Beauty Contest for Tow Trucks Held in Chicago

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32nd Annual PTROI Trade Show at Tinley Park


CHICAGO – Perhaps the first ever Beauty Contest for Tow Trucks was held in late August in Chicago.  While there may not have been a swimsuit competition, there were still some eye-popping entries for the judges to consider.

-- 1st Place - Antiques

The event was held as part of the 32nd Annual Trade Show of Professional Towing and Recovery Operators of Illinois, also known as the PTROI.  The competition was held August 18 at the Tinley Park Convention Center as part of the two-day expo.

Some of the qualities the entries were judged on include the interior, the paint job, chrome accessories and safety features.  Organizers hope it will display the best advances in the business in terms of equipment and safety.

“These guys think their trucks are beautiful,” said spokesperson Melanie Matthews, speaking with the Chicago Tribune.  “They have a lot of money in them and a lot of pride in them.  They dress them up, fix the paint up, and they enter them in a beauty contest.”

Some entries included elaborate exterior lighting, custom paint jobs and naturally chrome wheels.

While the event was mainly a fun side item, Matthews hopes it serves to promote professionalism and quality of work.

“If their truck is professional-looking,” she said, “it will put (motorists) at ease a little bit more because they feel like a professional is coming to help them.”

The PTROI was founded in 1980.


























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