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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingSeptember 13 - September 19, 2017

Remembering 9/11 and More

1093921This week we give remembrance on the 12th Anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks to the men, women and children who lost their lives. As well as the heroes that responded to the tragedy.

This tow truck is a 2012 Kenworth with a Jerr-Dan 16-ton wrecker, belonging to Westway Towing of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. They have wrapped their truck with evocative imagery in giving remembrance to that tragic day in U.S. history.

“Our 9/11 truck to remember this disaster clearly says ‘NEVER FORGET 9/11,’ and shows our support to our emergency responder partners,” said Westway owner Craig Goldstein. “Other imagery includes the famous raising of the American flag by three firefighters, a portrait of a firefighter, and a scene of piled rubble.”

Westway Towing likes to support different causes, expressing their feelings through their truck designs. They have designed a breast cancer awareness truck in memory of one of their long-time friends and recently purchased a 60-ton rotator that is a rolling salute to our troops.

“We recognize all of the armed forces on this truck,” Goldstein said. “We actually had a three-star general call me to say, ‘Thanks.’ ”

Westway Towing opened in 1990, starting with a 1975 Dodge dually with a 220 Holmes electric over hydraulic towing unit and has grown leaps and bounds since then. Today, with more than 115 trucks purchased over a 22-year period and towing for 11 cities and every major highway in their area, they have amassed equipment for all occasions, including a 75-ton rotator and a hazmat cleanup tanker truck.

“We have a sister company that picks up waste vegetable oil from local restaurants and converts it with our 1.5 million gallon a year bio diesel plant,” Goldstein said. “Our trucks run on a mixture of biodiesel fuel and is a big part of our sustainability rating.”

Next up for Westway is a new 50-ton truck to be dedicated to autism.

“These trucks I design personally and the satisfaction of watching people’s eyes come out of their head when they see the trucks pass them is worth all the hard work it takes to create,” Goldstein said. “The smiles and sometimes emotional tears are brought out at every parade and function we attend.”
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Creative Rundown, Rusted-Out Wrap

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When it comes to creativity, sometimes a great idea is hard to come by. This was the case for Bruce Johnson, owner of Johnson's Heavy Towing in Flagstaff, Ariz., when trying to find the perfect graphic design for his 2017 Kenworth T880/Century 5130.

It took awhile for him to find the direction he wanted to go.

"A couple of years ago, I was introduced to wraps at one of the tow shows I attended," Johnson said. "A wrap really appealed to me as I saw that they can put a nice finish on a truck for a lot less than custom paint.

"When I bought the truck, I wanted to put a fancy wrap on it, but was never really satisfied with the designs I was seeing. So I left our truck unwrapped for almost a year."

He had some ideas about things he liked, such as old rat rods he had seen on his way home from work. Then he started working with a graphic designer that he found online who helped channel this artistic vision.

Another source of inspiration was the famous and historic Route 66, a tourist destination where one will find special events, hot rod shows, vintage vehicles and old shutdown truck stops along the way.

There is something unique in the rundown and rusted-out; in this special wrap, that vision is captured. The core background is of a vintage truck in patina covered in rivets. The metal of the unit appears as rusting and in some places cut out, and flaking terribly.

On the side of the unit, the washed-out company name is written in aqua wedged between an old antique arrow sign.

"This is one of those vehicles you need to see up close," Johnson said. "That way you can see the burned-out and smoking light bulbs of the sign. The details are great."

The driver of the truck, Joseph "Jody" Cowsert, concurred about the slow process it took for the design to come together.

"Johnson wanted something unique and different," Cowsert said.

Cowsert also played a creative role in the design process, contributing the copper plating found on the grill, the shields on the exhaust, the wheel simulators and the bezels that go around the lights.

"[Johnson] called me one day and told me were going to offset in copper. With the copper plating it adds a whole lot more to it," Cowsert said.

"Every time we take it anywhere, there are 30 to 50 people taking pictures of it," Johnson proudly said.

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