Cook reminded us that it was HOT ROD that inspired the first Van Nationals, an annual event that celebrates its 38th renewal this July in Ohio (see ). Two decades after Wally Parks planted a fake reader letter suggesting the formation of “a national hot rod association,” Cook’s Dec. ’72 issue similarly asked, “Why doesn’t HOT ROD have a van happening for the whole country?” adding, “Drop us a line and let us know what you think, and when and where you’d like to meet.” The Rocky Mountain Vans took the bait, offering to host the inaugural National Truck-In the following summer. Our extensive coverage of that event (Nov. ’73) opened with a small cover photo of the “Lift-Out Centerspread” inside. Shot from high above the host facility, the image is of about 150 colorful van roofs, artfully arranged to spell out “Keep On Truckin.” It’s gotta be the fuzziest two-page photo ever printed here. “We hired a helicopter for $175 an hour so [photo editor] Mike Brenner could get that shot,” Cook explains, chuckling. “But he forgot to put the camera on ‘infinity.’ I think Mike’s brain was on infinity!”
The A100 competed with the Ford Econoline and Chevrolet Van and Chevy Corvair Greenbrier, as well as the Volkswagen Type 2 . The range included a pickup truck and van , both with a " forward control " design. The implementation of situating the driver on top of the front axle with the engine near the front wheels is called internationally a " cab over " vehicle. The nose was flat, with the engine placed between the driver and passenger, who sat above the front axle. The unibody vehicles used a short, 90 in (2,300 mm) wheelbase. An A108 was also available from 1967 to 1970, with a longer 108 in (2,700 mm) wheelbase. The A108 was popular with camper conversion companies.  A substantially modified, Hemi -powered A100 wheelstanding exhibition pickup called the "Little Red Wagon" driven by Bill "Maverick" Golden was a popular drag strip attraction in the 1960s through the early 2000s.