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The Van (1977)

This low-budget movie is pretty bad, but does feature some cool 70's era custom rides.


The titular van was customized by George Barris, along with several other vans appearing in the film.[4] It was released at the height of the vansploitation genr

The film tells the story of the high-school graduate Bobby, who buys a customized 1977 Dodge D300 Tradesman van (including a waterbed), with his college savings, in order to use it to pick up women. Bobby's desperate quest to have sex lead him into a number of disappointing experiences. His ultimate goal is to win over Sally, the blonde bombshell girlfriend of his arch nemesis Dugan. Dugan is a burly, tough, and heavily tattooed neighborhood bully who seems determined to have the fastest van in town.


Sharonville Classic Car Show

Roll Back Weekend

Live Music, Beer Gardens, Vendors and HOT RODS galore!

Dogtown Rumble FIVE

Here's some shots from the Dogtown Rumble FIVE. Hosted by the Odd Squad Car Club, held right alongside the beach in Venice Beach, CA. Open to all vehicles. No judging taking place, it was more of a laid back car meet for clubs and individuals to show off their vehicles and chill out on the beach.

This is just a portion of the photos taken, there are many more. Hundreds of photos from their past 4 shows, visit Six Media's Dogtown Rumble Photo Gallery to see all the photos.

Ludlow Elks Lodge's Cruise Night

By Steven Nanton.
Four-barrel carb, four on the floor and dual exhausts.

To many auto enthusiasts, that cryptic description means none other than 4-4-2, Oldsmobile's iconic muscle car from the 1960s and '70s. The car was revived in the 1980s and '90s, the latter years as an option package.

Bob Titus, of Stafford Springs, Connecticut, brought his Oldsmobile 4-4-2 to the Ludlow Elks Lodge 2448's weekly Cruise Night on Tuesday. And judging by the amount of people stopping by to take a look, it was a real crowd pleaser.

"I've had all kinds of cars ... I wanted something different," Titus said about his shiny 1966 black hardtop. He said he's only owned the car for a couple of months, "and every day it's on the lift and we're working on it, we're working on it."

Vintage, custom and late-model cars, ranging from Corvettes to Model Ts, were on display to be enjoyed by automotive enthusiasts of all ages. Canceled last week by the threat of rain, last night's event drew several hundred cars, trucks and motorcycles, and hundreds more enthusiasts.

Mike Skura, of Belchertown, arrived in his 1936 Chevrolet coupe, one of two he owns.

"I had one for 30 years, and this one came along unexpectedly, so I bought it," Skura said. "I'm enjoying the hell out of it."

Along with a DJ playing music, food, beverages and raffles were offered, along with trophies awarded in many categories.

The Elks Lodge Cruise Nights continue next Tuesday, Aug. 30, at the lodge's pavilion on Chapin Street. For more information, visit lodge's Facebook Page.

Edwardsville D.A.R.E. Car Show

By Bruce Kunz
What is a “highboy”? Well, it can mean a number of things, including a tall piece of antique furniture dating back to the 17th century. But in the case of Roger Roney’s customized roadster you see on this page, it is a type of hot rod in which the body sits atop the chassis, at stock height, as opposed to a “lowboy” whose body has been lowered or “channeled."

There were nearly 500 cars at the recent Edwardsville D.A.R.E. Car Show ... one of the must-attend events on our calendar every year. Of those 500 or so on hand, 6-year old Roy, our “bagle” (basset-beagle hybrid), TKCS-StL mascot and a veteran of 50-something car shows, picked this professionally-built, ‘32 Ford Roadster as his favorite for the day. And why not? This “kit car," with a body by Show Me Rod & Custom of Highlandville, Mo., has all the right stuff. With just 2,100 miles showing on the clock, it is basically all new from the ground up. The engine is a Chevy 350 crate motor bolted to a 700 R4 GM tranny. At the other end of the driveshaft is the venerable 9” Ford rear differential — a proven brute. All this stuffed under a tiny, lightweight body and well ... you don’t want to mess with Roger if you happen across him at a red light in your neighborhood!

The appearance of this car is pleasingly simple. The interior and matching luggage compartment are lipstick red, done in rolled and pleated style. On the outside, a stunning black paint job is topped out with “hot licks” on the front clip by Mayhem Graphics in Oklahoma. The whole package rolls on Billet Specialty genuine knock-off, chrome wheels.

Roger picked up this little jewel from our good friend Scott Brandt — owner of MotoeXotica, a charter sponsor of my Take a Kid to a Car Show program here in the St. Louis area. Roger and his wife, Maggie, of Glen Carbon, are the second owners of this “new” car. The original owner had it for just a year. Apparently, it didn’t take him long to figure out this car was not built for a man of generous proportions who evidently had to use a giant shoe horn to get himself in and out of this little rascal! (At least that’s the story I was told)

Creature comforts are perhaps the only category in which this tricked-out weekend cruiser falls short. Roger says “this is a fair weather car, no top or side windows, so you don’t take it out in the cold, rain or snow!” And what about the sound system? None. Who needs it when you have the sweetest music you’ll ever hear, courtesy of a stainless steel exhaust system and muffler by Magnaflow!

Roger’s roadster won third place in the fiberglass street rod category.

Bruce Kunz, a.k.a. "The FIN MAN," is a member of the Society of Automobile Historians. If you love old cars and care about kids, help by visiting

Wheels of Time Car Show

Wheels of Time car show in Macungie on Friday, August 26, 2016.

Fans line up to meet and talk with Henry Winkler. He is a book author but is best know for playing "Fonzie" on the hit TV show "Happy Days"