John F. Weinberger of Naperville, Illinois and Austin, Texas, peacefully passed away September 12, 2020 at his home in Austin at the age of 88 surrounded by friends and family. John was born in Illinois on April 18, 1932 in the backseat of a ’32 Chevrolet, which early on set the stage for his lifelong passion for cars. John was the consummate car, racing, and driving fanatic with a special aura felt by all who knew him. John’s car passion also charted the course of his career path, as he progressed from his humble beginnings as an apprentice garage mechanic to becoming the founder and CEO of one of the largest privately held companies in the Chicagoland area and one of the Top 150 dealership groups in the nation. John was also very dedicated to the retail automobile industry, having served several terms as a respected board member of the Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA), the Illinois Automobile Trade Association (IADA), and the American Import Auto Dealers Association (AIADA).
John’s passion for cars continues to inspire the Continental Team on a daily basis!
I have been a proud second-generation multi-franchise auto dealer for 30+ years. I recently made the decision to divest of my other brands and focus all of my efforts on this magnificent world of Ferrari. My father became a Ferrari dealer in 1975, and I am honored and excited to build upon the legacy he left behind. I am a huge motorsports enthusiast, attending many F1 and other professional races and driving many different race cars over the past decades. Most recently, I have competed for four seasons in the Ferrari Challenge North American Series, piloting the latest 488 Challenge car. I love the meaningful relationships that we continue to build with our Ferrari clients, because we share the same passion for enjoying life with these wonderful cars.
With over 25 years of automotive retail experience previously specializing in classic cars and Corvettes, an affinity for the heritage of the Ferrari brand has driven me to Continental AutoSports. I have a true passion for the cars and the clients! You will often see me at events with at least one of my three children since I truly enjoy spending my free time with my family.
After earning my Bachelor of Business Administration from Loyola University Chicago, I started my career with the Chicago Tribune Media Group. After becoming a team leader in online advertising sales, the automotive industry called my name and I started my first management role at an Automotive group in Joliet. I’ve held a number of roles from BDC/Internet manager to General sales manager. However, my current role as the Pre-Owned Ferrari Sales Manager here at Continental Autosports is the most rewarding and fun so far. With over 10 years in the automotive industry, I’m elated to work with the best clients and cars in the world. I’ll see you soon in the store or at our numerous Ferrari events!
Since 2000, I have located luxury and hard to find collectibles for clients. I have personally owned, restored and driven various Italian sports cars since the late 70’s. With my contacts and experience, I am happy to assist you in selecting the right car for you and getting the most out of it once you own it.
With over 12 years experience in the exotic and luxury car area, my passion for the Ferrari brand has driven me to Continental AutoSports. My approach is to deliver an automotive experience that is second to none! I enjoy spending my free time with my wife, three sons, and my grandchild.
With a strong passion for cars, I have worked in the auto industry for over 16 years. Prior to Continental, I worked as a product specialist in automotive accessories by helping dealerships manage their inventory and offer more to their clients. While I enjoyed my previous career, I always wanted to become more involved in my passion for Ferrari. Continental Auto Sports is the perfect fit for me to assist clients in seeking the car of their dreams.
As Technical Services Manager since 1988, I have 30 years of experience at Continental AutoSports. Serving as the dealer liaison to the Ferrari Club of America, I have helped numerous clients prepare their Ferrari’s and become recognized F.C.A. national winners. By working with Ferrari North America, I have assisted many clients in obtaining the Ferrari Classiche Certification which acknowledges and documents their vehicle as a part of Ferrari history.
Since 1985, I have been the Service and Parts Director at Continental AutoSports. I also support the vintage race team as crew chief! Being an auto enthusiast for vintage vehicles of the 50s, 60s, and 70s, this is a natural fit! I enjoy overseeing projects involving and preparing vehicles for: award ceremonies, Classiche Certification, restoration and track events. I am extremely proud to be a part of this success and manage a team that consistently achieves awards for one of the top Ferrari dealers for service in the nation and Customers Satisfaction. For over 33 years of working with many of the same customers, I have developed lasting friendships.
I joined the Continental family in 2004 and have had a true passion for the Ferrari brand since the age of 12. I have participated in multiple Ferrari National Meets (2005,2007,2009,2013,2015) and track events, where I have formed lasting relationships with our clients. My passion and high energy for the Ferrari brand has helped me maintain those relationships, while also living up to Continental’s high level of customer service.
Since 1987, I have been with Continental AutoSports, completing over 43 Ferrari Factory Training courses, with a minimum of two to three additional classes per year. I have assisted clients: transporting, restoring, preparing for Concours and providing track support for all types of Ferraris gaining recognition and coveted awards. In 2007, I was one of the first group of fourteen Ferrari Technicians in the world to be certified “Ferrari Master Technician”.I also achieved and became a Ferrari Certified HVT, High Voltage Technician, (La Ferrari), Ferrari Certified Classiche Technician, Bosch Certified Electronics Technician, ASE Certified Master tech, ASE Certified Advanced Engine Performance Specialist, ASE Certified undercar exhaust specialist. I also own a TIG welder and perform all the in-shop TIG welding. Since its conception in 2006, I perform all of the Classiche Certifications at Continental for Ferrari SpA. For over twenty-five years, I have been a member and supporter of the Ferrari Club of America.
While I only recently joined the Continental AutoSports service team in 2015, I have extensive experience working on Ferraris, even of the highest caliber. After attending many of the Ferrari Technician training classes, I achieved the title of Ferrari Master Technician. My passion for cars goes beyond simply driving as I very much enjoy working on some of the most exotic and rare cars out there.
I have grown up embracing the Ferrari brand and attending Ferrari Club of America events ever since I can remember. I have been told that motor oil runs through my veins. While at work, I receive my daily dose of pure Ferrari excitement!
I have been working in the detail booth at Continental for over 30 years. I am careful, meticulous, and have experience with some of the rarest and exotic cars out there. When I am finished, the cars look as good as new.
I’ve been with Continental AutoSports since 2006 and have acquired a legitimate admiration for the Ferrari marque. My parts knowledge is an example of this as I continue to take in as much as I can, expanding my parts knowledge on everything from vintage show-cars to brand new supercars. I leave nothing unturned when trying to acquire a part for all customers and look forward to keeping those customers for many years to come.
I have been the special delivery service driver for Continental AutoSports since 1999. In the luxury sports car business, careful and timely delivery is a necessity, and I get the job done better than anyone in the business. I have taken the AutoSports delivery truck to many places and have also transported the Continental Racing cars to and from the race track.
With over 20 years automotive advertising and marketing experience, I have worked with the world’s most powerful import and domestic brands. It has always been my career ambition to work in the luxury automotive arena, which has lead me to Continental Ferrari. I am truly passionate about the prancing horse and the history behind the brand. It is my pleasure to create memorable Ferrari experiences and connect with all our clients. I hope to see you at the next event!