NOB bottero-3-color-2 During his coast to coast ride, John Bottero estimated he was expending 4,000-7,000 calories every day. It was hard to consume that much energy on a daily basis, he said, but lunch stops, like this one in Oberlin, Ohio on day 38 were a pleasure. (Photo courtesy John Bottero)
Owls Head Transportation Museum Executive Director John Bottero is currently hard at work preparing for one of the museum’s biggest fundraisers of the year.
On Friday and Saturday, Aug. 25-26 between $5 and $7 million of classic cars will cross the auction block during the 45th New England Auto Auction, one of the largest auctions of its kind in the country.
Leading up to the event Bottero’s long work days are filled with meetings with museum partners, donors, and trustees as well as doing the actual detail work of pulling the whole thing together. For Bottero, a veteran auctioneer and Nobleboro resident, the auction 15is a labor of love.
This year he doesn’t mind the long hours as some of it was work deferred while he took time off to complete a long-held goal.
“You can’t have it all,” he said. “You want to go play, you have to pay the fiddler.”
Beginning Memorial Day, May 29 in Astoria, Ore., and concluding July 14 at Crescent Beach in Cape Elizabeth, Bottero completed a transcontinental bike tour, crossing 15 states and covering more than 3,782 miles.The idea of cycling across the country is a longtime bucket list item, Bottero said, one that he kicked around […]