Jared Lamanna is the owner of Churchill Classic, a repair shop for vintage cars.
“Growing up, I had an uncle who owned a body shop; I spent a summer working with him and learned a lot about the trade. I’ve always had a mechanical background.”
He first met his old business partner while working as a race mechanic in the Aston Martin Vantage GT4 Challenge series; they hit it off and decided to open up shop together.
“It was a risky move, but I quit my old job, moved here from Connecticut, we put some cool cars out front, and it all paid off.”
Churchill Classic is set up in a former hardware store in a remote corner of Sullivan County, New York. Jared is driven (pun intended) by the desire to get classic cars out of garages and back on the road.
In the last year or so, Jared’s been expanding his focus, figuring out how to help people reconnect with the things that matter. The plan: build a couple of overland trucks, rent them out, and offer curated weekends, complete with custom guides designed to help visitors get the full Catskills experience.
“I was inspired by these epic multi-day trips I take with my family out in the Pacific Northwest, where we drive all the way to British Columbia and pull off to camp on forest service roads. It’s rejuvenating and relaxing, and I crave it constantly...I’d love to offer that escape to people up here. There’s no better way to see your environment than being in it, driving, stripped-down of everyday luxuries.”
RIGHT: Jared in the Vintage Twill Workshirt.