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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingSeptember 19 - September 25, 2018

A Monster of a Tow Truck

Monster Truck 7-29-13 154 90a50By George L. Nitti

I'm sure it's not uncommon to find a tower who has a passion for trucks, who enjoys driving for the sake of driving, racing for the thrill, and even spending hours getting their hands dirty building that special truck of their own.

It seems to come with the territory.

Some towers, if they aren't rescuing the cars and trucks of others during their day or (night) job, may even flirt with being a kind of daredevil themselves, such as the type you might find at a racetrack entertaining large crowds waiting for the next big moment to take their breath away.

Seth Fisher of Fisher Towing in Monroe, Wash., admits that he is one happy fellow in his uniquely crafted monster truck used to entertain such crowds.

"I'm looking to do it full-time," he said. "I'd like to pare down my tow truck business to pursue this."

At Evergreen Speedway, also located in Monroe, Fisher has opportunities to drive his modified, lifted, transformed mid-'90s Chevy. Like other monster trucks, it is built to do jumps, stunts and wheelies.

What makes Fisher's truck particularly unique, even if it is just for show, is the wrecker body, where you will find a tow boom, lightbar and tow chains, distinguishing it from all of the other outrageous and colorful monster trucks on the circuit.

The graphics on the truck read "Tow Monster," written in bright yellow against a backdrop of orange flames.

Fisher is willing and able to go as far as it takes him, regardless of high fuel expenses to transport it far and wide or the cautionary nature of the sport.

"You can't just put the pedal to the metal," he said. "These cars are easily breakable. You have to land on all four wheels 'cause it's easy to break stuff."

Good thing it's a tow truck ... to help pick up the pieces.

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Resplendent Design

0 3aa0fBy 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."

(Note: This article originally appeared in the February 8, 2017 edition of Tow Industry Week)

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