Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The towing industry is born when Ernest Holmes Sr. helps friends pull a car from a ditch in Chattanooga, TN. After muscling the car out, Holmes thought there must be a better way. He acquired a 1913 Cadillac, removed the body behind the driver’s seat, attached an A-frame and a system of pulleys, and created the first wrecker. It was a great idea, but didn’t exactly work as planned. He needed a set of outrigger feet to keep the Cadillac from tipping over. After attaching the outriggers, and some boxes in which to carry tools, his tow-truck was a success. So much so that he started making them for other people and thus, an industry of building and using tow / recovery trucks was born. Holmes’s first manufacturing facility was a small shop on Market Street in Chattanooga, TN.