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CARSPOTTING> Chevy Corvair Boogie Van at SEMA

On our way through the halls of SEMA at the Las Vegas Convention Center, we spotted this dope 1964 Chevrolet Corvair van.  Surrounded by Benzes, Camaros, GT-Rs and NSXs, this van stuck out of the crowd – in a good way of course.  The Corvair isn’t owned by a large company or a show car team, but rather a photographerJohn Jackson of Not Stock Photography.  I haven’t had a chance to meet him but looking at his van and his website (notstockphotography.com) proves that this guy has some seriously cool style.

From the matte paint job with custom air brushing on the body and roof, there were no details spared on this build.  One thing I have to say is that it’s pretty dope to see other photographers who are into building cars as much as they are taking sick photos!

1964 Chevy Corvair van SEMA 2011 Rocket Racing Wheels Bed Wood and Parts Kicker Subwoofer Air Ride Not Stock Photography

When I took a look inside, the first thing that caught my eye was the way he had his work displayed on the inside.  Incorporated into his interior panels, it’s a really cool way to display his work while traveling to different events across the country.

1964 Chevy Corvair van SEMA 2011 Rocket Racing Wheels Bed Wood and Parts Kicker Subwoofer Air Ride Not Stock Photography

The wood floor panel from Bed Wood and Parts allows the van to be used to haul gear and have sick styling – all at the same time!!  Along with the functional look, he also has a sound system next to his air tank for the air ride system.

1964 Chevy Corvair van SEMA 2011 Rocket Racing Wheels Bed Wood and Parts Kicker Subwoofer Air Ride Not Stock Photography

All of the doors have signatures and stickers from various people and all the places this van has been.  Despite being from Florida, there were even stickers from race tracks in Ohio.

1964 Chevy Corvair van SEMA 2011 Rocket Racing Wheels Bed Wood and Parts Kicker Subwoofer Air Ride Not Stock Photography

It’s sitting on Rocket Racing wheels, which are nicely tucked underneath the fenders when the car is parked and aired out.  Even down to the brushed metal gas cap, the detail work is immaculate.

1964 Chevy Corvair van SEMA 2011 Rocket Racing Wheels Bed Wood and Parts Kicker Subwoofer Air Ride Not Stock Photography

With a steering wheel to match from Rocket Racing, the “Boogie Van” has it all from nice upholstery work, a foot-shaped gas and dead pedal, matching blue paint with the roof, all topped off with the Evel Knievel bobble head on the dashboard.

1964 Chevy Corvair van SEMA 2011 Rocket Racing Wheels Bed Wood and Parts Kicker Subwoofer Air Ride Not Stock Photography

Notice “Wilson” the volley ball just chillin in the front seat. When you’re a photographer on the road, you probably need a silent companion almost as much as a “castaway” does.

Walking through the sea of cars at SEMA 2011, it’s nice to see a van with so much attention to detail. If you look at his photography work along with the Corvair, you’ll see what makes this thing so damn cool.

I wonder if we’ll run into anything else as dope as this van…I guess its time to go look for more awesome rides!

::Mike Kim

P.S. Keep your eyes peeled for more coverage from SEMA 2011 at the Las Vegas Convention Center!

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12 Responses

  1. Thanks for the great writeup. The van was driven 2500 miles to SEMA, and I leave tomorrow to drive it 1400 miles to Houston TX……thanks again for the great writeup

  2. Great write up! Although, I’ve been following his work and travels on fb for a short time, it’s no surprise that the van is a cool as his work. He has away with the camera as Picasso did with a brush.

  3. shawnzo

    I met John at the van nationals in ohio this summer. Really cool guy.He drive his van everywhere and takes aloy for cool pics.

  4. Very Nice John! This is so awesome and I am so happy for your “Sucess” in all that you do. You work so hard and it is nice to be recognized for that. Keep up the great work, always a friend, karshotz…

  5. Ken

    Nice write up, I have followed John and his ‘Boogie Van’ adventures for quite awhile now. Let me tell you HE DRIVES THAT VAN!

    Nice to see it get some well deserved attention.

    Ken (Blue)

  6. Mike Kim

    Thanks guys! it definitely was awesome to see at SEMA, one of a kind! Good thing i ran into you at the roll out John!

  7. Universal Magnetic

    I dig the paneled paint job on this van! Does anyone know a good painter that can paint this type of style on a car?

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