Custom “Vanning”: More than a Hobby! It’s a Lifestyle

My 1969 Ford Econoline

This week was getting ready for a custom van run. A community of people loving their custom vans and the people that own them. I have been travelling around the US and Canada going to these shows for over 30 years. It is both exhilarating to see my old friends and making new ones and see all the creative ideas that are formed and turned into some beautiful vans. It has allowed me to make friends with people all over the world. Since covid it has been a long time since I had seen these people and I could not wait!

All week I have been wiggling. I was leaving Friday morning for Trudeau Park in Tweed, Ontario in a convoy of vans for a 5 hour tour. Finally Thursday got here and I went to Mike’s and made the van switch.

Now packing for a trip is something I do not usually do as I always have my house with me. Switching to what I call my cottage van requires some thought of clothes, food, and anything else I would need for the weekend. I was travelling with Tom and a few others so after picking up a headlight from the auto parts store and a few groceries off to his place to wash the van and wait not so patiently for Friday.

Finally Friday arrived and we were off. Ohhh what a feeling! I love driving my 69. It gives me a feeling of freedom that nothing else does.

We met in a parking lot under the Skyway bridge in Hamilton. 5 vans in total. This was going to be a fun trip.

Going through Toronto was the hardest part. Did I tell you my van is a standard? I thought my clutch leg was going to fall off. Lol!

A couple of gas stops and a pee stop (that was me) and about 5 hours later we pulled into the park. Set up camp and went out to hug a few friends. Sitting in lawn chairs, laughing, chatting around a fire is almost therapeutic. It seems to have been so long since we did this. It has been. Over a year now since we have been locked down. It was time!

Saturday morning I awoke to laughter, sunshine and coffee! No better way to start the day!

Remember I talked about the pretty vans. Some of them are so cool and most of them have a story. Whether it be a find in an old barn or years of fixing it up. They are special in their own way! Just like the people that own them.

Tony’s 1940 Panel Van
Love the ghost flames in this early chevy

There are so many to choose from.

Saturday night brought dancing around the fire and awards.

I never win as my van is beautiful but all original. It is hard to compete. But to my surprise My girl got 1st place Best Ford!! Woohoo! I did not know this weekend could get any better!

Sunday it will be a day for heartfelt goodbyes and until we meet again. Back down to Southern Ontario to my Roadtrek. Hopefully the weather holds so I can get the painting done. I cannot wait to show you all when I am done!

Thanks for coming on my Chipmunk Adventure.

See you next time!


2 thoughts on “Custom “Vanning”: More than a Hobby! It’s a Lifestyle

  1. Another fine read with the coffee. I enjoyed traveling with you. It was a great weekend. Congrats on the win.

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