Peter Egan, an ex-columnist at Road & Track Magazine, once wrote about the idea of a cylinder count, that if you were a car lover, you could measure your gear-headedness by counting up the number of cylinders you own, including those in the motors of your cars, other vehicles and even power tools.
If Paul Bonomo, owner and founder of Cannondale Generators in Wilton, did that, his gear-head might explode, what with his warehouse full of gas generators and his garage overflowing with vintage vehicles.
Bonomo is an avid “car-guy” and a life-long Wiltonian. His grandfather moved the family to Wilton in 1922, putting their history in town at just under a century.
Bonomo graduated from Wilton High School with the Class of ’64.
His three sons, Bill, Paul and Stephen, also attended the school. Bill and Paul live in Wilton, while Stephen lives in Redding.
Bonomo founded Cannondale Generators in 1990 with his wife, Yolanda, and runs it with the help of his sons, who will be equal partners once he retires, a process that is already underway, he said.
“I just help out and answer the phones now. I’m not here at 7:30 anymore; put it that way,” he joked.