Meet 4 Time Van National Champions, Marty & Joyce Sooby of Utopia Customs!
Custom Radical Van Builders – Utopia Customs Episode 1 | Van Life – 1969 Chevy Cargo Van Conversion To Radical Custom Show Van
Joyce and Marty love vans. They love breaking the mold, literally, to create custom van creations that will blow you away. They chop and dice and whip up a whole new vision into reality of what a van can be. They’re radical van builders. They dream it and then make it. It’s truly remarkable.
They are what you’d call die-hard 2-percenters – the group of vanners around the country who are really, really into vans.. and vanning… and Van-Ins and Truck-Ins and especially, the Annual Van Nationals.
Marty has been customizing vans for over 40 years, starting with his first van in 1973. He attended his first van show in 1977 in Fisherville, Virginia and was hooked. Together, Joyce and Mary have been to more van shows and truck-ins than you can count… and they have the patches to prove it. They’ve won countless awards over the years and their enormous collection of trophies and plaques are proudly displayed throughout their shop and home. Their first radical van, Utopia, won Best In Show twice and their latest radical van named Mo-Fo won Best In Show at the 2014 Van Nationals and won again at the 43rd Annual Van Nationals in 2015 in Altamount, Illinois.
When they first started going to van shows, they weren’t winning the top spots. They quickly learned that there is a point system that the judges use to decide the winners. When Joyce and Marty realized you’d get 20 points for chopping a van body, “radical” became their new favorite word. Learn how Marty and Joyce turn a normal cargo van into a radical show van!