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Elected: March 12, 1999
Inducted: August 21, 1999
James E. Hoagland was born on April 1, 1929 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Prior to graduating from school, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. He served actively for two years and in the reserve for another four.
In 1951, Jim took a job at Swanson Chevrolet, as their tow truck operator. That same year he bought his first wrecker from Swanson Chevrolet. In order to get the down payment he sold his wife’s car. That was the start of Hoagy Wrecker Service, Inc.
Jim was one of the founders of the Indiana Towing Association and a charter member of the Interstate Towing Association. He’s been a director for ITA for more years than he can remember. He is also a member of the American Legion, The Faternal Order of Police and the Indiana Motor Truck Association.
Jim has worked hard for the towing industry by helping to get wrecker overweight and oversize bills passed in Indiana. Also, he was instrumental in wreckers obtaining fuel tax refunds for power take off and has battled local authorities for years over owner request calls.
He is known by many of his peers as “Mr. Maytag” and the first to receive the agitator award. Today, Jim and his wife Carol are still active in the everyday operation of Hoagy Wrecker Service Inc. They have four children, of which two are involved in the business and six grandchildren.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
20th Anniversary Celebration of the Museum
International Towing Museum - 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Friday, September 11, 2015
Welcome Reception and Auction (Ticketed Event)
DoubleTree Hotel - 7pm
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Wall of the Fallen Ceremony
International Towing Museum - 10am
2015 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Banquet (Ticketed Event)
DoubleTree Hotel - 6pm
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Breakfast (Ticketed Event) - 9am
General Membership Meeting - 10am
For questions or comments about the museum, contact us
Admission and Hours
Adults - $10.00
Seniors (55 or older)/Military - $9.00
AAA - $8.50
Children 6 - 14 - $6.00
Children under 5 are free.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Summer Hours (March. 1-Oct.31)
Monday - Saturday 9 - 5
Sunday 11 - 5
Winter Hours (Nov 1-Feb.28)
Monday - Saturday 10 - 4:30
Sunday 11 - 5
Closed Major Holidays
The International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame & Museum, Inc.
3315 Broad Street
Chattanooga, TN 37408