It is a very rare vehicle.
“You pull up someplace, and it will transform people.”
The “cap man” from Athens, Ga., was explaining how strangers react to his Ford F250 truck, which is covered with bottle caps.
“It brings a smile to people’s faces.”
His truck and travel trailer were parked on state Highway 79 in Hannibal Friday, while his family was visiting the Mark Twain sights in downtown Hannibal. One thing they did was walk up the steps to the lighthouse.
When the family returned to their truck, they were happy to talk about their truck’s unusual - and very colorful - appearance.
The cap man reported this is not the first truck his family has covered with bottle caps. “I did the first 13 years ago,” he said. He was driving a Ford F150 then.
He does not share his legal name, preferring to be known only as the cap man.
Now he, his wife, and their 7-year-old son, Blake, travel to art car shows and other events, where, he said, “people give us bags of bottle caps.”
The truck they traveled to Hannibal in has a small child’s car on top, also covered with bottle caps.
This belongs to Blake, his dad said. “When he was 3 I made him that one.”
They use silicone to stick each bottle cap on a vehicle individually, and Blake likes to help, he said. “You fill each one and stick it on.”
His wife said Blake is home schooled and enjoys Mark Twain books, which is why they stopped in Hannibal on the way to St. Louis later Friday.
The family owns a business at home in Georgia but also enjoys traveling across the country to art shows and art car shows.
“We just did an art car parade and it had 300 art cars,” he said.
cap man’s story
The cap man’s website, thecapman.us, explains that it was during his treatment for cancer that the cap man began making furniture from old wood.
It became popular and he was soon in the furniture business, making items such as farm tables.
He found vintage “Crush” bottle caps and used them as a signature on each piece of furniture.
He discovered he enjoys painting and other forms of art as well as creating unique furniture.
One night he had the idea of he and his wife covering his entire truck in bottle caps, and within weeks people were giving him their bottle cap collections.
The first truck was covered with 10,000 bottle caps.
In addition to trucks, he has covered a little vintage camper, he said.
Page 2 of 2 - More about the cap man is on his website, www.thecapman.us.
His email address is email@example.com.