When Ford’s Colony resident Don Brannon moved to Williamsburg in 1997 with plans to build his own home, he looked for ways to combine a cargo van with a pickup truck.
When he found such a vehicle didn’t exist, he set out to invent his own.
In the two decades that have passed, the 86-year-old has filed a patent for a new type of truck that combines aspects of a pickup with a cargo van, and has tried to market the concept to big-name auto manufacturers around the world.
He calls his concept the “NextUp,” and said his passion for the project was born out of a life-long love for working on cars.
But what makes the “NextUp” unique? Brannon said the truck features a...