I heard that Super Somer was coming to an end I knew that I had
to fit it into my schedule. This was the 15th year that my friends
from Altruk Vanners had hosted this event. Taking over from the
original Boogie Bash event that ran for 24 years, possibly at
the same grounds all along.
I arrived Friday afternoon and camped out with Johnny O and Val
like I had a previous time 4 years ago. Their hospitality is
unmatched. It was like a family reunion being at this event,
as I hadn't seen most of the vanners there since the 2014 Nationals
in Greenwich N.Y. Friday I left the camera in the bag and went
from campsite to campsite renewing acquaintances.
I was up early Saturday, snapped some shots. Then ran into town
for my usual breakfast of champions before a big picture day,
at Mcdonalds. One of the reasons being, it's a reliable place
for WIFI to report in on Facebook and Instagram. Once I got back
it was time to start snappin' hundreds of pictures on a gorgeous
sunny and very steamy day. One of the highlights of the show
for me was seeing Connections again. Rooster did a fabulous job
restoring the extensive woodwork inside and out on this iconic
van that belonged to Roger, who passed away 16 years ago just
before the final Boogie Bash. He had been in the original host
club that put on Boogie Bash. I met Roger at the 25th National
Truck-In. He was larger than life and one of the main characters
in creating an amazing bond between the New England vanners and
the Québec vanners where I was originally from. I've mentioned
this before but getting in with these vanners was a huge factor
in my getting back into vanning after being away for close to
It was a great show n shine, it keeps amazing me to see "new"
vans at most events that have seemed to have been kept in time
capsules. Mike won a well deserved Best of Show award with Machina.
It was a great weekend seeing so many old friends once again.
Huge thanks to Pat , Alaine
and all the members of Altruk for hosting one of the greatest
events in vanning for all these years. Fortunately vanning will
continue at the Four Towns Fairgrounds in Somers for many years
to come with a new set of hosts to be announced.