|FY, MRX,and BO kickin back at grovers van with bikes already on the van.|
My first memories of any van, was in the early 70's. It was my brother Steve's cargo van that he customized for camping and hauling his family across the country, from Eugene Oregon back to Iowa.
|Bob's Bike Blender|
|Team Playtex and a maroon ride.|
The first few Ragbrais were in Jeff Grover's Blue Chevy van. Jeff's ride was wall to wall carpet and he had a kickin sound system. I'm guessing he still has that old van stashed away.
Then came several years of disposable vans and bike blenders. Thanks to my buddy BOB who dug up the van shots from the archives, great memories and too many stories to get into right now!
|off route the van looks alittle out of place|
|feelin like a rock star.|
|Van go! taggin lesson with another ragbrai betty. |
A favorite memory of some of the great people we met.
|Dance like no one is watching.|
BRR riders travel a 24 mile round trip from Perry to Rippey and back, regardless of the weather. Riders have experienced everything from below frigid temps and zero wind chills to unseasonably warm weather like we had this year, which made for some very slushy riding conditions for over 1,000 riders. It came to its demise when I overloaded it with bricks and blew the head.
|Jim and maxine.|
The thing I did not at all anticipate is the near impossibility of finding replacement camper parts for it. One of the biggest differences between Westys and Rivieras is that VW contracted with Westfalia to build Westys, while Rivieras were shipped from the factory to distributors as standard (non-camper) busses/vans and the distributor contracted with Riviera to do the camper conversion.
Now my 71 Rivera is parked below the gardens under the willow waiting for spring and with a little help from a friend she'll be tuned up and back on the road for trout fishing adventures next spring.
Folk art piece. Oil pastille on cardboard by Artist Bob from his one man show at Monk's "The Fly in the Ointment" circa 2006