This Week in Milford

January 9, 2021

It’s Not the One Marked “Free Candy”

Today let’s be anoraks and go down the rabbit hole of passenger vans. The Chevy Astro and its GMC Safari sibling were mid-size vans sold by GM from the mid-1980s until the mid-2000s. They were sold in both cargo and passenger van configurations. Even though they haven’t been made in over a decade and a half, you still see them on the road once in a while. I’m guessing in Vic’s case he doesn’t live in his down by the river, so the conversion isn’t of the camper kind but of the kind that helps him accommodate his CP. It should then look something like this:

What’s the point of all this? A point of connection between distracted kartboy Guthrie and overzealous PA boy Doucette. Maybe a few poor showings on the track will convince Doug that racing’s not his future but wrenching is. We can fast forward a few years to find Vic doing PA work for the Detroit Pistons while Doug is swapping actual pistons in the last few internal combustion-engined vehicles in town at the Milford Garage and Auto Body.

Tune in Monday when Vic fills us in on the van and the rest of the Mudlarks finally eat those burgers.


  1. God damnit, Rubin…

    1. A true “car guy” would have known without having to ask…

    2. That’s a really weird question to greet somebody with, is it not?

    2a. A GMC Safari is a really strange first car for a teenager, especially a special needs teenager. I assume mom or dad passed it down to him?

    3. If the van doesn’t look something like this, then forget it:

    Comment by Hitorque — January 9, 2021 @ 11:51 pm

  2. 4. And GOD DAMNIT, nobody ever dares say “Chevrolet Astro Passenger Van” unless they’re talking to the insurance company or something

    Comment by Hitorque — January 9, 2021 @ 11:54 pm

  3. P4-“Yeah, I was going to run it at the Milford Midget Modified track next week. Why do you ask?”

    Comment by tdrewhardin — January 10, 2021 @ 8:36 am

  4. Yeah. So far, this story has all the excitement of a snail race.

    Comment by franku2016 — January 10, 2021 @ 8:38 am

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