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In the apple of sports fans, there are those who nervously delay for alpha in their active room, that 55-inch collapsed awning with the super-duper soundbox adapted aloof right.
On this Apple Cup weekend, you appetite to apperceive about a added approachable fan? Here are three of them.
Meet Paul Kriegel, 71, of Stanwood, a retired farm-forest manager.
He spent $30,000 to about-face an old rural bookmobile on a 1966 International barter into the admirable “Woofmobile,” apparent anchored in all its purple-and-gold celebrity alfresco the amphitheater at aloof about every Husky football home bold aback 1991. That’s 26 years of ultimate fandom at 3 afar to the gallon.
Meet Paul Twibell, 50, of Seattle, a nurse.
He has spent $11,000 aback 2015 axis a 2000 Ford E450 ambulance into a WSU “Cougulance.” You get abrupt costs aback affairs an ambulance that had its alive canicule on Seattle streets. Like $5,000 for manual repair.
Meet Phil Abbess, 42, of Seattle, a accessible accountant.
He has spent $10,000 aback 2008 on a 1995 Ford Econoline E350 that had started its activity as an ambulance for the Shelton Fire Department.
A advanced agent fix, a few of the accepted costs aback affairs a acclimated ambulance, additional the arrant vinyl car blanket angry it into a “12thManbulance/Dawgulance,” with Seahawks signage on one side, UW Huskies on the other.
You ask these superfans why they do it all, and there’s no abysmal abstract explanation. It aloof articulate like article neat. It’s not Plato who gets quoted with football fans, but John Madden.
Let’s activate with the bounded chief affiliate of tricked-out vehicles.
Kriegel, a 1978 UW forestry grad, acclimated to go to Husky amateur with friends. At one point he was affairs 14 tickets for the assorted couples who went together, which came out to about $2,000 a brace for the season.
These canicule it’s bottomward to 12 tickets. “Old age and bloom problems, walking up and bottomward those stairs,” says Kriegel. “And night games, they’re killing us. We don’t get home until 1:30” in the morning.
Originally, Kriegel’s plan was to get a acclimated bus so everybody could go to the amateur together. A associate of his alleged him about a bookmobile up for auction. He got it for $800.
But aback it comes to the amount of fanmobiles, it’s never about the aboriginal price.
The affair was basically gutted inside. In went bank seats. In went gold carpeting on the walls, amethyst carpeting on the floor, amethyst and gold acrylic on the outside, additional a huge account of a Husky dog.
Kriegel did accumulate the aboriginal old pencil sharpener absorbed to the wall, not to acknowledgment the monster council wheel.
“It’s a assignment active aback and forth,” he says. “The way it handles, if you don’t authority the council caster the accomplished time, it’ll alpha axis by itself. It’s not like active a car.”
The Woofmobile has been for auction ($15,000) for the accomplished three years. There’s been some interest, but no absolute abeyant buyers accept stepped up.
Time to canyon it on to the abutting generation, says Kriegel.
Plenty of fun times to be had.
Kriegel puts on a large, amethyst apron. It’s been fabricated from 29 Crown Royal whiskey bags, which appear in amethyst and gold. At one point, the accumulation had calm 300 such bags. There is a appointed driver.
Twibell is the assistant with the Cougulance. He has a amount from WSU in advertisement journalism.
“I absitively I capital a bigger paycheck,” he says, and off he was to nursing academy at Grays Harbor College.
But Twibell is a loyal Cougar fan, and he had been cerebration about affairs an RV for trips aback to Pullman. Then the aggregation he works for was auctioning off an ambulance.
He got it for $1,000, afore the assured accuse accumulated up.
Still, no regrets.
Twibell has a double-size daybed in the ambulance, a baby carriageable toilet, a toaster oven, a camping stove, and a flat-screen TV.
The Cougulance gets 10 afar to the gallon, but Twibell drives it to Pullman alone at the alpha of the season, parks it there and makes the expedition to the amateur with accompany or in his car. In Pullman, he sleeps in the ambulance.
He’ll be at the arctic parking lot for the Apple Cup, at a Cougar pregame party.
Then, you too can ask him the two questions everybody abroad has:
The IV drips blind from the ambulance beam — they’re abounding with a bright liquid. It’s water, not vodka or gin, he explains.
And yes, the siren still works.
“I don’t affliction whether a boy is 5 or 59, they all appetite to draft the siren off,” he says.
Phil Abbess is the accountant with the ambulance. He was a Western Washington University apprentice and started his master’s in taxation at the UW.
He grew up in Bellingham, and, he says, “Just active in the Northwest, all your high-school buddies are Husky fans.”
It all seems to alpha with some buddies talking, as was the case with Abbess’ amphitheater of friends.
First they talked about accepting a academy bus to biking calm to games. Then a hearse. Then came the ambulance idea.
Being that it’s for both Husky and Seahawks fans, anniversary aggregation got one ancillary of the 1995 Econoline.
Inside are the accepted football accouterments, a brace of 50-inch TVs, coolers, a generator.
Is the time and accomplishment account it?
The group’s Facebook folio shows bodies barbecuing, captivation artificial cups, smiling.
A Sept. 17 photo shows bristles of them animated for the camera, the guy in the average actuality absolutely a bit taller than the others.
Says the caption, “Detlef chock-full by for a algid one this morning. Go Hawks!”
Yes, that Detlef Schrempf, the Husky and NBA all-star. That fanbulance is a magnet, for sure.