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.
In its humble beginnings, the Friends of Towing displayed the Hall of Fame and Museum in a semi-trailer and drove it to and from towing and recovery industry trade shows across the country. In 1995 when it came time to settle down in one permanent location, the organization decided on the scenic city of Chattanooga, TN. Chattanooga had been credited as the birthplace of the tow truck thanks to inventor Ernest Holmes Sr. Holmes and his son Ernest Holmes Jr. would go on to establish a major towing manufacturer named the Ernest Holmes Company. Today, the museum has evolved from the humble Friends of Towing into the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum.
In 2006, the museum dedicated a Memorial, The Wall of the Fallen, in honor of men and women who had lost their lives in the line of service. In 2007, at the first Wall of the Fallen dedication service, 94 names where added. Since its establishment, the names of towing operators who have lost their lives are added to the wall during a special ceremony in September.
The International Towing Museum is the only place in the world that offers a close encounter with a tow truck that is actually fun, positive, and nostalgic.
Museum Hours of Operation:
Winter Hours: Nov 1st – Feb 28th
Mon – Sat: 10:00 – 4:30
Sunday – 11:00 – 5:00
Summer Hours: Mar 1st – Oct 31st
Mon – Sat – 9:00 – 5:00
Sunday – 11:00 – 5:00
Closed on these Holidays:
Easter Sunday, July 4th, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Day
The International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc, is dedicated to:
A. Recording the history of our industry through the publication of books, periodicals and historical records and other documents and,
B. Collecting and restoring and displaying the artifacts and memorabilia of our industry through our ongoing Museum Program and,
C. Providing an Information Center (the “Museum”) for the enlightenment of the general public regarding the many valuable contributions to society, worldwide, made by the towing and recovery industry. The towing and recovery industry serves the public by towing or removing damaged, disabled, abandoned, seized, repossessed or impounded vehicles from highway or other place by means of a wrecker boom, hoist, tow bar, tow line, dolly tilt bed, or other similar means of vehicle transfer without its own power or control.
D. Honoring those persons who have made unselfish and significant contributions to our industry in particular, or to mankind in general by induction into the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and/or by recognition through other means.
E. Honoring those persons who have lost their lives in the line of service to our industry by enshrining those names upon the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum’s Wall of the Fallen.
F. Providing financial support to the families of those persons who have lost their lives in the line of service to our industry by providing a method through which those families receive a financial gift from the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum’s Survivor Fund.
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 →
With the pedal to the floor the entire time - Eddie Martin (retired race car driver) took the 33° curves with precise expertise. Eddie's posted speed topped at 109.330 - which means that in the… Read More →
The W-45 wrecker was manufactured in Chattanooga, Tennessee by the Ernest Holmes Company from 1941 until 1949. A total of 7,238 units were built. This wrecker was manufactured in early 1943 and has a rating… Read More →