Auto dealer, former racer and Midwest 356 Club member John Weinberger is also an avid and discriminating collector of sports
and recing cars from the 356 years. So when he invited the club to see his collection, we eagerly accepted.
John's collection, like his business, leans heavily toward Italian marques, but among the Ferarris, Maseratis, Alfas and Abarths a couple of 356s were present to represent Germany. Although all the cars were spotless and shined, the stickers they wore and the battery tenders connected to each of them made it clear that these cars get exercised regularly at vintage events around the world. This was not a museum, it was a stable, and it was exciting to be there.
Lisa Weinberger was on hand to speak to the guests about a charity she and John help to run in Chicago named ModaEsperanza.com, which markets, at fair trade prices, hand-crocheted ladies' handbags made by women in Honduras from colored thread and, of all things, recycled pop tabs from beverage cans. The baqs are very nice--your Webmaster bought one for a lucky person on his holiday list, and you owe it to yourself to check them out as well.
Many thanks to John and Lisa for hosting this wonderful event.
John Weinberger, in the yellow sweater, introduces his wife, Lisa, who will welcome everyone and tell them about Moda Ezperanza.