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THE MADLAD STEREO DISCO BOOGIE MACHINE! I NEEDED A VAN TO HAUL MY EQUIPMENT IN! EARNEST EANES OWNER OF ERNIST DISCO IN FARMVILLE (NOW FEVERS), HAD A MUREL PAINTED ON HIS VAN DONE BY THIS GUY IN SCOTTSVILLE, VA. IT WAS VERY REALISTIC LOOKING OF HIM BEHIND HIS TURNTABLES! I WANTED TO GET MY NEW CHEVY VAN A CUSTOM PAINT JOB, SO I WENT TO SCOTTSVILLE TO TALK TO CHRIS CRUZ AND GOT AN ESTIMATE. MY VAN WAS ON ORDER, SO I HAD A WHILE TO PLAN WHAT I WANTED ON IT.  

STARWARS WAS JUST OUT, SO THAT WAS GOING TO BE MY THEME! IT WAS GOING TO BE EITHER STARWARS OR STAR-TREK.....IT WAS STARWARS! CHRIS COULD ONLY DRAW WITH A PICTURE TO LOOK AT, BUT COULDN'T DRAW BY HEART. THE MALL HAD RECENTLY OPENED....THERE WAS A BOOK STORE THERE. I BOUGHT A COPY OF "THE MAKINGS OF STARWARS." IT HAD LARGE PICTURES OF THE CAST & CREW. I TOLD HIM AND DREW THE BEST STICK FIGURE I COULD OF WHAT I WANTED. I WANT ONE SIDE ALL THE CHARACTERS LINED UP AT A TICKET BOOTH TO COME SEE ME, THE OTHER SIDE ME DOING A JOHN TRAVOLTA IN FRONT OF MY EQUIPMENT. THE BACK, DARTH VADER AND OBI-WAN KENOBI FIGHTING WITH THE LIGHT SABERS.  THE FRONT SAYS "DISCO WARS" FOR OBVIOUS REASONS! HE HAD TO TAKE A PICTURE OF ME BESIDE THE VAN, POSING AS IT WOULD LOOK. 

LOOKING IN THE BOOK OF FIGURES, I SAID I WANT THIS GUY HERE.....THIS ONE HERE...AND SO FORTH. WHEN MY VAN CAME IN, I DROVE IT FROM MURRY & BOLLING CHEVROLET IN BEDFORD STRAIGHT TO HIS SHOP IN SCOTTSVILLE. AFTER THREE WEEKS, I WENT TO HIS SHOP TO SEE HOW IT WAS COMING ALONG.....WOW!! THAT'S ALL I COULD SAY!  

I WAS NOT TO FOND OF GUNS SO I WANTED THEM REPLACED WITH "BOOMBOXES!" ON THE BACK OF THE VAN, CHRIS CALLED ME AND HE NEEDED A FACE FOR OBI-WAN KENOBI? I SAID JUST MAKE UP SOMETHING, WHICH HE COULDN'T DO? JUST COME UP WITH SOMETHING....HE SAID "OK...I GUESS?" I VISITED THE SHOP AGAIN, AND WAS WONDERING WHAT FACE HE USED? HE TOLD ME THAT HE USED HIS GRANDMOTHERS PRAYING HANDS HANGING ON THE WALL....THAT WAS JESUS! HE SAID "I HOPE YOU DIDN'T MIND.....I BETTER NOT MIND.....I RIDE WITH JESUS ON THE VAN, AND THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT!!" I WENT BACK WHEN E.T. CAME OUT, SO I HAD HIM DANCING BESIDE ME! I ALSO ADDED LORENZA WHO HELPS ME WITH MY EQUIPMENT AND YODA TO THE VAN. I DIDN'T ADD ANY MORE SO IT WOULDN'T GET TOO CROWDED! 

I ADDED RIMS, RUNNING BOARDS, KENWOOD HIFI SYSTEM, SPARE TIRE COVER, AND LADDER TO THE VAN. IT HAD EVERY OPTION THAT CHEVY HAD TO OFFER FOR 1982. I SOLD MY OLD SILVER VAN TO EANES AND NEVER SAW IT AGAIN! WHEN IT WAS FINISHED, IT WAS A FEW DAYS BEFORE THE LYNCHBURG CHRISTMAS PARADE. THE RADIO STATION WAS ALREADY ENTERED, SO I WENT ALONG FOR THE RIDE! NEEDLESS TO SAY, IT WAS A HIT! 

ALL LOADED UP AND READY TO GO, I WAS HIRED TO GO TO A GIG WITH CENTRAL VIRGINIA VANS UNLIMITED! THEY HAD A HALF TIME SHOW WHERE TROPHYS WERE AWARDED FOR DIFFERENT EVENTS. THERE WERE OVER 75 VANS COMPETING FOR PRIZES. WHEN IT CAME TO THE BEST PAINT JOB....HERE COMES GEORGE MORTON WITH A TROPHY FOR ME!! I SAID I DIDN'T EVEN ENTER AND MY VAN WASN'T EVEN IN THE LINE UP. BUT....THE VAN CLUB AGREED THAT I HAD WON! 

 


THIS IS THE ONLY TROPHY I HAD EVER WON IN OVER 35 YEARS, AND I DIDN'T EVEN ENTER! THE VAN HAS BEEN VERY DEPENDABLE! HIT TWO DEER, OVER 160,000 MILES ON THE SPEEDO, AND STILL GOING! 

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