Bob Mandic, who will ride as the community grand marshal in Huntington Beach's 106th annual Fourth of July Parade, is on a roll of another kind this year.
The former mayor and city councilman's roadside assistance company, Mandic Motors, recently was honored by the American Automobile Assn. as the country's top towing service.
Mandic Motors, which Mandic and his wife, Connie, have owned since 1972, received the association's Gold Service Provider of Excellence Award, beating about 10,000 other companies that contract with the association in the United States and Canada. Mandic Motors previously won the Gold award in 2003 and the Silver second-place award in 2004 and 2007.
"They're a great company, and they do a great job in their community," said Elaine Beno, a spokeswoman for the Automobile Club of Southern California. "They're well established, they're professional, and they put their service to their community really at the top of their list."