Sadly, my mother loves to remind me about how my birthdate is connected to the Star Wars franchise. May 25th, 1977, the original movie came out and May 25th, 1983, Return of the Jedi came out…as did I. Many times over the years I’ve heard the complaints she’s always made about the fact that she missed the film debut because hey, the timer was up and I was ready to meet the great big world. Am I really connected to Star Wars? Nope. Don’t really care about the movie and the books, while better, weren’t really grabbing my attention either. I tried to read one in an afternoon and wound up walking away from the book to go pick blackberries. That kind of boredom.
Now, I know that there are some Star Wars fans and they border somewhere between “fans” and “clinically rabid”. But how far do you go to celebrate your fandom? Do you have a poster in your office? Have you dressed up at a comic-con event? Does “Princess Leia bikini” come up in your search history? (Shame on you!) Well, how about really showing off your true feelings for the galaxy far, far away by rolling around in the perfect tribute…a 1979 Dodge shorty van!
Outside of a fresh crate 318 under the doghouse, the excitement of this van isn’t going to be mechanical. It’s going to be your usual Dodge B-van experience driving-wise. But you aren’t here for a sharp driving experience, you’re here for theatre, for fandom, for…well, your reasons are for you alone. The graphics and side-pipes are pure 1979, and the wheels are claimed to be period-correct too…I’ve never seen those, so I’m just going to nod my head yes and move on. The 1990s Cadillac taillights do raise an eyebrow, though…maybe some guy in a stainless steel sports car dropped them off at the custom shop. Nit-pick if you will, but if you want to show the world that you’d rather be piloting an X-Wing than driving this ode to van culture and sci-fi epics, this is your jam.