Willett Specials Chicago
ISCA Champion and Feature Cars
Custom Built and Vintage Racers
Hot Rod Specials
Automotive Appraisals
Harry Willets Bio and Articles

Articles

       

Street Rod Builder: July 2001: "Harry’s Hand-Built Special: An All Steel, Viper-Powered ‘32"

CTA Transit News 1980: Customized Transit

Hot Rod Show World Magazine:1978 Annual: Builder of the Year

Hot Rod ShowWorld: Spring 1977: "The Winner"

CAREER HISTORY

Auto dealership: 1967-1977 Chicago, IL
Service director for Chicago’s largest Buick dealer.

Willett Customs: 1966-1977
Work performed in garage after work to cars, motorcycles, racecars, etc.

ISCA: 1971-1976
Won ISCA championship 75-76 season
Holds point record total of 1068 in ISCA season
Awarded Car Builder of the year by peers twice
Awarded show producer of the year Mid-America division
First lifetime member ISCA


Willett Feature Tours: 1977-1985
-Designed, built and managed feature cars that toured custom cars shows

Car Production Inc. 1975 to Current- Develop, produce, co-produce and manage custom cars shows, Orland Park, IL
-Show Director 1975-1985 ISCA sanctioned International Speed and Custom Show, Chicago Amphitheater
-IASPA Producer 1977-1981 ISCA Custom Auto-Rama Shows in Midwest
-IASPA Secretary and member of the board of directors for ISCA
-Co-produce 1976-current, directed 1976-1998 ISCA sanctioned World of Wheels Custom Auto Show, Chicago McCormick Place
-Produced and Directed 1999 Motorsports Chicago, Chicago Navy Pier

Willett Coachworks 1977-1992- Collision, paint and customizing facility, Chicago, IL
-Pilot shop for the development of Allstate Insurance Company’s DRP program (Direct Repair Program)
-ICAR instructor
-Piloted and developed DRP (Direct Repair Program) for Enterprise Leasing
-Prepared vehicles for Buick Motor Division
-Repaired and Restored vehicles for Walter Payton
-Painted custom CTA bus for the city of Chicago and Mayor Jane Byrne

Willett Motorsport Plex and Willett Collision Center 1991-1997-1999 – Sales, service, fabrication, custom paint, restoration and repair of specialty vehicles, Orland Park, IL
-Designed and custom built vehicles
-DRP for many major Insurance companies
-Built, fabricated, repaired vehicles for Bo Jackson and George Barris
-Sold Collision business to consolidator in 1999

Automotive achievements and affiliations:
-ISCA international Grand Champion
-Car builder of the year 1978 and again in 1980 (as voted by ISCA members)
-Producer of the year Mid-America Division
-ISCA board of directors
-Designing and painting Custom Bus for City of Chicago
-Cover of Hot Rod Magazine
-Cover of Hot Rod Show World
-Articles in Hot Rod, Hot Rod Show World, Popular Hot Rod, Rod Action, Rod Power and Street Rod Builder
-Lifetime member NSRA
-First lifetime member of ISCA
-Member SEMA
-Member IAAA