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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingJanuary 17 - January 23, 2018
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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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