Tom "Cherokee" Benwell from Inglewood, California, started showing his '75 Dodge B200 "Cherokee Nation" van at custom van shows all over the Southwest in 1975, when van mania was at its peak. Can you believe, Tom is still showing his original "Cherokee Nation" Dodge van still today, some 32 years later?
At the age of 72, Tom has become an icon as a custom truck and van promoter. His major headliner has been Summer Madness Uprising, which he has been showcasing for the past 21 years.
This past year's Summer Madness Uprising 21 was no exception. It attracted custom trucks and van enthusiasts from California, Arizona, and Nevada, who all invaded Kern County Fairgrounds in Bakersfield, California, for the two-day event.
What: Summer Madness Uprising 21
Where: Kern County Fairgrounds Bakersfield, CA
When: June 6-8, 2008
Additional Info: (310) 672-8207