Thursday, April 9, 2009

A Scrapbook on Wheels

A full year ago this month, I attended a car show in Palm Bay, FL with my husband. I enjoy looking at the fancy and classic vehicles on display but this one vehicle has stuck in my mind for the entire year now. So I felt that I wanted to share this with you. Because of this car, I have been inspired to create unusual scrapbooks with my photos - such as my scrapbook hat and scrapbook geta (Japanese shoes), both posted on this blog.
I hope you also find inspiration in this amazing piece of work.

Andy Ortiz has the most remarkable Suzuki I have ever seen. He calls it the Vietnam Memorial on Wheels and gave me a look of pleasant surprise when I said it was a scrapbooked car.
Every inch of this car is covered in photos of Andy and his brother's Vietman experiences. All the photos are laminated and attached with nail heads. There are Vietnamese coins, letters from home, decals of all kinds, patches, flags, buttons, tickets, his Army helmet - no single inch of the vehicle inside or out is uncovered.
Above the windshield, a large sign reads: "In memory of over 58,044 veterans who never returned from Vietnam, 62-72."
Mr Ortiz has been working on this scrapbook since 1992 and still finds things he wants to add to his masterpeice.


Cathy said...

oh wow that thing is cool

Okispice said...

This is a true work of art.

JessiW said...

this is amazing!! Thanks for sharing. I jumped over from Vintage Plum. Wanted to welcome you personally and let you know if you have any questions, you can ask me or anyone! Talk to you soon, Jess

Jenny Bessonette said...

That car is really cool! Thanks for hanging out with us on Vintage Plum. I hope to get to know you better! Happy Easter!!