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2022 Open House & Car Show – July 23rd!

2022 Open House & Car Show – July 23rd!

2022 Open House & Car Show – July 23rd!

Put Saturday July 23rd on your calendar for the 2022 Sport and Specialty Open House and Car Show. Bring any marque, model, or year of car, but get there. Daily drivers welcome! Bring a friend, take a drive, and see what we’re working on and finishing up. We expect many of the usual suspects with their really cool cars to be there so come out and let’s catch up!!

Punch in our address to your favorite mapping app and be here between 11-3 on Saturday, July 23rd.
9169 Forest Preserve Road
Durand, IL 61024

Shop Phone: (815) 629-2717

 

Meanwhile, check out some pix from our previous events. As you’ll see, it’s a great time.


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As many of my friends will tell you (and others too), if you ask me a question I will give you the most heartfelt answer I can. Sometimes they’re even amusing…… Thanks to Darin Roberge of Motorwerks Marketing and Sports Car Market Magazine for the time on his latest episode of Buy, Sell, Hold: Spotlight #7 to discuss the restoration business and collector car hobby. These shows and podcasts are one of the highlights of this job. I hope you enjoy this!!

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When customers bring their cars to us, I sometimes find myself pushing back and negotiating with them on what I see as odd color combinations.

It seems as if most British car owners want a tan interior, regardless of the exterior color. I’m here to tell you, there are many colors that simply don’t go together. Silver cars with tan/brown toned interiors simply look hideous (at least to me.) But if you use a bright red leather interior in that car, they come alive when you open the door! Color choices can make or break a restoration.

My friend Bill Hall asked me to put together some thoughts on this for the program at the recent Motorcar Cavalcade in Southern Florida. When we talked about the content we agreed that when the right colors are used on a car, discerning car guys will know, that car looks perfect in that color.

Here’s the piece they published regarding my quote. 


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This year, Andy was asked to represent a car for judging and we moved into The Ritz as part of the deal. It was a nice perk for the weekend, and basically I was the “Back Up Plan” should anything go awry mechanically. I met some great people and had a wonderful weekend as always.

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