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A project to recreate the iconic Woodstock Bus, known as “Light”, by its original artist for Woodstock’s 50th Anniversary
A project to recreate the iconic Woodstock Bus, known as “Light”, by its original artist for Woodstock’s 50th Anniversary
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A project to recreate the iconic Woodstock Bus, known as “Light”, by its original artist for Woodstock’s 50th Anniversary

We will use the funds raised in this kickstarter to help the original artist to buy, restore, and repaint a 1963 VW bus exactly as it appeared at the Woodstock festival.

We will get it on the road to events leading up to the anniversary.

After the 50th anniversary the bus will go to a mueseum or showplace where it can be enjoyed by the most people and kept as a symbol of peace and love for the future.

The Story

Dr. Bob painted the original Woodstock hippie bus in the summer of ’69 with symbols he believed would usher in the dawn of a new age. His friends drove the bus to Woodstock to deliver the message.

“It’s not psychedelic,” says Dr. Bob, “it’s symbolic.”

Somewhere in the 50 years since, the message and the bus have been lost. Now Dr. Bob has inspired a team of experts to help him find and restore a bus for Woodstock’s 50th.

Barefoot at Woodstock
Barefoot at Woodstock

Nothing symbolizes the baby boom, the 60’s, and the hippie generation like Woodstock. And the Light Bus is the ultimate symbol of Woodstock. But the bus, like the opportunity and promise of a generation, has been lost. We're on a quest to bring this bus back.

“The Woodstock Bus, like the era of peace, love and understanding it symbolizes and celebrates, is very valuable… priceless. It is arguably the most well known piece of American modern pop cultural automotive art. And it’s lost. We’re out to find it,” says John Wesley Chisholm.

The 50th anniversary of Woodstock is coming up in August 2019.

Here's a local Baltimore news article about our search that's been going on for about a year now.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/bs-fe-lost-woodstock-bus-20170626-story.html

The Bus

For those not yet familiar with the Woodstock Bus "Light," here is an excerpt from the passage describing it in the David and Cee Eccles book, Traveling with the VW Bus and Camper, published by Abbeville Press. 

"Not only was the 'Light' Bus by Bob Hieronimus one of the first VW buses to be painted in the 'psychedelic sixties' style, its Woodstock heritage adds to its importance and influence on the future. It is not just another 'hippie bus,' but a work of art in its own right, which captures the mood and aspirations of a generation searching for its own identity and place in the universal scheme of things. The bus may have passed into legend, but its legacy as inspiration for new generations of VW bus owners lives on."

This VW bus is a classic design icon, rich in romantic associations, symbolizing fun, freedom and adventure. At Woodstock the Light Bus captured the spirit of the event and the whole counter-culture movement. Parked in pole position near the main stage, the Light Bus was photographed by Associated Press, Rolling Stone and Life magazines.

About the artist, Dr. Bob

“Dr. Bob”, Robert R. Hieronimus has been immersed in American symbols all his life. A visual artist, talk radio host, and historian, Hieronimus earned a Ph.D. with a sophisticated symbolic analysis of the reverse of the Great Seal as thesis. His weekly program, 21st Century Radio with Dr. Bob Hieronimus (http://www.21stCenturyRadio.com), is celebrating its 31st year of new paradigm talk radio.

About the Search Team

John Wesley Chisholm and the crew at Arcadia Content have been making a business of searching for lost and hidden things for over 15 years. Lost shipwrecks, Knights Templar, Stories of the Apostles, elusive narwhals, vintage machines and historic treasure have been the subject of their work with National Geographic and Discovery Channel.

With the anniversary of Woodstock just over a year away, time is running out to find, restore, and repaint the Bus. It's the Arcadia Team's biggest challenge yet, and they're documenting the whole thing for broadcasters in the US, Canada, and Germany.

The Mission

The Kickstarter campaign is to help Dr. Bob Hieronimus, the original artist, to restore and repaint a 1963 VW bus, the Woodstock VW Hippie Bus, for the 50th anniversary of Woodstock in August 2019.

We've determined that the original bus is gone, rusted to scrap, so we will use an identical matching year and model bus.

This is why we need you. We've put as much time and money into this project as we can, and we're covering all the costs of the documentary through international TV licenses, but we still need your help to restore this lost symbol bus.

Here's a breakdown of the costs in US Dollars.

$10,000 USD for the bus

$15,000 USD to install a new engine, brakes, tires, fuel tank, electrical, and all the parts needed to make the bus roadworthy

$15,000 USD to do the extensive body work needed to get it ready for Bob to paint

$15,000 USD for the interior work, seats, upholstery, and the parts to restore it exactly to the original design.

$15,000 USD for the paint, garage location, supplies and help Dr. Bob needs to help recreate his Volkswagen hippie bus masterpiece

-John Wesley Chisholm and Team Light

Backer Rewards

Digital Wallpaper Reward
Digital Wallpaper Reward
Woodstock Bus Bumper Sticker Reward
Woodstock Bus Bumper Sticker Reward
Woodstock Bus Poster #1
Woodstock Bus Poster #1
Woodstock Bus Poster #2
Woodstock Bus Poster #2
T-Shirt Design #1
T-Shirt Design #1
T-Shirt Design #2
T-Shirt Design #2
T-Shirt Design #3
T-Shirt Design #3
T- Shirt Design #4
T- Shirt Design #4
T - Shirt Design #5
T - Shirt Design #5
Signed Art Print Reward
Signed Art Print Reward
Coffee Table Book (e book is a digital version)
Coffee Table Book (e book is a digital version)
VIP Screening Admission Reward
VIP Screening Admission Reward
Woodstock Bus Model Reward
Woodstock Bus Model Reward
Vintage Surfari 5-Day Rental Reward
Vintage Surfari 5-Day Rental Reward
     
Woodstock Bus at YOUR Event Reward
Woodstock Bus at YOUR Event Reward
Take a Trip on the Light Bus Reward
Take a Trip on the Light Bus Reward

Risks and challenges

We need to find a bus.

If we can't find THE bus, we will need to find A bus. There aren't that many left.

We have vintage Volkswagen specialists around the world volunteering their time and expertise to help. That's been our experience so far... everyone we talk to wants to help and has something to offer.

The 50th anniversary of Woodstock is coming up in August 2019. Our time is running out and we have a lot of work to do to get this project on the road.

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    Pledge CA$ 5 or more About $4

    Digital desktop and phone wallpaper

    Look at the gorgeous Woodstock Bus all day long on your computer AND phone!

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    Thank You!

    Be recognized and appreciated across our social media work and web site as a supporter of this great project.

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    Woodstock Bus Bumper Sticker

    The stickiest of bumper stickers that has the perfect amount of adhesive to stick to your bumper.

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    Woodstock Bus Poster

    The 60's were all about cool posters. Our bus posters evoke the era in time for the Woodstock 50th. We are giving you TWO options for your poster, so let us know which is you would like shipped to you. But wait. We are giving you BOTH posters digitally! Nice!

    Unfortunately, due to shipping costs of tubes, we will be shipping posters folded. If you are keen on the poster being pristine for hanging, we are providing digital copies as well.

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    Art T-shirt of your choice

    5 design choices and a range of cool colors. Both male and female styles available.

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    • Woodstock Bus T-shirt
    • Woodstock Bus Poster (1 physical and 2 digital)
    • Bus Bumper Sticker
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    Pledge CA$ 150 or more About $114

    Watch it!

    You get a digital copy of our documentary about the resurrection, restoration, and repainting of the Woodstock Light Bus.

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    • Bus Bumper Sticker
    • Digital desktop and phone wallpaper
    • Social Media Thank You
    • Woodstock Bus Poster (1 physical and 2 digital)
    • Woodstock Bus T-shirt
    • Digital Download of the Documentary (May 2019)
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    Woodstock Bus Art, Signed by Dr. Bob

    Original Woodstock Bus Art pulled right from the original bus design and signed by the legendary Dr. Bob himself

    Includes:
    • Original 8x10 Woodstock Bus Art Print, signed by Dr. Bob
    • Digital desktop and phone wallpaper
    • Social Media Thank You
    • Bus Bumper Sticker
    • Woodstock Bus Poster (1 physical and 2 digital)
    • Digital Download of the Documentary (May 2019)
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    Pledge CA$ 300 or more About $227

    Woodstock Bus Book

    This collectors e-book tells the story of the Woodstock Bus journey through story, pictures, and detailed explanation and history of the symbols on the bus.

    Includes:
    • Bus Bumper Sticker
    • Digital desktop and phone wallpaper
    • Woodstock Bus Poster (1 physical and 2 digital)
    • Social Media Thank You
    • Woodstock Bus T-shirt
    • Digital Download of the Documentary (May 2019)
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    Pledge CA$ 500 or more About $379

    Coffee Table Book

    Here's the story of the Woodstock Light Bus from the Volkswagen factory to the meaning of the symbols on the restored bus.

    This 12 x 12 hardcover book is filled with fascinating first hand stories, beautiful art images and photographs.

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    Picture with Light

    Get your picture taken with the Woodstock Bus in Baltimore and VW events to be announced, along with VIP tickets for you and a guest to the premier screening of Finding the Light in Baltimore.

    Travel and accommodations not included.

    Includes:
    • VIP ticket to screening (June 2019)
    • Digital desktop and phone wallpaper
    • Bus Bumper Sticker
    • Digital Download of the Documentary (May 2019)
    • Woodstock Bus Poster (1 physical and 2 digital)
    • Social Media Thank You
    • Woodstock Bus Book
    • Woodstock Bus T-shirt
    • Professional digital photograph with the Woodstock Bus
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    Woodstock Bus Signature Team

    We will put your name in the 'credits' section on the interior of the restored bus and in the credits of the documentary which will be seen on TV globally.

    Includes:
    • Bus Bumper Sticker
    • Digital desktop and phone wallpaper
    • Digital Download of the Documentary (May 2019)
    • Woodstock Bus Poster (1 physical and 2 digital)
    • Social Media Thank You
    • Woodstock Bus Book
    • Woodstock Bus T-shirt
    • VIP ticket to screening (June 2019)
    • Woodstock Bus Dream Team Credit (May 2019)
    • Name on Woodstock Bus
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    Pledge CA$ 2,000 or more About $1,514

    Woodstock Bus Model

    This beautiful bus model is a 1/12 scale replica of the Woodstock Bus (about 14 " long and 6 " high). We only have 5 of these beauties, so first come, first serve. Act FAST!

    Includes:
    • Bus Bumper Sticker
    • Digital desktop and phone wallpaper
    • Digital Download of the Documentary (May 2019)
    • Woodstock Bus Poster (1 physical and 2 digital)
    • Social Media Thank You
    • VIP ticket to screening (June 2019)
    • Woodstock Bus Book
    • Woodstock Bus T-shirt
    • Woodstock Bus model
    • Woodstock Bus Dream Team Credit (May 2019)
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    Pledge CA$ 3,800 or more About $2,876

    Vintage Surfari VW Bus 5-day trip

    Travel California's coastal highway in one of Vintage Surfari's restored VW campers for up to 5 days. The ultimate VW road trip! Experience California in a vintage bus.

    Bookings will be based on availability and Vintage Safari standard terms; seasonal restrictions may apply, no time limit to redeem.

    Includes:
    • Bus Bumper Sticker
    • Digital desktop and phone wallpaper
    • Digital Download of the Documentary (May 2019)
    • Woodstock Bus Poster (1 physical and 2 digital)
    • Social Media Thank You
    • Woodstock Bus Book
    • Woodstock Bus T-shirt
    • Woodstock Bus Dream Team Credit (May 2019)
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    Pledge CA$ 5,000 or more About $3,783

    Original Woodstock Bus symbol painting

    This is an original painted artwork of one of the original symbols featured on the Woodstock Light Bus.

    Sizes vary from 20 x 24 to 36 x 48

    Maybe the most valuable reward in the long run, only one of each painting will be offered.

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    • Original Symbol Painting
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    Pledge CA$ 6,400 or more About $4,843

    Woodstock Bus at your event!

    How much would you LOVE to have the Woodstock Bus for a day at your wedding, concert, gathering, or special event? We can make it happen! Obviously scheduling limitations will be negotiated, but we can make it happen!

    This is only available in the continental US.

    Includes:
    • Woodstock Bus at your event (Summer 2019 Pending Availability)
    • Bus Bumper Sticker
    • Digital desktop and phone wallpaper
    • Digital Download of the Documentary (May 2019)
    • Woodstock Bus Dream Team Credit (May 2019)
    • Woodstock Bus Poster (1 physical and 2 digital)
    • Name on Woodstock Bus
    • Social Media Thank You
    • VIP ticket to screening (June 2019)
    • Woodstock Bus Book
    • Woodstock Bus T-shirt
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    Pledge CA$ 12,800 or more About $9,685

    A week with the Woodstock Bus

    On the road again. Take your own journey to your own personal Woodstock. Limited trips are available in New York, Washington, Florida, and California areas.

    Includes:
    • Bus Bumper Sticker
    • Digital desktop and phone wallpaper
    • Digital Download of the Documentary (May 2019)
    • Woodstock Bus Poster (1 physical and 2 digital)
    • Professional digital photograph with the Woodstock Bus
    • Woodstock Bus T-shirt
    • Woodstock Bus Book
    • A Week with The Woodstock Bus (Summer 2019 Pending Availability)
    • Woodstock Bus Dream Team Credit (May 2019)
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