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Now and then, we post on custom vans. Because, well, they're simultaneously ridiculous and totally badass. Somehow, one of our van posts came to the attention of a collective of vanners today and we started getting mail from the vanning die hards. Click through for the vanners' take, including info on the Econoline pictured above.

Reading your article that vans died out in the 70's & 80's in the USA is incorrect,tho not as many but we have alot of people still into vannin, Japanese vans being radical? check out our 78 ford van with an 8 inch chopped top,shaved door handles,1/2 size rear doors,complete custom interior, fully detailed V/8 engine. if you would like more pictures, please let me know.
Thank You.
Israel Perez
VansRus Van Club
Heart of America Van Council


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Hi, just to let you know the vannin movement never died. We van enthusiasts are still around. Not as many as we were in the 70s but our movement is growing. The link you have on your webpage about Japanese vnas leads directly to a picture of my van. It is the red 1966 Econoline with flames. My question is , what is so preposterous about it or any of the other vans pictured there? My van has been in TV commercials, on calendars and in magazines and newspapers and has a very large world wide following. It is NOT "RICED OUT" like a lot of vehicles I see. Since you included it in your article about Japanese vans you should know that my van was featured in Japans largest custom car magazine last month. It will be a feature van in an upcoming documentary about vans and is scheduled to be in at least one more magazine very soon and two other mags have taken pics of it for future publications. I have been vanning since 1974 and my van club has been vanning since 1969 and is the first van club to ever form and the oldest still in existance.

Mike Cook
Vice President
Inland Vans Berdoo
Vannin since 1969

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