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Catching up with the Sport and Specialty crew

Catching up with the Sport and Specialty crew

Catching up with the Sport and Specialty crew

Sport and Specialty blogFor 9 years now I’ve managed the website for Sport and Specialty and one of my favorite parts of the job is that I spend time with the guys catching up on their work, their goings-on, and drooling over the cars under their care. This year was no different, but the variety of cars has definitely picked up and man, are they busy.

Opening the door you’re welcomed by a freshly stripped Porsche 911 and a nearly finished Austin Healey 3000. On the other side, Cameron is working on the floor pan of the newly acquired BMW 2002 race car, next to an Alfa GTV and Alfa Spider Veloce. Ken and John are on the computers off to the side talking about a parts order, and then in the middle of the shop is a beautiful Volvo P1800 facing a mammoth 1950 Mercury – more on the Merc later.

Further in, Bill is prepping for some work in the paint booth and George has a table full of Weber parts he’s cleaning for a rebuild beside the rest of the Alfa engine. In the next room Ryan is fabricating a new fender for an Alfa Giulia as Max is wresting a new suspension onto another spotless Alfa GTV. Oh, that suspension is sexy.

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You also see a lot of smiles, whether it’s kidding around with each other or just generally having a good time. But make no mistake, there are some moments of frustration and choice words being thrown about at these stubborn old beasts they work on. These guys are mechanics, working on 50-year-old classics, not technicians plugging a laptop into the onboard computer.

When I’m not shooting pictures I’m usually sitting with John updating the list of new projects for the site, progress of the cars in the shop, and then documenting those that went home. Years ago we built pages on the site for what was “In the Shop” and “On the Road” but the fact of the matter is there are just too many cars for those pages. We’re now rolling out a feature that tracks the progress of each car on its page, telling its own story. You can filter the car pages by their marque and we’ll add some more categories there soon, too.

Back to the Merc. I couldn’t stop staring at it, walking around it and making way too many pictures. I asked the guys how a ‘50 Mercury ends up in a shop surrounded by Healeys, Alfas, Porsches, Jaguars, and BMWs. “It’s part of his collection. We’ve worked on his Kellison and his Jaguar, he likes what we do.”

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What’s next? More cars, more pictures, more fun. Make sure to attend the now-annual open house in the summer where you can see the shop, meet the crew, and drool over a few of the cars, too.

Meanwhile, enjoy some more of the images below from my day at the shop, and don’t forget about next year’s Open House.


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As “the web guy,” part of the fun is seeing the progress of the cars in the shop, even when I’m not there. While it’s great making pictures at the shop – and hanging out with the guys – to see updated images of projects is truly fascinating. What was a stripped-down empty shell of a car suddenly shows up in stunning pictures and videos of finished work.

So much has happened over the last few years in which I’ve been managing the website that it’s time again to change up how we present the finished projects.

You can still see some hand-picked favorites in the Concours Showcase, and you can follow along the progress of the cars In The Shop, but the On The Road category just got too hard to keep up with in the old format.

So now, you can scroll through the dozens of cars that have passed through the doors at Sport and Specialty as thumbnail images, then click on that car to get its “story” of how it made it back to the road.

At the top of the page, you can now trim down that list to view by car marque. Have a soft spot for Jaguars? Alfa’s? Healey’s? it’s there for you. For real fun, click on the “Other” category. Sometimes things just don’t fit in a category.

Another addition to the homepage is our new YouTube channel. You may have seen John’s two recent videos by The Envision Media team – if you haven’t, read up on John’s blog. Those videos, and more, will live on the YouTube channel. As they say, stay tuned.

Keep your eyes on the site, Facebook, Instagram, and now YouTube to follow along with the fun!

Enjoy.

Bill Oakes
Web Guy


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As official Content Strategist (Internet Guy) and photographer for Sport and Specialty, I get the pleasure of spending time at the shop to catch up on the newest work and meet the newest crew members. This last trip was preceding VSCDA’s Blackhawk Classic so the energy was even higher than usual.

Many, many updates to come about the work going on “In The Shop” but for now, meet the new crew member Jon Edwards and a his story. Anyone who has visited has probably also met Cameron Schmidt in the shop, but now he’s officially elevated to apprentice status so now you’ll see him getting his hands into the rudimentary details of the work around the shop. 

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