~ The Pony Express Van Club ~
~ 101 Vans on Parade! ~





Well, not 101 different vans, some repeat shots of some... But 109 Photos here
This parade was in Saint Joseph, Missouri


And several different parades at different times and locations
Here in a small town, Stewartsville, East of Saint Joseph


And after 33 years, I remember some of the vans but sure not all...
Here one of our Vans, The Freedom Machine folowed by our sponser's van, Olympia Beer


And I didn't know some of the other vans from other Clubs then
Here back in Saint Joseph and my 1976 G-30 van, my 1975 blue G-20 van was in the parade


And... Overall most of this page is boring, but not to the owner of the van
This parade, in Saint Joseph again, with the former Club President leading the Pony Express Van Club


We did have some great fun times in the old Van Club days


Here I got these shots standing on top of MY 76 van


Proceeding down Frederick Avenue to Downtown Saint Joseph


And our good sponsor... Oly Beer


This was one of the several Missouri Western College Homecoming parades we attended


Now some vans from other Van Clubs that showed up


Oh, switching to another Parade in Leavenworth Kansas... Some "Pioneer Days" parade of sorts


Here, "Crash"... Ken Madsen, one of our club members


Some "Pioneer Ladies" joining in along the way


They wanted us to parade in ~doubles~ in this one


Back in Saint Joseph, rounding the corner from Frederick Avenue to Francis street


Making the Downtown loop, West on Francis, South on 6th street
Then East on Edmond to disband the Parade at 10th Street


Rounding the corner, passing in front of another good Sponsor... Tadlock BF Goodrich


Where is this? Looks like before the Leavenworth parade, I see some "Pioneer Ladies"


And this is a "Pit Stop" for some OLY after one of the Saint Joseph parades


More socializing after the parade


Well, we are jumping around... Back to the parade in Leavenwoth, Kansas


And ... is this my 1976 G-30 Chevy? I think I took two vans to this event
With my IBM Field Manager going along to drive my 76... And a lady friend for company


Vans in this one from several local van clubs


And no, this isn't my blue 1975 G-20... But looked somewhat like it


More vans...


And MORE vans..


Hey there! OK, here is my blue 75 van... With the Tadlock BF Goodrich Tires


Is this the last look at the Leavenworth parade, who knows?
I didn't put these Photos in the proper time sequence


Nope, Back at the Leavenworth parade


And another one of our vans.. The Orange Crate... Owned by Don... (forgot his last name)


More vans?... Yes more Vans...


And more vans...


This is the FIRST parade I was in with my then BRAND NEW Chevy van
Here parked at the curb while I ran across to get pics of the vans passing by


In the First Saint Joseph parade for me.. The former Club President leading the way
I took over as President at the next election


I tried to get a photo of all the Pony Express vans in the parade
And then I showed the slides at the next Club meeting


More vans and more vans, what else can I say?


Another? Van?


Oh... Another...


One more?


Lots more...


Here's a Ford... Hey, Mike Wylie's Ford


Here's a Dodge...


And more... I told you at the start, this is boring...
But I couldn't leave out ~THEIR~ van...


So, Now I will just keep quiet unless I see a need of comment




Have to mention Ken Madsen again.. Why did we call him "CRASH"?
Well he doesn't like us to mention that...


OK, here's one towing the VICTIM of the Van Bash for Charity


Hang in there.. only about 50 more vans to go



Mike Wylie again





AHA... My friend Bob Elsworth driving My 1975 Chevy so I could take the Photos


Oh, I know this one, the wife of a former Club President who resigned because of his work



And the former President that I suuceeded in office
Note, The Strathman Photo Studio behind, owned by one of our Club Members, Mike Wylie








Mike Wylie's old Ford, before he traded it for a later Orange one


More vans and more vans, what can I say?

Another...


Again... My van, driven by Bob Elsworth, long time friend
When I moved to Parkville he then lived and worked close to my place


And One more?


Bob's passenger, one of Bill Long's sons, Bill my IBM partner for 30 years
But is that Rob, or Steve or John riding?


The end of this parade, one more block at 9th street at the top of the hill


Some chit chat afterward in the parking lot


And a visitor, wife of another IBM cohort... and my CB750 Honda


Mike Wylie, prepping his van before the start of the Missouri Western Homecoming parade


And Bob Elsworth waiting to drive my van in the parade


More Pony Express vans lining up...


Some more last minute polishing


Rob Long, no Rob ya can't drive, where's yer license?


Bob, wiping off some bugs?


Who is that in my van?


Mike Wylie's Ford again


Being new to the club then, I didn't know many of these people



Some, just casual onlookers


Van on the right here, from Leavenworth Kansas truckers


Leading a whole pack of Kansans


Former PXV President.. What was his name anyway?


More?


Hey what am I doing way back here?


Towing the van to be smashed at the Van Bash after the parade


Yeah, it was 1976 then.. a good year


Bringing up the rear


And we are on the way.. lead van


And haven't we seen something like this before?


So on with the parade













Good lookin' Blue Van on the right there


And this is REALLY the End of this Van Parade!


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