We are not a normal automotive restoration company and we never will be. We are van nerds. We get to obsess over Vanagons every single day. We believe in contributing to a Maintenance Culture. Volkswagen vans can last for generations when taken care of. We build modern vans for modern times. We love you.
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Nathan Ryobi Daigle @nathanryobi
It all began with a little white Westfalia.
I used to cycle past this van whilst living in Vancouver's West End neighbourhood. I saw that van daily and dreamed about it nightly. After some time and savings my partner Kim and I decided that we definitely needed a Westfalia camper for our adventures. Then came Marv. Our first Westy was a rescue. She needed an ungodly amount of TLC. After many late nights and long weekends wrenching on the streets of Vancouver, I had the opportunity to spend a summer working for The Skylight Guy (and Gal) learning the camper van trade while completing that first van build. Kim and I camped in that Westy from Vancouver to Todos Santos, Baja and everywhere in between.
We moved to Vancouver Island where I would continue my anthropology degree at the University of Victoria. Along came the opportunity to keep working with vans and van lifers at Dr. Björn's Auto. It's as if the vans followed me. I acquired my first Syncro while working for Dr. Björn's. Training continued with the installation of a TDI diesel engine, suspension upgrades, and custom plaid and Pendleton inspired interior. It was my perfect van for exploring the backroads of British Columbia. One day I was approached with a briefcase full of incentives and no longer stimulated by my completed build, I sold that first Syncro to begin all over again.
These days, and a few vans later: I started vivid vans to share my love for, and specialize in Vanagons. I spend my time between the shop and the gravel roads of Vancouver Island, in an endless pursuit of performance and aesthetic perfection. VIVID VANS is the realization of a dream to craft off-road vans into a vision of automotive and camping excellence.
Quentin Horvath @quentinhorvath
Quentin is the youngest buck of the vivid vans crew. After graduating Acadia University in 2017 he decided to move from the East Coast to the West Coast to live in his 1986 Westfalia in pursuit of warm weather and awesome camping. His impressive knowledge of Vanagons, off-grid electrical, and industrial design helped him swing a job with us, and we’re more than happy to have him. Quentin stumbled into bodywork and paint through his own projects. After finding out his grandfather was a paint and body man, Nathan gave him a palm sander and paint gun and said get to work! In his time off Quentin can be seen driving around the Cowichan Valley in his 1988 Calgary Olympics Edition Syncro Hightop that he has affectionately named Cool Runnings.
Ryan Ross @troll_la
Ryan is an airhead who stumbled into VIVID VANS last fall. He fell love with the business and formed a friendship bond with Nathan and Quentin. Ryans future quickly became clear: He must devote his life to his love of Vanagons (especially air-cooled) and the passion he carries for outdoor lifestyle adventure stuff.