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

Truck Highlights Autism Awareness


Over the last few years, Westway Towing of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has supported different causes by paying tribute on their trucks. This time, they are bringing awareness to the cause of autism.

With an incident rate of approximately 1 out of 68 births, the prevalence of autism continues to climb in our society. Craig Goldstein, owner of Westway, has personally felt its affect with his first cousin having three autistic children of her own. After one of those children died at age 21, Goldstein was moved to promote autism awareness on one of their newest trucks, a black 2014 Kenworth with a 25-ton Jerr-Dan. In doing so, he gives special tribute to the memory of Ryan Dillon.

"Ryan was a 'Harry Potter' kid," said Goldstein. "He really enjoyed the last Harry Potter movie, and so we put him on our truck."

On the hood you'll find Harry Potter wielding a sword, surrounded by layered blue puzzle pieces, signifying autism, with red lettering stating "In Tribute to Ryan Dillon."

Ryan was also a baseball fan. On the side of the truck, he is posed at-bat, wearing his uniform and warm smile.

Over the entire body of the truck, the light blue puzzle pieces are placed like Aladdin's magic carpet, and many of the pieces show a picture of a boy or girl.

"All of the kids on the truck have autism and are from the three counties around Fort Lauderdale," said Goldstein.

Goldstein plays a large hand in designing each of his tribute trucks. He used Facebook and went to a local organization to find the names of 40 kids that he could use for the truck. With the help of one of the mothers, the project was completed.

Her name, Allysia, is found on the back of the truck, just below a multi-colored autism awareness ribbon.

"We let her take it to events that promote the cause. We give her one of our drivers," Goldstein said. "It's so worth it when you see the smiles and emotional tears brought out at every parade and function we attend."

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'Miniature Rolling Billboard'

0 e7e8cBy George L. Nitti

Some of the best graphic design seen on tow trucks often blends elements for that "wow" factor.

Broadway Towing of Freeport, New York, prides itself on having a fleet of units with creative graphics. Their 2001 International 4300/Vulcan 892 10-ton wrecker helps to illustrate this point.

This unit is a head turner for a variety of reasons.

First, its color scheme is a blue-based coat with a wide palette of colors such as purple, orange, black, white, green and other tones of blue that accentuate the various hand-painted graphics.

The hand-painted visuals by "Magic Mike" meld racing stripes and tribal flames with other interesting hand-painted work to give it a truly creative flair.

The 24-hour service graphic on the unit's side door brings together a variety of colors, fonts and creative design concepts.

"Magic Mike does great work. It's a miniature rolling billboard," said Manager Pat Rivas.

The company name stands out in bright orange with black accents, complementing the word "towing" in white hand-painted lettering. The company name can also be found in bold letters across the front fender.

"On all of our company units, there is a memoriam to the owner's father and a picture of his daughter, Angelina. She is our good luck charm," Rivas said.

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