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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingMay 22 - May 28, 2019

Contrasting Mix of Tribal Flames

1 31c7eBy George L. Nitti

Jeremy Beveridge, owner of A&M Auto Repair and Towing in Locust Grove, Virginia, has always been a fan of flame-themed trucks. One of his favorites includes the company's 2016 Ford F-550/Jerr-Dan MPL-40 twin-line self-loader.

"It's pretty simple why I went with flames. They make your truck look hot and cool," he said.

Beveridge started his business in 2010 and since then has added several more trucks to his fleet. His consistent approach to decorating his units has them all wrapped with flames and the same color schematic.

"Representation means everything," he said. "You want to have nice equipment. There is a lot of competition in this area. You don't want to be towing a $50,000 car on a $5,000 truck. Your customers will go elsewhere."

Sharp-looking graphics go a long way to enhance the perceived value of a truck. This F-550 is completely wrapped, executed by Razor Graphics, and stands out, partly because of the blue-and-white flames on the hood and the contrasting orange, white, gray and black flames on the side of the wrecker.

Adding to the truck's superior graphics is its pristine cleanliness.

"I make sure our trucks stay clean and always look good. Every Thursday they are detailed, washed and waxed," Beveridge said.

The 22" American Force wheels and tinted windows add appeal as well.

"The wheels cost me $7,000 for the set," he said.

The modern logo on the truck's side is printed on a vinyl diamond plate and blends with "Auto Repair and Towing" just underneath on a black background.

"We do more auto repair than towing at our shop," Beveridge said. " 'A' stands for Alyssa and 'M' stands for MacKenzie. The company was named after my daughters."

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A Classic with Outstanding Pinstripes

0 7203fBy George L. Nitti

Herring Motor Co. of Somerset, Pennsylvania, has been in business a very long time, operating several trucking-related businesses spanning four generations.

At one point in time, the company served as a distributor/dealership of the Marmon Motor Co., which was a low-production, handmade truck sometimes referred to as "the Rolls-Royce of trucks." However, due to an overcrowded American truck industry and the lack of a nationwide sales network, the last Marmon was made in 1997.

Fortunately, Herring collected a number of Marmons over the life of the motor company and is still using them in their towing and recovery units, including their sprawling, classic 1989 Marmon/Century 5230.

"Over the years we sold a lot of glider kits," said owner Pat Herring, "which included the truck frame, the hood, cab and the sleeper while the other components were added later."

In the vein of their other trucks, this one is painted red, and carries a couple of distinctive features: the classic Herring Motor lettering on the side of the sleeper and the superlative pinstriping done by Casey Kennel of nearby Paint Chops.

On the sleeper, the company name stands out in super-large white lettering like on a billboard. The lettering itself recalls another era, further distinguishing it while its phone number and address sit underneath.

As for the pinstriping, Kennel prides himself as a master pinstriper of East and West Coast new and old school style ... since 1974.

"We have always used pinstriping on our trucks," Herring Manager Ernie Devine said. "The way he (Kennel) sponges it on is old school. He puts paint on a sponge and sponges it on. The paint is real thick."

The lines are done in colorful pink around the unit for a pleasing aesthetic with a timeless feel.

In the world of design, it's the little things that matter next to a name that is bold.

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