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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingJanuary 16 - January 22, 2019

The 'Immaculate Eye' Creates a Winner

0 3aebfBy George L. Nitti

It's a tribute to highly acclaimed artist Cecil Burrowes that so many in the towing industry seek him out for their graphic design. His custom paint and airbrushed designs have won countless awards and have led many to pursue him in hopes that he will work on their next baby.

Keith Nelson drives one of Burrowes' award-winning designs for American Auto Body and Recovery in Maspeth, New York.

"You are lucky to get Cecil to work for you," Nelson said. "His time is valuable and you have to have patience. He is a Picasso when it comes to doing art."

One of Burrowes' latest designs appeared at the 2017 American Towman Exposition in Baltimore, Maryland, where Cecil applied his artistry to the company's 2016 Hino 258/Vulcan 22' flatbed. This truck won Best of Show – People's Choice.

It is a unique flag-themed design that pops due to the brilliant composition and layering of graphic elements. It includes an artfully rendered skyline of NYC, including the Twin Towers, in popping and vivacious bright candy colors and Cecil's impeccable attention to detail.

On the hood is a red and white flag pattern coming down vertically on one side contrasting with a candy blue covered in white stars. A bright, red and white ribbon cascades over a pastel-toned NYC skyline, with the company phone number written in New York Police Department-type lettering.

"All of our trucks are patriotic-themed," said owner Sammy Abate. "It has to do with the name of our company. We went with the New York City skyline because we look out over it and see it every day."

"American" in the company name pops through a metal cut-out over gradient colors and flowing lines.

As Nelson aptly summed up of Burrowes, "His eye is immaculate."

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Old-School, Clean Look

0-billwarnerandsontowingandrecovery circleville wv04 copy 71ff2By George L. Nitti

There is nothing like a homemade wrecker to promote pride of ownership.

Family owned and operated Bill Warner & Son Towing and Recovery in Circleville, West Virginia, has, in part, thrived in the trucking and towing business through piecing together and building their own trucks.

One notable wrecker in their fleet is a 1997 Peterbilt 379 extended hood with a Century 9055 heavy-duty wrecker.

"We collected parts for several years before putting it together," said owner Bill Warner. "It was done in-house, drawing on three or four other trucks. When we started, we took it down to the bare frame. Then it took us seven months of sweat and blood to build it back up."

Winning third place in the Heavy Duty-Tandem Axle category at the 2018 American Towman Exposition Wrecker Pageant, the unit received attention for several outstanding features.

One includes its captivating and minimal paint schematic consisting of viper red and sable black. Those two main colors are brought together with a reflective vinyl gold stripe.

"It really lights up at night with that reflective lettering," Warner said. "I've always liked our colors of red and black. It gives it an old-school, clean look."

Clean is an understatement, as there are few graphics on the truck except lettering for the company name.

At night, lighting is another essential element that helps this unit get noticed.

"The glass lights all match and extend around the entire body of the truck," Warner said. "Behind the grille at the front of the wrecker are six strobe lights."

Its many customized components help it stand out. The brand new extended hood, the all-chrome grille, the reduced size of the sleeper and the extra compartment spaces help make this unit a winner.

"Even the backlights open up into a storage compartment," Warner said.

Although the time spent putting this wrecker together was long, Warner took great pride in building a road-worthy unit in-house.

"This is one of the best ones I've built," he said.

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