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Elected: April 10, 1997
Inducted: September 27, 1997
Born: February 1, 1945
Family: Married Carol Cowan, July 26, 1963 in Ventura
Bill was born in Paris, Arkansas, the son of a coal miner. In the early 1950’s, Bill’s father “Pop” decided to move to California to seek a better life for his family. Pop, brother Jerry and Bill ran a Chevron station and began to feel the need for a tow truck to compliment their business. Bill was so young that he had to stand on a milk box to clean customers windows, he learned early on the principal of hard work.
In 1976, long after Bill’s father had passed away, Bill started McCarty & Sons Towing with the help of Carol, his sons, Rod & Brian and sometimes daughter Suzanne. They had three old well used trucks and a prayer. Bill was on his way to what had grown today to a very nice size and successful towing and equipment transportation company located in Oxnard, California, one hour north of Los Angeles nestled along the beautiful coast.
Bill served as a charter member of the Tri-County Chapter of the California Tow Truck Association, helping to get it started and served in every office position there. He then went on to serve at the California State Association level holding various offices there and then becoming the state president in 1993-1995. He served 6 years on the convention committee for California, a director representing California for TRAA, a COSTA representative and numerous other committees.
Bill has truly felt the need to be involved to help to make the towing industry better for everyone.
AUGUST 10, 2015 - DOUBLETREE HOTEL IS SOLD OUT - HAMPTON INN & SUITES STILL AVAILABLE
Thursday, September 10, 2015
20th Anniversary Celebration of the Museum
International Towing Museum - 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Friday, September 11, 2015
Welcome Reception and Auction (Ticketed Event)
DoubleTree Hotel - 7pm
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Wall of the Fallen Ceremony
International Towing Museum - 10am
2015 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Banquet (Ticketed Event)
DoubleTree Hotel - 6pm
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Breakfast (Ticketed Event) - 9am
General Membership Meeting - 10am
For questions or comments about the museum, contact us
Admission and Hours
Adults - $10.00
Seniors (55 or older)/Military - $9.00
AAA - $8.50
Children 6 - 14 - $6.00
Children under 5 are free.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Summer Hours (March. 1-Oct.31)
Monday - Saturday 9 - 5
Sunday 11 - 5
Winter Hours (Nov 1-Feb.28)
Monday - Saturday 10 - 4:30
Sunday 11 - 5
Closed Major Holidays
The International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame & Museum, Inc.
3315 Broad Street
Chattanooga, TN 37408