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

A Classic Beauty

00 6680cBy George Nitti

Sometime in the mid 1980s, Dick's Towing, established in 1971 in Washington state, bought their first heavy-duty tow truck. Up to that point they were doing light- to medium-duty towing, servicing the area between Seattle, Washington and the Canadian border from three locations in Everett, Stanwood and Marysville.

The truck they purchased was a Kenworth W925 that had an Oberg 25 body.

Dick's ran that truck for approximately 14 years before they put it out to pasture, with a goal of someday restoring it. Dick's son Todd Peterson drove it for the company a few years after turning 18, said, "We wanted to keep it around because it had sentimental value. I was only seven years old when we bought it. It was our first big truck, and first heavy. Times changed and we needed to add bigger equipment."

The truck would sit around on their lot for another 14 years before they would touch it again. It was only recently that Todd and his brother focused their energy on getting the truck restored, completing it just in time for August's Washington Tow Show, where they showed it off at the wrecker pageant.

This truck is a true beauty and a rare classic. What makes it particularly breathtaking is its squeaky clean appearance, minimal graphics and complementary colors of white and hunter green. Everything seems to work together perfectly.

Todd and his brother Troy were busy rewiring, polishing and doing all the other stuff vintage vehicles need before going to a show.

Dick's logo is written in a classic font, done in a very neat script and includes an understated touch with a small star above the "I." The logo slants upward across its doors, popping out against the white, uncluttered background and provides a sense of class characterizing all of Dick's trucks, both new and old.

On the green Oberg body, one will find the original hydraulic winches and boom, where Dick's company name is also clearly seen.

"Back in the day, the boom had limited options," said Peterson. "Today's tow truck can do so much more. You have so many more options with a rotator. But even back then, with a truck like this, we got the job done."

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Making a 'Bold' Statement

0 58c4bBy George L. Nitti

"It is terrifying to see cars whizzing by on the interstate and getting close to hitting our tow trucks," said Maggie Ramos, co-owner of Sunshine Towing of Miami, Florida. "It's truly frightening. So many towers are getting hurt and killed."

That's why Maggie and her husband, Alex, dedicated their 2016 Freightliner/Chevron 16-ton to bringing greater awareness to the Move Over law.

Sending a bold message, the unit stands out both in style and purpose.

First are the striking yellow and orange colors that pop out, giving accent to the main message: Move Over.

Adding further flavor to the design is the gray background that includes a pattern that Ramos describes as "coming out of the street, almost like pavement."

When she and her husband started the company in 1992, they sat around their living room considering a name for their company and settled on Sunshine Towing. The name led to a design that incorporated those hot, eye-catching colors of yellow and orange that can only be synonymous with the sun.

The orange and yellow lines cascade down from the front end of the unit, sweeping across its side and flowing to the central message of "Move Over." Another sweeping arrow points to the words, "It's the Law," written in white.

The wrap, executed by Kauffs Signs and Banners of Palm Beach, Florida, is easy for all to read and see.

"It's a head-turner," Ramos said. "It only has 4,000 miles on it. We use it for special events and specialty calls. One of the events that we help sponsor is called 'Towers with a Heart,' a yearly golf tournament in May that raises money to bring awareness and educate the public about the law, in part through creating more signage with the message on the interstate."

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