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[A sweet van under the lights. Police escort, New York City.]
If the theme of my last Connected States column was about friends on the road, this one is about strangers. Those people who you never would have met if you hadn’t ventured from the nest. On the road through Montana, Idaho, and Oregon, I was lucky enough to meet some rather wonderful unfamiliars, some of whom really…
There’s something magical about traveling alone. Yes, there are more risks involved, but it pays dividends in nimbleness. Eventually, though, you get tired of talking to yourself (or your GoPro), you have trouble following your audiobook, and you’ve been through all of your pre-downloaded music. Having an ally on your…
Volkswagen keeps teasing us with concepts hinting at the rebirth of the camper van/microbus. Well, the teasing will continue with yet another van concept, but this time with an all-electric drivetrain.
UPS trucks (technically, they call them "package cars." I bet they call fortune cookies "book crackers," too) are one of those common sorts of vehicles that just blends into the surrounding environment. Big, useful rolling turds bringing us our Hoagie of the Month Club selections and car parts we got off eBay. But…
Every now and then Craigslist comes through and provides something truly magical. And not magic like a way you can turn exposing yourself into a box of every Alf episode on VHS, but magical like a '78 GMC van covered in Star Trek murals. One of which features Spock, and a topless alien woman. That kind of magic.…
It turns out, pickup trucks are about as useful for hauling cargo as a three-legged mule. You know what is useful? A van. A big, honkin', European utility van. I've covered 1,600 miles in six days, loaded four different motorcycles, a transmission, and a transfer case in this thing. It's clever. It's built to work.…
Welcome to America in 1975! Gas just got more expensive, custom vans are everywhere, and there's only one thing you have to remember: when this van's a rockin', don't come a knockin'.
Today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe Alfa is a Furgone F12. It’s rare but also pretty rusty, so it’ll be up to you to say if it’s too damn far gone for its price.
Mercedes Benz's popular van family has been upgraded for the European market with cleaner engines capable of 37 mpg (Euro cycle), electronic crosswind assist as standard, more space and comfort, and 37,000-mile maintenance intervals.
I know that's a bold statement to make in that headline there, but I mean it. I should clarify though— "interesting" does not mean "best" in any sense of the word. It's not the fastest, most advanced, most comfortable, or really any superlative (other than maybe "cheapest"). But some of the cars that are currently…
Welcome to Used Car Face Off, where we find two similar or similarly priced used cars and ask you which one you would buy. Choose wisely!
Tired of taking his son to overcrowded public swimming pools, this Chinese father decided to build an inexpensive, private indoor pool for his son. Using steel wires and a sheet of plastic, he turned the back of his microvan into a small pool.
Custom vans from the 1970s were all pretty strange creations by nature, but this re-bodied Volkswagen is unquestionably weirder than almost any of the "more conventional" mural covered shaggin' wagons we've ever seen.
The Ford Econoline wasn't just a van, it was America's draft horse. It was how Americans got stuff — building stuff, delivering stuff, repairing stuff — done. Now it's going away, to be replaced by the Ford Transit. But the Econoline was more than just a work truck. It was freedom in a box.
There's nothing subtle about Terrahawk's Mobile Utility Surveillance Tower (MUST). It's a jacked-up matte black Ford E-series van with a curiously large protrusion up to. Mobile murder room? Not quite. MUST just likes to watch.
How much fun is it to watch the European Ford Transit Van loaded up with a V8 powerplant go drifting? So much fun only a Ford Transit van can handle it all. If this guy ever procreated with Sabine Schmitz you'd have the coolest van-driving kid in history.
Don McLean famously sang about driving his Chevy to the levee, where sadly he discovered they couldn't serve booze. If he had been driving today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe hot rod Step Van he could have been drinking whiskey and rye in no time, but may have found its price to be too much dough for his American Pie.
If you're in the Detroit area waiting for your cable service to be hooked up, perhaps you should give the tech the benefit of the doubt when they say they're flooded with work and will be a little late. (Via The Detroit Free Press Facebook page1)