome your donation with sincere gratitude! Details for submitting donations will be posted here soon! Please send us an email if you have any questions.


Team Restorations is holding the door open for mechanics, machinists, and auto body / paint professionals. We’re looking for volunteers who would be willing to donate their time in the shop, working alongside our interns, as we mentor and teach them skills they will use throughout their lifetime. Your volunteerism is not only rewarding, it’s life-changing for the intern and volunteer. 

Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a volunteer and helping young men and women achieve their maximum potential through the Team Restorations program! 

Order Yours Now!

You'll look great in our new TR gear!

We have created a promotional fundraiser to help cover our start up costs and get our team started on our first project! The T-shirts, hat and hoodies pictured above are rewarded for your donations as follows: 

  • A $25 donation and you will receive a T-shirt with the TR logo 
  • A $35 donation and you will receive the cool looking trucker cap with  embroidered TR logo 
  • A $50 donation and you will receive a pullover or zip up hooded sweatshirt with logo.
  • Coffee mugs are not being sold individually, but are offered as a free bonus if you make a $100 donation!


If you choose a package deal of T-shirt, Hat, and Hoodie we'll knock $10 off and throw in a TR coffee mug for free!! You can have all three for an even $100.00!! and that includes your choice of hoodie, zip up or pullover!

(most children and adult sizes available, color choices are currently limited to what is shown). 

Please allow up to three weeks for delivery.

Plus!l  All items are supplied by Cabinet Ink, a division of The Children's Cabinet in Reno, NV and is part of their youth education and training program...it's helping at least two good causes at once!!    


  Click here to order yours now! 

If you're interested in making a separate cash donation, please click the button below and follow the link to our paypal donation site! Thank you!!

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Who we are

Lanny Backes - Founder/Director

Lanny's love and enthusiasm for classic cars and coaching football comes together in Team Restorations! Lanny is a proud father of five; Casey, Cody, Roark, Riley and Aspen, and a grandson, Draven! He loves muscle cars and hot rods, and coaching football. His beautiful wife Crystal encourages him to stay involved with his passions and is very helpful in the daily operations of TR! Lanny's also an avid outdoorsman who enjoys fishing, off-roading, dual sport motorcycling, and more! His vision for Team Restorations goes beyond what is apparent on the surface, and straight to the hearts of those people whose lives will be positively impacted by Team Restorations! 

Teresa Aquila - Director

Teresa Aquila (Teresas Garage Radio Show) Brings over 40 years of automotive repair and multiple related fields of experience and knowledge to share with the TR staff and offers her very best in strong guidance and counsel in all TR programs!

More about Teresa coming soon!

Chris Devine - Director

Chris has a lifelong passion for cars and four wheel drive Jeeps and trucks. Chris brings a wealth of experience in sheet metal fabrication as well as a heart for helping others! He also has great vision for resto-mod design and fabrication, an invaluable asset to TR!

More about Chris coming soon! 


Restoration Process Being Taught

What our students will learn to do!

Thank you to our sponsors, volunteers and mentors!

Gina Trampusch - When Charity Works, Joe Rajacic - Advanced Aviation Training, Teresa Aquila - Teresa's Garage, Dexter Baker - Sierra Invisible Shield,  Mike Pomi - The Children's Cabinet, Mike Whan - Hot August Nights, Jered Rowe - Teen Challenge, Aaron Valencia - Lost Angels Childrens Project

Contact Us

Better yet, see us in person!

We welcome everyone to stop by and visit us in the shop! Please come by and meet the crew and interns as we work on our cars, we would love to show you what we are all about! (shop will be operational near the end of July 2017)

Team Restorations

210 Coney Island Dr, Sparks, NV 89431

(520) 510-2510


Tuesday - Friday: 9:30am - 8:30pm

Saturday: 9:00am - 3:00pm

Sunday: Closed

Monday: Closed

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