[  KYLER CLARK  ]
PHOTOGRAPHER OF MOMENTS IN TIME AND SPACE

THE BLUE MARIE

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LAST YEAR I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO PURSUE ONE OF MY DREAMS, OWNING A VINTAGE VOLKSWAGEN BUS.

MY DREAM WAS TO OWN ONE OF THESE TAKE MY BELOVED DOG BLUE AND MY KIDS ON ADVENTURE TRIPS. I PICTURED US GOING ON ROAD TRIPS, TOOLING AROUND & MAKING MEMORIES. I ALSO ENVISIONED RENTING IT OUT AS A PROP FOR MUSIC VIDEOS, PHOTO SHOOTS ETC.

UNFORTUNATELY BEFORE I FOUND IT, BLUE PASSED AWAY. I WAS DEVASTATED BY THE LOSS. I DECIDED I WOULD SEARCH SERIOUSLY FOR A BUS AND NAME IT IN HER HONOR. THE ONE I EVENTUALLY FOUND WAS NOT JUST ANY BUS. IT WAS A 1974 RIVIERA CAMPER, COVETED AMONG WESTFALIA ENTHUSIASTS BECAUSE OF IT’S VERTICAL CAMPER POP UP RATHER THAN THE WESTFALIA’S WEDGE DESIGN. WHEN I FINALLY GOT MY HANDS ON IT, I NAMED IT AFTER HER. MEET THE BLUE MARIE.

OVER THE LAST YEAR ME AND MY KIDS HAVE BEEN PAINSTAKINGLY RESTORING THE INTERIOR. WE INSULATED THE WALLS AND REPLACED THE SIDE PANELS AND UPHOLSTERY. I PUT IN BAMBOO HARDWOOD FLOORS AND REPLACED THE CARPETS. I HAVE BEEN BUILDING THE MICRO KITCHEN THAT WILL EVENTUALLY GO IN. IT HAS BEEN A REWARDING PROJECT AND A FUN THING FOR ME AND MY BOYS TO DO TOGETHER.

I WAS DOING ALL OF THIS WHILE MAKING DUE WITH THE ENGINE THAT I KNEW WAS IN DIRE NEED OF A MAJOR OVERHAUL, AT THE VERY LEAST. IN FEBRUARY OF THIS YEAR, AFTER TROUBLESHOOTING AND TRYING EVERYTHING I COULD TO KEEP HER GOING, THE ENGINE FINALLY HAD HAD ENOUGH. I COULDN’T GET HER RUNNING, SO I TOWED THE BLUE MARIE TO VOLKSWAGEN EXPERTS RAYS IMPORTS IN MURFREESBORO, TN.

THEN CAME THE NEWS. SHE WAS DEADLOCKED. THE ENGINE NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. AFTER CONSIDERING OPTIONS, I DECIDED THE MOST LOGICAL OPTION FOR ME PERSONALLY WAS TO REPLACE IT WITH A REBUILT CRATE MOTOR. I’VE SOURCED MY COMPANY AND RAY’S IS ON STANDBY AWAITING A NEW MOTOR. NOW IT’S TIME TO SAVE AND HOPEFULLY I’LL GATHER ENOUGH TO GET THE NEW MOTOR IN BEFORE THE SUMMER IS OVER. I’M HOPING TO BE ABLE TO TAKE MY KIDS ON A PROPER CAMPING ROAD TRIP DURING MY TOURING BREAK THIS YEAR!!

MAKE NO MISTAKE, I WILL GET HER ROLLING AGAIN EVENTUALLY, BUT A NEW ENGINE WILL COST ABOUT $5,000 TO BUY, SHIP AND INSTALL, AND ANY DONATIONS WILL CERTAINLY SPEED THE PROCESS ALONG!

IF YOU’D LIKE TO DONATE TO THE CAUSE YOU CAN DO SO BELOW! I WOULD BE SO THANKFUL SO IF YOU HAVE THE MEANS, THANK YOU! BLUE PUTS A SMILE ON PEOPLE’S FACES WHEREVER SHE GOES SO YOU’RE BASICALLY BUYING SMILES FOR STRANGERS! IF YOU’RE UNABLE TO DONATE DON’T WORRY, YOU CAN STILL FOLLOW ALONG ON HER JOURNEY AND ENJOY THE GALLERY BELOW!

THANKS EVERYONE! - KYLER

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