Schrader lived with his family in his childhood years in Braunschweig, Halberstadt , Munich and Berlin . He started school in Berlin in 1941. Until 1954 he also attended schools in Wernigerode and Kirchberg an der Jagst . From 1954 to 1957 Schrader attended the master school for arts and crafts in Berlin, where he studied commercial graphics and art history .
After completing his studies, Schrader lived for two years on a cutter in Hamburg before he got a job as an advertising assistant at Augstein & Jahr-Verlag in 1957. After a brief study visit to France in 1959 , he co-founded the advertising agency FW Heye in 1960 with offices in Oberursel , Düsseldorf and Munich. In the same year he became editor-in-chief of the Auto-Union / Audi customer magazines in Munich. In 1961 he also became editor-in-chief of BMW JOURNAL, which he co-founded. From 1964 to 1972, Schrader also worked as an editor for the automotive division of twen magazine .
From 1970 he translated motor vehicle literature for the Orell Füssli publishing house in Zurich . From 1972 Schrader worked as a freelancer for the Auto Zeitung for ten years and from 1973 as a contract author for 16 years at BLV Verlag in Munich. For three years between 1973 and 1976, he also wrote articles as a freelance writer for ER magazine and German Playboy .
In addition to his work as a partner in the Schrader & Partner GmbH publishing house in Munich from 1973 to 1988, Schrader worked as a consultant for EurotaxSchwacke from 1974 to 1979 . From 1974 to 1985 he was editor of the magazine Automobil-Chronik .
In 1974 he became a member of the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) in the United States . Eleven years later he was one of the founding members of the Michael Sedgwick Memorial Trust in Beaulieu . In the same year he joined the Association of Motor Journalists (VdM) and from 1986 published the Schrader Motor Chronicle as editor . From 1986 Schrader worked as editor of the oldtimer catalog at Heel Verlag in Königswinter and in 1987 also became a contract author for Archiv Verlag . For two years he was also the editor for Autos International in GermanyParis active.
In 1988 Schrader moved from Munich to Hösseringen . There he founded the Schrader publishing house in the same year and was a partner in it for seven years. From 1992 Schrader wrote for Auto Focus . In 1995 he became a contract author with the Paul Pietsch Group , which also includes the Motorbuch Verlag. In the same year Schrader-Verlag was taken over by the Paul-Pietsch-Gruppe and the publishing program was finally integrated into Motorbuch-Verlag in 2004. 
In 1997 he was accepted into the Guild of Motoring Writers and a year later was a founding member  of the Automobile Historical Society (AHG) . From 1999 he worked on the Art of the Motorcycle for the Guggenheim Collection and in 2000 wrote for The Beaulieu Encyclopaedia of the Automobile . From 2000 to 2003 he was a member of the FIA's Historical Commission .
In 2002 Schrader published his first book in the series "Schrader-Auto-Chronik". In 2003, Motorbuch-Verlag dropped the name Schrader as a publication name. In 2004, the year Schrader was accepted into the Society of Automotive Historians , he relocated to Honfleur . Four years later he came back to Germany and now lives in Hösseringen again.
- What if: good tips for drivers . Ed .: Texaco service stations of DEA and TEXACO, Hamburg. Present publisher Peter, Gütersloh 1968, DNB 730521230 (154 pages).
- Rare old automobiles . Welsermühl, Wels 1978, ISBN 3-85339-150-8 .
- The great automobile encyclopedia, 100 years of history, 2500 brands from 65 countries . BLV , Munich 1985, ISBN 3-405-12974-5 . 
- Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows, the legendary racing cars of the era 1934–1955 . BLV, Munich 1987, ISBN 3-405-13380-7 .
- The best champagne locations, discovered for connoisseurs and connoisseurs . Hoffmann , Gerlingen 2005, ISBN 3-935834-18-7 .
- Ireland for dropouts, from Dublin to Killarney, from Dingle Bay to Tipperary . Gentlemen's Digest, Berlin 2006, ISBN 3-939338-14-1 .
- Southern France for dropouts, from Carcassonne to Les Issambres, from Sisteron to Perpignan . Gentlemen's Digest, Berlin 2006, ISBN 3-939338-15-X .
- Classic car lexicon, history, brands, technology . Motorbuch, Stuttgart 2007, ISBN 978-3-613-02734-3 .
- Motor Men. People, myths and motors of automotive history . Motorbuch, Stuttgart 2011, ISBN 978-3-613-03202-6 .
- Bunty - memories of a gentleman from the best Scottish-Irish family . Monsenstein and Vannerdat , Münster 2014, ISBN 978-3-942153-24-9 .
- 1980: Kodak Prize for the design of the book BMW Automobile
- 1982: Kodak Prize for the design of the book Automobil Faszination
- 1988: McKean Award from AACA for the book Rolls-Royce Automobile
- 2000: Award of Distinction from the Society of Automotive Historians for the book German Cars 1885–1920
- 2003: Award of Distinction, Society of Automotive Historians, USA
- 2005: Award of Distinction, Society of Automotive Historians, USA
- 2007: Award from the Motor Press Club for Halwart Schrader's complete works
- 2011: Award of Distinction, Society of Automotive Historians, USA
- 2020: Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
- Uwe Jantke: Paul Pietsch publishers. In: motorbuch.de. Retrieved September 1, 2019 .
- However, the AHG states November 22, 1997 as the date of foundation on its homepage .
- Co-author next to Harald H. Linz
|SHORT DESCRIPTION||German journalist, automobile historian, author and publicist|
|DATE OF BIRTH||February 24, 1935|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Braunschweig|