BY Marco Kathuria—Another episode in a series featuring interviews with GMC Motorhome owners. This time we hear from Tom Mest as explains how he was recruited to be parts of General Motors’ beta-testing of their soon-to-be-announced motorhome in 1972. Part two (to come) explores how the assembly of the motorhome came to an end in 1978.
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Meet John and Denise Mest (Excerpt)
BY JANET FREY | GMC VINTAGE RVING MAGAZINE EDITOR
JOHN AND DENISE MEST are from Potosi, Wisconsin own a 1976 Eleganza Il. They have been married for 12 years, and have two dogs. They travel with Mini, a chihuahua rat terrier mix, and Abby, a maltese. As many pet owners have discovered, their “kids” have taken to the motorhome with no problem. Denise shared that she enjoys laser art as a hobby.
Built by General Motors using automobile assembly techniques, 12,921 GMC motorhomes were produced from model years 1973 to 1978. Over 7,000 are currently listed at the GMCMI.com international registry. Estimates suggest that at least 8,000 to 9,000 of the original production run are still in operating condition.
But we have so much more to share in this GMC Motorhome Member Profile found in the Summer edition of GMC VINTAGE RVING MAGAZINE. Click here to join GMCMI to unlock access to the full article…and much, much more!
Source: GMC VINTAGE RVING MAGAZINE, Summer 2023.
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