WHAT a great story on the old show vans (SM, Sep ’16); it inspired me to put pen to paper. It would be good to know what happened to Alley Cat, Misty Blues, Wrest Point, etc.
Vanrat was my favourite; my yellow van was my own Vanrat – a genuine HX Sandman, and it is still W 16 go Blu V ow registered in South Australia. In 1984 I entered the Custom Vans & Trucks Rat Talk Sketch Pad contest, and won second place (see picture). I have kept the letter from Vanrat owner Steve Abbott for all these years; I wonder if he remembers writing it. “Yours in vanning” – how cool was that to an 18-year-old apprentice vanner?