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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingMarch 20 - March 26, 2019

'Tooned' and Ready

0 a2308By George L. Nitti

Cartoon characters frequently form the basis of tow-truck design themes.

Road Manager Steve Brunet of Robbins Towing in St. Catharines, Ontario, credits his nine-year-old grandson Joseph for inspiring him to use a couple of main characters from the animated movie "Cars" on their 2018 Dodge Ram 5500/Vulcan 994 unit.

"From three years old," Brunet said, "my grandson has been riding in the truck with me and knows how to operate everything. He loved the movie 'Cars.' He said, 'You are towing cars like Tow Mater.' "

With his grandson as a catalyst and using the characters of Tow Mater and Lightning McQueen, Brunet turned to a local graphics company, Auto FX, to help him with the design.

Tow Mater sits center stage on the hood of the unit showing a winch cable extending to the back of the unit, where it is hooked into the red race car, Lightning McQueen.

"Tow Mater is pulling him out of the mud," Brunet said.

The swirling black and orange on the side of the truck draws the eye to the company's logo in a blue-yellow gradient.

One of the biggest challenges in putting the unit together was ensuring that there was plenty of space for Brunet's tools.

"First I needed to find a cabinet that would fit in the back of the truck," he said. "We then created a custom toolbox so that nothing would float around. All of my tools are in there, which I use every day. I do a lot of the crank tows. I do a lot of construction trailers. In the past the tools were put on the floor."

On the back of the truck, just below the lights, lettering clearly states "Slow Down" and "Move Over."

"I find more commercial vehicles slowing down and moving over," Brunet said, "but on average, the motoring public still needs more education. Everyone is in a hurry. Occasionally when I see a tower at work, to help out I'll sit back and block the oncoming traffic."

"I have had a couple of close calls but I wouldn't do anything else," said Brunet, who's been towing for two decades. "It's in your blood. It's in your DNA."

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The Money Maker

0 35d10By George L. Nitti

When it comes to dispensing wisdom on the art of making money, there is no one like Ben Franklin to lead the way. Franklin's contributions to America were many, and to honor him, his image was printed on the currency of our $100 bill.

For Handsome Rob, owner of Vintage Autobody and Towing in Westbury, New York, he knew when he purchased a 2014 Dodge Ram 5500 with a 2014 Jerr-Dan MPL40 it would be a money maker. So much so, he used Franklin's image as it appears on the $100 bill.

With the help of master artist Cecil Burrowes, they began executing on a design that Rob envisioned. Franklin's image is hand-painted with scalloped designs surrounding him. Under his image it states, "100."

Aptly, the design on the hood is done in green paint. Along the outlying areas, a number of gray, white and black images of skulls with haunting eyes peer outward.
The name under Franklin, however, does not contain Franklin's name but rather the "Handsome," after the owner of the company, which represents a clever play on the currency.

On the sides of the unit, just next to the doors, are more iconic images. On one side is DC Comic's "Joker," with his girlfriend "Harley Quinn" on the other side.

"I thought it would be a nice fit as the Joker's colors are green and purple, matching our design on the hood," Handsome Rob said. "It also ties in with the fact that Gotham is New York City, which is the location of Batman."

The city of New York sprawls across both sides of the unit as well, as large tribal flames are layered on top in candy purple and green.

Other interesting details abound, with more skulls covering the back, while the company logo stands out in an elegant design across the boom.

This money-making machine won first place in the Light Duty, Pre-2017 Class at the American Towman Wrecker Pageant in Baltimore, Maryland, last November.

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