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Joe’s bought his first tow truck, a brand new 1964 Ford 4-wheel drive Weldbuilt, because he was tired of watching tow trucks driving by his gas station making money towing cars from the parking lot at the “Theatre in the Round” at Oakdale in Wallingford, Connecticut. Once the towing bug was in his blood Joe invested in and purchased Fountain’s Garage in New Haven, Connecticut in 1970. Starting with three tow trucks from Fountain’s and bringing two more along from his Wallingford service station, the fleet quickly grew to 18 trucks! Fountain’s being located at the junction of the “Q-Bridge” exit/entrance ramp onto I-95 in New Haven CT gave Joe the oppurtunnity to capitalize on his unique location. His fast response and always ready attitude was relied upon by law enforcement for over 40 years.
Joe was one of the founding members of the Towing and Recovery Professionals of Connecticut, was a Charter Member of the Towing and Recovery Association of America, and in 1974, was one of the original founders of the Interstate Towing Association.
With a memory like a vise and a joke every minute, Joe hasn’t lost his sense of humor or his recollection of homes, places or phone numbers – although he still keeps his “Black Book” of recovery owners and operators throughout the nation. Asked what was the hardest part of the towing operation, Joe will tell you the long hours, competition, teaching help, setting safety and operating standards. The list goes on and on. Doesn’t that sound familiar. Weekends don’t require 24 hour non-stop work anymore and hopefully are blessed with good enough weather to drive his custom 1950 Ford (the Nifty Fifty) or his 1946 Ford Coupe (Mellow Yellow) to a car show. At 73 years young, Joe still gets around and still gets calls from towing friends for advice and even directions.
AUGUST 10, 2015 - DOUBLETREE HOTEL IS SOLD OUT - HAMPTON INN & SUITES STILL AVAILABLE
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