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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingAugust 23 - August 29, 2017

'Vincetagator': Not So Plain and Simple

0 64f35By George L. Nitti

According to Vince James, owner of V&M Towing of Leesport and Reading, Pa., some trucks stand out because they seem basic.

"Plain and simple is how I like it," he said. "It doesn't matter what your trucks look like ... as long as they work. Paint doesn't make money."

On the surface, that's true. The company, which has been in business since 1950, has grown to a fleet of 16 units and maintains a robust business servicing many thoroughfares running across the state. Their trucks, which were all painted red until 1994, now have an all-white base as their starting point.

Their recent acquisition, a 2015 Peterbilt with a Century 1150R 50-ton Sliding Rotator, is no exception; it highlights the company graphics found throughout their fleet.

One area of the truck has three lines running across the truck. Those three lines are a dark purple, brilliant blue and magenta, integrated with one another. The top line is slightly thicker and longer than the other two lines, and then shifts into a different dimension as it moves along the unit's side. Each line has its own distinctive quality and blend with other graphics on the truck.

The boom is dark purple, correlating with the top line. The name of the unit, the "Vincetagator," relates to the '"invincibility" one associates with a rotator, with the word a play on the company owner's name.

The magenta lower line enhances the company logo.

"We have changed our styling of the logo periodically, but for the most part it has remained the same," said James.

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Colors Set Them Apart

0 baf79By George L. Nitti

As the American Towman Spirit Ride makes a pass through a swath of America's heartland, there have seen a variety of tow trucks owned by participating companies that have garnered attention.

One of the units that stood out was an orange and yellow 1997 International 4700 with a Century 21-ft. right approach flatbed owned by D&A Towing and Recovery of Amherst, Ohio.

Owner David Vaughn, Jr. said this flatbed receives roadside compliments, and it is a favorite amongst kids he sees admiring it and by recurring customers.

"It was the second flatbed we purchased," Vaughn said, "after I was hit on the side of the road, totaling our first. We use it for classic, exotic and low clearing vehicles.

"With the color scheme, I wanted to do something different, something that nobody else in our area was doing. There was a lot of red, white and blue. I wanted to set us apart with orange."

Adding to the orange, yellow and blue color scheme, the catchy logo on its side doors is artistically rendered with the letters 'D' and 'A' joined by a J-hook that is embellished with angel wings.

"The 'D' stands for me," said Vaughn, "and the 'A' for my wife, Angel. Without her or my mother Joy, neither me nor father would be able to do what we do. My father has been in business for 40 years with his other company, Vaughn Battery Repair and Towing."

Vaughn gushed with admiration for his father.

"Some people call him Santa Claus. Lately he hasn't been doing so good. He has a piece of bone stuck between two vertebrae. Sometimes people don't understand the struggles of a family business ... and the stress that we are faced with working 16 to 20-hour days."

Vaughn, who has 11 children, acknowledges that he works long hours like his father and also feels the aches and pains on a daily basis from the physical nature of his job.

He was involved in an accident that he says was a life-changing event, and it's part of the reason why he has been so active in promoting awareness for the Move Over law.

"People ask me why being part of the Spirit Ride was important. I reply, 'My family wants me to come home at night'," Vaughn related.

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