The International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum

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Although not likely to be your final vacation destination, if you ever find yourself spending time in or passing through Chattanooga, Tenn., we'd highly recommend taking some extra time to stop by a one-of-a-kind museum called the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum.

Not far from the relatively famous Ruby Falls underground tunnels (and we mean more than 1,100 feet below the surface underground), the AAA-sponsored museum is located in a nondescript building with an impressive and solemn memorial to those towing professionals who have lost their lives while trying to save others. Inside, there's plenty of history to read about and life-sized pickup trucks to examine.

Did you know the first tow truck was built in Chattanooga in 1916? Did you know the fastest tow truck ran a timed lap of Talladega Superspeedway at 109 mph? And did you know there are more than 200 recovery names in the Hall of Fame? (Don't be surprised if you don't recognize any of them.)

Be prepared to hang around the museum much longer than you thought, admiring the rigs and impressive collection of tow truck toys, as well. Admission is $10 for adults (discounts available for AAA members), but be prepared to spend some time in the truck-themed gift shop at the end of the self-guided tour.

For more information, click here.

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Comments

This is perfect.

A story on a pro-Fords website devoted to tow trucks (something Ford truck owners know a lot about).

Do they have a special plaque or sculpture of the most towed truck in America the Ford F150?

papajim: That's true as Ford truck make the best tow vehicles!

papajim: That's true as Ford truck make the best tow vehicles!


Posted by: redbloodedxy | Oct 19, 2017 2:00:00 PM

No need to respond to a f00l. Let the germ unravel herself and get her comment in. She's probably bleeding and needs Prep-H

Please do not listen to my comments, as I said before, all trucks ride horrible, and I will site wikipedia a well known source per college that I never went too.

I never owned a GM, LOOK AT ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Great Point PAPAJIM, "A story on a pro-Fords website devoted to tow trucks (something Ford truck owners know a lot about)" You are right, we Ford owners do know alot as most tow vehicles are Fords, epic fail there bud. Classic

Yup, Ford girls know all to well bout tow trucks. They all been towed home multiple times in their Fairy Series trucks.

This is perfect.
A story on a pro-Fords website devoted to tow trucks (something Ford truck owners know a lot about).

Posted by: papajim | Oct 19, 2017 1:08:28 PM

I've owned several Ford's, never had one towed. I did blow the motor (burned a hole in cyl #1 piston ) in my 1985 Tempo that had 170,000 miles, but I was able to drive it 3 miles home. I had 2 vehicles towed in my life for mechanical breakdowns. A 1995 Grand Cherokee that had the transmission let go. And a 2011 Grand Cherokee that started missing horribly with about 50k and ended up needing the heads replaced under warranty. Stuff happens, I liked my 11' GC and would buy another. I owned a 2007 Cobalt that I used for a work car. It served it's purpose well, but was the biggest rattle trap I've ever owned and it only had 29k when I bought it. Replacing the front end bushings and sway bar links every 30k was considered "normal wear and tear".

Good stuff I'd like to go see this some day. My friend still uses his 84' f-350 big block with a Holmes 1100 trooper hydraulic body to this day. it has a mechanical wheel lift but i've watched him and his old man roll over a ton cars with that truck.

You just cant beat an old steel body Holmes with a big block ford or chevy. Theyll give ya a lifetime of faithful work. That truck is all original only thing i remember about 10 or 12 years ago we pulled the heads and i lapped the valves and took the heads to get decked and we slammed new lifters in it. Itll still pull (but sag some lol) a crew cab dually....After all Ernest Holmes was out of Chattanooga TN and was the original.

That's true as Ford truck make the best tow vehicles!

Posted by: redbloodedxy | Oct 19, 2017 2:00:00 PM

When you're right, you're right. Ford trucks look the best getting pulled behind a tow truck. We see so many broken down Fords getting pulled to the shop, sometimes we forget that. Between the Powerstroke 6-blow and 6.4, the dumpster fire that is the 5.4 Triton, and the 3.5 Ecobust, that's a LOT of dead trucks waiting for a tow!

That's true as Ford truck make the best tow vehicles!
Posted by: redbloodedxy | Oct 19, 2017 2:00:00 PM

When you're right, you're right. Ford trucks look the best getting pulled behind a tow truck. We see so many broken down Fords getting pulled to the shop, sometimes we forget that. Between the Powerstroke 6-blow and 6.4, the dumpster fire that is the 5.4 Triton, and the 3.5 Ecobust, that's a LOT of dead trucks waiting for a tow!

Posted by: Rammins | Oct 19, 2017 9:44:15 PM

Tow Vehicle= Vehicle doing the towing.
When you misconstrue something so obvious ( towed vehicle with tow vehicle ), nothing else you type can be take seriously. Once again you make Johnny look smart. It can't be a coincidence, you must have found a 4th username.

papa eerily silent! Sorry to knock the wind out of ya there sir, but your choice of words were bad.

Tow Vehicle= Vehicle doing the towing.
When you misconstrue something so obvious ( towed vehicle with tow vehicle ), nothing else you type can be take seriously. Once again you make Johnny look smart. It can't be a coincidence, you must have found a 4th username.
Posted by: 2.7EcoBoostRoost | Oct 20, 2017 6:33:57 AM

Nobody has taken you seriously since you first started commenting here.

Nobody has taken you seriously since you first started commenting here.


Posted by: Brick | Oct 20, 2017 4:06:25 PM

Oh what irony thesedumbfoundeddipshitsthatsomethinktheendisnear

Nobody has taken you seriously since you first started commenting here.

Posted by: Brick | Oct 20, 2017 4:06:25 PM

I always take me seriously.

You just cant beat an old steel body Holmes with a big block ford or chevy.

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