When "Scooby-Doo" the movie came out in 2002, Cudahyâ€™s Gene Gureski decided to paint his 1974 Chevy van to look like The Mystery Machine that appears in the film.
Gureski enjoyed the cartoon as a kid and so when the movie was released, and he already had a similar van, he decided to create his very own Mystery Machine.
"I worked on the stenciling and painting a little at a time until it was done," says Gureski.
The van is originally from California and Gureski does not drive it after October, so it's free of rust.Â The paint job still appears brand new, mostly becauseÂ GureskiÂ touches it up regularly. He plans to completely repaint it this winter, keeping the same design.Â
Gureski takes the van to car shows around the state, and is also spotted driving it around Milwaukee and the surrounding areas.
His dog, Vera, is often in the Mystery Machine with him.
"People always ask me, â€˜Is that Scooby?â€™ and I say, â€˜No, thatâ€™s Scrappy,â€™" jokes Gureski.
And yes, he has "Scooby snacks" in the car for Vera â€“ and other dogs he meets in his travels.
"People know me around here as Scooby-Doo," says Gureski. "That works for me."