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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingJune 12 - June 18, 2019

Patriotic-Themed Truck Incorporates State Flag

0 7fc92By George Nitti

Although I have seen plenty of American Flags on tow trucks across this country, rarely do I see a state flag, which is what I recently discovered on a 2014 Freightliner with a Dual-Tech 1035 flatbed, owned by All Duty Repairs in Millersville, Md.

The state flag of Maryland was easy to overlook, somewhat hidden on the hood under a prominent image of a bald eagle and nestled next to the American Flag.

In the words of its driver, Zach Wright, son of All Duty Repair owner Keith Dillon, "Every state has its own unique flag. I like Maryland's because it's not bright or flashy but has a cool looking design."

The design, comprising four main squares, is steeped in early American history. It depicts the time when Maryland's colonial founder George Calvert, otherwise known as Lord Baltimore, brought with him his coat of arms and a desire to create a refuge for English Catholics.

The black-and-yellow-checkered patterns on two matching sections of the flag are remnants of Calvert's heraldry, while the other two main sections, a red-and-white cross in the shape of a spade or trefoil, help depict the state's early Catholic roots.

Outside of the state flag captured on the hood of the truck along with its patriotic counterparts on the sides, you can't miss the large American Flag.
"This truck is very patriotic, with the work done by one of our family members," said Wright.

On top of those flags rests the large lettering of the company name written in contrasting fonts that blend well.

Wright said, "All Duty stands for 'We can do it all.' We came up with the name because we wanted to be at the front of the yellow pages. Now you can find us on top of the Google search engine."

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A Classic with Outstanding Pinstripes

0 7203fBy George L. Nitti

Herring Motor Co. of Somerset, Pennsylvania, has been in business a very long time, operating several trucking-related businesses spanning four generations.

At one point in time, the company served as a distributor/dealership of the Marmon Motor Co., which was a low-production, handmade truck sometimes referred to as "the Rolls-Royce of trucks." However, due to an overcrowded American truck industry and the lack of a nationwide sales network, the last Marmon was made in 1997.

Fortunately, Herring collected a number of Marmons over the life of the motor company and is still using them in their towing and recovery units, including their sprawling, classic 1989 Marmon/Century 5230.

"Over the years we sold a lot of glider kits," said owner Pat Herring, "which included the truck frame, the hood, cab and the sleeper while the other components were added later."

In the vein of their other trucks, this one is painted red, and carries a couple of distinctive features: the classic Herring Motor lettering on the side of the sleeper and the superlative pinstriping done by Casey Kennel of nearby Paint Chops.

On the sleeper, the company name stands out in super-large white lettering like on a billboard. The lettering itself recalls another era, further distinguishing it while its phone number and address sit underneath.

As for the pinstriping, Kennel prides himself as a master pinstriper of East and West Coast new and old school style ... since 1974.

"We have always used pinstriping on our trucks," Herring Manager Ernie Devine said. "The way he (Kennel) sponges it on is old school. He puts paint on a sponge and sponges it on. The paint is real thick."

The lines are done in colorful pink around the unit for a pleasing aesthetic with a timeless feel.

In the world of design, it's the little things that matter next to a name that is bold.

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