Help Restore the Furthur Bus

$11,105 of $10k goal

Raised by 132 people in 41 months
Stephanie Kesey   EUGENE, OR

The Furthur Bus is rusting away and needs to be saved and restored!

Any donation amount, no matter how small, will help us help Furthur.

Ken Kesey's Furthur Bus, featured in Tom Wolfe's popular 1968 book, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, is one of the seminal cultural icons of the 20th Century and a project that Kesey considered one of his "best works," along with his novel One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest. The bus played a huge role as a symbol of the counterculture movement of the 1960s. It was the "prime mover" for Kesey's Merry Pranksters, and can even be said to have had a role in the launch of the Grateful Dead, perhaps the greatest band to have grown out of that era.

Founded by Stephanie Kesey, the Furthur Down the Road Foundation is an Oregon 501c3 nonprofit corporation established to "restore the original Furthur Bus to it's 1960s condition, and to promote and preserve the legacy of author Ken Kesey." The bus is currently rusting away and we're in danger of losing this important artifact forever.

The Foundation was founded in 2012 and is in need of seed funding to help with start-up costs so we can raise the money to tackle this huge project. It will take a great deal of money to restore the bus (how much I'll leave to the experts), pictured above, to it's original splendor by a team of artists, automotive restorers and other experts. We aim to involve the original Pranksters in the effort and have the support and involvement of the Kesey family, including Zane and Stephanie (Ken's son and daughter-in-law), Caleb (his grandson), and Faye (Ken's widow), who all have roles as officers or board members at Furthur Down the Road.

We've already completed our corporate filings, established our tax-exempt status with the IRS, and are building a website. These things cost money, but they're absolutely necessary to do this project right. Won't you help us raise this first $10,000 for this important effort and become one of the first "Neo-Pranksters" to get "on the bus"?

Even $5 will help us reach this first $10,000 goal to get things moving. Donate $25, $100, or $250 to get special recognition from Zane and the Foundation.

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Update 7
37 months ago
Hi, everyone. Thanks to your support, we now have furthurdowntheroad.org up and running. Please head over the the website, sign up for the newsletter, and learn more about the project.

And of course, share, share, share!!!
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Update 6
37 months ago
A placeholder for our new website is in place, and the full site should be up in a matter of weeks. Hope you'll check it out.

http://www.furthurdowntheroad.org
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Update 5
41 months ago
We've reached our initial goal, but you can still give here and get us closer to restoring Furthur.

To all those who helped the Furthur Down the Road Foundation reach our seed-funding goal of $10,000, thank you so much. This money will help us build furthurdowntheroad.org (slated for a June launch) and cover our initial startup costs, like incorporation fees and IRS tax-exempt filing fees.

Of course this is only the beginning. We're going FURTHUR, and immediately transitioning into the next stage of this exciting project. With the help of our new website and a team of dedicated volunteers and professionals, we'll soon begin more intensive outreach efforts to educate people about the bus and to seek additional donations. Ongoing funding campaigns will work toward funding the actual restoration, ongoing operations of the Foundation, and the creation of an endowment to ensure Furthur Down the Road is around to share the Furthur bus's magic with generations to come.

We're so grateful for your generous support. If you'd like to give more, you can still do that here. Please continue to spread the word and watch for more news about our journey down the road to restoring this amazing rolling work of art.

Furthur!


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Update 4
41 months ago
We're nearly half-way to our goal. Thanks, everyone. Remember to share the link and keep getting the word out.
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Michael Lancaster
41 months ago
Zane Kesey
41 months ago

Again, congratulations on creating the Foundation and making this dream have a chance at reality. WAY TO GO STEPHANIE

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Earl Grey
41 months ago

It would be unconciable to allow The Furthur Bus to continue falling into decrepitude. You see folks restoring this and restoring that, but Further stands for So Much for So Many... So many roads, fueled by Electric Kool-Aid, with Cowboy Neil at the wheel... The journey itself being the destination... I'm So glad to see you guys are restoring Further! I'll do whatever I can to help. Namaste!

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Danielle Treanor
41 months ago

Erm, please may I drive it to Burning Man? This is so lovely. I can't wait to see it all shiny and new again.

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Kristine Wyatt
41 months ago

one word: Smithsonian

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Peter Rizzo
41 months ago

This is soooo awesome. Such a seminal book. Loved it.

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Chu Bbakka
41 months ago

For a Picture of Further Bus' former Glory go to http://www.clevescene.com/cleveland/high-weirdness-at-edgewater/Content?oid=3026961 The bus in the Article that is bring compared to the Further bus belongs to me and the Free Rainbow Kitchen I run.

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Zane Kesey
41 months ago

WAY TO GO STEF!

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Van Soetaert
41 months ago

Any chance of the bus getting donated to the Grateful Dead Archives at UCSC or somewhere like that? Where will it be once it's restored?

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Sarah May
41 months ago

Oh man! What a great idea, Zane! Once it's all fixed up...feel free to come by the northeast and pick up my boyfriend and I. Hell...we'll even meet you in Millbrook if necessary!

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Jason Johnson
41 months ago

Hey, look, everyone. We made the news! Please share this story with your friends: https://www.examiner.com/article/plans-underway-to-restore-merry-prankster-s-bus-furthur-to-original-condition

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Jason Johnson
41 months ago

Woohoo! Just passed the $1000 mark at roughly the 24 hour mark. Thank you everyone. Keep spreading the word.

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Zane Kesey
41 months ago

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE HELPING--- Keep in mind that the Kesey's are donating the bus to YOU, the people. The Furthur Down The Road Foundation will OWN the bus...no money is going to the Kesey's! It is up to the PEOPLE to raise the money and take care of this "Icon of History"!

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$11,105 of $10k goal

Raised by 132 people in 41 months
Created March 15, 2013
$250
Jane Miles
33 months ago

In memory of Jeffrey Kinnell and the family adventures he gave us. We're still on the bus! Peace!

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CW
$250
Chad "Pill" Williams
35 months ago

This is a donation for my brother Chad who passed away a few years ago. We'll be in Oregon spreading his ashes this next week. I remember Pill's stories of meeting Ken during his days in Eugene. This is a cause he'd love to support. He was a Merry Prankster at heart.

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$25
Anonymous
36 months ago
$50
Anonymous
38 months ago
BS
$25
bob smith
40 months ago
$25
John Mills
41 months ago

We're all Bozos on this bus, so lets get Furthur back on the road! Thank you! Stay Hungry.

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CH
$100
Craig Howard
41 months ago

Thanks for taking this important first step!

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DW
$25
Dan Wells
41 months ago
MH
$250
Mark Hebard
41 months ago
$25
Maria Breaux
41 months ago
Michael Lancaster
41 months ago
Zane Kesey
41 months ago

Again, congratulations on creating the Foundation and making this dream have a chance at reality. WAY TO GO STEPHANIE

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Earl Grey
41 months ago

It would be unconciable to allow The Furthur Bus to continue falling into decrepitude. You see folks restoring this and restoring that, but Further stands for So Much for So Many... So many roads, fueled by Electric Kool-Aid, with Cowboy Neil at the wheel... The journey itself being the destination... I'm So glad to see you guys are restoring Further! I'll do whatever I can to help. Namaste!

+ Read More
Danielle Treanor
41 months ago

Erm, please may I drive it to Burning Man? This is so lovely. I can't wait to see it all shiny and new again.

+ Read More
Kristine Wyatt
41 months ago

one word: Smithsonian

+ Read More
Peter Rizzo
41 months ago

This is soooo awesome. Such a seminal book. Loved it.

+ Read More
Chu Bbakka
41 months ago

For a Picture of Further Bus' former Glory go to http://www.clevescene.com/cleveland/high-weirdness-at-edgewater/Content?oid=3026961 The bus in the Article that is bring compared to the Further bus belongs to me and the Free Rainbow Kitchen I run.

+ Read More
Zane Kesey
41 months ago

WAY TO GO STEF!

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Van Soetaert
41 months ago

Any chance of the bus getting donated to the Grateful Dead Archives at UCSC or somewhere like that? Where will it be once it's restored?

+ Read More
Sarah May
41 months ago

Oh man! What a great idea, Zane! Once it's all fixed up...feel free to come by the northeast and pick up my boyfriend and I. Hell...we'll even meet you in Millbrook if necessary!

+ Read More
Jason Johnson
41 months ago

Hey, look, everyone. We made the news! Please share this story with your friends: https://www.examiner.com/article/plans-underway-to-restore-merry-prankster-s-bus-furthur-to-original-condition

+ Read More
Jason Johnson
41 months ago

Woohoo! Just passed the $1000 mark at roughly the 24 hour mark. Thank you everyone. Keep spreading the word.

+ Read More
Zane Kesey
41 months ago

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE HELPING--- Keep in mind that the Kesey's are donating the bus to YOU, the people. The Furthur Down The Road Foundation will OWN the bus...no money is going to the Kesey's! It is up to the PEOPLE to raise the money and take care of this "Icon of History"!

+ Read More
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