The Week's Features
Towman hit on I-41 in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin, Jan. 11.
Homemade wrecker promotes pride of ownership
Dual operating box, other features standout on new carrier
Author of book on towman highway memorials up for Viola Award
Tractor-trailer with an 80,000-lbs. concrete beam rolled-over
Digital Edition
Click Here
Events
AT ShowPlace
Las Vegas, NV.
May 8-11, 2019
Tow Expo Dallas
Dallas, TX.
August 15-17, 2019
AT Exposition
Atlantic City, NJ.
Dec. 4-8, 2019
Don't Miss It!
The American Towman Academy at the 2019 American Towman ShowPlace will feature six conferences that will cover the gamut of running a towing business from soup to nuts. Conference topics include: Working With Legislators, Police Towers, Towing & Recovery, Tow Management, Sales & Marketing and Business Image. Watch this space in coming weeks for specific seminars that will take place within each conference. The 2019 American Towman ShowPlace will take place at the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 8-11. Registration will begin soon at atshowplace.com.

atshowplace.com
logotype
Translate Language  
American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingJanuary 16 - January 22, 2019
hd-illus

Ninja Turtles Art Attacks!

0 34765
By George L. Nitti

Although the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" was a comic and television series phenomena in the 1980s and '90s, a couple of more recent Hollywood film productions have helped to popularize the cartoon once again. Now the bit of pop culture has even been glorified on tow trucks.

Marvin's Tow Service, of Gardner, Kansas, has a history of dedicating its trucks to cartoon themes such as the TMNT.

When asked about the inspiration behind it, owner Marvin Vail credited his three boys, ages ranging from 9 to 25, for the design.

"My kids decide what we paint my trucks," he said.

On their 2015 Kenworth/Century 5130, one will find beautifully rendered custom-painted graphics depicting major characters from the series along with colorful backdrops of New York City and its underground water system. Masterfully painted by Scott Thomas, the project, involving four other people, took seven weeks to complete.

"I like paint," Vail said, "not plastic/vinyl. It has better texture and the colors are more vibrant. With a wrap it is easy to peel off, whereas using custom paint involves making a commitment to your truck.

"I met Scott in 2009, when he painted a rotator of ours, and then brought him on full-time, when we started D & M Body Shop," said Vail.

On the side of the wrecker, the turtles—Leonardo, Michelangelo, Rafael and Donatello—are prominently displayed, each wielding their unique weapon as they stand guard, battling petty criminals, evil overlords, mutated creatures and alien invaders.

Found next to the turtles are two other main characters from the series, reporter April O'Neil and mentor Splinter.

On the hood, the four turtles reveal their faces, pushing their heads out of a manhole cover against the city backdrop. On the side doors of the Kenworth, the four silhouetted turtle mutants band together with the name of the company written in a creative font also found in the series.

According to Vail, the children in the community have been exhilarated by the cartoon themes as they make their rounds to birthday parties and special events showing off their brilliant graphics.

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!
Translate Page
Contact Us

WreckMaster President Justin Cruse said that the WreckMaster Convention will bring together towers from all over North America to provide a unique and beneficial opportunity to broaden knowledge.
© 2019  Tow Industry Week/American Towman Media, Inc.