Specialized was founded by Adrian Van de Water in 1988. Adrian started his automotive career for the Alfa Romeo factory in the mid 1970’s as an apprentice. While at the Alfa Romeo factory, Adrian was responsible for rebuilding fuel injection pumps, differentials, engines, and transmissions.
After many years working for the Alfa factory he was hired by Alfa Milano, an independent Alfa Romeo repair facility in Los Angeles, CA. After a few more years honing his skills he was offered a position with the Briggs Cunningham Automotive Museum in Costa Mesa, CA. Adrian’s skills with performance automobiles was put to a test. His duties at the museum were to mechanically maintain all 130 cars in the collection. From a 1914 Mercedes-Benz Gran Prix car to Juan Manuel Fangio’s 1957 Le Man’s race winning Maserati 250F. He was fortunate enough to drive every car in the museum for their monthly exercise.
Unfortunately the museum was closed to the public and eventually sold to the Collier family in Florida. Adrian then started a Ferrari repair facility in Bellflower, CA. Due to the overwhelming value of these cars and the costs to provide insurance, he decided to close the shop. Still with the love of the Prancing Horse in his heart Adrian was hired by Jim Slemons Imports in Newport Beach as a technician for Mercedes, later joining the team at Metro Motors in Montclair, CA. After many years with the dealerships and becoming recognized by Mercedes-Benz of North America as a Master Guild Technician, he decided once again to venture on his own.
In 1988, working out of his garage at home building a customer base of just 30 customers, he left the dealership and opened his own repair facility in Riverside, CA. Today we have over 1400 customers and continue to grow. We are now bringing this service and expertise to you in a new revolutionary convenient mobile solution.
Our philosophy is to correctly diagnose your car and perform the needed repairs in a cost effective manner, the first time.