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'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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2017 American Towman Cup Winners – TowExpo Dallas

0 8b694This week, we thought we'd offer a change of pace and present the winning entries of the American Towman Cup Wrecker Pageant at this year's TowExpo Dallas. The competition was once again very tight as there were very strong entries in each category. However, there can only be one winner in each category, and here they are!

Best of Show
2011 Peterbilt 330
2011 Century 15K
Crawley's Towing
Sugarland, Texas

Best of Show—Working Truck
2017 Peterbilt 337
2017 Jerr-Dan flatbed
Dallas Towboys
Rockwall, Texas

First Place: Vintage
1933 Chevrolet
1933 Weaver Auto Crane
Stance Auto Works
Houston, Texas

First Place: Service/Support Vehicle
2011 Dodge 2500
G.T. Tow Service
Smithville, Missouri

First Place: Carrier
2017 Kenworth T270
2017 Vulcan 16 Series LCG
LW's Towing
Frisco, Texas

First Place: Light Duty 2016-'17
2016 Ford F-450
2016 Jerr-Dan MPL
Parking Control
Dallas, Texas

First Place: Rotator
2017 Kenworth T800
2017 NRC 50/65
G.T. Tow Service
Smithville, Missouri
Caption: James Gresham and Dennie Ortiz.

First Place: Heavy-Duty Tandem
2001 Peterbilt 379
Challenger 25-ton
Chub's Towing
Rockwall, Texas
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