Advertiser Airport Towing’s Latest Vintage Truck A Tribute To Brian Storer
Born out of a mother’s love and in memory of her son, B-Unit #83 from Airport Towing made its first public appearance in Sunday’s 4th of July Parade.
The Storer family, owners of BTB Advertiser Airport Towing and Burien Towing, spent the last two years recovering from the tremendous loss in their family – on July 24, 2008 Mark and Brian Storer were tragically lost in a small plane accident (read our previous coverage here).
The family has found ways to cope with their loss. The greatest of which was most likely an idea that was produced by Lynette Storer, Brian’s mother and Mark’s wife. Lynette is now the President/CEO of Airport Towing and has been helping run the day-to-day operations of the company for nearly 22 years.
According to Lynette’s son Jared:
“Her vision was to restore the ’66 Ford-350 Tow Truck, exactly as her son Brian would have wanted it done.
Even though it has proven to be an expensive and time-consuming project, Lynette has pressed forward with the restoration. Despite a depressed economy, the love she has for her son is far beyond any monetary value.
With the help of Lynette’s staff the project is now complete!”
The antique tow truck emblazoned with Brian’s driver number – #83 – made its inaugural Burien appearance in Sunday’s 4th of July Parade and was driven by Lynette, with some very special people on board – Brian’s wife Christy and their sons Sam and Toby rode ‘shotgun’.
“B-Unit #83 is a tribute to Brian Storer. The lean, mean, Ford racing machine has been restored for one reason: it was Brian Storer’s dream to revive this this truck and make it his own,” said Lynette.
With the help of several employees, antique specialists and paint specialists at local Huddleson’s Auto Color World in White Center, this vintage truck was lovingly re-assembled and restored.
Final touches were put on this week by Roy Dunn and his crew at Dunn Auto Graphics in Des Moines. The graphics were designed and hand lettered by Roy.
What’s next for B-Unit #83 after Burien’s 4th of July Parade? It will take its place along with 13 other antique tow trucks in the in the Airport Towing Museum as the most powerful truck in the collection. Mark Storer began his collection of exotic and antique tow trucks in 1997.
If you’d like to learn the entire history of B-Unit #83, click here.
Here are some photos of this nicely-restored vehicle that’s a fitting tribute to a life lost too young:
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