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Tim Willard was four years old when he sat on his father’s lap and steered the family’s Pontiac Chieftain down a dirt road. In high school he worked at a local Alfa Romeo dealership, learning his craft on Italian marques including Ferrari, Maserati, and Lamborghini. He was a race mechanic with some top teams competing in Formula Atlantic, Indy Lights, and IMSA GTP. Later he restored cars with past Cars Yeah guest Butch Dennison*, who then worked with Pete Lovely at Pete Lovely Racing. He served as a tech with BMW Northwest and then spent 15 years at Griot’s Garage as a product development specialist and then a curator and restorer of the owner’s private collection. Today Tim is a senior restoration technician at Dennison International in Puyallup Washington where they restore Pebble Beach winning automobiles and service vintage race cars and touring cars for their clients.
“Whatever it is you do, do the best you can.” – Tim’s Grandfather
CAREER & LIFE CHALLENGES
The death of his older brother Bob and his younger brother being killed at the age of 12.
AH HA MOMENTS
Pivoting from a life as a mechanic to an in-house merchandise developer in a more corporate setting.
FIRST SPECIAL VEHICLE
An Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT
BEST AUTOMOTIVE ADVICE
Always go back to basics.
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
PARTING WORDS OF ADVICE
Whatever you do in life, do the best you possibly can.
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