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Real-life Griswold family takes their Family Truckster on vacation

Justin Hyde
Motoramic

It's been 30 years since "National Lampoon's Vacation" with Chevy Chase and Beverly d'Angelo first graced American theaters, much to the chagrin of all families named Griswold. But one couple used the anniversary to drive a newly built Wagon Queen Family Truckster on a vacation to Disney World. No word on if they had to bring their own Helper sans hamburger.

Steve and Lisa Griswold of Canton, Ga. own a travel agency — of course — and after years of jokes and questions about whether Steve knew where his sandwiches had been, the couple decided to embrace the fun with a trip to Disney World. Griswold hooked up with a Georgia tuning shop which managed to recreate George Barris' ode to woody wagons using an appropriate Ford LTD Country Squire in a matter of weeks, down to correctly matching the color described by Eugene Levy in the movie as "metallic pea." This being the 21st century, where children shall never be further than 10 feet from a screen at all times, the Truckster 2.0 comes with a DVD player, pre-loaded with the fictional Griswolds' odyssey — viewable from the Family Trucksters' rear side-facing bench seats.

The modern Griswolds did make one other concession to reality by sparing any dogs or elderly aunts the journey.

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