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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!!

  • FUN AWARDS
  • FOOD and BEVERAGE AVAILABLE!
  • KIDS WELCOME (under adult supervision)

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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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.”

Sport and Specialty blog

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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Sport and Specialty Open House 2021!

Sport and Specialty Open House 2021!

Sport and Specialty Open House 2021

Reserve Saturday August 21 for the third annual 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!!

  • FUN AWARDS
  • FOOD and BEVERAGE AVAILABLE!
  • KIDS WELCOME (under adult supervision)

Punch in our address to your favorite mapping app and be here between 11-3 on Saturday, August 21.
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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Fuelfed’s Shop Visit on a Fine Summer Day

Fuelfed’s Shop Visit on a Fine Summer Day

Well, if variety is the spice of life, Saturday’s Fuelfed stop at Sport and Specialty for lunch was a real home run. Brian and Lorraine Hughes asked if I would entertain having their tour stop in for lunch on Saturday. I couldn’t say yes fast enough.

As a new sponsor, this was a perfect opportunity to show their community how great our shop is, as well as get to fill our lot with a huge variety of European sports cars. From Aston Martins to TRWs and Bentleys, not to mention the many Porsches models from a variety of years.

The S & S crew all showed up to answer questions and help entertain the visitors. Plus, we were able to source a bunch of picnic tables, and everyone had room to enjoy the great weather and cool cars. Bill Oakes had his camera in hand and took all of these great photos.

I think we all needed this short getaway and glad that we were able to partner with Fuelfed and their great membership! See you all soon!


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Your Virtual Tour Guide

Your Virtual Tour Guide

Your Virtual Tour Guide

For some reason, I just love giving tours of Sport and Specialty. I gave many plant and home office tours during my years in corporate sales, but touring plants, warehouses and administrative offices just wasn’t as much fun as showing people how you blow up cars and put them back together.

I also love hosting out annual Open House and car show. The guys even like doing it. They get to show off their work to friends and customers, and let their families see what they do all week. We often tend to work in a vacuum up here, and few things can make your efforts worthwhile than watching and hearing people admire and praise your work.

Unfortunately, we had to put the brakes on our 2020 Open House this year as state and local regs strictly limit the number of attendees, and social distancing, etc. make it almost impossible to enforce. Plus, if someone were to become ill at our event I would feel awful.

While postponed, my annual tour is now available in virtual form. It’s an impromptu tour that we started last year. A more formal scripted one is being developed, but this one is still kind of fun. Take a look and feel free to reach out with any questions!

Next year I’ll give the tours in person and make sure we have plenty of Portillo’s Italian beef and sausage available. Thanks for watching!


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Stardom Isn’t Easy – My Time in Front of the Camera

Stardom Isn’t Easy – My Time in Front of the Camera

Stardom Isn’t Easy – My Time in Front of the Camera

The Envision Media team of Emily Turner and Graham Wendel with me at Arizona Auction Week.

For some time now, many of our customers and shop fans have commented that we should have a cable show. I even replied to a request from a casting agent, as I thought hey, this could be fun. Obviously, that never happened and most people I’ve talked to said it’s probably for the best as the business disruption would may prove formidable.

Fast forward to late last year. I was asked to provide content and backdrop for a cable pilot about vintage racing and thought it might be fun. As it turned out I really like the fledgling media production team that came out and started some conversations about promoting Sport and Specialty though some video and photographic media in 2020.

Envision Media Inc. (NVSND Media) is the team of Emily Turner and Graham Wendel. I’ve been working with them for the past five months, including some time at Arizona Auction Week. They’ve produced some really nice stuff to include a very cool video of the 1937 Indy Car Tribute we built over the past few years.

One of the other pieces we discussed was some quick promotional pieces, as well as a shop tour for our website to give a flavor of the type of work we do, and the guys we have doing it. The only problem we ran into is that I just don’t feel very spokesman like. I only felt worse when I saw the footage they captured and wondered if maybe a professional voice over would be a better idea.

In my opinion, I have a face for radio, and my voice sounds even worse. I’ve been told this is typical for many people and was encouraged to suck it up and post it. As many of my friends know, I’m seldom at a loss for words. I have a whole new respect for those who can present in front of a camera. Hint: if you want me to shut up, simply point a camera at me.

So, here is our first piece, with the shop tour still in production. Take a look. We will also be adding some fun content throughout the year on our website and You Tube Channel highlighting some of our customers, cars and the events we’ll attend. The event stuff will come in due time as the restrictions are lifted, so please stay tuned!

Give a click and I look forward to seeing everyone sooner than later!!


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