Largest annual industry truck beauty contest 2013 winners announced. Winning companies in the United States and Canada.
Tow Times magazine congratulates the winners of their annual Shine 'n Star Tow Truck Photo Beauty Contest.
Grand Prize: Sosebee's Wrecker Service, Hapeville, GA
People's Choice: Bob's Towing, Courtice, Ontario, Canada
Light-Duty 1st: A&P Collision Inc., Ossining, NY
Light-Duty 2nd: Too Fast Recovery Inc., Blackwood, NJ
Light-Duty 3rd: AutoHaus Towing & Recovery, Sherwood, OR
Medium-Duty 1st: Paul's Towing, Sewell, NJ
Medium-Duty 2nd: Bach Towing, East Longmeadow, MA
Medium-Duty 3rd: Wimmer's Wrecker Service, Phenix City, AL
Heavy-Duty 1st: Accel Towing & Transport Ltd., Brandon,
Heavy-Duty 2nd: Spicer's of Woodstock, Woodstock, Ontario, Canada
Heavy-Duty 3rd: Dodson and Sons Road Service, Annapolis, MD
Car Carrier 1st: Duchnik's Towing & Recovery, Scott Township, PA
Car Carrier 2nd: Wolford Collision Repair, Logan, UT
Car Carrier 3rd: Interstate Towing Service, Georgetown, KY
Working Truck 1st: Florida Towing, Vero Beach, FL
Working Truck 2nd: Watson Towing, Colquitt, GA
Working Truck 3rd: City Wide Towing Services, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
These seventeen winners were selected in November 2013 from 687 total entries. Three independent judges selected 16 winners and the towing industry voted on the People's Choice.
"This Contest continues to grow through the support of our sponsor, Ford Trucks," says Clarissa Powell, Tow Times Publisher. "Ford Trucks partnered on the sponsorship in 2003 and over the past ten years the Contest has grown both in number of entries and industry recognition."
The Contest is open to towing companies in the United States and Canada. Winners receive cash prizes, award plaques and first place and Grand Prize winners appear on the cover of Tow Times magazine.
SHINE 'N STAR CONTEST FACT SHEET
• Contest open to towing companies in United States and Canada
• Free to enter
• Entries must be a working truck in the towing company's fleet
• Five categories: Light-duty, Medium-duty, Heavy-duty, Car Carrier and Working Truck
• All entries judged by three independent judges
• One Grand Prize Winner receives $1,000, a commemorative plaque and Tow Times arranges for a photographer to shoot the winning entry to appear on the November cover and in the issue
• Five first-place winners, one from each category, each receive $500, a commemorative plaque and Tow Times arranges for a photographer to shoot the winning entry to appear on a Tow Times cover and in the issue
• Five second- and third-place winners, one from each category, each receive $300 and $200 respectively, plus a commemorative plaque
Early 1990s - Tow Times magazine began a nationwide tow truck Beauty Contest. Entrants submitted photos and our readership judged the Contest using mail-in ballots.
April 1995 - International Trucks partnered with Tow Times to grow the Contest and move it to the next level. Through their relationship with Richard Petty Enterprises, Contest Grand Prize winners received a trip to the Daytona 500 where Mr. Petty presented them with their award. The Contest was named the Shine 'n Star Contest and branding began.
April 2003 - Ford Trucks assumed Sponsorship of the Shine 'n Star Contest. Their emphasis as a sponsor has remained supporting professional towing companies by recognizing those who take pride in their equipment and enter their truck in the contest.
April 2008 - Tow Times began accepting electronic entries.
April 2010 - Tow Times enhanced the Contest by posting all entries on
towtimes.com for visitors from around the world to enjoy.
2012 - All entries placed on towtimes.com for public view.
2013 - First People's Choice awarded from popular vote.
Tow Times began tracking the number of entries in 2004. Entries have
consistently remained between 425 and 530.
2003 - 529
2004 - 496
2005 - 442
2006 - 461
2007 - 442
2008 - 461
2009 - 493
2010 - 480
2011 - 434
2012 - 523
2013 - 687