Meet The Crew

The Bonnell’s Crew is a versatile group of guys and gals. This group has experience in all aspects of the automotive culture. Racing, Hot Rods, Custom Cars and Trucks of all kinds flow though the blood of this talented group.

Scott BonnellOwner

Scott’s passion for cars started years ago as he watched his uncle, Rich Bonnell, race open-wheel dirt cars. Scott, after building his collision business, began racing sprint cars at the local dirt tracks. When Scott broke three vertebrae in a racing incident during the summer of 2010, he put his racing career behind him and began focusing on the hot rod portion of his business.

Scott opened Bonnell’s Rod Shop when the demand for quality hot rods outgrew his state of the art collision business. Since opening his collision shop in 1985, Scott has provided his customers with only the very best. Known best for quality and excellent service, Scott knew the best way to continue to provide the services his customers have grown to expect was to separate the Rod Shop from his collision business.

Scott’s vision for the future of the business is to produce quality, one-off hot rods, unique to the Bonnell’s Rod Shop team. He hopes to one day produce a vehicle capable of contending in the ‘Great 8’ at the Detroit Autorama and possibly winning the Ridler Award. Scott hopes to provide local Rodders with high-quality, economical options for all their hot-rodding needs.

Phil Palmer Manager

Joining the Bonnell’s Team in 2009 Phil brings a blend of talents ranging from metal shaping to custom paint. With a design background and over 20 years of hot rod experience Phil is instrumental in bringing color and shine into your vehicles finish, from multilayer graphics and flames to one off custom colors.

Brandi Casbohm- Office

Brandi joined the Rod Shop team in 2015. Brandi is usually the first person you talk to when you stop in or call, she deals with all the day to day functions in the office from customer service to parts. Brandi drove her pulling truck at local events for 4 years, eventually she plans to get back into it!

Jon Fiolek – Mechanic

Jon has been a professional mechanic since 1987, his experience and expertise is unmatched. He truly has a passion for working on classic cars.  When Jon isn’t working on his personal ’73 Camaro project he enjoys fly-fishing, RC airplanes, and spending time with his family.

Gary McConnell– Mechanic

Gary has been a mechanic for 25+ years.  He also enjoys riding four wheelers with his wife and children.  Gary also enjoys volunteering with a local fire department and restoring his old JD Tractor.

Brian Palmer- Body Tech, Upholstery & Fabricator

Brian started at Bonnell’s Rod Shop in June of 2011. He graduated from the local Vo-Tech school. Brian grew up around/working on cars in the body shop, and he is in training to be one of the Rod Shops premiere auto body technicians. Brain also handles upholstery at the Rod Shop.

Sean EarleyBody Tech

Jim PalmerBody Tech

Jim works at Bonnell’s Rod Shop because of his passion and joy working with cars and his fellow co-workers.  As Jim says, “he works here because he wants to; not because he has to work”.  In his free time he loves going on road trips with his wife.

 

Ryan Haslett- Body Tech & Media Blaster

Ryan attended Pennsylvania College of Technology  for Automotive Restoration and Collision Repair along with studying Automotive Repair in High School.  It is very visible to see his passion for cars which started when we would attend car shows with his grandfather.   Outside of work Ryan enjoys hunting, fishing, and the outdoors.

 

Joe TallmanBody Tech & Upholstery

Jesse Korrell– Paint & Body Tech

Jesse attended Crawford County Career and Technical Center for Auto Body Repair.  He calls himself a “car guy” and he has grown up with a passion for fixing automobiles.  Jesse was a First Place Award winner in the PA Skills USA Competition his senior year of high school.  Outside of work he enjoys snowboarding, RC racing and fishing.  Jesse is one of the young stars at Bonnell’s Rod Shop.

Dave SavelliBody Tech

Dave has worked in the auto repair and restoration industries since he was 12 years old in a shop owned by his father.  He has a true passion about body work, welding, sheet metal fabrication, paint and mechanical repair.  Outside of work Dave enjoys riding atvs, dirt bikes and spending time at his camp.

Clinton Rice- Maintenance

Clinton’s responsibilities are cleaning and maintaining the properties, at the Rod Shop & Fairview Collision Center. He is an all around guy who can handle most anything. His 15 years in construction give him the experience in several areas throughout the shop.