THE SHOP

The History of our Shop

Located in Pottstown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, this location was originally the J. Frank Althouse Lumber and Coal Yard until the early 1900's. In the early 1920's the building was erected and was operated as the Seltmann & Knight Silk Mill. Later, during the war years, it was owned by Levitz Furniture and used for the manufacture and storage of the furniture that was sold in their stores. In 1950 William Pollock purchased and set up the shop as Pollock Auto Showcase, a museum and restoration facility, on the upper floor of the building and the lower floor was used by Reading Hoist & Crane. Ralph DeStefano started working for the Showcase in 1981 and later purchased and operated the business under the name Pollock Auto Restoration in 1995.

We currently use all 26,000 square feet of the two-story building. We have the space and pretty much all equipment necessary to care for your special automobile under one roof. The building also has a complete fire suppression system and security systems for protection of your vehicle while it is under our care. We have full mechanical, upholstery, carpentry, metal, paint and body departments on location.

 

MEET THE STAFF

Michael Engard, Proprietor

Michael Engard has been involved in old cars since the 1970’s when he acquired his first Triumph TR-3. After working in several area repair and restoration shops he started his first restoration business, Ragtops & Roadsters in 1990. Continuing to participate in the hobby and completing hundreds of restorations at this successful company, he purchased Pollock Auto Restoration in 2008 to further expand the capabilities of his operation.

Our carefully chosen staff has an appreciation for the cars and understands what these cars mean to their owners. Our combined experience in Antique and Special Interest automobiles is over 135 years. We are heavily involved in the old car community as members, participants and officers in various area Clubs.

Barbara Raye Heppenstall Plant, Manager of Operations

My car experience began before I was born. My father, Ray Heppenstall, was an SCCA driver, Manufactures Cup driver, BAJA 1000, and a land speed record holder. He was the Chief Mechanic and driver for Ray Heppenstall Racing, Inc., Essex Wire Racing Program, and the driver, technician and designer of the Howmet Turbine car. Through my teens, I was taught the ins and out of running a racing program and quickly became the Head Mechanic. My employment with Mike Engard and Ragtops & Roadsters began in 1998. When Mike made the decision to venture into Pre-WWII and brass-era vehicle restoration, he looked to me to provide leadership and guidance in the transition of Pollock Auto Restoration to return to its former glory of producing high-quality automobile restorations by a knowledgeable and talented staff.

Ross Belovich, Shop Manager

Ross grew up around cars all his life. His grandfather owned a junkyard and his father was a mechanic and body man, so Ross became very aware of how cars work at an early age. Ross officially entered the field working at the age of 16 and he quickly rose to fulltime body man and eventually a shop manager at a collision shop located in Rockland County, NY. Ross completed many classic car restorations through the body shop years and eventually went to work for Sussex Motor and Coach Works in Matamoras, PA. That shop was owned by Jim Cox and Beverly Rae Kimes who was once billed by the New York Times as "the world's pre-eminent automotive historian" and a familiar name with many classic car aficionados. During his tenure at Sussex, he completed many restoration projects that included marques such as Bugatti, Pierce-Arrow, Cadillac, Packard, Franklin, Mercer, Cord, Maxwell and many more! Many of these cars achieved the highest honors in national AACA and CCCA events. Jim and Beverly eventually retired and closed down the business in 2002 and sometime after that Ross found a new home at Pollock Auto Restoration where he is once again applying his talents as our Shop Manager. Over the years, Ross has achieved an uncompromising eye for detail and level of quality that will assure your classic is in the right hands.

Dave Hutchison, Marketing

Dave is Pollock Auto Restorations marketing and advertising person. He is the main part of our team representing Pollock at Concours and other car events during the summer. He is a long time Antique car enthusiast with a 1961 Triumph Italia and a 1995 Lotus Seven Replica. Dave is a member of the AACA, CCCA and other Antique Car Clubs.

Kim Spiece, Marketing

 

Tom Wright, Parts and Research

 

Kelly Showers, Painter

 

Paul Wolfrey, Restoration

 

Robert Worsnup, Upholstery

 

Mike Hartley, Mechanic

 

 

Scott Sherlock, Technician

 

 

Julian Horner, Metalwork

 

Dorian Custodia, Metalwork

Dorian Custodia in one of our metal craftsmen and performs amazing work. He is capable of creating any body panel that can't be repaired. Dorian amassed experience from inside and outside the shop working on various automobiles. Dorian is mostly self-taught and learned advanced metalworking techniques from Kent White of TM Technologies.

 

 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Here at Pollock Auto Restoration, we are always interested in talking to people with an interest in working with these classic cars. While the mechanical and body technicians are important to our success, we have other positions available in management, sales, IT services, and maintenance.

A passion for classic cars is certainly desirable for someone interested in a position here, and knowledge of Brass-Era and Pre-war cars a definite plus. The ability to get along with others is also very important. We are a people-oriented business and our current staff, as well as our valued customers and vendors, are central to our business. While cars are our passion, the people are what make it all possible. A self-motivated person will be given full support to stretch themselves because a desire for constant improvement is necessary for our business as well as in life. We support continued education for all our employees and encourage training in your chosen field as well as outside interests.

We offer pleasant working conditions, a clean shop and a friendly staff with a shared interest in classic cars. Wages are based on your knowledge and experience. A comprehensive insurance package is available with life, medical, dental and eyeglass coverage as well as a full retirement investment plan.

If you are interested please contact us for an interview.