A monolith, set upon a backdrop that can only be found in the foothills of the San Joaquin: Justin Chenoweth’s 4×4 E-150 is, at mini,um, an imposing force on the trail. It towers above seemingly every vehicle on the dirt at nearly 9 feet (3m) tall; its shadow stretching for miles at dusk. At its widest, the van spans just two inches shy of a Hummer H1, pushing tight trails and obtrusive brush to their limits thanks to its Super Duty running gear and 35″ BFGs.
I loosely remember the first time I saw Van Go – perhaps it was in a magazine, or maybe online – the details are fuzzy, but unimportant. What I do remember was a sense of curiosity. To be honest, I wasn’t quite sure what I was looking at; I knew, quite obviously, that it was a beyond-custom Ford Econoline van, but I couldn’t tell when it had been built.
Several months ago, we found ourselves here at the STANCE|WORKS office, discussing the pastimes we had as kids. As car enthusiasts and gearheads, we knew there must be something we all had in common. While video games, sports, and friends all had their place, we were aiming to find what made us who we are today. As individuals who eat, sleep, and breathe automobiles, modification, and fabrication, perhaps there was something we shared through our upbringing.