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.