Hey y'all, i've been lurking around here for far too long. My name is chase and i couldn't help but join in. i grew up with skoolies (as you probably guessed by the username, lol). Unfortunately i am busless at this time but i hope to cure that ASAP (i'd like a flatnose transit to play with). In fact i just have to start things off here by pointing out all the buses in the galleries that i know and have known for about the last 10 years or more in some cases. i am omitting the names so i don't offend. i haven't seen most of these folks in atleast 6 years.
(please excuse the blatant plagiarism from the galleries)
we'll start off with this fine example of workmanship:
azalea actually bought this bus off of my dad in 1999. i lived in this bus on more than a few occasions growing up. my dad built it in 1989 when we lived in maryland. it's maiden voyage was 1990 summer tour with the dead (great childhood memories BTW, lol). any in depth questions about it you ever had, feel free to ask! if i can't answer them, i can always ask my dad. he also raised another roof for a friend in about 1998 but not with wood like ours. and for years there was another bus like ours around that was a thomas but looked almost the same, but a little more of a green color. that was my god-father.
then we'll go with this one (one of my favorites). i love how he put the apache panel truck on top. it is alot more original than all the vw's most of my freinds had. very homie feel how he built the interior too. a word of warning though. he does have a very large dog (he's my buddy, or atleast he was last i saw him, it's been about 8-9 years)
I spent alot of time on or around this bus. he was almost always nearby the block where my dad's house is. i'm not sure if he still has his bus though. or even what happened to him. if anybody knows him i would be interested to know if what my friends told me is true or not.
this guy i only met once, he stayed for a while on a friends property where we parked when we first moved to oregon (eugene area) but his bus was actually used in a scene of independence day (the movie with will smith) as an "extra" but the movie was filmed before he painted it the cool green scheme he's got in this pic.
here's another great one. i'm not sure if he still does, but this guy used to use the mast on that sailboat as an antenna to broadcast pirate radio. he also has loudspeakers that he usually plays music on at the festivals i've hung out with him at.
so far these are the only ones i have found that i know. but i'm sure there will be more. and a question for gallery owner steve: alot of these appear to have been taken at the '97 nationals in prineville. out of curiosity, did you take them?? we were there in the bus azalea now has.