The lads of One Direction want to road trip around the US, Scooby-style. Following in the footsteps of legendary English heartthrobs The Beatles and inspired by their favorite Saturday morning crime solving program, 1D has acquired a retro Volkswagon van to be tricked out as an official touring vehicle. After all, Niall, Liam, Harry, Louis and Zayn do think that they take after the Beatles a bit; both groups "love having a laugh." According to UK gossip rag the Mirror, the guys enjoy watching Scooby Doo and envision the van as their own Mystery Machine.
"The boys love cartoons and Scooby Doo is a cult classic," said an unnamed source. "They wanted to do something special ahead of their US tour and decided to get a bespoke tour bus created. [They're] desperate to have it shipped over to America so it can join them on tour." Rumor is that the vehicle is running the band more than $100,000.
In 1967, The Beatles had their own retro bus outfitted for their terribly-received film The Magical Mystery Tour. The weird, wandering movie was deemed a total flop, though Magical Mystery Tour bus itself became iconic.
One Direction's Mystery Machine will be decorated in shades of blue and green, just like Scooby's ride, and will come complete with a big 1D logo. Inside, there will be a giant plasma screen and "individual entertainment consoles" to keep the boys busy, plus, if they're still sneaking junk food there's got to be a serious loo setup of some sort. The North American leg of their tour kicks off on Thursday, June 13th in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
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