Podcasting with “Assorted Conversations”

Podcasting with “Assorted Conversations”

Podcasting with “Assorted Conversations”

I added podcasting to my portfolio of interviews lately, and it was a great time. My friends Helen and Maureen explore people’s pursuit of their passions through their podcast “Assorted Conversations”. These conversations are with individuals who have found that special spark in an activity or pastime they have gravitated to and passionately jumped into feet first. We talked about everything from flipping my first race car to how I landed at Sport and Specialty.

I often refer to my ownership of Sport and Specialty as my third act. It doesn’t mean the previous two acts were unenjoyable, to the contrary, I’ve been blessed with many fun and meaningful work environments over the years. I simply define this time as a unique opportunity to pursue my passion of sports cars, combined with my experience as a businessman. More third act than last act, because who knows what lies ahead?

If you’ve wondered about how I got to my “Third Act”, give a listen. Also make sure to look at the other interviews they have done. There’s some pretty interesting insights in to jobs you never knew existed! Thanks!

You can get to the podcast through their website Assorted Conversations.

-John


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Your Virtual Tour Guide

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SCM Buy Sell Hold Spotlight with John Saccameno

SCM Buy Sell Hold Spotlight with John Saccameno

SCM Buy Sell Hold Spotlight with John Saccameno

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Sports car Market Magazine’s John Nikas about the history of Sport and Specialty and how we all ended up here.

It was a fun little piece, and very well put together. Listen in and let me know what you think.

-John


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The Restorer’s Healey – John’s 1967 BJ8

The Restorer’s Healey – John’s 1967 BJ8

Regular followers know that the white-over-blue 1967 Austin Healey BJ8 that shows up on social media is one of my favorite cars. I purchased the car from my customer and friend Tony Grau and his family as an uncompleted project. We had previously assembled and painted...

read more
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...

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It Drives Like an Alfa

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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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The Restorer’s Healey – John’s 1967 BJ8

The Restorer’s Healey – John’s 1967 BJ8

Regular followers know that the white-over-blue 1967 Austin Healey BJ8 that shows up on social media is one of my favorite cars. I purchased the car from my customer and friend Tony Grau and his family as an uncompleted project. We had previously assembled and painted...

read more
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...

read more
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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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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The Restorer’s Healey – John’s 1967 BJ8

The Restorer’s Healey – John’s 1967 BJ8

Regular followers know that the white-over-blue 1967 Austin Healey BJ8 that shows up on social media is one of my favorite cars. I purchased the car from my customer and friend Tony Grau and his family as an uncompleted project. We had previously assembled and painted...

read more
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...

read more
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...

read more
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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The Restorer’s Healey – John’s 1967 BJ8

The Restorer’s Healey – John’s 1967 BJ8

Regular followers know that the white-over-blue 1967 Austin Healey BJ8 that shows up on social media is one of my favorite cars. I purchased the car from my customer and friend Tony Grau and his family as an uncompleted project. We had previously assembled and painted...

read more
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...

read more
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...

read more
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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The Restorer’s Healey – John’s 1967 BJ8

The Restorer’s Healey – John’s 1967 BJ8

Regular followers know that the white-over-blue 1967 Austin Healey BJ8 that shows up on social media is one of my favorite cars. I purchased the car from my customer and friend Tony Grau and his family as an uncompleted project. We had previously assembled and painted...

read more
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...

read more
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...

read more

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