ZAMANTA and “THE ZAMVAN”
Name, age, where you live:
Zamanta Nix, 32, Ventura County.
What kind of van do you have?
71 shorty B200 Dodge Van.
Tell us about any customizing you have done on on your van.
My van came with its own personality and customization, red shag carpet, tweed bench seat that pulls out to a bed, tweed single back seat, mini bar, sink, ice box and three sets of drinking glasses, diamond bubble portholes and what I like to call “Aztec sacrificial pyramid” bubble portholes. My friends started calling my van the “ZamVan,” so anytime they see another van with the same features they call it the “ZamVan.”
Any future plans in the works for the van?
My van is pretty solid, mechanically, just needs some cosmetic work. The sun destroyed the fabric on my driver and passenger chairs, faded the color of the shag carpet in certain areas, and the curtains are literally disintegrating. So don’t touch my curtains!! You don’t want to breath that crap in. But one trip to garment district in LA and a weekend of sewing and hand sponge staining, will solve the problems. Somewhere in the back of my storage I have a custom spoiler and a visor I still need to paint and put on my van. And of course I want some pinstriping, lace painting and window etching. Don’t we all?? =p
Have you “rocked” your van?
I’m still looking for “the one” to rock it with. ;)
Any past vans you’ve owned?
Are you in a van club?
California Street Van member here! Been a member since we decided to branch out and make our own new van club, 2013.
Do you go to vanning events?
Whenever I can.
What are your favorite places to take your van?
Lake Isabella and hanging out with the Gypsy Vanners. Mas Tequila!!!! Prince, my co-pilot standard poodle, we both always have a great time there. Next one is coming up soon!!
How and when did your lust for vans begin?
Several years ago the guys in the Mopar club I’m in decided to get vans out of the blue. I didn’t have a clue to what they were talking about. Then I saw them, the vans, at my first van cruise and I was hooked.
What do you think about the current van “scene” today?
The van “scene” ... honestly, I’m just a girl who likes to jump in her van with her four legged co-pilot and go wherever we want to go. My co-pilot sitting on the passengers seat looking out the window, snack box between our seats, some song on repeat cause I’m hooked on it. That’s my scene.
Any other van-related things you do?
I’m an admin on Vans Rule! FB page, literally I keep the men under control and block out sunglasses selling mail order brides. Yes, men, I only know a handful of women vanners and I know they don’t cause trouble. ;)
I do have a Instagram account @zlilfish, it’s more of a overall of my passion for classic cars, my own and my Prince and a great way to reach out to people about CVS events.
What other kinds of wheels do you roll?
My Fish or “The Fish” is a 69 yellow Plymouth Barracuda. Then there’s “Baby Blue,” my 65 automatic floor shift Plymouth Valiant. Nothing can stop this lil car, not even fire, except for me forgetting to put gas in it. Has happened on several occasions. =p I also own a 94 Suzuki dual sport. This motorcycle is part of a long life dream. And big thanxs to my Gypsy Vanner brothers and sisters to showing me how to ride. I also have a mini bike, just needs some work and it will be on the road soon.
Sky’s the limit, describe your ULTIMATE wet dream van.
This is tough... either ultimate camper/dirt bike hauler LWB Dodge or show stopper, raspberry colored shorty Dodge van... ughh!! I can’t decide!!!
Anything from Rocio Durcal con Juan Gabriel, Pink Floyd, Selena Quintanilla, Warda, Roy Orbison, Dabke, Huaynos Peruanos, Motown, Nancy Ajram, ABBA, Casting Crowns, Maná, Big Bands, Incubus, King & Country, Utada, Boston, Beats Antique, Fu Manchu, Patsy Cline, System of a Down. Depends on my mood, even just pure silence, the sound of the motor running, windows rolled down, works for me... you never know what you’ll get when you jump in with me, I do take requests. ;)
Ford, Chevy or Dodge?
Ass, gas or grass?
Plether, shag or tuck-n-roll?