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The American Towing and Recovery Institute

910 747 9000 or


For immediate release

The American Towing and Recovery Institute have the remaining copies of the "World Greatest Tow Trucks" & “Worlds Greatest Working Trucks" coffee table picture books!

Photographer Earl Johnson is a towing industry professional who knows a spectacular tow truck when he sees one, and this new collection features dozens of modern tow truck along with detailed descriptions of their equipment, special uses, specifications, and histories. 

Since the early 80's, Earl has been busy all over North America and beyond shooting a wide variety of commercial equipment and trucks of all kinds. Hundreds of brochures, card products and 18 books came from that photography.

In the 1970's Earl served as a medic in the Army and contracted hepatitis C. Typically, this virus lies dormant for a long time, which means you have a normal working career before the resulting liver damage makes work too exhausting. That day arrived in 2013, and life as a photographer on the road has been changed to fishing in nearby Stone Mountain Park. 

In 2015, the remaining stock of books of both the tow truck and working truck series were sold to Wes Wilburn, well known throughout the towing industry and Founder of The American Towing & Recovery Institute. The remaining stock are now available from their Amazon store (search Wes Wilburn's TOWco-op) or visit or  

Wes Wilburn’s contact info: PO Box 007, Wade, NC 28395, Call 910 747 9000, fax 910 486 8930, or email

Once this supply of books are gone they are gone. The available inventory is WGTT #1(only a few), and numbers 3-9, along with WGWT #1 & 7, Best of Northeast, Best of Pacific Northwest and Best of the West.

To promote safety, education, positive public relations and networking within the professional and business minded Towing & Recovery Industry.

We will provide and promote;

  • Live hands-on traditional towing and recovery education seminars held in every state in the Union on a requested and supported basis.
  • Internet theory sessions and DVD training.
  • Provide certification on different levels as requested by our members, including “Real Towing & Recovery Certification” and “Day-1 Towing Certification”
  • Develop and distribute a series of Public Service Announcements promoting issues of common concerns between the motoring public and the professional towing industry.
  • Exclusive for members; substantial purchase discounts set forth for programs currently set up. If there is an interest, we will move forward with the following programs; health care, diesel fuel & tires. We will need membership numbers & participation to make these programs work.
  • Exclusive member discounts for business consulting, expert witness, recovery bill mediation or review.
  • Networking opportunities between members and outside clients, including supporting other towing companies when a natural disaster or large influx of towing work happens in one area.
  • Developing response teams to help member companies with death-illness- in family situations.
  • Foster multiple toy gathering events with towing companies United States-wide during holidays.
  • Overall purpose is to work on common issues of professional and business minded towing companies, working together as a group to make good common sense and dollar and cents!

 Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.

Membership is $225.00 per year with many cost savings benefits!

For more information on AT&RI contact us Call: 910 747 9000 Or




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