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The Spirit Ride... Making History!

Watch news coverage of the Spirit Ride across the country as many bear witness to history in the making!

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What's The Spirit Ride?

The Spirit Ride is designed to draw media attention to Move-Over laws and the needless sacrifices towers and other first responders make in serving the motoring public and transportation industry. After Chip Kauffman of B/A Products first approached American Towman with an idea for a drive across America to promote Move-Over, the vision for what could take place began to grow. To date, over 300 towing companies have signed up to carry the "Spirit" by car carrier as towers continue to volunteer to participate and also lend their ideas to the project.

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The Plan

The "Spirit" Casket pays tribute to those towers who paid the ultimate sacrifice while working America's roadways.  The "Spirit" will begin its journey towards the end of Spring of 2017. It will relay from carrier to carrier across the country, passing through many towns and cities, drawing as much attention from national and local media as we all can muster. It will then make its long-awaited appearance in Baltimore, Maryland in a procession past the Baltimore Convention Center and the city’s Historic Harbor during next year’s American Towman Exposition.

How many cities, how many towers, and the exact route will be determined over the course of this year as towers sign up to participate. The route may accommodate towers who've signed up and form a zig-zag route cross country, or may not. It's too early to say what the route may be.

Towers may be part of the Spirit Ride in more than one way. A tow company may carry the casket for a leg of the journey, or may join the procession, or show up for a ceremonial rally to greet the procession. A tower may also help with promoting the Spirit Ride to local media.

Those companies involved will also benefit from this campaign because of its focus onto the safety issues of working the roadside. American Towman will help to make this focus more meaningful to the safety of your tow operators as the campaign progresses.

Welcome to the Spirit Ride!

Steve Calitri
American Towman Editor In Chief

 

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SILVER & BRONZE SPONSORS

"OMG National is taking the lead role in promoting the Spirit Ride through social media. You too can play a crucial role by doing your part on social media to spread news and information on the Spirit Ride and its mission to create public awareness on the Move-Over law. The industry has seen too many drivers lost to roadside incidents. I want to make a difference, and that's why OMG, as a Platinum Sponsor, is proud to take a lead role in the SPIRIT RIDE."

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Mike Rappaport,
Chief Creative Officer, OMG NATIONAL
CO-Producer, American Towman TV

The Design

Upon the casket is painted the symbol of the grab hook swinging across the star, which was first seen on the American Towman Medal in 1989. For nearly three decades this symbol has represented bravery and rescue to our industry. The hook and star now graces the Spirit Casket.

The original inscription, pulled out below, speaks for itself. The bars of color also have a definitive meaning and are explained below. And of course there is the American Flag motif, a source of pride to all first responders working to keep America rolling when a vehicle has broken down.

The painting of first responders (Police, Fire, EMS, and Tow) gathered on the street, their shadows before them, first appeared on a Move Over poster promoted by Southwest Tow Operators.

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"The spirit inside pushes us to do good... then at last soars, never saying farewell"

The Symbolic Colors

BLUE - Reflects the devastating loss to family members

WHITE - Symbolizes the spirit of those fallen

RED - Symbolizes the blood sacrificed

Custom Dolly Built for Spirit Casket

The Spirit Ride's ceremonial casket is being built on a platform with a custom-fabricated dolly attached underneath, allowing it to roll onto carrier beds easily. It is designed to be easily attached and winched up onto the bed quickly, and then held stable by three lines.

The initial route for the Spirit Ride is being determined this month; all companies signed up to participate are encouraged to send the required documents to American Towman at this time by email (info@towman.com) or US mail.

US Mail:
American Towman Spirit Ride
7 West Street
Warwick, NY 10990

The Spirit Ride, founded by American Towman and B/A Products, is designed to create public awareness of Move Over laws and is a project of American Towman Spirit, Inc.

The Anthem

Booms in the Sky pays tribute to the men and women who've paid the ultimate sacrifice in working the roadways. This song may potentially be part of the ceremonial reception of the Spirit Ride that takes place in cities along the route. The Mike Corbin Band may play live on some of these occasions. Click or tap to watch the music video.