|(Left to right:) Hotshoe, Steve, and John talk restoration in front of the paint booth where Steve works his magic.|
In October I raved about an Aston Martin DB2/4 restored by Sport & Specialty. The firm was owned and operated by a friend of John Saccameno's who moved it to a farm in Durand, IL, 20 years ago. Steve Messer joined him 11 years ago. Steve had previously operated his own shop specializing in Corvettes. He's Sport & Specialty's Foreman, and is personally responsible for the outstanding paint on the Aston.
John Saccameno is well-known to Hotshoe and me as a wheel-horse of our sports car club. He races a vintage Alfa Romeo GTV that's a special favorite of mine. He often helped out at S & S and used the shop for his own cars. Two years ago, the owner died suddenly and unexpectedly. John continued to help to keep the enterprise going. A year ago, he took the plunge and bought it.
Sport & Specialty was known for its restorations of British cars, including Jaguars and especially Austin Healeys. But John and Steve are using their knowledge of Alfas and Corvettes to widen that range. They can work on anything, and have. In addition to full restorations and freshenings, they do maintenance. Here's a visual tour of Sport & Specialty, snapped on a recent visit. For me, it was a "kid in the candy store" day. And here's a link to the S & S website:
|Above and below: I thought I knew Alfas fairly well, but this one was news to me. It's a special body by Ghia on a|
1900 C Super Sport chassis. Less than 10 were built. This one was a Turin Show car in the mid 1950's.
|Engine in the 330. Is there a prettier engine than the Columbo/Lampredi Ferrari V-12's?|
|Sport & Specialty's previous (and continuing) bread-and-butter: a "ground-up" XK-E.|
| Above and below: John's corner of the shop: the engine disassembly/reassembly bench. Steve rebuilds engines too.|
John had disassembled a Healey 100-6 engine just before we visited.