Welcome to the International Towing & Recovery Museum
It all started more than 20 years ago when a group of dedicated towing professionals, the Friends of Towing, decided to recognize outstanding individuals in the towing and recovery industry worldwide, record the industry’s history, collect and display artifacts and memorabilia in a museum setting, and provide information about the industry to the public. The first Hall of Fame class consisted of 27 members and today has grown to include over 300 distinguished towing professionals.
This truck was restored by Carl Christopher a local resident in Cameron. ''Scotty'' (as he was known) purchased the truck from Carl at an auction. Within days of acquiring the truck a salvage man was… Read More →
This is a 1948 COE Chevrolet Truck with a Holmes 515 bed mounted on the back. Peter Aspesi purchased this truck in 1996 from Gannon Chevrolet in Westboro, Massachusetts. It was the first Holmes 515… Read More →
In Their Words
“Gene Pack opened his service station and wrecker service in McCaysville, GA in 1948. He had many tow trucks through the years, but this was the last one. Alzheimer's took away the keys, the truck was sold, and Gene passed away in 2009. The family bought the truck back from the new owner in 2012, and it was featured in his granddaughter's wedding - in honor of her late grandfather. Four generations now have memories surrounding this special truck, "Papaw's Wrecker." ”
- Jody Pack
“15 years ago today, jumped in my Ford ranger and was on my way to work in Buffalo New York. Radio was blasting, heavy snow coming down. Commercial on 98.5 lottery was the highest it had ever been. Got off on the Angola exit, went in and bought 3 tickets! My baby monster truck would not start! Went back into the store and asked to use the phone. Answer was No. Holy crap, looked around saw a payphone near the road. I picked it up and operators voice said it was only for emergencies. Picked it up again and the police answered it. Two minutes later the officer said, "I will get you some help." He went into the store to use the phone and lady refused him! He got back into his car and used the radio to get me a tow truck. To make a long story short, that driver was my husband to be! God works in mysterious ways! BTW, didn't go to work told my boss to take a long walk off of Niagara Falls, didn't win the lottery, but am still with the tow truck guy!”
- Paul with Tick Tock Towing & Recovery on behalf of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Leverenz, and their unique story told by Mrs. Leverenz
“I was in your Museum last week and enjoyed it very much. I remember an old picture I found that my dad took. It was taken near Auburn, Michigan. I thought you might get a laugh out of it.”
-Submitted by Tom Lovely
"I was first impacted in 1970, when I entered the towing industry as a Salesman for the Ernest Holmes Company. There I learned so much about sales from Lynn Churchwell (like there is only one way to do it...total honesty and your word becomes your bond). The next milestone in my life was when Jerry Holmes started Century Wrecker and asked me to be his Sales Manager. There I met thousands of people, each having an impact on my life. Now at 83 years old, I often recall those fond memories."