Sunday, November 8, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Put the finishing touches on the calendar composition last week. The artwork will be proofed and pre pressed then off to the printer. Delivery on track for Nov 13 to hit two big hall parties in N.J and Chicago. Will get a bit of a breather before mailing them out.
The photo here is actually a mosaic made up of thousands of images of vans. The calendar this year is dedicated to the late John Coldren. That is his van called Plum Loco. John had Mike Lavallee the famous airbrush artist do the amazing artwork on this van. John was able to enjoy the van this summer going to many events in the Northeast. Unfortunately John passed away from cancer in early October. We will be doing up a poster of this cover image and donating all the proceeds after expenses to the American Cancer Society in John's name.
Plans are underway to have a good showing of vans back in Detroit and things are looking good for Chicago as well.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
What a great time we had at this event. So much to do so little time, photo ops at every turn. Took over 2000 pictures at the event, the best 100 can be seen here: Truckin' Magazine's 2009 National Truck-In Web Exclusive Hopefully we'll see these hit the magazine at some point. There's also a good chance we'll be seeing the Vanfest coverage in Truckin' and a certain pirate van might be making a major appearance this fall as well.
Dropjaw Magazine Magazine was at the Nationals as well and they have come across big time for us. They have 1700 pictures from the Nats here: Dropjaw Nats coverage Their magazine is already out with the coverage in it as well and they even featured Mary a.k.a Miss Nat's on the cover with Metalstorm and Tub Thumpin'. Can't wait to see this !
Here's a few of my favorite shots of the 2009 National Truck-In :
Boop's Tub Thumpin' Astro passing Jason's chopped Econoline
Don's Pirates of the Caravan, winner of Best of Show
John's Ol' Meat Wagon custom Chevy van, winner of the Flying Eagle award, first time shown at the Nationals.
Color my world ! Junior and Glenda's Looney Tunes, Johnny O's Oasis, Ron and Aixa's Flamed and Todd and Mary's Vanformer custom vans during the Dropjaw photoshoot
Pirates and Coop's chopped Astro called Epiphany, both amazing vans, both National Truck-In Best of Show winners.
Showdown at Dodge City, two of the finest chopped radical custom vans ever built by Hooper and Pelc.
Friday, July 3, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
This is John's Plum Loco, the van was airbrushed over the winter by Mike Lavallee famous for his flames and appearances on Overhaulin'. It just happened that we had the perfect background for it right on the grounds of the event.
Mike is a well known van customizer, his Dodge van called Machina has won most of the top awards all across the Northeast. Just for fun he decided to build a chopped van. He calls it Kool Blue:
Here is Trish's van called Emerald City. In just about the perfect light here Dreamweaver's artistic talents show through in the airbrush work.
These vans will all likely be going to the 2009 Nationals and be back at the Greenwich grounds next July for the 2010 National Truck-In.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Detroit was a blast. Arrived Thursday just in time to see the 5 vanner owned vans setting up. It was a great relief to see them all there safe and sound. The vans were very well received at what is one of the largest and most prestigious indoor custom car/truck shows there is. We had visitors in from all over to support the vanners as well and thanks to Deb and Gills we all went out Saturday night to a neat restaurant in Greektown. Here is a video of the highlight pictures:
Around the time this was all going on Truckin' suddenly had a renewed interst in custom vans. So we will likely see them at the 2009 National Truck-In in Pennsylvania and they have promised to run th e5 features that were shot almost 5 years ago in Michigan on Woody's Smokin Chop, Alpine Express, Californiacation, Sweet Emotion and Battlestar.
We had our Vanfest meeting yesterday and things are looking great for that event. We will be adding a cruise into St Thomas on Friday evening which will surely be a big hit.
Monday, February 16, 2009
We are going to Detroit March 6-8 ! We got confirmation yesterday that we are going to the big show with all the vans we registered. Unfortunately Nautilus had to drop out due to a work commitment. The vans will be on the main floor of Cobo Hall. If your there come by and see us. Good chance we will be doing something online from there. Will post more info, pictures on the all vans entered as well as daily coverage on : http://www.showvans.com