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Jerr-Dan Sponsors CNTA Towing Guide

From The January Tow Times issue Industry Insider, “Jerr-Dan Sponsors CNTA Towing Guide”:

Conference of Northeastern Towing Associations Officers:

President: Chuck Schmidt (ESTRA – New York) 516-627-7630

Vice President: John Glass (GSTA – New Jersey) 973-267-7665

Secretary: Tim Vibert (TRPC – Connecticut) 860-677-9074

Treasurer: Cynthia J. Martineau (STA – Massachusetts) 508-303-6699

Conference Representatives:

Connecticut Tim Vibert 860-677-9074

Maine Dana Lewis 207-247-6301

Maryland Betty Cornwell 410-414-5406

Massachusetts Cynthia Martineau 508-303-6699

New Hampshire Rene R. Fortin 603-486-8649

New Jersey John Glass 973-267-7665

New York Chuck Schmidt 516-627-7630

Pennsylvania Jack Ferryman 610-390-9472

Rhode Island Assn Office 401-724-2333

Vermont Assn Office 802-885-5400

Support for the Museum and Survivor Fund

From The January Tow Times issue Industry Insider, “Support for the Museum and Survivor Fund”:

The winners of the Lodar Survivor Fund auctions were:

Cloverdale Tow, Cloverdale, California

Martins Wrecker Service, Cartersville, Georgia

Chips Repair and Towing, Suffolk, Virginia

Greens Garage, Hampstead, Maryland

Express Towing & Repair, Dover, Pennsylvania

M & K Towing, Baltimore, Maryland

Hot Rods, Martinsburg, Virginia

Baileys Garage & Towing, Brockway, Pennsylvania

Dualtech, Bean Station, Tennessee

2012 NASCAR Season — What Does the Crystal Ball Say?

From The January Tow Times issue Racing Special, “2012 NASCAR Season — What Does the Crystal Ball Say?”:

Marcos Ambrose – Had a win in Cup and Nationwide along with bad luck. Twelve Top 10 finishes in 2011. Look for the Aussie to win more in 2012.

Paul Menard – Had one win at RCR and with his family’s hardware store’s sponsorship. He can win more with this well-funded team.

Martin Truex Jr. – The senior leader of the Waltrip Toyota team with the ousting of Florida’s David Reutimann after the Aaron’s bear was not happy with a 28th place finish even with his cute daughter on TV.

Greg Biffle – Had a disappointing 2011 season but his team may step it up next year with wins for the “Cat In The Hat.” 3M has the sponsorship money in the Roush team.

Juan Montoya – Came close to wins but never held the checkered flag. A winner in other series, he needs to learn to hold his temper on the track and he can win in NASCAR.

Trevor Bayne – Gave the Wood Brothers the emotional 2011 Daytona 500 win in the 21 car. He had one win in the NASCAR Nationwide series, finishing 12th in the standings. The charming kid-next-door can win, but will not be in the series for championship points.

David Ragan – Won the Daytona July race but lost UPS sponsorship to Jack Roush. David owns a Ford dealership in Georgia run by his dad, a former racer. Ragan has an income, but is looking for a ride and could land a good one with a team that can win.

Mark Martin – Came close to wins but lost on fuel mileage and bad luck. Moving to a part-time ride in Michael Waltrip’s Toyota. Could muster a win next year for the Busch Series all-time winner.

Tow Trucks for Tots Parade

More from the Tow Times January issue News Bits department:

Information supplied by Tow Trucks for Tots:

2011 Worldwide Equipment Sales Tow Trucks For Tots Parade Highlights

Total Amount of Toys Collected: over 8,500

Total Number of Trucks: 324 (Set New Guinness Book Of World Records)

Best Decorated Car Carrier: Ambassador Car Carrier – Orland Park, IL

Best Decorated Tow Truck: Grosse Point Towing – Northbrook, IL

Longest Distance Traveled: Bobs Radiator Service – Atco, NJ – (797 Miles)

Largest Fleet in Attendance: O’Hare Towing – Downers Grove, IL – (24 Trucks)

Most Toys Collected: Calumet City Auto Wreckers – Calumet City, IL – (1,200 Toys)

Trucks began lining up at 5:00 am at the Hollywood Casino, Joliet IL. Trucks arrived decorated with ribbons, Christmas lights, sleighs, reindeer, wreaths and much more. Dick’s Towing of Joliet, IL handed out free coffee, hot chocolate and donuts to everyone in attendance at Hollywood Casino. Bob Skrocki of Ambassador Car Carrier, Orland Park, IL started the drivers meeting at 8:15 am with the Pledge of Allegiance. At 9:00 a.m. the Illinois State Police started leading the 42-mile parade to Toyota Park Bridgeview, IL. The first tow truck in the parade was an Oshkosh Military Wrecker sent by the Illinois National Guard. The first civilian tow truck was driven by Jim Bresnahan of Chariot Automotive and Towing, Countryside, Ill. Jim was given this honor for collecting the most toys in 2010. Each driver, volunteer, police officer, fire fighter and judge received a free commemorative shirt. Illinois, State Senator, Chris Lauzen was one of our judges in attendance.

At Toyota Park we unloaded the thousands of toys so generously collected by the towers in attendance. Coy’s Towing, Matteson, IL collected over 125 bicycles and Calumet City Auto Parts collected 1200 toys. This gives Calumet City Auto Parts the honor of being the first truck in Tow Trucks For Tots 2012 parade. Everyone at Toyota Park received free Matt’s cookies (Grosse Point Towing Northbrook, Ill.), hot dogs, chips, pop and water. Toyota Park provided tours of the Chicago Fire locker rooms and moon jumps. Worldwide Equipment Sales presented Tow Truck Olympics. Bill and Vicky Howard Naperville Towing, Naperville, IL treated everyone to a live performance by the Street Corner Blue Band. Towers from all over the United States congregated, talked, looked at equipment and had fun. Some towers such as Auto Medics, Orland Park, IL came up with a creative way to promote Worldwide Equipment Sales Tow Trucks For Tots parade, they contacted local pizza restaurants and asked them to put a Tow Trucks For Tots flyer on each pizza box. These flyers informed people of the parade and local drop off box locations. Several towing companies called our office on Monday and said it was the best event they have ever been to. Pat Paso of Going Towing, Bensenville, IL said it was a great bonding experience for him and his daughter and they plan on attending every Worldwide Equipment Sales Tow Trucks For Tots parade to come. Checkout our website for more information on upcoming meetings, volunteer positions, fund raisers, view pictures and to sign up for next year’s parade. Thank you again to everyone who helped make this year’s parade a huge success.

Worldwide Equipment Sales Tow Truck Olympics

Held at Toyota Park

Hosted by Tow Trucks for Tots

Contestants ran an agility course and competed for the fastest time:

Unlock a door using a Big Easy.

Put a strap and ratchet around a wheel.

Put a set of wired tag lights on a car.

Sweep debris into a bucket.

Cross the finish line.

Winners won Gold, Silver or Bronze metals along with cash prizes. 1st place received $250 cash, 2nd place won $150 cash and 3rd place took home $100 cash.

Women’s Category


1st Place Gold Medal

Elizabeth Hirsch, Lucky’s Towing – Chicago, IL

1 Min. 17 Sec.

2nd Place Silver Medal

Christina Hampe, Hampe’s Towing, Orland Park, IL

1 Min. 30 Sec.

3rd Place Bronze Medal

Cynthia Sandoval, Lucky’s Towing, Chicago, IL

1 Min. 32 Sec.

Men’s Category

1st Place Gold Medal

Eric Ebert, Wess’s Service – Calumet City, IL

56 Sec.

2nd Place Silver Medal

Joe Tholl, Rocket Towing – Oswego, IL

1 Min. 6 Sec.

3rd Place Bronze Medal

Jeff Hampe, Hampe Towing – Orland Park, IL

1 Min. 10 Sec.

2011 Sponsors Listed In Alphabetical Order: Ajax Waste, Ambassador Towing, BA Products, Bendi, Beacon Funding, Brett Equipment Corporation, Bristol Hose and Fitting Inc, Bristol Transport, Calumet City Auto Recyclers, Chariot Automotive & Towing, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Wolves, City of Joliet, Custer Products, Darryl A. Dupre Inc., DeBruyn, Taylor and DeBruyn LTD, Dick’s Towing Service,, Diversified Products, Grosse Pointe Towing Inc., Hampton Inn Joliet, Hollywood Casino Joliet, Hunt Printing, Illinois Communication, IL State Police, In The Ditch, Jerr-Dan, Joliet Suspension, Northern Illinois Steel Supply, Pacific General Insurance Agency, Prairie International, The Print Press, Pritchard’s Auto Group, Scott Powers Consulting Co., Street Corner Blue, TCF Equipment Finance, Inc., Titles For Cars, Toyota Park, V as in Victor, Village of Bridgeview, Village of Rockdale, Village of Willow Springs, Wildwood Towing Service (Wally Herman), Wolf & Company LLP, Worldwide Equipment Sales LLC, and Wyckoff-Tweedie Photography