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    MAGNOLIA PARK, Burbank — When long, sleek limousines pull up in
    front of the Autry Museum of Western Heritage on Friday night, they
    are likely to be upstaged by a blast from the past.

    John Burroughs High School seniors Amy Vest and Angela Avakian,
    along with dates Jeremy Grabar and Vic Antonian, will be chauffeured
    to their prom in a red open-air 1958 Van Pelt fire engine restored
    by Burbank resident Brian Smith.

    Vest, 18, said she and Grabar, a 1999 Burroughs grad, considered
    renting a limousine, but discovered "it was way out-of-the-world
    expensive."

    Not only was it pricey, she said, it was the type of vehicle most of
    her classmates were riding in. Vest wanted to arrive in something
    different and unique, something that would totally turn her
    classmates' heads.

    "I was riding around with my mom on Mother's Day when she spotted
    the fire engine and said, 'Why don't you see if you can go in
    that?' " Vest said.

    Smith, a 1973 Burroughs graduate, said he was happy to oblige.

    "I love to have fun," he said. "Basically, I'm always up for a good
    time."

    Avakian liked the idea, too.

    "My date didn't believe me at first, but when I told him it was the
    truth, he was very happy and said he would love to go in a fire
    engine," she said.

    Vest said she and Avakian are wearing their hair up, and will tell
    the beautician to use extra hair spray.

    "They're going to be riding in the back by the water cannon," Smith
    said. "It will be very much parade posture. They'll be able to wave
    at everyone."

    Even though the women do not anticipate any problems with their
    hair, Smith said their coiffures are liable to look like rats' nests
    when they arrive, but that's all part of the experience.

    "When I get there," Smith said, "I'll sound the siren and lights.
    You can't arrive without it. If you're going to be the center of
    attention, you've got to make sure everybody's looking."
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  • #2
    that would br pretty funa actually i'll have to remember that next year. Lucky for me I happen to know someone that is in the process if restoring and old fire engine right now.
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    • #3
      Talk about arriving in style!!!!!!
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      • #4
        And if anybody tries to put a move on your date, you can turn the monitor on them.
        Never argue with an Idiot. They drag you down to their level, and then beat you with experience!

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        • #5
          You know, this idea isn't as far-fetched as it may seem. Blaze79 and I had it suggested to us that we should rent a fire engine for our grad from a nearby city. Apparently, they have it specifically set up for these occasions with the adding of a hot tub in the back. (obviously this is not an engine designed for actual fire use) I guess that it is quite reasonably priced, but very hard to get a booking on it. Go figure, I never get to play with any of the cool toys

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          • #6
            Hahahahaha...that would be too funny.

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            • #7
              Ehh... better than having my mom drive...

              Why not? We've used one of our older engines in leiu of a limo when firefighters have been married before. Just take the thing out of service, get the chief to cheufeur, and hang a "just married" sign from the hose bed . Never knew our engine looked so good when it was given a decent cleaning and decked out in flowers and streamers...

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              • #8
                heck with going in an old engine i should have done this for my senior prom this year


                maybe on my girlfriends prom i can take ladder 26 out to prom
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