ABILENE, Texas (KRBC) – When owner of the Mystery Machine van, Nathan Reynolds, got his gray van painted he never knew it would be this big.
“I didn’t think oh everybody is going to see it, everyone is going to want pictures. I had no idea,” said Reynolds.
Now the last four years of spottings are over.
“It’s kind of an interesting transition of live without kinda that van that is fun,” said Reynolds.
He is originally from Houston and says the ode to Scooby Doo started as a fun project in high school.
“I actually had a lot of my personal friends paint it for me and so I know all my friends that worked on that and then I gave them all a little key chain that looked like the mystery machine for helping,” said Reynolds.
Now in Abilene, it’s become quite the spectacle for locals.
“For the first month I had it everyone was taking pictures with it like I’d have to wait in line to get in my car at Whataburger,” said Reynolds.
The van has seen it all.
“People would leave Scooby dolls on the car, toys, letters, everything. I had a bride in gown chase me down to get a picture with it,” said Reynolds.
While the Mystery Machine has become monumental in Abilene it also carries a special meaning for Reynolds, his antique collection.
“I’ll load up some of my really cool if I am wanting to sell them and then I’ll just bring them with me and then so that way if I stop by an antique store or something on the way I’ll be like hey would you want to trade this,” said Reynolds.
The pictures and memories are about to be all the Key City has left because Reynolds graduates from ACU this year.
“I’m ready but moving, I’m a little, I wish that I was able to bring it,” said Reynolds.
Reynolds said if he ever owned another fun car it would be the Ecto One from Ghost Busters.