George Strait may be one of the biggest stars in country music today, but he got his start in the 1980s touring in a simple van -- which is still around today!

The van was recently on display at Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos, Texas, where Strait played the first show with his band, now called Ace in the Hole, on October 13, 1975. Music of New Braunfels came across the van and posted pictures to their Facebook page.

Strait took his first trip to Nashville in 1977 in the Warehouse's cargo van with musician Darrell Staedtler and Kent Finlay, the owner of Cheatham Street Warehouse. The van was only outfitted with two seats up front and an army cot in the back, so the three men took turns sleeping, driving and sitting shotgun.

The band continued to play at the Warehouse weekly until the early '80s, when their touring schedule became too busy. See the photos of the restored van below, and learn more about Strait's full history at the Warehouse here.

 

 

 

 

 

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