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THE WHITE BEAST Andy Hill moved to Ontario at age 17


to pursue a life of playboating on the Ottawa River. In the nine years that followed, he went through eight vehicles, each too expensive to drive or not tough enough for Canadian winters. After much trial and error, Hill has found love in the former Mountain Surf van.


VEHICLE NAME The White Beast


VEHICLE YEAR/MAKE/MODEL 1997 Ford E-350 ODOMETER READING


270,000 miles, 20,000 of which were powered by veggie oil


ORIGINAL VEHICLE COST


$1. Hill bought the van from freestyle champion kayaker Billy Harris who was sick of paying to maintain an old vehicle. “I have a bill of sale that says I bought it for one buck.”


OCCUPANCY (PEOPLE) 6


OCCUPANCY (BOATS)


“If you were very proficient at Tetris I would guess you could fit 30 or more kayaks in and on it.”


UNDER THE HOOD


“Having a 7.3-liter, turbocharged diesel is great. It’s completely oversized but the cost of running such an engine is usually halved, because I use 50-50 veggie oil and diesel whenever possible.”


MEMORABLE MOMENT


“There are a lot of stories that came with that van, like when a tornado put a stop sign through the roof at a kayaking festival. When I bought it from Billy I promised I would only ever pass it on to another boater, so it’s a pretty cool legacy.”


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