A Brief History of Tow Trucks
Here at Cox Mazda in Bradenton we’re fascinated by all kinds of automobiles and how they came to be. The tow truck has been essential in the history of our country, and it’s come a long way since Ernest Holmes invented it in 1916. After a frustrating day pulling a car out of a creek with rope, blocks, and six other people, he designed the hook and chain for towing. With patent in hand, he started manufacturing the very first tow trucks, and they have been invaluable to drivers in need ever since.
Holmes lived long enough to see his design used during WWII, when hundreds of tow trucks, like the Holmes W45 Military Wrecker, were used for food, ammunition delivery, and of course, towing and vehicle recovery. The largest tow truck ever built, the Holmes W70, is named after him. If you’re a history buff or just like wreckers, watch this video produced by the International Towing and Recovery Museum in Chattanooga Tennessee for more information.
The Evolution of Towing Technology Over the Years
Of course, the hook and chain method has become nearly obsolete, almost 100 years after it was invented. Recovery vehicles now often have a boom winch, an adjustable arm of sorts that lets the hook and chain go places that would otherwise be impossible. Here are some of other types of towing technology that changed the tow truck over the years:
Unsung Heroes of Our Highways
When your car has broken down, and you’re needing help, tow truck drivers are out in the harsh conditions to help you, and the experience they have means they’re able to do it quickly and efficiently.
If you need to bring your vehicle in for service, you can trust the professionals at Cox Mazda in Bradenton to make sure your car is well cared for. Schedule an appointment online or call 941-749-2701 for assistance.