Gassman Automotive Products Ltd. is owned and operated by Mike and Glinda Gassman. It is home to 14 employees, many who have been here for almost two decades, and all who have extensive knowledge, passion, and an affinity for cars, both foreign and domestic. Many of the employees began their career by growing up around cars, or owning cars that they will never forget. There is over 250 years of combined experience behind the team at Gassman, and with the ever increasing demand for beautiful restorations and mechanical work, there is only room for growth.
Gassman Automotive Products Ltd. was opened by Mike Gassman in 1992. Mike has had a love of cars since a very young age. At 13, Mike spent two years restoring his first car, a 1969 Triumph TR6. After restoring the TR6, it has been a show winner in its finished state (from 31 years ago), and Mike has owned it ever since. He graduated from New River Community College with a degree in Machine Tech, and then went on to work for a machine shop for 3 years fabricating custom parts. When he was 19, he worked for a restoration shop for two and a half years in body work and paint. He then spent 8 years selling cars for Harner Wheels Nissan Subaru dealership. Mike is now happily married to Glinda Gassman, with two children; Amanda, 22, and Tommy, 26. Mike has an extensive background in body and paint, fabrication, machining and shares a passion, as his staff does, of returning vehicles to their original glory.
Glinda Gassman has been married to Mike Gassman for 5 years, and has been with the team ever since then. She continues to manage the office and the customers. The prettiest face in the building is always there to greet customers with a smile on her face and open arms. The rest of the team members feel as if they are family because of
Glinda. Between her kind heart and her love of cars and this company, Glinda is the glue that keeps us all together. Glinda previously worked in retail for 10 years and has much experience with customers and now cars.
David Walters, 41, has been with Gassman since August of 2011. He previously worked for a car parts dealer in Waynesboro for over 20 years, where he gained a majority of his knowledge of cars and car parts. After dealing with Gassman on a regular basis, he decided to join the company and expand his affection for cars. They have been a hobby of his since the age of 14. At Gassman, David specializes in restoration finish and assembly.
Kenny Gregory, 63, has worked for Gassman Automotive for 10 years, specializing in assembly of restorations. Kenny was in the Navy for several years, where he was a Sonar Tech. He attended some college, however cars have always been a hobby of his, and so he joined the Gassman team. Kenny has several British cars as of now, including a 1971 TVR that he has owned since 1974, a TR3, a Lotus 7, and a Lotus 23 replica.
George Folks, 56, is the lead upholsterer for the shop. He has been with Gassman Automotive for 6 years. Growing up next to an upholstery shop, George began working for them at the age of 14. He discovered his love of upholstery there while working on automobiles, as well as aircraft. He owned his own business for 18 years before joining the Gassman team. He now is the master of an apprentice and does amazing upholstery work.
BJ Fridley, 23, apprentice to George Folks, is learning how to do upholstery at Gassman Automotive. He attended WyoTech, receiving a diploma in upholstery and auto body work. After leaving school, he joined Gassman 3 years ago to begin his apprenticeship and learn the ways of the trade. This is his first upholstery job, and has been very successful in his training. As the youngest member of the team, BJ works very hard to learn from the best in all areas of Gassman Automotive.
Johnny Simonetti, 44, attended Richmond Technical Center from ’87-’88, studying Auto body and paint. After school, he worked for a local car dealership for 2 years, a restoration shop for 9 years, and owned his own business in Churchville for 3 years. He grew up around cars, and knew that was what he loved and wanted to work around for the rest of his life. Johnny has now been with Gassman for 2 years, specializing in auto body and paint.
Dee Newcomb, 58, worked at a body shop for 10 years before deciding to attend Valley Vocational Technical Center for 2 years for auto body and paint. After school, he painted bread trucks for several years, painted parts at a factory for 2 years, and worked for an auto auction for 8. Shortly after, Dee joined Gassman and has been painting cars here for 18 years, where he specializes in Auto body and paint.
Tom Doyle, 46, attended Blue Ridge Community College for 2 years, and received an Associates of Applied Science in Automotive. After school, Tom worked for a car dealership for over 20 years. He found his love of cars after watching both his father and his grandfather work as mechanics. He began drag racing in 1986, and has been doing it ever since. Tom has been with Gassman Automotive for 4 years as a mechanic.
Chris Brubaker, 36, has worked with Gassman for 2 years. Previously Chris worked for a big name store for 8 years, as well as another family owned shop for 5 years, where he specialized in car audio, video, security, electronics, and fabrication. He is now a mechanic and parts manager, and spends his free time working on his 1972 Mini Cooper and his 1967 Austin Healey Sprite.
Phil Bryan, 70, is a retired surgeon with a love for old cars. Phil began his relationship with Gassman Automotive as a customer when he had his 1970 Cadillac DeVille convertiblerestored in 2000. He also had his 1973 BMW restored at Gassman in 2011 as well. After assisting with both projects, and with more time on his hands, Mike invited him to join the staff part time, and assist with disassembly and reassembly of restorations.
Bob Shiflet, has owned and restored British cars as a hobby since 1974 when he purchased his first Austin Healey. After retiring from the insurance industry, he joined Gassman Automotive in 2000. Bob worked as a mechanic, as well as dis-assembly and assembly of restoration projects. He also worked in the parts department, where he managed the extensive cache of new and used parts. Since 2011, Bob has been a part time member of the team, helping to keep the shop maintained and organized.
Katy English, 24, is responsible for designing the website, assisting Glinda with office work, and photographing and documenting the progress of the shop. She is currently continuing her education in web design.
Andrew Vest, 19, is now part of the Gassman Automotive body shop team. He graduated from Rockbridge High School in 2013. Andrew has been working on body and paint work on cars for 2 years now. He started working on cars because he says he enjoys making things nice again. Andrew owns 9 cars himself, and is very ambitious in his car endeavors. He hopes to have them all in running condition within the next few years.
Brandon Tyree, 27, has just joined the Gassman Automotive team in October of 2014. He is now our resident metal fabricator and welder. Brandon previously worked for Gassman Automotive a few years ago in our body shop, and has since had his time in school and experience of metal working including a year and a half at Walker Manufacturing. Brandon has training in TIG and MIG welding, and fabrication.
Spencer Walters, 21, joined the Gassman Automotive team in February of 2015. Spencer is David Walter’s son, and is very excited to join our exceptional team, including his father. He worked at Valley Nissan in Staunton for over a year, and at Fisher Auto Parts for a year as well. His love of cars stemmed from working with his grand dad. Together they did body work, and lifted his truck. He now owns 4 cars, a 1990 Ford Mustang, 1978 Ford F-150, 1984 Mercury Capri, and a 2008 VW GTI. His passion for older cars is what brought him to Gassman Auto. He will be an integral part of the team, assisting mechanics, assembly, and Mike.