This Van Is Rocking!
Bumblebee, eat your heart out. This Ford Transit HD350 transforms into a full concert stage for anywhere, anytime rockin’!
In what may be the coolest truck-related story ever told, a Ford-fan dad named Brett Mayes was faced with a unique dilemma. His twin teenage daughters, Hallie and Molly, are talented rock musicians and singers, blending the best aspects of The Pretty Reckless and Katy Perry into original radio-ready songs, and they were ready to conquer the world with their band Good Boy Daisy. However, being that the band’s members are all under the age of 21 and therefore can’t play in the usual beer-soaked bars, Mayes faced an immediate challenge.
However, as his creative and practical solution shows, gone are the days of new bands uncomfortably cramming into a VW and hitting the road with their guitars and drums. This dad has just raised the bar with his customized Ford Transit HD350 5-Cyl Diesel. Because of his kids’ unique situation, Mayes quickly recognized the need for a mobile stage that can be set up just about anywhere since the band is not yet old enough to get into clubs.
With the support of Ford, Mayes — who works in the automotive aftermarket industry — debuted his customized band van at Ford Out Front during the 2016 SEMA auto show. Ford affirmed their approval in a recent tweet, saying “A #FordTransit Passenger Wagon that doubles as a mobile concert venue? Yeah, it can be upfitted for that.”
The up-and-coming band loves that their Ford Transit HD350
lets them ‘stop, drop and rock!’
“Upfitted” is an understatement. Mayes and his crew managed to fit an entire concert stage, along with sound and lighting rigs, into the back of the Ford Transit HD350. Watching them unload the stage is jaw-dropping and proves that this Ford truck is one seriously roomy and rockin’ vehicle.
Good Boy Daisy is enthused about their ride, too. “We love our van!” says the band in the description of the “Good Boy Daisy’s Ford Transit and Mobile Stage!” video on YouTube. The van has an Airlift air suspension and a portable 14’x15′ stage made by Edgefinder, with a full QSC PA system, and GoPower! inverters.
“The van enables Good Boy Daisy to be more attractive to outdoor promoters as they would not need to rent a stage or PA, and we could invite a lot of the younger bands from the area to join us,” Mayes tells QSC . “We have played several shows on the mobile stage, and the modified Ford Transit van is the perfect vehicle to carry the stage from site to site, and power the show when needed.”
The up-and-coming band from Scottsdale, Arizona, also loves the fact that their Ford Transit HD350 let’s them “stop, drop and rock!” We like the sound of that!
Check out the band covering The Cranberries‘ monster 1994 smash “Zombie” at the 2016 SEMA auto show, below. The performance is as badass as the Ford truck that got them there!