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Custom-painting a wrecker is a many-layered process; and this seminar will cover the differences in custom-painting versus wrapping, the costs involved and the different values of both processes. It’s led by Cecil Burrowes of Cecil Customs, whose tow truck artwork has garnered many wrecker pageant awards nationwide. Don’t miss his “Custom Painting vs. Wrap” seminar next Sunday during the American Towman Exposition, November 17-19, at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland.
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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingNovember 22 - November 28, 2017

Towman Ward Killed on Track

Nearly 200 people gathered in chilly weather early Saturday at Myrtle Beach Speedway in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The night before, racer and towman Jackie Ward, owner of Grand Strand Towing, lost his life there after crashing into a wall on a turn following a collision, according to a racetrack official. "Jackie Ward was a part of the racing community and our family at the speedway, he will be missed," a racetrack representative wrote on Facebook. Source:
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Tow Truck Displays WWII Veterans

Though he never served in the armed forces, Steven Rhinehart wants to make sure the stories of Reedsburg, Wisconsin-area veterans who served in World War II are shared with the community. Rhinehart owns Steve's Auto Service in Reedsburg and remodeled his heavy-duty tow truck with different pictures from the conflict to help keep the memory of those veterans alive. Rhinehart said the pictures primarily have come from his family photo album and from a friend who served in WWII. "It's for the veterans in honor of what they have done and how they have served," he said. "They have given up a lot." Source:

Whealon Towing Honored

The Fond du Lac (Wisconsin) City Council honored Whealon Towing for its help with the Fire and Rescue Department's Survive Alive House each year. The Department uses the house to teach fifth graders how to safely get out of a burning building. Whealon Towing has stored and transported the home every year for free. Fire Chief Peter O'Leary pointed out Whealon also donates cars for the department's auto extrication training. City Council President Karyn Merkel and Chief O'Leary presented Dave Whealon with the proclamation. Source:
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AT Expo 'For The Ages' This Weekend

Over 250 exhibitors and some 200 trucks will pack the Baltimore Convention Center on Nov. 17-19 for the American Towman Exposition XXVIIII.

Among the exhibitors are 50-plus equipment manufacturers and 21 motor clubs and call providers. The American Towman Exposition will also feature some 900 exhibits, including the world-famous Towman Monument, the American Towman Chopper and the world's biggest towing-theme mural: Lifelines, the Towing Industry on Canvas.

"Spirit," the casket that has been making its way across the country as part of the nationwide Spirit Ride initiative, will be making its debut at the Exposition. There will be a Spirit Ride procession through Baltimore's Inner Harbor Friday at noon, followed by a ceremonial reception later in the day at 5 p.m.
Attendance is on pace to be the largest draw ever as well. More than 15,000 towmen are expected in Baltimore.

Billed as "One For the Ages," American Towman Exposition XXVIIII promises to be the largest event ever produced in the towing industry, worldwide!

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American Towman Exposition
• November 22 - November 28, 2017

It’s Baltimore Time Again!

I'm looking forward to seeing so many of you at American Towman Exposition XXVIIII! This one, like all of 'em, is sure to produce a treasure trove of great moments and wonderful memories.

From the hospitality events to the seminars to the activity on the show floor to all networking opportunities, the Exposition gives the towing industry an opportunity to catch up with one another and renew friendships.

It's also a time to see what's new and innovative in the towing industry. With 250 suppliers on the show floor, I'm sure you'll see something that will hold you in awe.

I was a part of the first one all the way back in 1989—and I'm just in awe as to how much the show and the industry has grown since then.

So, if you see a flurry of "blurry figures" in and around the Baltimore Convention Center this weekend, don't be alarmed; your eyesight is just fine. It will just be the American Towman staff flitting here to there, making sure that you have a great time.

So, as I used to say on the radio: "Don't meet me there—BEAT me there," and be sure to enjoy American Towman Exposition XXVIIII.

--Charles Duke

Winching a Car Down a Hill

Winchingdownhill b75d5By Don Archer

I was out of breath and running to help my little brother when my wife's hand slapped me in the face, waking me from my dream. The phone was ringing and she was telling me to GET UP!

I was on-call and it was the Highway Patrol needing a wrecker.

I jumped up, put on my uniform and boots, and headed out the door on a cold December night.

When I arrived, the Trooper pointed me in the direction of the crumpled Ford Focus. It was up an embankment about 30 feet, lodged between some trees.

My job that night was to winch a car—down a hill. Unless the plan was to just cut her loose and let her roll, it wasn't going to be easy. I first needed to dislodge it from the trees; then, without losing control, bring it down the hill and land it safely on the shoulder. The trick was keeping it from running me over or rolling out into traffic.

As I surveyed the casualty, I stepped back for a minute just out of sight of the patrolman and scratched my head ... I couldn't have him thinking I was stumped. As I stood there scheming for a solution, I was reminded of the dream I was having only moments earlier of a somewhat similar dilemma I'd been up against years ago.

I was 10 and my little brother Troy was in trouble with the neighborhood boys. He'd retreated to as high a spot as he could get up an old oak tree. I ran to the sound of his yelling and found Kevin, Marty and Darrel gathering wood and placing it at the base of the tree. Their plan was to smoke him out.

Being a year older than the oldest of the boys, my first inclination was to run up yelling and threatening to "Kill them all," but since Marty had his BB rifle I decided against it.

I suppose I could have just let them do what they were gonna do; but I was responsible for my little brother. Since I'd already seen and heard the commotion, I had a stake in whatever happened next.

I assessed my options. I could try and take the BB gun from Marty and scare them all away but where would that leave us tomorrow? I looked for another solution.

I tried reasoning with the kids; that didn't work. I tried bargaining, "We'll rebuild your club house." But each solution offered was just dismissed with a wave of their hands.

And just when they were convinced I was out of options, I lunged at Marty and knocked the BB gun out of his hands.

All eyes on me, the gun fell at our feet. I kicked it and jumped on it. Marty jumped on me and we scrambled for control. Right when I was about to wrench his prized Red Rider free, twisting it from his grimy little hands, they made a move I didn't expect.

One would pull on my arm while the other would yank on the gun. When nothing seemed to work, Kevin stood up, reared his foot back like he was going for a homerun in kickball and kicked me in the face.

That's the bad news.

The good news is all that blood and hollering scared the living daylights out of 'em, and they ran off. Troy didn't get smoked out and we didn't have to fight again the next day. Of course I had a bloody nose and a sore upper lip for a couple of days but sometimes going backwards works.

Back to the present. I noticed a sturdy oak tree almost 20 feet up from the wrecked Focus.

Could this be the solution I was looking for?

I walked it out, did a little math, added in a splash of geometry and decided it'd work. All that was left was the implementation. I snatch-blocked off the tree and used two winch lines, one pulling against the other. I first pulled the car backwards toward the tree and maneuvered it so that I had the control to not only dislodge the car, but also swing it free and slowly lower it to the shoulder, avoiding additional problems.

I thought I'd been stymied, but everything worked as planned and I walked away victoriously and gained a little something from the whole ordeal: a new perspective.

I couldn't immediately see the solution when I arrived. But the reason wasn't because it was too dark, or too cold or I was too tired. It was because I was stuck—I didn't want to see the bigger picture. I wanted to recover a vehicle that was wrecked down an embankment not up one.

Just like that day and this casualty, sometimes the best solution to a problem is something you can't plan for. You get lucky, and it simply appears.

Don G. Archer and his wife, Brenda, own and operate Broadway Wrecker in Jefferson City, MO. Don is also multi-published author, educator and speaker helping others to build and start successful towing businesses around the country at Want to learn more email him direct at
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