|Having been away from home for so long it was great to see this sign!|
I promptly shot her a message that said I was on my way, hooked a right and started the 1hr drive across state towards the show. It was raining out like a holy bejeesus and that didn't really stop all weekend long. Of course I still hadn't stopped to fix the leaky front window so I was stuffing paper towel up in the front window on and off for the duration of the drive. It's not a solution but it's a red green temporary fix and it was good enough for now.
When I got the the show I saw Cherry's van parked right up front, checked that there was power there and hooked the Beast into a 110v life line allowing the AC unit to spring to life!
|Wood grill and bumper! Looking like a classic custom van|
|Maybe the best custom I saw. It probably helped that right after this the rain started coming down in buckets but i really love his hood and headlight combo|
This being my first van run was to be a bit of an initiation. A "Puppy" is what Cherry said I was called and indeed a puppy is what I felt like. Knowing no one but her and her knowing a small circle of vanner friends that she had met at her last two shows...I felt like I was tailing her constantly but if she noticed she didn't seem to mind. I make friends well but in groups it's tougher to find the right people to hang with. Turns out Cherry knew my kind of peeps and within a few hours I was making friends with some vanner veterans who didn't seem to mind my puppy-ness. (of course they didn't actually know I was a puppy...if they did it might have been a different story). Not like i am a real puppy...you don't drive over 30000kms, survive a propane explosion, do all the repairs yourself without assistance or any initial know-how...and stay a puppy!
A few of them were vannin.com folks and it was great to put a face to the handle. (my handle is Honkytime just for the record) Others were just real friendly and some were even down right awesome and made me blush (thanks Becky...from the guy with the nice teeth).
|Led Zeppelin anyone?|
|Not a van...but so clean and gorgeous|
Day one was drinking and names. Day Two was the show, more drinking and more names!! There was a band each night but night one my ears felt like they were going to die from discomfort and night two...well night two I just couldn't dig the tunes. But I'm sure both bands are actually good...just not for me.
I met some very cool people during my weekend at the show. Some shout out's to Bryce, Becky, Dan, Eric, Joe, Puppy, Mark (more on mark in the next post), Charlie - the host with the most(at first I thought I rubbed him wrong or something like that...maybe I did maybe I didn't but after the initial feeling I didn't think about it too much and by the end if there was anything it wasn't there anymore)...there were lot's more but as of this post those names stand out the most.
|when this s done it will be one of the most awesome vans ever...it already is!!|
In fact the aftermath of the rain was pretty bad in a few select location. The mud pit down by the barn, the track it carved into the main roadway causing more than a few bent ankles as they attempted to navigate in the dark back to their temporary homes and of course my own rain issues of wet upper bunks windows and the odd trickle out of the side window (camper window not pop out).
|This is Pete's van! He has spent a lot of time and years on it, everything is custom, all nautial themed and wood worked inside. Pretty sweet!|
After hearing about some van shows back in the 80's and 90's I believe there was an element of wild release of inhibitions at this show but I fear that it's just a reflection of our current society where only a few people are actually having fun and the rest are running around with so much going on in their heads that they have forgotten what real fun is. (taking your kid to the mall for halloween makes you very un-fun just to let you know)
|1st place winners. Right to left, Bryce, Charlie and me!|
|the light show...|
|Sure to get you laid in any situation! ;)|
|Whose that? Oh yeah...winner!!|
|Neat little van (Dodge 1985 Horizon)! We had a great talk and he checked out the taj mahal of vans (mine) and promptly declared jealousy over the spaciousness of it compared to his!|
|recording the moment!|
After getting to know Mark a bit he invited Cherry and I out to his place in West Chesterfield, new Hampshire for a hang out and even though we had decided we would check out a local campsite and then head up the next day we actually found ourselves on the road after the show packed up and we were headed straight for Sugarbrook Farm and the hospitality of Mark.
|fave van leaving...|
|Cherry and the Wayward Pussy mobile ready to rock!! New Hampshire here we come!|
|A flash from the past....I likey!!|