Rosebush Racing is saddened to share the recent passing of Willard “Bill” Shattuck. Bill and his partner, Bob Davis, were the prime movers behind B&B Customs of Saginaw, Michigan.
Over the years B&B Customs created several of Rosebush Racing’s most iconic and award-winning paint and graphics schemes. Roger Rosebush originally met Bill when Bill had his shop in Old Town Saginaw.
At that time Roger and his brothers had a hard-running 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Hardtop in the National Hot Rod Association’s (NHRA) Super Stock Eliminator.
However, the horsepower rating for their 283 CID, 220 HP powerplant had just been increased by the NHRA. In the world of NHRA Championship Drag Racing, this is called horsepower factoring
The net result was that the hardtop would have had to run one class faster. The brothers discovered that by using the heavier Chevelle Convertible body they could still remain in their old (lower) class with their newly-factored engine, which is always advantageous.
The hardtop had a very elaborate candy and pearl paint scheme. Since the brothers wanted to use all of their old parts from the windshield forward they needed someone that could paint the convertible and have it match their already elaborately-paint front end.
Bill was just that person and took on the job with no reservations. The end result was magnificent and thus began a long relationship between B&B Customs and Rosebush Racing.
When Roger decided to strike out on his own in 1979 he asked Bill if he could create an entirely new look that had no connection to the iconic paint scheme of the Rosebush Brothers.
Once again Bill was up to the task. He created a fresh paint scheme that matched the times by starting with a 1979 Cadillac color named Firemist Blue.
The scheme was so successful that the convertible won the coveted Best Appearing Award at the very first race it entered, the Hires Root Beer Northern Nationals.
Bill leaves behind Delynn, his wife of 44 years, and many nieces, nephews and extended family. Bill was a member of the Professional Photographers of America Association and a proud graduate of the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business.
Bill Shattuck was a one-of-a-kind guy with many unique talents. He will be missed by many but his memory will live on in the many works of art that he created.
Rosebush Racing extends their deepest condolences to all that knew Bill.