One-of-a-kind vehicles find a welcome audience in San Diego
January 4, 2010
The San Diego auto show featured specialty vehicles of all kinds alongside hundreds of new models. A converted van for disabled adventure travel, a fully-restored retro bus conversion from 1946 and Model T's of all types were some of the top attention-getters at the show.
The Wave by Sportsmobile
Sportsmobile, a van conversion company in the San Diego area brought some unique conversion Ford Econoline and Sprinter conversions to the show, but the story behind "The Wave" 4X4 Ford E350 conversion is much more interesting than the van itself. An organization called Disabled Explorers in Phoenix, AZ uses the converted van to make back road expeditions accessible to handicapped individuals.
The founder, Lance Blair, is an amputee, and Intensive Care RN who is bound and determined to see more disabled people enriching their lives with adventure travel. "A good number of disabled men are aged 16 - 25 and many of them were into outdoor lifestyles prior to their disability," said Blair. "Because of vehicles like this, we are able to travel to places where wheelchair accessibility is no longer an issue.
The van's many features include specialized equipment for changing tires, an extra fuel tank for long range trips, full visibility cameras for clearance of lifts and outside lighting and equipment for camping set ups.
SMB-less as of 02/04/2012. Our savings account is richer, but our adventures are poorer.
That's great exposure. I look forward to meeting Lance one day and seeing the WAVE.
'05 Ford V-10 4x4 SMB "50" White
'00 Jeep Cherokee 4x4 Highly Modified
'04 Jeep Grand Cherokee- wife won't let me modify it. :-(
Does anyone really read this stuff other than surfgeek?
The show was a ton of work...but worth it as we signed up a bunch of San Diego disabled folks for outings.
We might have to draw from some of you locals for passenger seats to take out any family or friends of the disabled folks...will keep you all posted.
Glad to meet those of you who came to the show and looking forward to meeting more of you in the future.
Anytime. Also, I have an SMB trailer you can use around here (we're in San Diego area) to free up space in the cab for your more crowded trips. I don't remember if I've seen photos of you towing one or not. Great cause.