Miramonte Students Love Their Vans

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Four-year-old Matt Ward casually leans on the van he drives today.

Alex Seclow

Matt Ward
1993 Volkswagen Eurovan

Q: How long have you had your van?
A: My parents bought it when I was born. It is as old as me. I have had 18 years with the van.
Q: Any nicknames?
Just Eurovan. But I am always open to suggestions.
Q: Best and worst memories?
A: My best memories involve sleeping in the top and camping with my family. I have one bad memory. I was driving down Moraga road with no gas. The van doesn’t have power steering so it started shaking a lot. I had to pull over and wait for my dad to fill it up with gas.
Q: What are the good parts of your car?
A: It is pretty roomy.  It fits eight people. It has two beds, a table, and refrigerator.
Q: What are the downsides to your car?
A: It is in the shop a lot. The mileage is pretty bad.
Q: Are you planning on taking it to college?
A: Unfortunately, I don’t think I will be able to bring it to college. I am not sure it will last. Maybe I will pass it on to someone who lives on my street.
Q: Do you know anyone else who has your car?
A: Senior Nigel Tague has the same car as me. He doesn’t usually drive it, but one time he did and we parked next to each other. It was sweet. I have a picture.
Q: Do you drive anyone to school?
A: Yeah, I drive the Murphys. Genevieve always does her homework on the table while I am driving. I have her scarf and one of her shoes. You can say it is moving storage. 




Carson Mead 1990 Volkswagen Vanagone

Q: How long have you had your van?
A: I got it last year during the week of first semester finals.
Q: Any nicknames?
A: He is named Ron Burgundy from Anchorman. The grill looks like a weird 70’s mustache. He just looks like a Ron. My friends and I came up with it and the name just kind of stuck.
Q: Best and worst memories?
A: Most of my best memories aren’t school appropriate. My worst memory was when I got rear-ended by Sam Parrague on Moraga Way. I was sandwiched in between Sam and Jerlon. Ron’s radiator got cracked, the air conditioning was screwed up, and the framing got messed up.
Q: What are the good parts of your car?
A: It has seating for twelve. There are two futons that turn into beds, a storage device, four speakers, and a CD player.
Q: What are the downsides to your car?
A: It is in the shop pretty frequently. There’s always something coming up. It is an old junker. I am surprised my parents got that car for me. It seems like the most illegal-prone car possible.
Q: Are you planning on taking your car to college?
A: Hell yeah. I mean I don’t think he is going to make it, but I am going to try. I plan on testing it out over the summer by making some surfing road trips up and down the coast with Peter James. It will be a good test to see if he can handle the hills.
Q: Do you drive anyone to school?
A: No, I probably should though.
Q: Do you know anyone else who has your car?
A: Yeah actually there is a guy in Orinda who has the exact same car. He always parks at Alma. Sometimes we drive by each other. I usually give him a rock on sign but I have never actually had a conversation with him. People confuse us all the time.
One time I had a random guy strike up a conversation with me.


Tyler Young 1992 Ford Club Wagon Chateau

Q: How long have you had your van?
A: We got it when it first came out in 1992. It is two months older than me. I call it my big brother. But not actually.
Q: Any nicknames?
A: Betsy. She is so feminine and beautiful. Poised and graceful. She also wears a red dress. I call her Bets for short.
Q: Best and worst memories?
A: A 16 hour rode trip to Oregon. Most comfortable car ride ever. Worst memory was attempting to parallel park in Berkeley on a hill.
Q: What are the good parts of your car?
A: It has a mini fridge, TV, and a back row that folds into a bed. It sleeps about 6 people. Legally it fits 7 and illegally about 16. Its best safety feature isn’t its one air bag, but the fact that it could rip through any other car like tissue paper.
Q: What are the downsides to your car?
A: With the rocket box on she is as tall as a bus and can’t fit into parking garages. And I hit a lot of low hanging trees with her. I don’t know exactly how high off the ground she is, but it is probably enough to drive over a small child.
Q: Are you planning on taking your car to college?
A: Probably not – I am not feeling the reliability there. Once I leave it will probably collect dust. But I will be driving it when I get back on breaks.
Q: Do you drive anyone to school?
A: I take Jordan Boeder and Trevor Langum.
Q: Do you know anyone else who has your car?
A: I once saw someone in the Orinda Safeway parking lot. I was super dooper excited. I took a picture of course.