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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingMarch 20 - March 26, 2019

Resplendent Design

0 7938eBy George L. Nitti

According to Manager Amy Gibson of Michael's Towing and Recovery in Fredericksburg, Va., their resplendent 2012 Kenworth/Century 1140 is a big hit with customers.

"Our customers absolutely love it," she said.

Gibson said that Michael Powell, who has owned the company for 24 years, takes great care and pride in decorating his trucks.

Indeed, there is much to admire about this award-winning unit, with its bold and bursting array of colors.

"He does it with all of his trucks," Gibson said, which includes 14 units that range from light- to heavy-duty, including transport and service vehicles.

"I call it the 'Elite Fleet.' They are so beautiful to look at," she said.

Like a peacock with its brilliant colors, this unit stands out, beginning with a classic base of white and green.

"Michael went with green because it is not a common color found on many tow trucks and he likes to be different. The colors weren't too overwhelming either," she said.

From that base the unit begins to explode with several other colors, including rainbow shapes, lines, streaks and tribal flames.

"It is kept very clean, like all of his trucks," Gibson said. "You want your trucks to be clean and presentable when you show up at the scene. We believe it makes it more comfortable for someone being towed to be approached by a professional-looking truck."

There are several features that further set this unit apart.

"Michael created a twin steer on a 1140 rotator, which is unique in the industry," Gibson said. "You don't see that on 40-ton rotators."

Then there is the Roto Ray warning light on the grill, which spins and is fully functional, the suicide driver door, and a night scan light tower.

Perhaps the quote on the back of the cab sums it up best: "Tough Act to Follow."

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The Money Maker

0 35d10By George L. Nitti

When it comes to dispensing wisdom on the art of making money, there is no one like Ben Franklin to lead the way. Franklin's contributions to America were many, and to honor him, his image was printed on the currency of our $100 bill.

For Handsome Rob, owner of Vintage Autobody and Towing in Westbury, New York, he knew when he purchased a 2014 Dodge Ram 5500 with a 2014 Jerr-Dan MPL40 it would be a money maker. So much so, he used Franklin's image as it appears on the $100 bill.

With the help of master artist Cecil Burrowes, they began executing on a design that Rob envisioned. Franklin's image is hand-painted with scalloped designs surrounding him. Under his image it states, "100."

Aptly, the design on the hood is done in green paint. Along the outlying areas, a number of gray, white and black images of skulls with haunting eyes peer outward.
The name under Franklin, however, does not contain Franklin's name but rather the "Handsome," after the owner of the company, which represents a clever play on the currency.

On the sides of the unit, just next to the doors, are more iconic images. On one side is DC Comic's "Joker," with his girlfriend "Harley Quinn" on the other side.

"I thought it would be a nice fit as the Joker's colors are green and purple, matching our design on the hood," Handsome Rob said. "It also ties in with the fact that Gotham is New York City, which is the location of Batman."

The city of New York sprawls across both sides of the unit as well, as large tribal flames are layered on top in candy purple and green.

Other interesting details abound, with more skulls covering the back, while the company logo stands out in an elegant design across the boom.

This money-making machine won first place in the Light Duty, Pre-2017 Class at the American Towman Wrecker Pageant in Baltimore, Maryland, last November.

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