Helms Bakery Tow Truck Discovered on Old Route 66 (Mother Road) while searching for a Mater.
I wanted a mater for an astrolabe, came accross this vintage numbers matching Lambert Wrecker on Route 66 in Essex, CA. Astrolabe See: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astrolabe
This 1957 International Lambert Tow Truck started life as a service and recovery truck for Helms Bakery in Culver City Ca., "The First Bread on the Moon". Helms Bakery might have had several tow trucks, Helms had whole fleet of bread trucks and support vehicles. At one time Helms had over 500 bread trucks and service vehicles. http://helmsbakerydistrict.com/history/helms-photos The industrial quality of the IH cab and chassis Model A132 was chosen to be the foundation this rare Lambert Tow Truck was built upon. This 1957 International A130 chassis left the Springfield Ohio International Harvester assembly line on April 19, 1957, then shipped by either rail or truck via Route 66 to Los Angeles. At that time, Lambert Co LTD was located at 1202 E Olympic Blvd in Los Angeles, California and was the West Coast Ernest Holmes Distributor, also Lambert built their own bodies and complete turn-key tow trucks. http://www.towtimes.com/?p=3136 This one is equipped with its original Holmes 400 Wrecker (dated June 1957), the rare Plus Body with Tool Compartment with CA dimensions of 60" (dated July 8, 1957). This Wrecker is also equipped with a rare scobie plate or flat plate sling, used mostly on the West Coast. The large flat surface face of the plate matched the matching flat faces of all Helms Bakery Trucks. http://tow411.yuku.com/reply/854652/Re-OK-school-me-on-Scovie-plates#.TyAwfuN5nTo Even the later panel trucks had large flat custom grill guards. So in July of 57, a true West Coast Step-side Tow Truck was born sporting that familiar shinny Helms Bakery Yellow over Black, Dark Walnut Brown or Coffee paint scheme I remember as a kid living in Bellflower, Whittier, and Long Beach back in the 50's and 60's, http://gombessa.tripod.com/scienceleadstheway/id5.html Helms Bakery or Lambert are no longer in bussines. Here the Essex Towing truck has been sitting waiting patiently for me to come along so I can pamper her. Parked only fifty feet off the original old Route 66 (pre-1931 alignment, dirt road seen in the background), where she has sat for 10 years or more and has made the Hot Mojave Desert home since the closing of Helms Bakery in 1969. After Helms, the little tow truck helped relocate or salvage the thousands cars off of this stretch of Route 66 to Barstow or Needles as Interstate 40 was to bypass this stretch of road by 1972. Here she sits and listens to the BNSF trains as they sound the warning at the Sunflower Springs level crossing. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Level_crossing Standing about a hundred yards to the west on Route 66, across from the fully functional and staffed Cal-Trans Yard, sits a cute Radiator Well the Automobile Club of Southern California (AAA Insurance) erected in 1940. This little drinking fountain in the desert provided a much needed FREE drink of clean cool water for all those thirsty automobile radiators. Back in the days most stops in the Hot Mojave desert charged 10 cents a gallon for dirty radiator water, John Steinbeck wrote a book about those days, "The Grapes of Wrath". http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Grapes_of_Wrath The free range cattle for cow tipping provided by the Blair Ranch, you will notice the cattle guards and cow warning signs as you pass through town. Say hello to JR and John at their little tire shop that is still in business when you stop by Essex. Essex Ca was bypassed by interstate 40 in 1972, leaving Essex a Ghost Town almost. But thanks to Johnny Carson, in 1977, Essex got TV Reception for the first time ever. The whole town was then invited to Burbank to the Johnny Carson Show. John and the Little Tow Truck had to stay home to watch out for the travelers.
Just a note, the litte tow truck has since been relocated. As far as I know, this is the only remaining Lambert Built Tow Truck known to exist.
Essex Ca is also known as "Free Water" and the Heart of the Mojave Desert according to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
1956 GMC 250 Tow Truck
Harold LeMay had the world's largest private collection of classic and
vintage autos. June 2, 2012 marks the grand opening of the LeMay collection
at America's Car Museum in Tacoma, WA. Many of the cars that have been
housed in warehouses for many years are on display there.
Several years ago when the collection was scattered around at various
locations, Lance Lambert of The Vintage Vehicle Show visited Harold's wife
Nancy at her home to view some of the cars that were displayed there. Here,
Lance looks at a 1956 GMC 250 which was used as a LeMay tow truck.
Owner and IDOT Trash C5 Corvette, 2:00am, 3/18/11
I heard the screeching tires and the impact from my office, and grabbed the
Day-amn! This graduate of the Lance Briggs School of Hi-Performance Driving
had hit the retaining wall so hard, it sheared the spokes right off the rim
of one of the wheels. Steel and rubber doughnut, anyone?
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50-degree Friday morning -- how do they continue to do it? Oh, well, as
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Old Australian Heavy Tow Truck ( wrecker ) still trucking on.
1978 Australian made Mack heavy Tow Truck (wrecker) right hand drive
assembled in Australia
with U S and Australian made parts, the lifting gear on the back is made
by Garwood in the U S A .
Outback trucking website http://outbacktowing.tripod.com
The truck is made to Road-Train specification so it can haul over 100 tons.
The old truck is still used some time's as a emergency back up truck.
The driver is the boss he still gets his hands dirty, Bob is the owner of
Richmond Heavy Towing.
These days we just do accident towing and our heavy vehicles jobs like semi
tractor trailers & trucking lorries We use to do a lot car tows like repos
and had a RAA service contract and Rent a Car tows city & country, as well
we did a lot of trade tows like wreckers yards. If you like to know more
about Big Rig & Road Trains the longest trucks on earth trucking in Outback
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Richmond Towing was started some 40 years ago by a young man named Bob
Sincock , Bob left school at the age of 14 but a lack of higher learning
did not hold him back. Bob washed taxis and did other odd jobs during the
day and went to trade school at night, with his trade school knowledge he
built his first tow truck in the back yard of his house .He worked the
truck day and night ,committing to never leave anyone down. Being a fair
man ,Bob would do the jobs others did not want. He would travel hundreds of
miles on dirt roads to tow back someone's truck . A lot of towies (towing
operators) would not even go out of town unless they got paid first in
cash. But most of the trucks were run by owner drivers who did not have
that sort of money, Bob would let them pay a bit at a time until the bill
was paid off. Most of the blokes he dealt with did not forget that .Some of
them now have fleets of trucks and we get most of there work. Today the old
house where Bob built his first tow truck is gone but we are still in the
same spot and take up the whole block, Bob still gets out and gets his
1960's rusted old Tow Truck, Autocar Diesel trucks, TOW SHOW 2011
Spotted some still functioning 1960's era rusted old Tow Trucks "Tow Show"
2011. These are Autocar diesel trucks with Cummins engines in them. The
blue truck is a 1958 model completely functional and still used as a tow
truck to this day. Check out my channel for more cool videos of these
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1962 Chevy Tow Truck Wrecker
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Chevy Tow Truck
Duncan BC Antique Truck show, July 2010
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1958 INTERNATIONAL A110 SERIES PICKUP
WHAT YOU SEE HERE IS ANOTHER RARE PICKUP TRUCK. PICKUP TRUCKS ARE MADE TO
BE WORKED AND WORKED THEY WERE. FORD AND CHEVY TRUCKS WERE PRODUCED IN
LARGE VOLUMES SO THEY ARE MORE COMMON TO SEE AND RESTORE. BUT TAKE THE
INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER COMPANY WHO MANUFACTURED NOT ONLY TRUCKS BUT FARM
IMPLEMENTS AND THE TRUCK VOLUME ISN'T THAT GREAT. THIS RARE SERIES A110
TRUCK HAS A GREAT RESTORATION AND ARE SELDOM SEEN TODAY IN ROUGH OR
RESTORED CONDITION. WHEN I FIND MORE DETAILS ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR TRUCK I
WILL ADD IT TO THIS DIALOGUE. IN THE MEAN TIME, JUST ENJOY THIS BEAUTIFUL
TRUCK. AS ALWAYS, THANKS FOR VIEWING THIS RARE INTERNATIONAL PICKUP.