A throwback van fit for a Hawk, or Scooby-Doo

Larry Edsall
Special to The Detroit News

I was surprised when I saw the sign that said this Scion xB was inspired by professional street skateboarder Riley Hawk.

With its exterior colors and white shag carpeting (and not just on the floor, but the walls and ceilings), I thought this was maybe a modern interpretation of the Mystery Machine that carried the Scooby-Doo crew through those cartoons back in the day.

Turns out Riley Hawk is the son of Tony Hawk, who did much to popularize skateboarding as both sport and a significant part of American youth culture.

Scion worked with Riley Hawk, custom vehicle-builder Scott Kanemura and his KMA Productions to create a van that mirrored Riley’s interest in ’70s-style vans, music and, well, skateboarding.

So how do you take a modern compact van back 40 years in time?

Well, you enlist the help of several aftermarket auto parts suppliers and installation specialists, and then …

You take your Scion xB, mount it on lowering springs in front but a high-rise rear suspension, and on 15-inch Cragar wheels. You shave the door handles, block off the rear door windows, install a custom-fabricated bubble window, custom square tubular grill, faux side exhaust pipes, add a custom fabricated aluminum roof storage box and then add a ’70s-inspired paint job.

Inside, there’s that shag-carpet headliner and trim, wood-grained panels, faux cranks for the electric windows, a custom-fabricated center console, four over-stuffed captain’s-style chairs, a refrigerator, motorized storage compartments and retractable rear-seat video monitor, motorized tilt and sliding cargo table, skateboard rack and even a mini skateboard ramp.

And don’t forget the music: Add all sorts of audio equipment from Pioneer, an iPad mini, assorted other goodies and — get this — in a Kraco Dashmaster 8-track tape player!

Larry Edsall is a Phoenix-based freelance writer. You can reach him at ledsall@cox.net.