A name probably not known by many here if you are not an older Ferrari guy.... I probably first met John near 1978 or so. We began to talk about cars and then of course Ferraris. He was a good friend of Joe Marchetti of Como Inn fame. He told me one of the concoctions that he and Joe used to eat together was a whole tin of oil packed sardines between two slices of bread... John moved from a few mechanic jobs, from limo company to a shop that did a lot of Alphas.......He took his tools home after work and did jobs on the side like most....When I first met him, he was in his shop in Bensenville. I would go over many times just to see the cars that I knew little about. It was the time that Enzo had just passed. Ferrari prices were going crazy then. There was a father and son who were buying several cars a month. There was the worst condition Daytona that I ever saw that was sitting there one day when I was there. Rusted wheel wells in back and all...It had just been sold for like $400K as it sat. John brokered a lot of cars, but he only asked a 1% markup on most. Then he moved to IN, and with no notion before moving before, he entered the through bred horse racing business also. He had near 50 horses in training at one time.... Engines were coming in from Europe and all over the US all the time because John would never charge the crazy prices that others would to rebuild Ferrari engines. He told me one time in the not too distant pass that he may have rebuilt more 166mm engines than anyone else in the World. Dealers of known reputation would send him engines over the years as if they were doing the work themselves and then mark up John's bill to them by 30-50% or more many times. A couple of years ago when his good friend Peter Dyson, who left us a few months ago, purchased Moble cars in England, Peter asked John to design from the Kawasaki block up a new engine for the new M600 car. John had tech guys in the shop doing the CPU when I would stop by, and I saw the first engine run on his dynamometer. (If you Google M600 Noble, see the run at the Nurburgring track with just street tires.) A very unassuming man, John always projected the image of just a blue collar guy, yet he could be the hardest executive negotiator that anyone every knew when circumstances dictated. Always a friend, always a car guy, John will always be missed in my life because he was one of the straightest and most honest people in his profession that I will have ever known..