jn As a lifelong head that is a cool story and 100% believable,is there anywhere to view pics of the inside of van.I spent some time on the road with certain band members back in the early 80's and remember meeting Tiff,sad to here about his passing.Sorry for hijacking the thread...let's call it a side trip///
Anyhow, back in 2001, I think, I had a bunch of extra cash that I was considering buying a street rod. A co-worker said that Jerry's custom made limo van was up for auction by his old limo driver, Leon Day. It was an EBAY/CRUSE INT'L auction, with the reserve set at around $45K. It was a 94 Dodge van with an extended top, a killer stereo, TV, VCR, guitar and amp hookups, a killer sound system, privacy divider, intercom, cell phones...it was done up nicely and only had 29K miles on it. Jerry used it for his west coast tours and Vegas shows.
The auction required that the folks who met the reserve had to be available by phone at the end of the auction. I found out that 1 other bidder had met the reserve, and his was a multi-zillionaire. He was VP of Intl Gaming Technologies...the guys that make the big slot machine systems in casinos worldwide. This guy was RICH! Here is where destiny came knocking. The guy had outbid me by $60K. At the time, cell phones were causing the phone companies add extra area codes to accommodate all of the new numbers. This rich guy was given a new area code but didn't update his information for the auction. At the end of the auction, they had no choice but to remove his bid because they couldn't get hold of him and awarded the auction/Limo to me.
Shortly afterwards, lawsuits were threatened and stuff, but I STILL have it and don't plan on getting rid of it, despite being offered 2X the original price if I signed it over.
When I went to pick it up in LA, we drove it to SAn Francisco and spent a few days with the band members, Jerry's brother Tiff, and his Limo driver, Leon. Smoke was heavy!! Another tale for another day...