The 2019 Drive Out and Pop Up Car Show

The 2019 Drive Out and Pop Up Car Show

The 2019 Drive Out and Pop Up Car Show

Our second annual Summer “Drive Out” was great fun, looks like we’re on to something here. Great weather, great friends, and some pretty great cars made a fun day at the shop. I need to thank the Sport and Specialty crew, Ken, Ryan, Kathy, Bill, Max, Jon, and Cameron, along with our great customers and friends for making today so much fun.

As always, make sure to keep checking our Facebook and Instagram pages for more pictures – so many people taking so many pictures!


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The Sport and Specialty Drive Out & Pop Up Car Show

The Sport and Specialty Drive Out & Pop Up Car Show

 

Reserve Saturday August 10 for the second annual Sport and Specialty Drive Out and Pop Up Car Show. Bring any marque, model, or year of car, but get there. Daily drivers welcome! A Portillo’s catered lunch will be available, along with the usual subs and things. 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 11-4 on Saturday, August 10. We are:
9169 Forest Preserve Road
Durand, IL 61024

Shop Phone: (815) 629-2717

 

 

Meanwhile, enjoy some of the pictures from last year’s open house.

 


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Updates, New Crew Members, Jaguars, Alfas, and Healey Eye Candy

Updates, New Crew Members, Jaguars, Alfas, and Healey Eye Candy

Updates, New Crew Members, Jaguars, Alfas, and Healey Eye Candy

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. 

Oh, and about that eye candy…


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Engine and Brakes for the Mustang!

Engine and Brakes for the Mustang!

Engine and Brakes for the Mustang!

What goes must stop. Ryan Vetter got a crucial delivery for Jim’s 1968 Mustang. Now we can do measurements and build arounds. We’re not in British Leyland territory with this one. Make sure to follow the Mustang’s progress in our In the Shop section of the site. 


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Top 10 Sport and Specialty “On The Road” Cars in 2018 – It’s Been a Great Year

Top 10 Sport and Specialty “On The Road” Cars in 2018 – It’s Been a Great Year

Top 10 Sport and Specialty “On The Road” Cars in 2018 – It’s Been a Great Year

 

It’s that time of year to reflect on our accomplishments in 2018, and it was a great year for us at Sport and Specialty. We worked, we played, we raced, and we even hired a new operations manager for the shop! Things are already looking great for 2019, too.

Looking back over 2018 we’re proud to see the cars that gained “On The Road” status in 2018. They included Austin-Healeys, Jaguars, Alfa Romeos, and even a small armored car…seriously. We made sure that every project got that special attention that their owners count on from us. We’re serious when we say that we preserve the art and soul of vintage sports cars. 

Take a look through our Top 10 “On The Road” cars list below. Just like our children, we really don’t play favorites, they’re all special to us in their own way. Also, make sure to check out our full list of On The Road cars, it’s one of our most popular pages on the website. 

Happy New Year, everyone!


 

#10 – 1965 Austin Healey 3000 BJ8

This car is another re-commission project, having sat for a few years. Some engine work, body work, and a fresh new top and set of tires has this one back on the road being enjoyed by its owner.

 

 

#9 –1966 Austin Healey 3000

With some extensive front end damage, this beauty got refreshed from head-to-toe. We repaired the collision damage and then freshened the paint, interior, and mechanical components to get this one back to the car shows. Make sure to check out the smiles on the owner’s faces as they show it off to their friends.

#8 – 1948 Triumph 2000 Roadster

This unique car came in not running and with overheating issues. Newly acquired by a Healey customer, we set about making it safe and reliable. First, we got all of the gauges working and made sure the doors opened and closed with regularity and then tackled the various mechanical issues. Read on to learn more about this project.

#7 – 1971 Alfa Romeo Kamm Tail Spider

This is a first year Kamm Tail 1750 Spider with only 4,829 produced. We had been working to slowly refurbish the car that would include a full engine rebuild in 2017 when I couldn’t help myself and bought the car for my personal use. You can see and read more on the website. 

#6 –1965 Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider

This car belonged to our friend and Ferrari aficionado Tom Caulfield. We have been servicing the car for years, including an engine overhaul. The current owner, and another regular customer, recently brought it in for a few minor issues and a new exhaust. We also did a service check on this very original and really nice Duetto and got him back on the road. 

#5 – 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint

This car had been sitting for a quite a few years and been started but not used on the road for a while. It’s a really nice and well-loved car that had an older restoration but needed some service and refreshing.

#4 – Ferret Armored Car

We worked on a Land Rover last year for a customer who has some interesting vehicles. He recently acquired this Ferret Armored Scout Car that he hasn’t been able to get started and asked if we would like a go at it. After a fair amount of troubleshooting we got the six cylinder Rolls Royce gasoline engine to pop, but not run consistently. It was fun to have here for a while, but we don’t see a new niche opening up soon.

#3 – 1969 Alfa Romeo GTV Race Car

It seems that race cars are never really done and are basically new every two or three years. In 2017 I had an issue on the dyno and had to rebuild in a hurry. I got back to the dyno in June of 2018 where I finally got it dialed in, with great torque numbers and good peak horsepower coming in at 7200 RPM. A fresh clutch, gearbox rebuild, some fresh paint on the nose, and some early prep will pay dividends in 2019. Ready to go!!

#2 –1969 Jaguar Series 2 E-Type

This survivor car had been stored in a clean dry environment since the mid 1970s. We brought it back mechanically, got it running, and rebuilt the suspension and drivetrain. Now, with all new glass, trim, and a fresh paint job, the owner is all smiles and back on the road.

#1 – 1965 Ferrari 330GT 2+2

Enzo Ferrari himself declared the Series 1 330 GT 2+2 as his favorite and regular driver. This beautiful Ferrari is a complete nut-and bolt-restoration – and more. An unfortunate accident almost finished this car. It was rear ended and pushed into a telephone pole and ended up looking like a silver fortune cookie, with very few usable body components left. To read the rest of the story of this build, check it out in our Concours Showcase


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The Ferrari 330GT 2+2 goes home today! One of our finest total builds.

The Ferrari 330GT 2+2 goes home today! One of our finest total builds.

The Ferrari 330GT 2+2 goes home today! One of our finest total builds.

Must be our week to send home some beauties! Our customer drove his Ferrari 330GT 2+2 home today! One of our finest total builds. Took home his parts car too. Glade loved the test drives. To see the history of this beauty, make sure to see it in our Concours Showcase.


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It Drives Like an Alfa

It Drives Like an Alfa

I met my racing and paddock partner John Wheeler almost twenty years ago when I first started Vintage Historic racing. I was trying to figure this whole thing out and he was my coach and mentor. The most important thing he ever told me when I bemoaned my slow times...

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No One Races Alone

No One Races Alone

A few weeks ago I got involved in an online conversation where someone claimed that the only reason we can’t go racing is that organizers would demand a driver’s meeting, and if we could just do the meeting on our phones we’d be just fine to go racing again. I quickly...

read more
Breaking The News

Breaking The News

Over the past week I had two customer visits from two different types of customers. It got me thinking about the differences between the two, both really nice guys who want work done on their cars. The main difference is that for one, it wasn’t his first rodeo with a...

read more

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