Once, a Volkswagen van represented freedom, the “open road,” a release from the crushing confines of capitalism. The appeal lives on today. Free love! Damn the man! Live on the beach! Feel the ocean breeze blow through your hair! Pose with a bag of Kettle Chips the #brand sent you to hawk on social media! Wait, what?!
It’s been almost 21 years since Toy Story made it totally okay to miss all the toys you grew up playing with; it’s one of those rare perfect movies that’s impossible not to love. But is there room in your heart for this forthcoming line of Toy Story-themed sneakers from Vans as well?
Adding to a long list of pop culture collaborations, which has yielded fare like Star Wars- and Disney-themed kicks, Vans is now working with Nintendo on a new line of branded sneakers featuring characters and power-ups from classic 8-bit NES games, including Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, and even Duck Hunt.
Welcome back to the Connected States, the project that involves me living in a van for a year, driving around and telling stories. After going live last week I was absolutely overwhelmed by the positive response. I received so many tips, well-wishes, and offers of help that I haven’t been able to respond to them all…
I've been living on the road for more than a year. Seattle, Los Angeles, San Diego, Baja, Las Vegas, Tempe. Something like 20,000 miles. Let me break down a few of the things I've learned along the way.
If you're after a new pair of kicks for the summer, Vans is offering up a new take on its classic designs that are made of... cork.
From the outside it looks like a normal Ford Transit van, but on the inside there's a private movie theater decked out with its own tablet-controlled media server, drop-down screen, high-def projector, and ridiculously nice seating. Oh, and did we mention the built-in bar? You're gonna want the bar.
Well, it appears we've finally discovered the final fate of those meddling kids. After spending decades thwarting wizened theme park owners wearing rubber suits for the express purpose of insurance fraud, the Scooby Gang retired to the Bay Area.
Until today I've never even considered putting a case on my iPhone. Naked and free is the way I prefer to use it. But that all changed when I gazed upon this case featuring Vans' iconic waffle sole tread.
Oh, the weird world of NASA automotives. Here's an inside look at the Astrovan — a.k.a. the Crew Transport Vehicle — that ferries astronauts at Kennedy Space Center to the launch pad. Between this and the Dodge Charger, you have enough material for a weekly drama about astronauts entering illicit street-racing…
Next time you deny a Facebook friend request, think of the consequences! Long Island resident
Giselle Penagos Melanie Snanopoulos allegedly ran down her cousin twice because a gentleman friend had accepted the cousin's friend request—but not hers.
Without satellite navigation to guide them, or even humans behind the wheel, four vans made the 8,000 mile journey from Italy to China. Seven video cameras combined with solar powered laser scanners made the trek, which ended today, possible.
For sysadmins with an ache for the open road, these Ford E350 4x4 vans, complete with telescoping 35-foot mast, are datacenters on wheels.
Something tells me the Google Street View team should be equipped with emergency response gear and training. What tells me this? This van that's totally on fire, for one thing. UPDATED
The Brabus Mercedes-Benz Viano Lounge, which is so high-end it's called a "Lounge" and not a van (spoiler: it's a van), is chock full of pretty much the most impressive array of tech gear we've ever seen on four wheels.
Some of my best childhood memories are napping-away in the back bed-seat of our old van. But this four-axle GMC is going to make me need some therapy. Because aside from stylish oak kitchen cabinets and a comfortable La-Z-Boy recliner, the van makes room for a sauna (and they don't just mean that the A/C doesn't…
Han Solo: I'm captain of this ship. Chewie here tells me you're lookin' for passage to Burning Man."
Obi-wan Kenobi: Yes indeed, if it's a fast ship.
Han Solo: Fast ship? You've never heard of the Ford Econoline?
Luke: "Is she fast?"
Han Solo: "She'll make point five past lightspeed. She may not look like much but…