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International Towing & Recovery Museum

Classic Wrecker at the International Towing & Recovery Museum

Equal parts automotive history museum and working man’s memorial, Chattanooga’s International Towing & Recovery Musem is more interesting than you’d expect.

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The modern-day towing industry began in Chattanooga in 1916, so the city is a fitting home for the world’s only International Towing & Recovery Museum. Equal parts history museum, automotive nostalgia, and working man’s memorial, it’s far more interesting than you might expect.

Visitors will see 18 antique tow trucks and two Model T autos, plus hundreds of collectible tow truck toys. The self-guided tour concludes with a walk past the Wall of the Fallen memorial installation to honor industry drivers who died in the line of duty. The gift shop features plenty of kitschy towing-related T-shirts and trinkets.

Need to Know
Allow at least 1 hour

Ample free parking

Family-friendly

Open 7 days a week; closed major holidays

Don’t Miss

World's Fastest Wrecker at Chattanooga's International Towing & Recovery Museum
World’s Fastest Wrecker at Chattanooga’s International Towing & Recovery Museum

The World’s Fastest Wrecker is arguably the most fascinating exhibit at the International Towing & Recovery Museum:

With the pedal to the floor the entire time – Eddie Martin (retired race car driver) took the 33° curves with precise expertise. Eddie’s posted speed topped at 109.330 – which means that in the straightaways he had to be exceeding 130 MPH.

Unfortunately, Eddie was forced to quit after the First Official Run due to his tires beginning to melt from the speed and the heat.

The wrecker stayed at the Talladega Speedway until 2005 when it was purchased by Miller Industries. This “history”-making truck arrived at the museum in 2006, and has become a favorite to most all of our visitors.

In Their Own Words

It all started more than 20 years ago when a group of dedicated towing professionals, the Friends of Towing, decided to recognize outstanding individuals in the towing and recovery industry worldwide, record the industry’s history, collect and display artifacts and memorabilia in a museum setting, and provide information about the industry to the public. The first Hall of Fame class consisted of 27 members and today has grown to include over 300 distinguished towing professionals.

Where

3315 Broad Street
Chattanooga, TN 37408
(423) 267-3132

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