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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingOctober 18 - October 24, 2017

Markings of a Classic

0 5d586By George L. Nitti

Chester's Heavy Duty Towing and Recovery, a third-generation owned company based in Port Washington, N.Y., prides itself as being "old school."

"This is where it all started," manager Vinnie Brower said. "We've been in business since 1926, starting out as a highway garage when Jimmy Chester founded it. At first he was the only one around. He came over from Italy, changing his name from 'Chesteria.' Then his son Bob took it over followed by his daughter and son-in-law, Tara Chester and Robert Hehn."

The first company in the area to have a hydraulic heavy-duty wrecker, Chester's "old school" roots are reflected in several of their custom-painted units, one of which is a 1991 International 2674/25-ton NRC. It has all of the markings of a classic.

A key distinguishing "classic" attribute is the unit's unique flat front grill and hot rod-like hood.

"It was custom made, more or less," Brower said. "We are tow truck guys. We take pride in our style. It's the kind of thing we like to do. It's our niche. That's why on our other trucks we have tributes to 9/11 and our colors are red, white and blue."


The International model has been a long-standing loyalty as well.

Brower said, "All of our trucks come from Syosset Trucks which is an International distributor. Back in the day the International was able to take a beating. They have good durability."

The fact that the truck is hand-painted also projects more of that "classic" feel.

"A good friend hand-painted it. We haven't gotten into wraps maybe because we're an older company," Brower said.

The classic paint scheme in red, white and blue is punctuated by the company name in gold, shadowed with a dark tone. Running along the bottom sides of the unit are flames with a symbolic tow chain.

The most surprising feature, however, is found on the back of the unit, where a creative outburst of coloring and design smacks you to attention.

Brower said, "You have to see it to believe it."

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Towing Bikes with a Quickness

0 bb480By George L. Nitti

Cyclone Motorcycle Transport of Euless, Texas, was formed 12 years ago by Fetch Daniel and her husband, Tom Faoro. They are among few licensed tow companies focused strictly on hauling motorycles and scooters, going as far as 350 miles to bring a bike and rider home.

"My husband went for a ride to Shreveport, Louisiana, with $80 in his pocket," Daniel said recently. "He and his friend ended up winning enough money to buy themselves motorcycles. One year after Tom bought his Harley, it wouldn't run and so we started thinking about a business hauling motorcycles.

"After doing the research," she said, "we realized there was a need, and (it) was motorcycle roadside assistance."

The company logo of a white cyclone, twisting upward, is the defining feature of their 6x12 enclosed black Haul Mark trailer pulled by a 2013 Toyota Tundra.

"My sister and I were brainstorming ideas for a company name and she said, 'Cyclone,' " Daniel said. "We are pretty quick to get where we are going. Also there was a Cyclone motorcycle."

Quickness of service is not their only attribute, as they pride themselves on the entire customer service experience.

"We are different: reliable, upfront, professional, helpful," Daniel said. "Our drivers have been with us for many years, and they truly see the people behind each call. We appreciate the chance to help whenever we can."

The trailer is outfitted with an e-track and a Condor chock.

"We use ratchets with special hooks and soft ties to do a four-point tie-down," Daniel said. "We added cameras inside the trailers to keep an eye on everything while moving. The e-track allows for moving additional chocks for multiple bikes or the straps for different size bikes."

Cyclone provides 24-hour service as well as emergency roadside assistance for services such as gas replacement, a non-starting engine, and even pick-up after a late night out.

"We respect all makes and models ... a bike is a bike," Daniel said. "We don't care what you ride, we care that you ride."

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