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

Sporty Air Force-Themed Unit

0 d75a4By George L. Nitti

For Donna and Dan Throgmorton, owners of Larry's Towing in Carbondale, Ill., their journey to purchase this 2003 GMC TopKick with a Vulcan 850 medium-duty wheel lift began with an internet search.

"We flew to Oregon to look at it and check it out," Donna said. "We ended up driving it home. I had respect for the truck right off. I just love it!"

Although the return trip was challenging through a major snowstorm, the couple to this day could not be any happier with their Air Force-themed unit that includes a 6.6L Duramax diesel engine, an Allison transmission and two 10,0000-lbs. winches with a set of Super Springs added in the rear for weight and stability.

What makes this silver sporty truck so compelling is its exemplary custom airbrushed graphics.

"It's a great tribute to the Air Force," said Donna. "It's all paint, rivets, smoking bullet holes, and guns' spent shell casings. The door has a mascot; a lady riding the bomb to its destination."

The front of the truck maintains the patriotic theme with the Air Force symbol. The truck is often entered in parades.

Larry's Towing was started by Donna's parents in the late '60s as a one tow truck operation and service station. She and Dan purchased the company in 2005 and are continuing to build the business.

"The business grew slowly as we are a rural area and not really close to interstates," Donna said. "In later years, Dad ended the service station and just focused on towing."

Should your truck be featured here? Send a few pics and your contact information to the editor at bdooley@towman.com. You might even be selected to go in print, too, in American Towman magazine!
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Feel Good, Kid-Inspired Truck

0-16266022 1218802044840997 3502798710257193832 n copy bbed3By George L. Nitti

It was around the year 2000 when Ace Wrecker Service of Orlando, Florida, created their first kid-themed tow truck that became part of a convoy for the Special Olympics.

Last year, the late owner Robert "Robbie" Faulk decided to reprise a similar theme with their 2017 Peterbilt/Century 9055, turning to JD Wilson Signs, also of Orlando, to help them with the design.

According to Ace manager Joe Reek, "Robbie loved kids," while JD Wilson owner Kenneth Wilson said that "Robbie came to them looking to do something for kids, something that was colorful."

The truck is an eye-catcher, one that will surely help you feel good on any day.

The original and unique design builds on several kid-friendly elements to convey a child's world. One of those elements is a staple of their experience: colored crayons, which are found all over the side of the unit, complementing the all-black backdrop.

Although he did not have children of his own, Faulk had many nephews and nieces whom he loved, immortalizing them by inscribing each of their names within the many crayons that adorn the unit.

Several other kid-friendly elements are also prominent.

Building blocks are found on several areas of the wrecker, a bright sunshine on each side of the cab greets us with a warm, friendly kid smile, and handprints of kids help to solidify the theme.

Bringing this playful design together is the large hand lettering that states "Kid Stuff" which pops out in neon colors, while the phone and company name also are written with a kid-friendly focus.

Other elements of interest include words on the boom that state "Daddy's hands," and above the side door "Grandpa's truck." A handful of cards on the hood, all aces, also help with the company's branding.

"The kids love this truck," Reek said. "We bring it to schools and showcase it on special occasions in area events."

Brag @ TIW! Should your truck be featured here? Send a few pics and your contact information to the editor at bdooley@towman.com. You might even be selected to go in print, too, in American Towman magazine!
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