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As the saying goes, “Everything is bigger in Texas”
The Federal Fair Labor Standards Act may be applicable in some cases
Sensors pinpointing whereabouts can then be shared with recovery firms
Features include 37,000 lbs. of rated structural capacity and much more
Tank’s transport was final move to new VFW building
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Stalled vehicles on Houston's freeways will be towed to a nearby safe location off the freeway at no cost through the “Tow and Go” regional traffic management plan. Image - towandgo.com.


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He’s back and is rarin’ to go with his entertaining theatrical review of air cushion jobs worldwide that’s not “a lot of hot air!” Join Howard “Scooby” Eagan and John Sweezy Jr., as Matjack presents “Scooby’s Mystery Theater,” taking place during the American Towman Exposition at the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Dec. 4-7. (Note: Some of this presentation may not be suitable for children.)

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Gray’s Towing of Flint, Michigan, provided a tow truck to help VFW 4087 move to its new building in Davison. Image – Gary Gould.
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Mercedes-Benz has been fitting sensors inside new and used vehicles to pinpoint their exact whereabouts in the event of repossession.

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0-towcasso5 copy 98312By George L. Nitti

Tow truck restoration rarely crosses the threshold of functionality into the realm of abstract art. However, a vintage restoration eight years ago by Herrera's Towing and Recovery of Vidor, Texas, does just that: going beyond the conventional into the truly idiosyncratic.

Their 1962 Chevrolet pick-up with a homemade wrecker body built in-house, was a first-place winner at the Tow Expo-Dallas in August, and could be characterized as a work of art.

Owner Ronnie Herrera said, "It's called the 'Rat Wrecker' or 'Rat Rod'. It's like a Picasso. My daughter calls it TowCasso."

The unique design was inspired by Herrera's long-abiding interest in hot rods and antique restoration.

At its core is what Herrera said are "pieces here and pieces there and a lot of little bitty things."

Many of the pieces are welded on and comprise a hodgepodge of memorabilia and other assorted oddities.

Being a Texas-bred tow company, the longhorns, plow and sombrero are some of the symbols on the hood and front of the unit that stand out.

The restoration also contains a stainless-steel crowbar that holds ample lighting. It includes a couple of fire engine lights and a megaphone. In another broad stroke of creativity and eccentricity, the hood is glued to the back of the wrecker body while a beer cake serves as the fuel tank.

"It's old school, vintage-type stuff," Herrera said. "It's not something we use, but it's operable. If I had to pick something up, I could--but I wouldn't want to."

The restoration is custom-painted in black and blue, coated with an old-style brush stroke called patina, giving it an effect of fading and aging. Colorful pin stripes add accent around the bright orange "Herrera" name standing out on the side.

Part marketing, part fun, it is frequently entered in car shows and parades and wows audiences with its spectacle of outlandishness.

"I enjoyed watching the responses of people who saw it at the tow show and scratched their heads and went 'Huh?'," Herrera stated. "My grandkids love to ride in it. They have a blast."

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