Story time. Growing up, my father owned a 1979 GMC Van that played an important role in my childhood. I remember taking road trips up the west coast, camping out in Yellowstone, and passing through the wild highways of Houston. The same van would also serve as a means to get me and my brother to school everyday, where my father would lecture us on how to become good and hard working people. Every now and then, we would run into mechanical issues, and my dad would teach me how fix it when things went wrong. Our van was more than just a means of transportation; it was where memories were made, stories were told, and dreams were created.
Fast forward a couple decades and I find myself at the Vans By The Bay II event at Fiesta Island, where a few dozen vans from the 1960s, 70s, and 80s were gathered to celebrate the enjoyment of vanning. Each van at the event was customized, restored, and modified in its own creative respect. I enjoyed this gathering of enthusiasts, as they too shared the stories and memories that were created over the years of owning their vans.