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It’s been 30 years since the Griswold’s set out on Route 66 from Chicago in their trusty Wagon Queen Family Truckster in search of Walley World. Of course, that was all fiction in the now classic movie National Lampoon’s Vacation, starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo. However, a new generation of Griswold’s have built their own Family Truckster and have set out to make their own road trip memories.
Steve and Lisa Griswold, along with their two daughters Amber and Brooke, hail from Atlanta, Georgia. They set out on a ten day journey from Atlanta heading west, connecting with Route 66, and following it all the way to Los Angeles. Just like in the movie, the culmination of their trip was Walley World, which was played by Six Flags Magic Mountain in the movie. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to meet the Griswold’s in person today while they were at Magic Mountain, but the Family Truckster was in the parking lot and they said to swing on by and take some pictures, so I did just that. Much of the detail below I got from their Griswold Family Vacations web site.
There was no missing this beauty in the parking lot. It stood out like a sore thumb:
This is pretty much an exact replica of the car in the movie, taking around six months to build:
“Clark, honey, I think the gas tank is up here!” Yes, there is a gas door built into the hood, which opens and closes, however the real gas door (and gas tank) is still in the rear:
I’m not sure how I’d feel seeing this bearing down on me in my rearview mirror along Route 66:
The rear windows were customized and authentic Samsonite luggage strapped to the roof:
Accept no imitations! Make sure it’s a real Wagon Queen, otherwise it’s just another wagon:
I had to get a shot of the Truckster with Screemy Meemy, aka Colossus, in the background:
If you’re rolling down the highway and you find yourself behind this, just follow it to Walley World:
If you’re interested in seeing the step-by-step transformation of the 1984 Ford LTD Country Squire into the Wagon Queen Family Truckster, you’ll find it detailed on the Griswold’s blog.
Griswold Family: I’m really sorry that I didn’t get to meet you today. The next time you come out to Walley World, please let me know ahead of time and we’ll set something up.
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