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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingMarch 20 - March 26, 2019

Thick-Skinned Wrap of the Grim Reaper

0 a2fd1By George Nitti

Some jobs require you to project a tough image, such as in the world of car repossession. You might say it goes along with the territory. The repossessor is seen as the bad guy, who, to protect himself, develops a thick skin.

One form that "thick skin" may take is in the wrap of your truck.

Joey Frazier, owner of Hide-n-Seek Towing and Recovery in Augusta, Ga., projects his tough image through his truck, a 2015 Ford F-450 four-door extended cab with a Vulcan 812. It's wrapped with an intense Grim Reaper who has a Darth Vader-shaped head, large green protruding eyes and a wide-open skeletal mouth.

Scary, indeed! The Reaper also clutches, with its large sinewy fingers, two sharp J-hooks firmly in each hand. On the hood, the knuckles of the reaper spell it out: Game Over, with other sharp tools and reaper-like artifacts dangling to add more fear.

Skulls and a graveyard setting add ambiance. It's enough to scare about anyone, especially at night when the Reaper's luminous eyes glow.

"People hate to see the repo man," said Frazier. "So the image of the Grim Reaper kind of fits the image of who people think we are."

Another compelling graphic is the name of the company, which stands out on the side. It's written in a spooky font, its green color as luminescent as the eyes of the Grim Reaper.

Frazier explained the company name Hide-n-Seek Towing and Recovery came about when he and a friend were joking around one evening, trying to think of potential names for their company.

"People would hide on us, and what do we do? We seek them out," Frazier said.

The graphics were done by Communi Graphics, out of North Augusta, S.C., and took approximately a month to complete. Special features include air horns, which make it sound like a train, strobe lights and four cameras on constant record. The Vulcan body is another asset which, according to Frazier, "has exceeded expectations."

Although a tough skin is what it takes to do repo work, Frazier reveals that he has a kind heart.

"This work can be very frustrating. For example, it's not fun seeing a grown woman cry," he said. "I don't judge them for the situation they are in. I've actually been there myself."

Perhaps the best ending?

"Some of my friends I met repo'ing their cars."

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The Bandit

0-IMG 4016 a8bc0By George L. Nitti

In the cowboy country of Idaho, don't be surprised to find outlaws and bandits still running the roads.

At Hendrickson's Recovery Team of Idaho Falls, Idaho, the company prides itself on making themselves "wanted," clearly advertising who they are and creating a memorable impression.

Their latest acquisition is called "The Bandit," a Freightliner with a Century 5130 body, purchased from Wasatch Truck Equipment of Salt Lake City, Utah. Once delivered and lettered in reflective vinyl, The Bandit was running the roads, including a 650-mile trek to Las Vegas, where it won the American Towman Cup for Best of Show at 2017's American Towman ShowPlace.

"We thought it was a good truck to represent Idaho," said co-owner James Hendrickson. "There are a lot of cowboys here. We have two other trucks like 'The Bandit.' One is called 'The Outlaw,' the other, 'Bandito.' "

Living in the expansive Wild West where ranching is a way of life for many, the company is often recovering vehicles from the wide open spaces of Montana, Wyoming and Utah.

Hendrickson said, "We've got 30,000 miles on the 'Bandit' and it's not even a year old."

The central image of a bandit is found on the cab of the unit: a notorious looking fellow with a Fu Manchu-like mustache wearing a cowboy hat.

"The design was created by the very talented David Stratton of I.F. Signs of Idaho Falls," Hendrickson said.

What helps make the unit memorable are the understated olive green and yellow flames that blend perfectly with the image of the bandit while complementing the unit's black background and white lettering.

The oversized lettering on the side stands out in square fonts and flourishing strokes.

Hendrickson said, "We were going for something bold and big."

On the boom is "Towing the line since '69," representing the nearly 50 years in business when James' father Ron started the company.

"It's a billboard and our image," Hendrickson said. "All our trucks get washed at least once a week. I want people to ride in a truck I'd want my family hopping into."

(Ed. note: This article originally appeared in the January 17, 2018 edition of Tow Industry Week.)
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