Jack Schrock’s Blog

Volume 4 Number 4

Mar 7th, 2014 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

Cleaning out boxes stored in the attic we found pictures, scrapbooks and yes, a Tow Times magazine that brought the past alive. That magazine gave us a glimpse into the past of T & R some 27 years ago. For example: The cover was a […]


Feb 28th, 2014 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

In 1968 my folks bought a new four-door Lincoln Town Car. My mother was about five feet tall and probably didn’t weigh a hundred pounds and was challenged just to open and close the driver’s door on this car. And the driver’s seat would barely […]

Wrecker Booms

Feb 21st, 2014 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

Commenting further on Peter Fuerst’s article “A Bit About Booms” which appears in the February issue of Tow Times magazine, the boom on a wrecker sets it apart from a winch truck. As Peter points out, boom elevation changes the angle of recovery, which can […]


Feb 15th, 2014 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

Referring to an article in the current issue of Tow Times magazine, at least one autoclub reports that the majority (55 percent) of their calls now requires a tow due to a mechanical breakdown. This, of course is inconsistent with times past when another club […]

T & R Distributors

Feb 7th, 2014 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

If you’ve followed my writings over the past dozen or so years you remember that wrecker equipment was first sold either direct or through a third party such as an automotive parts house. But several innovative Holmes distributors such as Weeks Equipment in Tampa and […]


Jan 31st, 2014 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

This morning the temperature dropped to 15 degrees on my back porch and that’s unusually cold for central Texas. The cold is the result of the second Polar Vortex, or whatever they call it, that has invaded North America this winter. However, as I light […]

Which Paint Job?

Jan 24th, 2014 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

It’s 6:00 a.m. and our trash collector is out running his rounds in an ugly, muddy truck that makes a terrible amount of noise at this hour of the morning. I’ve noticed that in the northeast U.S. the trash collecting business seems to be dominated […]


Jan 17th, 2014 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

It’s challenging to compete with somebody who’s in the process of going broke and doesn’t even know it. Unfortunately, far too many towers are caught in that process since up to a quarter of their competitors can come and go annually. So just how can […]

Two Harry’s

Jan 10th, 2014 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

One of my very favorite topics is the towing museum in Chattanooga. Cheryl Mish is the Executive Director and is largely responsible for managing the program’s success. Today, the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. includes a museum chuck full of […]


Jan 3rd, 2014 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

We have children and grandchildren scattered across Texas from north to south to the Gulf coast, so getting together for the holidays has always been tricky. But this year we tried something new. Everybody celebrated their holiday at their respective homes with friends and family […]