Miller Industries Donates World’s Fastest Wrecker to Towing Museum

Jul 1st, 2014 | By | Category: Spotlight

International Towing and Recovery Museum and Hall of Fame Executive Director Cheryl Mish (left) accepts the keys to “The World’s Fastest Wrecker” from Randy Olson and Sarah-Beth Camp of Miller Industries.

International Towing and Recovery Museum and Hall of Fame Executive Director Cheryl Mish (left) accepts the keys to “The World’s Fastest Wrecker” from Randy Olson and Sarah-Beth Camp of Miller Industries.

In August 1979, two-time national stockcar champion Eddie Martin drove a 1979 Chevrolet equipped with a Holmes 440 wrecker around the Alabama International Speedway (Talladega) at speeds in excess of 130 mph. Official NASCAR electronic equipment recorded an average lap time of 109.330 mph and the unit entered the record books as “The World’s Fastest Wrecker.”

The proud Holmes 440 toured automotive events for several years before going on display at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. After a number of years it was moved outside to make room for new displays, and several decades of neglect took its toll.

In 2006, after months of negotiations, Miller Industries purchased the unit to return it to its home in Chattanooga, Tenn. Minnesota Miller Industries distributor Twin Cities Wrecker Sales had expertise in old car restoration and took on the task to restore the unit to its original character in time for Holmes’ 90th anniversary when the truck was placed on display in the International Towing and Recovery Museum and Hall of Fame in Chattanooga.

Randy Olson, vice president of Miller Industries said, “We feel the Holmes 440 has been a crucial piece of towing history as one of the most popular wreckers ever manufactured. Due to the racing history of this particular 440, it is essential that it is preserved for future generations of towers and auto enthusiasts to view.”

Randy Olson and Sarah-Beth Camp of Miller Industries signed over the title and handed the keys to museum Executive Director Cheryl Mish. “We appreciate all of Miller Industries’ generous support of the museum in helping us preserve the industry’s history and graciously accept the Holmes 440 for our collection as we prepare for the industry’s 100 Years of Towing celebration in 2016,” Mish said.

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