Terrifying Runaway Tow Truck Swings SUV Like A Battle Axe Into Traffic

If your pants are still clean and un-crapped in today, that's about to change as you watch this runaway flatbed truck turn itself and the Volkswagen Touareg it's carrying into a massive unguided projectile speeding toward the camera. » 10/02/14 9:42am 10/02/14 9:42am

A Man With A Machete Fought A Man With A Chain In Front Of A Burning…

What do two men battling with a chain and a machete have in common with a tow truck engulfed in flames? Police in Fairfax County, Va. are still trying to figure that out. » 12/13/12 2:30pm 12/13/12 2:30pm

Watch These Crazy Swedes Do A Burnout On Top Of A Tow Truck

If you've never seen a mobile burnout, now's your chance. These Swedes somehow decided it was a good idea for this old Volvo to do its burnout display on the back of a flatbed tow truck. » 7/25/12 3:20pm 7/25/12 3:20pm

Watch The Driver Bail As This Big Rig Falls Off A Cliff

A tow truck driver's attempt to remove a snow-bound truck in Norway went very wrong yesterday when both vehicles slid off the side of a cliff. Amazingly, everyone survived. » 4/02/12 1:15pm 4/02/12 1:15pm

The Fastest Way To Slow Down A McLaren MP4-12C

This photo from Gizmodo contributor Mark Wilson shows a rare and wonderful McLaren MP4-12C being loaded onto the back of a flatbed. The result of a pesky problem or just Chicago's pesky parking enforcement? » 3/16/12 4:00pm 3/16/12 4:00pm

Woman's arm ripped off in amateur towing mishap

A Cincinnati mother was sitting in the passenger seat of a '90s-era Dodge Caravan being towed by a pickup truck when one of the two ropes pulling the minivan snapped, ripping off her arm below the elbow. » 2/15/11 2:00pm 2/15/11 2:00pm

For $6,700, Become a Hooker

Remember the nursery rhyme Piggies, the one where your littlest toe runs home crying? Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe Fiat is a little tow that you could drive home, but will buying it cost an arm and a piggy? » 2/03/11 8:00am 2/03/11 8:00am

This is Why You Always Call a Tow Truck

A Land Rover tries to pull a disabled car using a tow rope. What these passengers don't know is that without the key in the ignition, the steering lock is about to engage, leading to a dangerous, profanity-laden debacle. » 12/27/10 12:00pm 12/27/10 12:00pm

To Dress for Business With a Wink of Heavy Trucks

The man behind these transit trucks is an international businessman in repose, revealing over coffee an extraordinarily nerdy yet cool tie pattern. Proof indeed that it’s possible to dress for business with a touch of mechanical flair. » 11/22/10 2:00pm 11/22/10 2:00pm

How NOT To Get Out Of Paying For a Tow Truck

You rent a moving van, then decide to take a dubious shortcut involving forbidding Montana dirt roads. Things don't go so well after that, and the van ends up stuck in a ditch. No, wait— you were hijacked! » 8/15/10 6:10pm 8/15/10 6:10pm

They Wouldn't Really Tow My Car, Would They?

As you know, I collect heartfelt notes to the mean ol' tow-truck driver, as found in junkyards. Unfortunately, I can't find a way to peel off the ominous "red tag" stickers applied by angry apartment-building managers. » 11/28/09 6:00pm 11/28/09 6:00pm

Texting-While-Driving Tow Truck Driver Plows Into Pool

Texting-while-driving is unsafe and often illegal, and yet this tow truck driver confessed to texting with one phone and talking on another. The result? He plowed through one car and landed in someone's pool. [FoxNews] » 7/31/09 3:00pm 7/31/09 3:00pm

Is This Really The Best Way To Display A New Camaro?

Lou Fusz Chevrolet received their very first Camaro over the weekend, apparently following their recall bulletins to the letter by displaying it on the back of this flatbed tow truck. Guys? You're doing it wrong. » 5/11/09 9:30am 5/11/09 9:30am

Tow Truck Gets Shanghai'd By Angry Driver

This may or may not be a staged video, but it's still funny to us. A Shanghai lady was not about to let some orange-clad tow truck driver take off with her beloved Chevy SUV so she hopped in and drove away — with the tow truck in tow. The best part is watching the truck driver realize he's gone from the tow-er to the… » 12/10/08 12:00pm 12/10/08 12:00pm

Saudi Arabia Needs A Lesson In Vehicle Towing

We tried hard to think of a situation where we would be in Saudi Arabia with a broken down car in need of a tow. After watching this shaky "Blair Witch Project" style video from Riyadh, we're glad it's not an occasion we're likely to see. If you somehow find yourself needing a tow from a Saudi local, you might be… » 4/25/08 6:40pm 4/25/08 6:40pm

March Madness Narrowed To Sweet 16, Round 2 Of Voting Today

Well here we are, Round 2 of Jalopnik-style madness. After the first round of voting, we've eliminated half of the 32-car field. And there sure were some upsets; Parnelli Jones' Big Oly Bronco losing to some white Italian car being perhaps the most shocking. We even had a last minute buzzer-beater, with "Billy"… » 3/28/08 1:00pm 3/28/08 1:00pm

March Madness Begins, First Round Of Voting

Yesterday, we gave you the brackets. Today, the voting begins and Jalopnik-style March Madness ensues. If you haven't finalized your own bracket for the office pool just yet, hurry up! The field of 32 cars from the original 1974 film Gone In 60 Seconds is about to get narrowed down by your votes. At the end this… » 3/27/08 1:00pm 3/27/08 1:00pm

March Madness, Jalopnik Style

Interested in all the March madness tournament bracketry, but not really into college hoops? Maybe you're looking for a way to redeem yourself after penciling-in Duke to go all the way? Whatever the case, we've decided to throw our own Jalopnik-style bracket-madness party! Instead of basketball, we've got cars! And… » 3/26/08 1:30pm 3/26/08 1:30pm

Maybe A Sincere Note Will Dissuade The Tow Truck Guy!


One of the fun things about the junkyard is that you often find items in cars that tell an interesting, though often sad, story. As I've mentioned before, I love cool found objects from cars, and one of my very favorite junkyard finds is a heartfelt, pleading note left on a car by an owner desperate to avoid the… » 3/12/08 4:00pm 3/12/08 4:00pm

Angry Tow Truck Driver Attempts to Tow Cop Car

Upset over getting ticketed, a tow truck driver in Gresham, Oregon decided to take his revenge out on the first police cruiser he could find. Turns out there was an unmarked police car responding to a domestic disturbance call that was a fairly easy target. The angry driver was able to get the interceptor hooked up to… » 12/14/07 10:15am 12/14/07 10:15am