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My 2012 Council of Councils experience & pic link

Posted By: Lordmodelbuilder

My 2012 Council of Councils experience & pic link - February 07th 2012 9:57 pm

TO MY C of C PICTURES


Ok, finally got all my Council pics downloaded and in order.
What a great time!
Landed in Tampa Wed afternoon and was picked up right away by Tom & Pam. Spent Wed night outside near the pool with friends from all over.
Got to meet Jim from the Econo forum and later on Friday Wookie.Been talking to both those guys for years online.
Security busted us for having beer in bottles! Damn, busted on the 1st day there,lol
Thursday a bunch of us went to Joe's Museum of Vanning. What an awesome collection of everything vanning related! Pictures do not do the place justice! Hung out there a while and then went back to the hotel for some food and partying into the wee hours of the night. Ken Hopcraft drove the rental van very good! smile
Heard a banging on my door later and it was Badgirl Suzie! Finally got to met her after all these years!
Friday I had the pleasure of pinstriping alongside Matchstick. I got Wookie to bring down some paint from Maryland for us since its not allowed on a plane.lol. Denny Jr. graciously lent us his Dodge van, with 1-week old paint on it for a canvas. Matchstick and I striped for hours until it was dark. Was truly a great time striping with him. He's got skills! Thanks Joe for bringing the 1-shot and thanks Denny for the van to paint on! this was the 1st vehicle I had ever painted on...yikes.lol
Dance and band Friday night was loud and fun.
Later that night I spent over 2 hours painting a wooden van name tag for the name tag contest on Sat. Somehow I won 1st place! Blows me away! Thanks all that voted.
Sat was the Council meeting. Was a good meeting,but turned sad at the end when we got word that Flame had passed away. We had a moment of silence for him. R.I.P. Flame.
The Vintage Chevy Van Club was voted into the council. Congrats to all of them.
The van show was next and what a great turnout of custom vans! There were late models,earlies,minis, and a couple vans that have been around forever. Really nice to see them in person. Toy van races were next and after Coop repaired the track, everyone got to give it a go. There was 100 feet of track. Of that, 50 feet were under the bar on the concrete. All vans that didn't make it past the 1st 50' went into the ocean. The winner was Denny Jr. He pulled out a coke van right out of the packaging and ran a killer 95'. Later he ran a 94.5'. Awesome run Denny!
That night was more music, dancing and an auction with all kinds of goodies. Stayed up talking with friends til the early hours. The same security guy that had busted us for bottles on Wed cruised up and told us what a pleasure it was to have us at the hotel. Said we were the best group they had ever had and we were welcome back anytime!
Monday was the Super Bowl party and the bar was packed with all the vanner's that had stayed the extra day. Great times! I was for the Patriots all day, but in the end, I won in the football pool because of the score. What a great way to end an awesome councils....having fun and getting some cash.
All in all a great time! Friends old and new and vans..doesn't get any better than that! Thanks Florida Van Council and everyone else that made the 2012 Councils a hit. See everyone in New England next year! Brad
Posted By: Wizard78

Re: My 2012 Council of Councils experience & pic link - February 07th 2012 10:02 pm

Cool,I'll ck them out Thanks
Posted By: matchstickBGV

Re: My 2012 Council of Councils experience & pic link - February 07th 2012 11:43 pm

It was a pleasure pin striping with you brad. See ya next year.
Posted By: wookee

Re: My 2012 Council of Councils experience & pic link - February 08th 2012 3:58 pm

It was great to finally get to meet you Brad.
I had a blast just hanging out watching you guys do your thing.
If you guys would not have said you where a couple of first timers no body would have known......
there is an orange chevy setting here that needs some of your attention......

........Wookee
Posted By: chevyvan93

Re: My 2012 Council of Councils experience & pic link - February 08th 2012 5:33 pm

Great pictures.
Posted By: Wizard78

Re: My 2012 Council of Councils experience & pic link - February 08th 2012 6:12 pm

Sweet pics
Posted By: Virtual

Re: My 2012 Council of Councils experience & pic link - February 08th 2012 6:30 pm

It's always good to have pictures but even better when there's a story behind them. Very good job on both Brad !

Happy to hear that you will be going to the 2013 and I think you'll be blown away at the Nats this year. Hope to see you at both those events.
Posted By: rizzman

Re: My 2012 Council of Councils experience & pic link - February 08th 2012 6:42 pm

COOL PIC'S thanks for sharing
Posted By: Galaxy

Re: My 2012 Council of Councils experience & pic link - February 08th 2012 6:42 pm

Thanks for taking the time to organize and post all the great pictures. I really enjoyed going through them all.
This is a very interesting banner since there has not been a NJ van council for many years grin


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Love the early lineup!

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Posted By: Lordmodelbuilder

Re: My 2012 Council of Councils experience & pic link - February 08th 2012 6:53 pm

They were represented by someone at the Council meeting. Were also out in Cali last year. Maybe someone will chime in. Brad
Posted By: Galaxy

Re: My 2012 Council of Councils experience & pic link - February 08th 2012 7:10 pm

Oh I'm sure it was someone from Runnin Wild Truckers that put up the NJVC banner. That's their club banner hanging right next to it.
Posted By: Gloworm_Dee_Jaye

Re: My 2012 Council of Councils experience & pic link - February 08th 2012 7:31 pm

Yes great time at C of C. Too bad we didn't meet Brad. I was sitting taking names for the hot wheel race right beside Joe when ya took his pic. LOL
Posted By: smitty

Re: My 2012 Council of Councils experience & pic link - February 09th 2012 6:12 pm

Great Pics Brad! Sorry we missed each other!!
At least I don't think we met, some parts are a little fuzzy!! LOL
Posted By: Wizard78

Re: My 2012 Council of Councils experience & pic link - February 09th 2012 6:46 pm

Great Pics
Posted By: Superbeast

Re: My 2012 Council of Councils experience & pic link - February 10th 2012 8:02 pm

nICE STORY AND great PICS bRAD! Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to meeting you next year in New England. Unless I'm totally broke, we should be there!
Posted By: da_Bleu_Kat

Re: My 2012 Council of Councils experience & pic link - March 07th 2012 3:41 pm

Great CofC van pix! We had to leave the CofC meeting Saturday before Flame's death was announced, so we didn't know until later that he had passed. George K. had told us Friday night that it was near. Flame was an original, that's for sure. Thanks for your great post.

Bleu Kat
Posted By: starwars

Re: My 2012 Council of Councils experience & pic link - March 12th 2012 12:00 pm

great pics
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