The Mother Ship
I have dreamed about this for years and it is finally a reality! Damn it feels great to be dominating Europe in #TheMotherShip. She’s a sexy, geil 2004 Fiat Ducato converted into euphoria. Many of us have talked about creating a van for all of our needs for years. She takes care of the biggest annoyances on tour: finding an adequate tuning facility on the road. Growing up I have many memories of arguing with hotel personal or sneaking my skis and tuning supplies into a hotel to commandeer the dining room table or even tuning and waxing in between beds.
Racing World Cup there are always adequate tuning rooms; but regardless, you waste hours of your life lugging skis, tuning supplies, and a bench in and out of what seems like every single hotel on the continent. Some days you set up a bench for only a few hours before it’s time to clean up and move on to the next home. It totally sucks – yes, this is a classic first world ski racer problem, I know. But, I hated it and now I’ll never have to do it again :-)))).
If you could see me now, I have a huge grin from ear to ear as I’m writing this post in euphoria.
While I was having a photo shoot of this baby today in Maria Alm, Austria half way up the mountain because a depressing fog engulfed the valley, an Austria drove up to me speaking in German. Once he realized I only spoke English, he asked, “Where are you from?” I always go with, “Boston” as it’s much easier than an endless, painful conversation describing the location of New Hampshire. But he responded with, “Wait…. You’re from Boston traveling in an Austrian #TheMotherShip. That sounds like a long story.” I had to laugh and respond, “Indeed.” #TheMotherShip is registered in Tirol, Austria .
Anyway, this ugly avocado colored creation came from wanting first and foremost: a mobile tuning room and secondly, a place to crash if need be. I didn’t plan on spending many nights in her, but I’ve spent the last 7 in this sexy whip and I have to say it’s been pretty awesome. I plug in for waxing and tuning while using mostly propane for heat. For tuning power is necessary as I use a vacuum connected to my Tri-One tuning machine to collect all of the small metal particles from entering the lovely airspace of #TheMotherShip.
I want to give a huge thanks to all of the individual supporters that stepped up to help fund this baby. Those of you that helped know who you are! Thank you so much! And of course, special thanks to all of the sweet sponsors on the side that stepped in when the project went over budget. We’re still over budget, but not by as much. You guys are amazing, Thanks! Special thanks to:
Booster Strap – The dynamic power strap that keeps constant, gentle pressure on your shins, which helps link together nasty turns from top to bottom of every run.
Bern – The killer helmet brand that I’m overjoyed to be working with.
Kool Stewl – The best damn custom lazer engraving shop in creation. They can make anything that can be engraved by their CNC machine from personalized stools to ski racing or any type of awards, among many many other things. They do the Warner Nickerson Golf Tourament Awards every year.
T2 Foundation – Who support America’s elite skiers to help reach their dreams, and to fuel the grassroots growth of the sport through organized events and programs, which give back to the youth community.
Anyway, there will be more updates to come of this beast, but here are some sweet pics. I don’t have many of me working on it because I was so fired up to be getting things done, I didn’t even think of taking a picture.
And btw, the bed is amazing. I have a 3 inch memory foam mattress on top of 4 inches of foam. It’s like sleeping in heaven, probably.