Electric Kool-Aid Acid bus: The family of Ken Kesey is looking to restore “Furthur,” the bus used by Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters in “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.”
Stephanie Kesey, his daughter-in-law, came up with a foundation to raise money to restore the 1939 bus to its original state.
The bus was used to travel across the United States in the 1960s, as depicted in “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.”
“It’s the private Ken Kesey I’m saying thank you to, but in a very public way,” she told The Associated Press.
Ken Kesey, who died in 2001, bought the bus in 1964 after he made money from his novel, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” He ended up retrofitting it with bunk beds and took the now famous trip across the U.S. amid drug-fueled escapades described in Tom Wolfe’s 1968 book The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.
“The bus is essentially the best icon of the ’60′s,” his son, Zane Kesey, told AP.
The book also depicts an early performance from The Grateful Dead and details the so-called Acid Tests—a series of events held by Kesey in La Honda, Calif., that focused on taking LSD, commonly known as acid.
Later, Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, as they were called, traveled cross-country from San Francisco to New York to visit the World’s Fair.
Jason Johnson, who sponsored the Further Down the Road Foundation started by Stephanie Kesey, told the Examiner that the bus “has been sitting in the ‘bus barn’ on the Kesey farm since we pulled it out of the swamp.”
“We are totally guessing at how long it will take, but we’re hoping about 2 years,” he added.
Stephanie Kesey said they plan on doing a museum-style restoration on the bus.
“We are in the middle of finding out how much money this is going is going to cost,” she told AP. “We get one shot at doing this. We definitely want to do it right.”
The family set up a page on Gofundme.com website. They are looking to raise $10,000.
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