Wednesday, January 1, 2020


Happy New Year! 2020 is going to be another great year in vanning, but aren't they all? Maybe it's time for a new look. At the 2019 Nationals in Greenfield Massachusetts, Matchstick and maybe a little bit of my help convinced artist Scott Fisk from to attend. His Misfit cartoon had been out for a while, I was able to get a print and a decal at the 2014 Syracuse Nationals. He put together a very nice A100 cartoon in time for the Nationals. We spent some together in Greenfield and kept in regular contact. He did this new look logo up for me which kind of energized me. The Showvans website will be revived with features and event coverage. With the flurry of Facebook van pages, I realized and my friends have mentioned that something a bit more serious/substantial is needed, like what was done in the past with the features.  
In late November 2019 I decided to do another Showvans Calendar. That's about 3 months later than I've ever started before. In fact one year possibly 2012,the calendars were already delivered in late November. The proceeds from these calendars have enabled me to support van events on both side of the border. Once again I'll be able to do this and it will help me doing something special for Vanfest 25. I've been involved with Vanfest since about 1999 doing the website and some of the social media.
Vanfest 25 will be June 12-14 in Aylmer Ontario Canada. It's going to be a big one, many vanners will be there from all over North America, I've been putting out the welcome mat for this for quite a while now and planning some features that will make it even more special as I have in the past.

The 2020 Showvans calendar was a whirlwind project lasting less than a month from start to finish. There were a few glitches along the way, including the printer sending me just over 250 calendars when the order was for 350. So I came up short on some larger orders unfortunately. I'll hopefully get that straightened out very soon and be able order some extras on top of the original 350.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Wow, it's been a long time since I've posted here. Facebook and Instagram have changed many of our routines online. It's so easy to post pictures and get instant feedback. It has also made it much easier to connect with everyone who is interested in custom vans and the press. So now instead of a handful of people trying to get vans back into the eyes of the public and press there are potentially hundreds. That has been paying off in droves. 2 weekends ago the largest indoor showing of vans in over 3 decades happened. The Cleveland Autorama invited vanners to bring their vans to the show to be part of the 50th anniversary. 38 vans were in the show ! I was very fortunate to be able to attend this grand event. Ron and Aixa did a heck of a job coordinating the event and logistics of the hotel. Jim and Lucy did their share coordinating the online portion of this on Facebook. Kudos to everyone involved in this show !

These are just a few of the vans in the show. I've posted all the vans on the Showvans Facebook page and will do the same on the page soon.

In the fall of 2013 Coby let me know that M2 Machines was interested in doing a 1/64 diecast replica of Vango. They had actually approached him about this in 2011 when Vango was first introduced to us. Vango is one of the top vans ever built. So replicating it took quite a while and M2's designer Sean Taylor nailed it, inside and out. I was fortunate to have Coby mail up a bunch for myself and my vanner buddies who collect diecast vans. It's been pretty hectic around here the past week so today was the first day I was able to really check it out. Previous to this only version of the M2 Econoline was available in Canada. Comparing the two versions shows the absolute crazy attention to detail that went into the Vango version. We are used to Hot Wheels rebadging the same mold 50 different ways. The Vango van is unique with the correct interior as well as body details, down to the door hinges removed. There is a 3 van set showing the evolution of Vango, Coby ran out of these in the first 3 days but other M2 dealers do still have some as far as I know. However he does have plenty of the final Vango shown here. You can order direct from Coby on his website :    Here's what they look like, remember this is the same scale as Hot Wheels.

Monday, December 9, 2013

2014 Showvans Calendar and 50th Anniversary signs

The 2014 Showvans calendar is a done deal. They made their first appearance at the NEVC Truckin for Tots event in Greenwich Rhode Island on the weekend. But you can still order them here :    The calendar proceeds go to help promote vanning across North America. Used some of it this past weekend to help out with the vanner display at the Mooneyes Xmas Show in Irwindale California.

To help celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Chevy Gvan and the Dodge A100 I had these tin signs done up. Proceeds from these signs will be going to help promote some of the evants directly related to early vans in 2014 and one of the signs was donated to the raffle for the Truckin for Toys event mentioned above. Details on the signs on the same link as the calendars above.


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

2013 vanning season

It's tough to keep on top of everything with so much social media available to pontificate on :). We're well into the 2013 vanning season and I'm way over the hump of the events that I'll be attending this summer.
Vanfest 18 was another great time. It was another record breaking year with well over 400 vans and trucks through the gates and close to 200 vehicles in the show on Saturday !.
 Drove to Vanfest with Eric a.k.a MUD BOS and Steve a.k.a Ghostrider and his wife Carol. I had hoped to do some video but it rained all the way there but fortunately that was pretty much it for the weekend.
 Then had a few weeks to get ready for the big show, the 41st National Truck-In. Being in Ohio and having about 380 pre regs I knew this was going to be a big one. 660 vans passed through the gates making it the largest Nationals in the past 10 years. The weather was absolutely terrible until I got there on Wednesday at 8:00 pm. As usual it was action packed with so much to pack-in in a matter of days. One of the highlights was doing road shots with some of my buddies from far away. Here's a shot of Jr and Glenda in Procrastownation all the way from Florida. This amazing van won the Best in Show title at the Nationals on 4 occasions. Was great to see the van back out, Jr and Glenda always makes an effort to support van events regardless of where they are.  
The early lineup is now a yearly tradition at the Nationals as well. For the past many years Wookee has been the main man coordinating this event, rounding up the vans from the 4 corners of the fairgrounds and placing them in order. Unfortunately Wookee was unable to attend the Nats this year due to injury. So we needed to rely on many more people to make it happen and it all came together for the largest gathering of earlies at 53!

There was a show n shine open to the public on Saturday, admission was canned goods for the local food bank. Here are some of hte Dodges in that show lead by Deacon Blues.

Jeff and Cindy Lou from Colorado surprised everyone rolling through the gates with this gorgeous 1939 Ford panel. It caught the eye of the judges in the show as well winning Best of Show and the Flying Eagle award for best van or panel first time shown at Nationals. The Legend of the Phoenix also from Colorado parked right behind the panel took some top awards as well.  

 There have been a number of vans customized on television reality shows. Most have been done quite nice mixing old school with new school touches that haven't always appealed to all vanners out there. These days old school is in and the Count and his cronies ran old school on this gorgeous Dodge on the most recent episode of Counting Cars on the History Channel that ran last night.  
One week from now Kurk and many of his vanners friends will be at Carlisle for the All Truck Nationals. This is the second year doing this, I was fortunate to attend last year's. Kurk has done some great stuff to get vanning back into the spotlight by getting vanners to participate in the Carlisle show as wel as in the Motorama indoor shows in the winter. Look forward to seeing the pictures from there that my partner in crime Superbeast will be taking.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

2013 warming up to be another great year in Vanning

It's been a while between posts here but with Facebook,, and Instagram the word is getting out there. Back in March Steve and I got Ghostrider in the Megaspeed car show here in Toronto. We met a number of vanners/van owners there some for the first time. The van got a lot of attention but surprisingly not even a participation ribbon :(. Oh well same thing happened last year with MUD BOS.

Got word a while back from Scott that AACA had wanted his van Emerald Express for a display. The kicker being that they would need it from May 17 to Oct 13. Scott passed not wanting to be without his van all summer. Fortunately we were able to get Phil and Wendy to agree to put Nautique in the display. The showboard was an ad-van-ture that I took on. Dirty Donny was kind enough to let us use some of his art on the showboard  This also made me delve a bit into the history of custom vans and that was a very good thing. I connected with one of the original members of Associated vans in California. Their club was formed way back in 1966 ! I'm hoping to see Beebe and some of their other members at the event following. Joe Madonia also supplied some images from the past from his vast collection. Will be doing something with Joe to showcase his Vanning Museum soon.

The Mooneyes 2012 Xmas show was the first time vans were officially invited. Although the Vandoleros had been going for a few years. The turnout of vans was very good and vanners/van owners were there from near and far. The word is vans are welcomed back in 2013. There may be limitations on vehicles this year, will keep on top of that. I'm hoping the turnout can be even bigger and better in 2013 and will be using funds from the 2014 Showvans calendar to help with that.  

Vanfest 2013 is just weeks away now, looking forward to that.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Moon Eyes, Vanfest in Mini Truckin', 2 new vanner magazines issues, van art, 2014 van show ...

Winter has yet to set in up here yet and all I can think about is the warmth of California. Maybe it's because of the huge Moon Eyes show this coming weekend. It will likely be the largest gathering of show vans in California this year. Matchstick is headed down to this show to launch Custom Vanner Magazine #5 that also includes a 2013 calendar. Matt is launching Rolling Heavy Issue 2 there as well, you'll see some of John Jackson's work in that issue. Coby will also be at Moon Eyes with the long awaited print of the award winning Vango logo. Some period correct 70's vans stole the Moon Eyes Yokohama Japan show last weekend, they are all over the internet already. VCVC has a wicked looking 2013 calendar as well. The bar has been raised very high this year for all things that vanners are doing in print, that is a great thing !
The 2012 Vanfest coverage is in the latest Mini Truckin Magazine, only a glimpse of vans in the background but this is the first national publication to run coverage of Vanfest. Huge thanks to Jessica and all the mini truckers who put this great coverage together. That whole adventure to get the coverage ended up with Jessica marrying John Mata, the editor of Mini Truckin during the 2012 SEMA week. We'll have John up here for Vanfest 2013. If we don't get the vans from Vanfest 2012 covered in a magazine we'll see if John can help us get them into Truckin' in 2013. He works down the hall from the Truckin' people. Getting back to California, the wheels are in motion to do another calendar for 2014. it would be the 10th and final edition of the Showvans calendar. Should there be a 2014 CofC in California the funds will once again be used to finance the van show. If that doesn't happen I'm looking into co-producing a show in the late spring/early fall of 2014 down there. One of the hottest car culture artists on the planet has already offered to do the poster for it. This time we would have the top van related artists in California displaying their wares at the show and I'll try to convince my friends at Wheels of Confusion to do a Slow Ride that weekend to coincide with the show.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Showvans 2012 Tour, from All Trucks to Altruks, Van Gogh to Ed Beard

This year I did something completely different. Instead of putting all my eggs in one basket and going to the Nationals I went on a week long vanning tour. A few of us have been pushing vanners to get out to the big car shows both indoors and out for a while now. Kurk from took that idea this year and ran with it like no other vanner has done in many moons. First he put together the 10 vans to be in Motorama in march then he pulled off a major coup in getting vans featured at the Carlisle All Truck Nationals. The event was a big success close to 50 vans were at Carlisle and there was a very nice display of vans inside one of the buildings. Coverage is now up on

After helping pack up everything at Carlisle I went by Kurk's Belly Acres for the night and got to see his shop with an amazing view. From there I headed east towards the Chop State. There are probably more chopped van projects happening in New Jersey than all other states combined. Superbeast my longtime    co-partner in crime for Showvans took me on a tour to see a few of the locals. We stopped by Joe's place, he has 3 chops in various states and other vans as well. Then we passed by Claud's to see his varied collection of vans including Metalstorm. The next day I headed to N.Y.C for a quick visit there. First time there on my own so I was able to take a more leisurely tour through Times Square, Central Park and the Met. Then I got out of Manhattan before the trafic and headed to Munz'. Munz has a very nice collection of vans as well. Including a chopped Astro under construction that few vanners have seen. I've been a fan Astro/Safaris from day one and sure like what Munz has planned for his to make it one of a kind. Next it was off to New York, stopped by Orange County Choppers then headed to Albany. Next day my best non vanning pal Pete and I headed up to Hemmings for a tour and to check out their Cruise Night. Hemmings has the largest collection of panels in their museum that I've or heard of. We met up with their web/blogger guy Daniel and had a good chat. Then it was off to Scott's to see his newest project. Scott has built some incredible vans in his time like the Jersey Devil and Visions. Unfortunately Visions was lost in a fire shortly after it made it's debut at Lost Memorial. His latest project is Mid Ford but a shorty this time. The work so far on it is incredible. The plan is to have it done possibly in 2014, 2013 will be used to do the interior. Scott also showed us his amazing collection of model vans, he seems to have every van model ever built. He has also customized some Nylint vans to make them one of a kind collectibles.

Then to round out this amazing week I went to Somers Connecticut for Super Somer 11. I have a long time very special connection to Altruk Vans thanks to Pat who helped me get the ball rolling on the calendar project. I parked with Johnny O there who was a huge help with the 2012 calendars mailing out all the U.S and International orders for me. Mat and Shoreh from Montreal rolled into our camp late Friday and Munz rolled in Saturday. It was great seeing so many vanner friends there who I hadn't seen since the 2010 Nationals and some even longer than that.